Lizzie Armitstead: best in the world
Women’s professional cycling has a new leader. The recently updated UCI Individual Rankings shows that Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) is the best ranked rider in the world, taking the number one spot from The Netherland’s Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) who’s been sidelined with injuries all season.
Armitstead has been enjoying a very successful season. In the last month alone, she won the Philadelphia World Cup, stage one of the Aviva Women’s Tour and the road race at the British National Championships. She currently leads the UCI Women Road World Cup series.
In this Ella exclusive video interview, Armitstead speaks about her upcoming season objectives and admits that she would trade every other results she’s achieved for a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The UCI rankings are based upon the results in all women’s UCI-sanctioned races over a twelve-month period. Vos has topped the individual rankings every year from 2007 to 2012 and again in 2014. Sweden’s Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) took the lead in 2013.
In the team rankings, which are calculated by summing the points of the team’s four best placed riders, Rabo Liv continues to top the chart. But Armitstead’s team, Boels-Dolmans, is rapidly closing the gap on Rabo Liv with Evie Stevens, Ellen van Dijk, Christine Majerus and Megan Guarnier all in the top 20 of the individual rankings.