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Olympic gold would top world title win for Lizzie Armitstead

Lizzie Armitstead is already focusing on adding Olympic gold to the rainbow jersey after a phenomenal win in the Road Cycling World Championships.

The 26-year-old from Otley will wear the world champion's white jersey with rainbow bands for the next 12 months after a sensational win in the 130-kilometre race in Richmond, Virginia.

Armitstead fulfilled a lifelong dream after a series of near misses in the World Championships, adding to her 2012 Olympic silver medal and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold, plus two successive World Cup series wins.

Rio is now the major target for the Yorkshirewoman, who won Britain's first medal of London 2012.

"That would surpass this if I could achieve that," said Armitstead.

"That will be my focus now for the next 12 months. All in for Rio."

Armitstead is still struggling to come to terms with her achievement after an hour's sleep - due to celebrations and restlessness.

She added: "Crossing the line and being world champion, I've always dreamt about it and now I've done it. Very happy."

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