After winning the world championship road race in Richmond last year, some publications falsely reported that Lizzie Armitstead intended to retire after the Rio Olympics this July. She set the record straight earlier this spring, and today’s news coming from the Boels-Dolmans team makes that even clearer.
The team announced today that the 27-year-old world champion has extended her contract with the Dutch team till the end of 2018. Dutch team manager Danny Stam did the same.
Stam and Armitstead are a dynamic duo who have worked together since Stam transitioned from being a track racer to management at the Leontien.nl team in 2012. They joined Boels-Dolmans together in 2013.
With Boels-Dolmans, Armitstead has seen her biggest successes on the road, including winning the overall World Cup series in 2014 and ’15 and the world championships road race last year. Boels-Dolmans has been an incredible force in the inaugural UCI Women’s WorldTour, winning the first five events between Armitstead and Chantal Blaak.
“In the past years we have developed as a group and that has put us at a very high level collectively. As a team, we always race to win, and sometimes a look or a gesture is enough to know what’s about to happen. In this environment I have seen my biggest athletic successes and I’m pleased to continue my career here,” commented Armitstead in a press release.
With its team manager, lead rider and sponsors secured, Boels-Dolmans has a promising future ahead.
“Our riders know that they can dominate the races as they ride well together. Everyone wants so start off a season like this, but we are doing it. That is not the effort of one winter, but a process of years. I am pleased that we continue this in the coming seasons and am very curious what else we’ll be able to achieve,” said Stam in a press release.