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Lizzie Armitstead wins British Cycling Championship

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Otley's Lizzie Armitstead has won the Women's British Cycling Championship for a third time.

The 26-year-old was involved in a horror crash during the Tour of Britain earlier this month, but recovered in time to compete today in Lincoln.

Speaking to British Eurosport, she praised the crowds for their support saying she would head to Donegal, Ireland to celebrate with her boyfriend.

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Crowds gather in Lincoln for cycling championships

British Cycling National Road Championships come to Lincolnshire

It is likely to be the biggest sporting event ever held in Lincolnshire.

Over four days the British Cycling National Road Championships are taking place in the county.

Lizzie Armitstead will return to competition following her crash last week in the Women's Tour of Britain. More than thirty thousand people are expected to turn out in Lincoln on Sunday for the competition's finale.

Today, though, it's been Cadwell Park near Louth that's been in the limelight for hosting time trials phases for men and women.

Fiona Dwyer reports:

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Lizzie Armitstead pulls out of Women's Tour after finish line smash

Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead has tweeted to allay fears she had broken her leg following a horror smash just seconds after crossing the finish line of the Women's Tour in Suffolk.

The 26-year-old took to Twitter to confirm that she had not broken any bones and to thank hospital staff.

She will, however, not be taking any further part in the race, as she recuperates ahead of the National Cycling Championships later in the month:

Lizzie Armitstead airlifted to hospital after crash in Women's Tour

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Commonwealth champion Lizzie Armitstead has been airlifted to hospital after crashing in the Women's Tour. The 26-year-old, who's from Otley, was raising her arms to celebrate winning the first stage of the race when she collided with someone inside the barriers. It is thought she has broken her leg.

A representative from her team Boels Dolmas collected her winner's jersey on the podium on her behalf.

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