Armitstead already looking to build on London 2012 success

24 May 2013 / 13:04

Lizzie Armitstead admits she still replays her London 2012 joy in her head even now but the Great Britain cyclist is looking to go even better in Rio in three years time.

The 24-year-old was the one that kick-started Team GB’s medal rush in the capital last summer, claiming the host’s first medal as she won silver in the women’s road race.

Before Armitstead became Queen of the road she used to double up with stints in the velodrome, winning gold at the 2009 Track Cycling World Championships as one third of Great Britain’s women’s team pursuit.

And while she had to pick one or the other in London, the Rio 2016 Games throws up the possibility of her doing both.

The International Olympic Committee will decide in September whether to return the points race to the Olympic programme at the International Cycling Union’s request – and Armitstead insists the decision has got her thinking big.

“I still think about the sprint, although I am also very happy with silver as well,” said Armitstead.

“I want to win and it would’ve been great if I had won. But it is a silver lining and motivation to keep going for Rio.

“I’d love to be able to do both in Rio. The girls on the track now are phenomenal riders and so specific. It’s difficult to step into that but I love points racing and I think, if I was allowed to try to combine the road and the points race, I’d love to do it.

“If I get the opportunity to prove that I could be a great stand-alone points racer, I’d love to be able to do it. I’d like to be given the chance but I’m not sure I’ll be able to.”

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