Armitstead eyes Olympic gold

12 April 2012 / 13:22

Great Britain's Lizzie Armitstead cannot wait to race the streets of London this summer but would not be satisfied with her performance unless she won gold.

The 23-year-old is one of six riders vying for Team GB's four places on the women's Olympic road race team with the Games edging ever closer.

Armitstead, who is brand ambassador for London 2012 official product supplier Hornby, is hotly-tipped to be selected and is excited by the prospect of racing around the capital.

"I think racing down the finish on the Mall will be incredible and I can't imagine what the atmosphere is going to be like," she said.

"I have done World Championships with massive crowds but never a massive British crowd, so I think it is going to be something special.

"I think the course is going to suit me as I am kind of an all-rounder. I have got a good sprint but my sprint is best when the other sprinters are tired.

"I won't be as fatigued from Box Hill as perhaps some of the out-and-out sprinters will be, so I think it suits me pretty well.

"Every day does count between now and then and I am trying to make it count. I want to do myself justice.

"Finishing 10th may feel fantastic if it was a ridiculously hard race and I am just not on the level.

"But at this moment in time, I would not be happy unless I won the race."