Lizzie Armitstead signs for Cervelo Test Team

UK star to join up with compatriot Emma Pooley

by Dave Atkinson   September 29, 2009  

Cervelo Test Team jersey

Cervelo Test Team have today announced that they have signed Team GB rider Lizzie Armitstead on a two year contract. The Leeds-born 20-year-old is currently a rainbow jersey holder, having won the team pursuit in Poland earlier in the year, and is showing good form on the road too this year, picking up the best young rider in the Giro d'Italia and a stage win and podium finish in the Tour de l'Ardeche this year. She will join compatriot Emma Pooley on the German-based outfit.

“I wanted to be part of the best women’s team in the world,” said Armitstead. “When the opportunity to join the team came along, I couldn’t turn it down. I am excited to race with the riders on the team and also to be able to use the team equipment. My goal for 2010 is to continue my development and learn from the more experienced riders on the team. I would like to be a key member of a winning team.”

“Elizabeth is just 20 years old and already is a world champion track rider. She had an incredible track and road season this year,” said Team Manager Thomas Campana. “We saw her for the first time in the Giro d’Italia, where she won the jersey for best overall young rider, and usually the winners of these jerseys are the future champions. She has impressed us with her excellent climbing and sprinting abilities and her good race instincts. We are really delighted to have her on board for next year.”