Lizzie Armitstead has regained her British national road title after breaking clear on her own during the final lap of a race that had developed into a battle between her Boels Dolmans team and Wiggle Honda, with the latter’s Laura Trott and Dani King completing the podium in second and third place respectively.
The trio had got clear of the field together with Trott’s sister Emma, a team mate of Armitstead’s at Boels Dolmans, and another Wiggle Honda rider, Amy Roberts, on the fourth of eight 14.2km laps of the 112 kilometre course around Glasgow city centre.
That pair fell away ahead of the final lap, with Armitstead, aged 24 and winner of the event in 2011, putting in an attack that distanced the remaining two Wiggle Honda riders and left them to fight out the sprint for second place.
The podium was therefore made up of three riders who had hit the headlines during the London Olympics last summer – Armitstead claiming Team GB’s first medal, taking silver behind Marianne Vos in the road race, while Trott and Dani King, won the team pursuit together with Joanna Rowsell.
Rowsell herself, also at Wiggle Honda and winner of the national time trial title in Ayrshire on Thursday, wasn’t in the move that decided the podium, but rode strongly late on to claim fourth place, with Emma Trott taking fifth spot.
At the end of the fourth lap, Katie Colclough of Specialized-Lululemon crashed out, with British Cycling tweeting that she had smashed her helmet and was "slightly confused but otherwise ok."
Women’s national road race championship
1 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans)
2 Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda)
3 Dani King (Wiggle Honda)
4 Joanna Rowsell (Wiggle Honda)
5 Emma Trott (Boels Dolmans)
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