Olympic hero hopes for another first as Tour reaches Bury

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Olympic hero Lizzie Armistead will be hoping for another first when the Friends Life Women’s Tour finishes in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.

Team GB’s first medallist at London 2012 will be among an elite field — including Olympic golden girls Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell — sprinting for the line in Angel Hill.

Armistead — who rides for the Boels Dolmans team — is expecting some ‘hectic’ finishes during the five-day event, which began on Wednesday.

“I’ve been pretty vocal in my support for women’s cycling being treated properly and on an equal footing with the men so obviously am very excited about the Women’s Tour,” she said. “I am totally 
behind what the organisers are doing and the 
ethics behind the race if you like but as we get closer, being a racer, my focus is simply on the race itself and how we can perform best as a team.

“We have five reasonably short stages and a competitive field with most of the top teams and racers present so I am expecting some hectic finishes.”