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Lizzie Armitstead happy to be top-ten hit in Olympic time-trial
7:00pm Wednesday 1st August 2012 in Other Sport
The United States’ Kristin Armstrong successfully defended her title, finishing the 29-kilometre route in 37 minutes 34 seconds to finish 16 seconds clear of world champion Judith Arndt (37:50) of Germany in second, with Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya third in 37:57 for her second bronze of the Games.
Great Britain’s Emma Pooley, the 2010 world champion and silver medallist in Beijing four years’ ago, finished in 38:37, placing sixth.
Armitstead – who won the team pursuit at the 2009 Track Cycling World Championships – had been a dark horse for the time-trial but she prefers the shoulder-to-shoulder combat of a road race.
She said: “I’m sure some people want me to do well but it’s not really my scene. I love cycling because of the tactics and the mental thing that comes into it.
“I like to be able to race other people; full gas power isn’t for me.
“It was a reminder of why I don’t enjoy doing time-trials, but the crowd again were fantastic and it’s an experience I’ll never forget.
“I really wasn’t expecting to do very much. I was hoping for a top ten.”
Armitstead expressed disappointment for team-mate Pooley.
The 23-year-old said: “My only disappointment is for Emma. After all the work she did for me in the road race, she really deserved a result.
“I’ve seen the work she’s put in over the year and it’s a shame she couldn’t quite pull it off today, but it wasn’t her course.”
Armitstead has backed Pooley to respond.
“She’s very, very capable and Rio looks like it’s a bit of a hilly place, so she’s got every chance if she wants it.”