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Armitstead: Other nations will be scared of Pooley and me at the Olympics

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Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) leads the WorldTour rankings

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) leads the WorldTour rankings (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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World Champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans)

World Champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) winning the Tour of Flanders

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) winning the Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Cor Vos)
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Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5), Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) and Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)

Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5), Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) and Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)
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Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) leads Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5)

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) leads Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5)

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) believes that the rest of the world will be scared of the British women’s team at this summer’s Olympic Games. Current world road race champion, Armitstead, heads towards Rio as the one the favourites, and although the British women’s team will probably comprise of just three riders, the likely inclusion of Emma Pooley will give the squad both experience and pedigree on a course suited to specialist climbers.

Pooley has not dedicated herself to the road since 2014 when she competed in the Commonwealth Games. She helped Armitstead to victory in the road race back then, and after a stint in duathlon she is set to return to the road with the Olympic time trial and the race road in her programme, should she be selected for the Games.

“The thing is with Emma is that she will never retire,” Armitstead told Cyclingnews on Monday.

Armitstead, although long removed from the track set up, knows British Cycling better than most, even though the vast majority of her road career has been carried out without their support. Although she would not be drawn specifically on the Varnish’s allegations, providing a small but perhaps telling “no comment” when asked if she was surprised by what Varnish had to say, she did offer her support and understanding as one athlete to another.

“The support going into Rio has been really good so I don’t know what goes on at the track anyone, especially on the sprint side.

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Daniel Benson

 Daniel Benson is the Editor in Chief at both Cyclingnews.com and BikePerfect.com. Based in the UK, he has worked within cycling for almost 15 years, and he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he has reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he runs the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.