Elizabeth Mary "Lizzie" Armitstead (born 18 December 1988) is an English professional world champion track and road racing cyclist. She is, as of 27 September 2015, the reigning World, Commonwealth and National road race champion. Armitstead is also a reigning two-time winner of the season-long UCI Women's Road World Cup, winning the overall competiton in 2014 and the final edition in 2015. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Armitstead won the silver medal in the road race.
Armitstead won a silver medal in the scratch race at the Junior World Track Championships in 2005, she was under-23 European Scratch Race Champion in 2007 and 2008, and came second in the Points Race in 2007.
In 2009, Armitstead joined the Lotto-Belisol cycling team and rode a number of top level road races. She won the under 23 category of the British National Road Race Championships and the silver medal in the senior category after some controversy.In 2010 she rode for Cervélo TestTeam. Armitstead decided to stay with the franchise in its new formation as Garmin-Cervélo throughout 2011.
Following the discontinuation of the Garmin Cervélo women's team, Armitstead rode for the AA Drink-Leontien.nl team in 2012.Armitstead built the whole of her campaign around the summer Olympics, where she would go on to win the silver medal in the road race at the 2012 Summer Olympics, behind Marianne Vos, in so becoming the first Briton to win a medal at the 2012 Olympics.
Having had to move teams in the past two seasons due to teams disbanding, Armitstead signed for the Boels Dolmans Cycling Team for the 2013 season.Her 2013 season was affected by a recurring stomach illness which was eventually diagnosed as a symptom of a hiatus hernia.Even with her well documented medical concerns Armitstead emerged victorious at the British National Road Race champions – claiming her first white, red and blue jersey.
In April 2014 it was announced that Armitstead had renewed her contract with Boels Dolmans until the end of 2016.Armitstead enjoyed a career-best year, starting with a win at the Omloop van het Hageland. A week later she also won the first World Cup race of the season, the Ronde van Drenthe, after team mate Ellen van Dijk closed a significant gap for her in the final kilometres of the race.At the third World Cup race, the Tour of Flanders, she finished second behind Ellen van Dijk.
Armitstead took part in the inaugural 2014 La Course by Le Tour de France in Paris on 27 July 2014, but crashed with 1 km to the finish.A week later she won the women's road race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.Armitstead, overhauled Emma Pooley with 7 km to go to win her first major gold medal. Armitstead won the UCI Women's Road World Cup with a race to spare on the 24th August 2014.An 8th-place finish in the Open de Suede Vargarda was enough to secure the overall title.