Finally it's the winning feeling for Armitstead

03 August 2014 / 14:51

Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead finally made it to the top of the podium after powering to women's road race gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Armitstead and England team-mate Emma Pooley - in her last ever race - got themselves into the decisive breakaway and took gold and silver as monsoon conditions made life tricky for the field.

"It just means so much to call myself the champion and not the runner-up," said Armitstead. 

"I always seem to be the runner-up this season as well – I’m never off the podium but I’ve only had three wins so I’m just really happy.

"It felt special and surreal crossing the line – it’s something I’ve always dreamed about and means so much to me."

Armitstead, who suffered a nasty fall in Paris just seven days ago, also paid tribute to her team - including 2008 Olympic time trial silver medallist Pooley, who won the same colour medal in the same event just a few days earlier.

“The team was incredible and it’s the best cycling teamwork I’ve ever been a part of," she added. 

"It’s such a shame Emma [Pooley] is retiring as we finally got it sorted but she did a fantastic job as did all the girls and I’m really proud of them.

“I want to say a massive thank you to Emma. Cycling is a beautiful sport and a team sport, which often gets overlooked so I’m pleased Emma gets a silver medal as well."

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