Lizzie Armitstead of Garmin-Cervelo, second to Nicole Cooke in 2009 while riding for 100% Me and runner-up again last year following her switch to Cervelo TestTeam behind team mate Emma Pooley, today outsprinted those past champions and another of her colleagues, Sharon Laws, at Stamfordham in Northumberland to win the British National Road Race title.
Olympic champion Cooke, now racing for Mario Cipollini-Giordana, had last year criticised the team tactics that she felt had allowed Pooley to break her stranglehold on the event – she had won the nine previous editions, and has ten titles in all to her name.
Similarly, today Cooke found herself outnumbered three to one in a four-woman breakaway group comprising Armitstead, who had been the first to attack on the 64-mile course, and fellow Garmin-Cervelo riders Laws, who finished third, and Pooley, who came fourth.
Laura Trott from Moving Ladies took the sprint for fifth place and with it the under-23 title.
The 22-year-old Armitstead, who comes from Otley, is a product of Great Britain’s Olympic Academy.
She has previously enjoyed a string of successes on the road and track, including World Championship wins in the team pursuit, omnium and points and scratch races, as well as taking silver behind Australia’s Rochelle Gilmore in last year’s Commonwealth Games road race in Delhi.
First Name Last Name Team Category Time 1 Elizabeth Armistead Garmin-Cervelo Elite 02:48:40 2 Nicole Cooke Mcipollini - Giambenini Elite 2 3 Sharon Laws Garmin-Cervelo Elite 4 4 Emma Pooley Garmin-Cervelo Elite 8 5 Laura Trott Moving Ladies Elite 02:48 6 Lucy Martin Garmin-Cervelo Elite st 7 Dani King Horizon Fitness 1st st 8 Catherine Williamson Konica Minolta Elite st 9 Katie Colclough HTC-Highroad Elite st 10 Emma Grant For-Viored-Brookvex 2nd st 11 Penny Rowson Horizon Fitness 2nd st 12 Hannah Mayho 100% ME Elite st 13 Claire Thomas Horizon Fitness 1st st 14 Rohan Battison For-Viored-Brookvex 2nd st 15 Sarah Byrne VC St Raphael 2nd st 16 Lowri Bunn Abergavenny RC 2nd st 17 Jane Barr Velocity 44 Stirling 2nd st 18 Sarah Storey Horizon Fitness Elite st 19 Natalie Creswick Abus Nutrixxion 1st st 20 Helen Wyman Horizon Fitness 2nd 03:34 21 Hannah Rich Horizon Fitness 1st 09:18 22 Jo Rowsell Horizon Fitness Elite st 23 Ella Sadler-Andrews Horizon Fitness 3rd st 24 Tanya Matthewson SKCC Australia 2nd st 25 Tamina Kate Oliver Squadra Donne 2nd st 26 Gemma Neill Sandy Wallace Cycles 3rd st 27 Jenny Stanning Edinburgh RC 2nd 09:21 28 Rebecca Curley For-Viored-Brookvex 2nd st 29 Lynn Hamel Herbelife/Wheelbase 2nd st 30 Clare Leaver Team Zappi's 2nd st 31 Nicola Juniper Private Member 1st st 32 Laura Murray Velocity 44 Stirling 2nd st 33 Lucy Commander Exeter Wheelers 2nd st 34 Corrine Hall Team Corridori 1st 09:26 35 Julia Shaw Private Member 2nd 09:31 36 Annabel Simpson Horizon Fitness 3rd 09:34 37 Anne Ewing thebicycicleworks.com Elite 10:46 38 Claire MaCaulay Sandy Wallace Cycles 3rd 12:58 1 LAP Hannah Walker Motorpoint/Marshalls Pasta 1st 1 LAP Gabriella Shaw For-Viored-Brookvex 2nd 1 LAP Nicole Walters Primal Europe powered by RUTrai 2nd 1 LAP Iona Sewell Squadra Donne-Shutt Velo Rapide 2nd
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.