Team GB Cycling – highs and lows

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,” 

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One thought on “Team GB Cycling – highs and lows

  1. Still can’t believe the tactics that the mens team used on Saturday. Plan A was to control the peleton and keep a steady pace, pull back any breakaways towards the end of the race, then unleash a fresh Cavendish on the home straight.. After the last climb up box hill, there were 30 riders ahead of the main peleton. Not a handful of riders who would struggle to stay ahead, but a large group of 30 riders, all taking turns to lead the line, compared to the peleton where only 4 riders were making the pace. Team GB stuck with plan A even though it was obviously blown out of the water. Where was plan B, go with the breakaway riders, try to control the lead group, hope Cav had enough left in him for a medal (which he probably would have). Great athletes + poor planning = no medal.

    The women seemed to have a good plan, cycle as fast as you can, stay with the leaders, and hope for the best. And it worked!

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