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Lizzie Armitstead 'rains' supreme as stage 2 Best of British winner

Steph Cade
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08 May 2014

London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead won the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Best of British jersey at today’s stage of the Women's Tour.

The Great British weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the hundreds of supporters who once again lined the streets of the Women’s Tour route to welcome the riders down the home straight in Bedford.

London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead won the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Best of British jersey at today’s second stage, fending off stiff competition from Lucy Garner and yesterday’s winner, Hannah Barnes.

   

Lizzie said she was delighted to win the jersey:

"I'm proud to have won the Best of British jersey today, it was quite a tough stage. The race has been great so far and the British support has been fantastic so I'm looking forward to wearing the jersey during tomorrow's stage."

The jersey was presented in by local resident and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research supporter Sally Waller. Sally became a supporter of the blood cancer charity following her diagnosis of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in December 2009, aged 62. She underwent two courses of chemotherapy at Milton Keynes Hospital but unfortunately both were unsuccessful, and she required a stem cell transplant to save her life. Fortunately a match was found and she received the transplant on 8 April 2010.

Sally described the experience as an honour:

"It was truly amazing, a great privilege for myself and my donor. The best bit was meeting Lizzie Armitstead. I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia nearly five years ago, and have had a bone marrow transplant. We need to raise a lot of awareness of leukaemia to get more donors on the register."

Tomorrow we head to Clacton-on-Sea for the third stage. The seaside automatically guarantees nice sunny weather for the cyclists and spectators…doesn’t it…?

Comments

12.05.2014

Looks like it was a great day despite the weather - seeing our signs and banners up everywhere is amazing too!