Commonwealth Games: Lizzie Armitstead hoping for track and road glory in Glasgow

Last Updated: 11/12/13 11:20am

Lizzie Armitstead: Big plans for 2014

Lizzie Armitstead is hoping to go for gold for England on the track and road at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next summer.

The Yorkshirewoman won silver at London 2012 in the road race but she is also a multiple world medallist on the track and the Commonwealth Games include bunch events that are not individually run at the Olympics.

She is hoping to secure a berth in the points and scratch races at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, most likely competing with Olympic gold medallists Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell for places.

Armitstead said: "I'm aiming for the track as well [as the road] because it is the events I enjoy and have had some success in.

Track craft

"I have got to prove that I am in good shape at the time. I have got a couple of Revolutions [track events] next year, which I will try to do well in.

"That is the very start of my season, so I am not going to be in top shape, but hopefully I will be able to show I have got track craft.

"It is a very competitive team to get into. It is not a given, but I think I have got a good chance."

Armitstead won the British Road Race Championships on the Glasgow road course last summer and hopes to go one better than Delhi in 2010, when she took the silver medal behind Australia's Rochelle Gilmour.

"It is a difficult race to race tactically," Armitstead added. "There are lots of different opportunities.

"It is a very competitive environment now and to be in that team you would have to focus on the track"

Lizzie Armitstead

"I really like the course. If it is a hard race, it will suit me better. It would be nice to drop some of the out-and-out sprinters that the Australians have a few of."

Road focus

But the move back to track work for Glasgow is not the precursor for a challenge on the track in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where the points and scratch race are not individual events, forming part of the omnium competition instead.

"It is a very competitive environment now and to be in that team you would have to focus on the track," Armitstead said.

"I just love the road too much. There is no way I could give up my road season to be a track rider. It is a decision made for me.

"Points and scratch race you can definitely train as a road rider. It's not quite so specific."