Lizzie Deignan (Armitstead)

Lizzie Armitstead at Great British Speakers

‘Elizabeth the first’ as she was aptly nicknamed by the media at the London Olympics in 2012. Lizzie put in a gutsy performance, through the pouring rain, to come home on the Mall, just behind Marianne Vos in the Women’s road race, to win the first British medal of the home Games. This medal positioned Lizzie as one of the best female road cyclists in the World, and subsequent World Championship, World Cup, and Commonwealth titles have cemented her as such.

In 2013, Lizzie joined the Dutch Boels-Dolmans Team alongside Director Sportif Danny Stam – and she hasn’t looked back since. The 2014 season got off to an incredible start, as she won the first UCI World Cup Race, and finished on the podium for the next three, ensuring she maintained her lead in the Series and was crowned the Champion of the Women’s 2014 World Cup series at Open de Suede Vargarda, shortly after claiming Gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Her great run of form on the road continued in 2015; winning the Tour of Qatar, three UCI World Cup races, and regaining both the UCI World Cup Series and National Champions jersey. It was her decisive victory in Richmond at the World Championships that cemented Lizzie as the best in the World though and granted her the honour of wearing the rainbow jersey for the 2016 season. The year started in a similar vein with wins, podium finishes and achieving a lifelong goal of winning the prestigious Tour of Flanders. Lizzie followed that up with a brilliant display to win the Aviva Women’s Tour in her native Great Britain. Lizzie finished 5th on a brutal Olympic course in Rio and 4th at the World Championships in Qatar on a course that was not in her favour. Lizzie did, however, become a World Champion once more with her team Boels Dolmans who won the Team Time Trial.

Lizzie has also announced her signing with Boels-Dolmans through to 2018 confirming her desire to continue beyond 2016.

After being talent spotted by British Cycling aged just 15, Lizzie was initially a track rider. At her first UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Lizzie took home a hat-trick of Gold medals and has since gone on to claim nine additional Gold medals at the Track World Cup Series, also winning the World Champion Title in the Team Pursuit event. Now fully focused on the road, Lizzie does still make time for the odd track appearance, and at the Revolutions series took her first victory of 2015 at the Manchester event in January, lapping the field twice in the Points race.

Lizzie is in wide demand for corporate appearances, especially after her success in 2015 and 2016, and with the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart and the subsequent Tour de Yorkshire being held in Yorkshire, her home county.

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