After the disappointment of seeing favourite Mark Cavendish miss out in the men’s road race on Saturday, it was great to see a british cyclist Lizzie Armitstead get Britains first medal for the country. Team GB’s Andy Hunt said that the medal along with Rebecca Adlingtons bronze from swimming would be “”momentum builders” for the rest of the team.hopeful that Armitstead’s silver would begin a run of home success that would build on Danny Boyle’s brilliant opening ceremony.
Still shaking after cycling 140.3km (87 miles) in appalling conditions and narrowly missing out to Dutch former world champion Marianne Vos in a sprint finish, Armitstead said: “It means four years of hard work has paid off. I’m very, very happy to be a medallist and the first one for GreatBritain.”
Referring to the supporting cheers from those that had thronged to the rain soaked streets Armistead said “It was something I’ll never really forget, not being able to hear myself think. The noise pushed us all the way to the finish,”