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Lizzie Armitstead: I know I'm going to get married in Yorkshire

Lizzie Armitstead has had the final say on where her wedding will be held Credit: ITV News

Yorkshire cyclist and newly crowned World Champion, Lizzie Armitstead, might not know when her upcoming wedding will be, but she has no doubt that it will be held somewhere in her home county.

The 26-year-old Olympic medalist got engaged to fellow racer, Team Sky's Philip Deignan, in September just days before jetting off to America on the road to claiming the coveted rainbow jersey.

We haven't got a date but we have decided on the country! Philip's Irish, so I had to fight for the Yorkshire side, and we've decided that our wedding will be in Yorkshire. He's a cyclist too, so we're a little bit like ships in the night, but now that I've got the ring on my finger he definitely can't get rid of me now!

– Lizzie Armitstead
Lizzie Armitstead wins the women elite's race at the UCI Road World Cycling championships in Richmond, Virginia Credit: Press Association

Lizzie was in floods of tears as she crossed the line of the the 130km race, winning by a wheel in Richmond, Virginia at the end of September to take gold and the rainbow jersey. It meant that she became only the fourth British woman to win the title, following Beryl Burton, Mandy Jones and Nicole Cooke.

It's just a dream that I've always had to be World Champion. I've won lots of races before, but in cycling, to be World Champion and getting to wear the rainbow jersey all season is something I've always dreamed about.

– Lizzie Armitstead

Victory at the World Championships came after a bountiful period in her career, with Commonwealth gold in 2014, two UCI Women's Road World Cup titles and her third British National Road Race Championship.

Armitstead waves to the crowd after winning the British Cycling National Road Championships in Lincolnshire. Credit: Press Association

Her season, along with her Olympic dream for Rio 2016 threatened to be derailed following a horror crash just seconds after crossing the finish line of the Women's Tour in Suffolk in June.

Initial reports emerged saying Lizzie had broken her thigh bone, but she tweeted shortly after the crash that she had escaped with minor injuries. The crash meant she had to pull out of the remainder of the Women's Tour, but revealed her real fear was missing out on next year's Olympic Games:

To be honest, my first thought was for the photographer that I crashed into; I hit him with some force! Luckily though, I came away with just a few bruises.

In my mind at the time though, I was thinking 2015 was over but I might make it to Rio in 2016. I think I was just being a bit melodramatic though as I was fine.

– Lizzie Armitstead

As she enjoys her off season, Lizzie says she is looking forward to booking a holiday and reflecting on one of her most fruitful seasons to date and one which has furthered her reputation as one of Britain's most successful female cyclists.

Lizzie celebrates on the podium in Virginia after winning her World Championship medal Credit: Press Association

After break though, Lizzie's focus will shift back to pre-season training starting in early November, with one eye on defending her Olympic Silver medal in Rio in August of next year.