Armitstead bids for third national road race title

Armitstead bids for third national road race title

Lizzie Armitstead is leading the World Cup

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World Cup leader Lizzie Armitstead racing at Otley in 2011

First published in Sport

LIZZIE Armitstead will be looking to win her third national road race title tomorrow.

Then she will head back to West Yorkshire and join in the build-up to the Tour de France by riding in the town centre races at Ilkley on Tuesday and Otley on Wednesday.

Armitstead will race against both the men and the women at Otley 24 hours after challenging the men at Ilkley in the town's inaugural event.

But before that she has a big race in Monmouthshire, where the Otley cycling star and current women's World Cup leader is a hot favourite to retain her national crown.

The 25-year-old Olympic silver medallist won last year's race in Glasgow and will be keen to defeat a quality field.

The Boels Dolmans Cycling Team rider will face competition from former double junior world road champion Lucy Garner (Giant Shimano), who finished seventh in the recent Friends Life Women's Tour.

Also up against her is double Olympic gold track medallist Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda) and current British Cycling National Circuit Race champion Hannah Barnes (Unitedhealthcare).

Olympic and world team pursuit champion Joanna Rowsell will be in Monmouthshire to defend the separate time-trial title she won in East Ayrshire in 2013.

She will be up against last year's silver medallist Armitstead.

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