Otley's Lizzie Armitstead crowned World Champion

Lizzie Armitstead

Published at 9:44am 28th September 2015. (Updated at 1:55pm 30th September 2015)

Otley cyclist Lizzie Armitstead has thanked supporters after sprinting to victory at the Road Cycling World Championships in Richmond, Virginia.

Armitstead became only the fourth British woman to wear the iconic rainbow jersey after her performance on Saturday night.

She tweeted: "Thanks to everyone for your lovely messages, phone hasn't stopped! On my way home to celebrate with my long lost fiancé, family and friends."

Otley MP Greg Mulholland was among those offering their congratulations, tweeting: "Massive congratulations...Otley is celebrating!"

Armitstead is also the World Cup holder and was a silver medallist at London 2012.