Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead, a silver medallist at London 2012 and gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, has pulled out of the Aviva Women's Tour after a collision with photographers shortly after winning the first stage.
After crossing the finishing line as winner in Aldeburgh, the 26-year-old Briton crashed into photographers at the roadside, knocking her off her bike and causing a number of other cyclists to fall after completing the first stage of the tour.
Armitstead was rushed to hospital in an ambulance and later tweeted to confirm that while she was not seriously injured, she would not be continuing on in the tour, with the next stage due to take place in Braintree on 18 June.
I remember winning with the help of my team mates and then not much else, but I am ok, nothing broken just very sore, thank you for all your— Lizzie Armitstead (@L_ArmiTstead) June 17, 2015
kind messages and to the NHS staff who took care of me so well. I won't start tomorrow in the hope of recovering properly for the Nationals.— Lizzie Armitstead (@L_ArmiTstead) June 17, 2015
Explaining the cause of the crash, an official statement from the Aviva Women's Tour read, "After crossing the line with her arms in the air stage winner Lizzie Armitstead appeared to lose control and veer left, clipping photographers positioned beyond the finish line."Reuse content