Cooke squabble is history - Armitstead
June 22, 2012 10:02 am
Lizzie Armitstead expects Great Britain's women to put on a united display in search of cycling road-race gold at the Olympic Games.
Armitstead was nominated leader at last September's World Championships in Copenhagen, but hit out at Nicole Cooke for riding "for herself".
Cooke is the defending Olympic champion and the duo are vying for the status of team leader for the 140-kilometres July 29 road race which finishes on The Mall, with Emma Pooley and Lucy Martin completing the four-rider team.
Games debutant Armitstead is adamant the squabble is in the past, and the Hornby ambassador said: "Our problem was in Copenhagen, not about London. It's behind us.
"It's a totally different race and a totally different strategy that we'll have. For me they're separate things. I'm confident whoever's selected, whatever team combination there is that we'll work together."
Cooke, who disputed Armitstead's comments, insists she will ride for the benefit of the team.
The 29-year-old Welshwoman said: "I am honoured to be representing Team GB at the 2012 Olympic Games and doing everything I can to deliver a gold medal for our team.
"We have a set of riders with real potential and I am looking forward to playing my part in delivering that gold."
In addition to competing in the road race, Armitstead and Pooley - silver medallist in the time trial in Beijing - are set to ride against the clock at Hampton Court on August 1.
Of the 266 athletes now selected for Britain, 22 are cyclists, with just the five-man men's road team to be confirmed.
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