Commonwealth Games coverage
Published: 3 August 2014
Written by: Scott Hobro
England’s Lizzie Armitstead claimed Commonwealth Games gold in the women’s road race with a superb late attack in Glasgow centre.
The 25-year-old, who won silver in 2010 in Delhi, crossed the line alone ahead of teammate Emma Pooley, who completed a one-two for England in her final ever race.
"Special, surreal this is something I have always dreamed about, it means so much to me. I am always a runner up," Armitstead said.
"I am really happy. That was the best cycling teamwork I have ever been a part of. It's such a shame Emma is retiring today, it was a fantastic job from her and all the girls, I am really proud of them."
“I want to say a massive thank you to Emma. Cycling is a beautiful sport and a team sport, which often gets overlooked so I’m pleased Emma gets a silver medal as well."
Armitstead had caught and passed Pooley - who attacked on the final lap - on the Great George Street climb with less than 10km remaining.
The 2012 Olympic silver medallist then pushed on alone and crossed the line 25 seconds ahead of Pooley to end her wait for a road victory at a major international competition.
Scotland’s Katie Archibald battled to seventh to complete an impressive Games for the 20-year-old.
"That was unexpected! said Pooley, who won silver in Thursday's time-trial.
"We were working for Liz and I wanted to do everything for her. When she came past me and I was still clear I thought I might as well keep going. It's been a long nine years, it was nice to finish on a high."
The decisive group of seven emerged on the fifth 14.4-kilometre lap of seven.
Armitstead and Pooley were joined by Australia’s Tiffany Cromwell, New Zealand’s Linda Villumsen and South Africa’s Ashleigh Pasio from the peloton on the technical city-centre course with a number of short, sharp climbs.
Archibald recognised the danger and dug deep to bridge across with Australia’s Gracie Elvin.
A number of short-lived attacks followed. Pooley went solo at the front on more than one occasion, forcing the Australian duo of Cromwell and Elvin to exert energy chasing her down.
Heavy rain on lap five of seven meant the final stages of the race were contested in testing conditions before Pooley, 31, went on what would be the final attack of her remarkable career with 11.5km to go.
The gap grew to 10 seconds before Armitstead, who had looked in strong form throughout, emerged from the group on the steep asecent of George Street to accelerate past Pooley.
She opened up a lead of 15 seconds to allow to her to savour her triumph on the line at Glasgow Green.