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Lizzie Armitstead recorded Great Britain's first medal of the Games, winning silver in the women's road race behind Marianne Vos yesterday. Russian Olga Zabelinskaya finished third at a soaked Mall after instigating a late breakaway, but was eventually overhauled by Armitstead and Vos.
"I'm so glad I committed to that break," the 23-year-old Yorkshire rider said. "I was umming and aahing but I'm really happy I went with it. I should've jumped earlier in the sprint, but never mind.
"Vos was always the one to watch so I was following her around. We both got in an early break, but I thought it was too early so I waited."
British cycling performance director David Brailsford was quick to praise Armitstead's efforts. "Lizzie rode the perfect race but she didn't quite," he said.
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