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Armitstead family: "so proud" of silver medallist

Lizzie Armitstead's family have expressed their delight after she claimed Great Britain's first medal of London 2012.

The cyclist from West Yorkshire, who did not get into cycling until she was 16, claimed silver in the women's road race after a sprint finish on the Mall.

"It is more than we can have hoped for."

– Carol Armitstead, Lizzie's mother

Her grandmother, Marjorie Dunn, sporting a t shirt with "I'm Lizzie's Grandma" emblazoned across the front, added: "A granddaughter who is an Olympian is something very, very special."

"I was disappointed and delighted - I knew she wanted the gold. I am tearful, I am delighted."

– Ray Dunn, Lizzie's grandfather



Support for Lizzie Armitstead

Cycling fans from London, chalk the name of Lizzie Armitstead on the road at Mickleham village, Surrey, prior to the Women's Road Race. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Before Lizzie Armitstead set off on the Women's Road Race, supporters chalked messages of support on to the tarmac for her to read on the way. The cyclist from Otley is considered a real medal hope.

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