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Lizzie Armitstead believes victory at this weekend’s Tour of Flanders could help her make sure of a place in the British Olympic road cycling team.

Armitstead, 23, faces Nicole Cooke – her GB team-mate but fierce rival for lead rider in the squad – as they ride for separate teams in Sunday’s race.

“I’m hoping to peak this weekend. The Tour of Flanders is the main goal of the spring,” Armitstead said.
Four women will compete for Team GB in the London 2012 road race.

Those four places will not be filled by the selectors until 7 June, later than many other Olympic sports.

But while four will ride, only one can win the gold medal. Both Armitstead and Cooke believe they can put forward strong cases to be chosen as the focus of the team.

Armitstead was set up as the leader for last year’s World Championships in Copenhagen…

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