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Cycling - 27. September 2015.

Great Britain Cycling Team's Lizzie Armitsteadwins road world title in Richmond

Great Britain Cycling Team's Lizzie Armitstead has been crowned women's road world champion after winning a breathtaking sprint finish at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday.

The 26-year-old outsprinted Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen to end her wait for an illustrious rainbow jersey on the road.

"This is the big one," Armitstead said.

"You get to wear the jersey and the rainbows are a very special thing in cycling.

"It's a dream come true."

Armitstead becomes the fourth British woman to win the road race world championships after Beryl Burton, Mandy Jones and Nicole Cooke.

British Cycling president Bob Howden said: "This is a landmark moment in the history of British Cycling. Lizzie represents the best of our great sport and deserves all of the praise coming her way.

"Her coolness under pressure in that final kilometre is the hallmark of all the great champions of cycling. She was the pride of Yorkshire and Great Britain already - now she's the best in the world.

"I was very proud to have been there to see it in person, and in the company of Jonny Clay, now cycle sport and membership director at British Cycling, who spotted Lizzie's potential when she was still at school in Otley."

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