Last Updated on September 28, 2014 by Andrew Culture
Lizzie Armitstead continues to be one of the favourites for the women’s cycling road race on Saturday in Ponferrada, Spain after successfully defending Great Britain’s selection policy for the world road championships’s players.
Britain’s former national womens champion Emma Pooley and Joanna Rowsell criticized the British national cycling team for not selecting any riders to take part in “Elite Women’s Time Trials” which are planned to be held on Tuesday.
Lizzie Armitstead is also heading the team of young and inexperienced riders in road race, and includes mountain bikers Annie Last and Alice Barnes.
The Commonwealth Games champion Armitstead also admitted that the British team has not other choice and is in transition stage and there aren’t many people to select from.
Armitstead rejected the criticism by the former champions pointing to the fact that there are not many available options to select from and the team has got the best of what it has got at the moment.
United Kingdom’s team defended its decision to not compete in any women’s time trial by arguing that they would invest their resources in ventures where they have got plausible chance of success instead of time trials where they don’t have any competitor capable of winning any medal.
Armitstead questioned the media to find her anyone capable of taking advantage of the experience. Then she answered her own question by pointing that she cannot see anyone capable of doing it. She also broke the news that she has stepped away from the British Cycling for quite a long time and she doesn’t know what’s going to happen in British Cycling after her races in Europe. She also hoped there might be a young girl that’s got potential to compete.
She also added “I’m not going to criticise the selection because that’s the state of play, that’s what is there.” After saying this he put the whole blame on lack of women’s road programme and said that absence of women’s road programme was most likely cause of having no experienced women rider for competing.