Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Appeal for Lizzie's 'lucky' shades

Surrey Police are helping to search for Olympic cycling medalist Lizzie Armitstead's lost sunglasses

Police have stepped in to help cycling sensation Lizzie Armitstead find the lucky sunglasses she lost clinching silver for Team GB.

The 23-year-old dropped her shades as she battled for a courageous second place in Sunday's 140 km road race.

The British weather must take a fair share of the blame as the Yorkshire flier was forced to lift the pair of Oakley shades from her eyes to enable her to see through the driving rain.

Some time after that they tumbled onto the road behind.

After hearing about the shedding of the shades, Surrey Police are now helping to relocate the athlete's lucky charm before she competes again, in Wednesday's time trial event.

The force made an appeal on Twitter in the hope of reaching whoever among the thousands of supporters along the route who may have picked them up.

The race left London and powered its way through Surrey before returning to the capital for the thrilling sprint finish on The Mall.

"Lost: 1 pair lucky Oakley sunglasses. Owner @L-ArmiTstead," read the police's post.

"If found, pls hand them in. She'd like them back for the time trial on Weds."

Armitstead's agent confirmed that the missing shades had yet to materialise. But she stressed that the manufacturer had provided a replacement pair.

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