Guarnier sets seal on UCI Women's WorldTour outright triumph in Madrid

American makes history with first title

Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) has become the first ever winner of the women's WorldTour after coming safely through the final round of the series, the Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta on Sunday.

The US rider completed the series with 946 points, a massive advantage over second-placed Leah Kirchman (Team Liv-Plantur) who had 604 points, whilst teammate Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) finished third with 545 points. Boels Dolmans also won the teams series.

After taking over in the lead in the Tour of California from Armitstead, winning the overall Giro Rosa, and coming fifth in the penultimate round, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne, Guarnier, was already the mathematical winner. But she completed the final leg of the series in Madrid in 46th place after making a searing attack 35 kilometres from the line.

Even though the overall win was in her grasp, Guarnier said "every race we come to try to win, so even though we knew I would win the overall, it was still a race that we came into that we wanted to race aggressively and go for the podium. But it wasn't our best finish."

As for whether the WorldTour had been an objective from the start, Guarnier said, "we have a very strong team, you can see that from our win in the teams classification, and it just so happens that the jersey ended on my back. But it was really a team effort."

As for the race itself, Guarnier said she had gone up the road early on because "my strength on a course like this is a long attack or breakaway and I wanted to make it hard for the other teams and that's why I went away. I got caught by a small group, but it didn't really work out, and we were then caught by the peloton." S

he was unaffected, she said, by the big crash some four kilometres from the line, "I heard it happen, but didn't see it, I was getting together with my teammates then and we could continue to do our job."

Although the World Championships course in Doha is not favourable to her, it is the next - and final - stop for Guarnier this year.

She said she would try "to build back up for that, after a bit of recovery time. I'll go there and race aggressively. it's not really the best course for me, [but] I hope to go there and represent my country and do the best I can."

UCI Women's WorldTour Final Standings

#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels–Dolmans946 pts
2Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv–Plantur624 
3Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels–Dolmans545 
4Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels–Dolmans541 
5Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5523 
6Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels–Dolmans519 
7Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo–Liv492 
8Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5463 
9Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5450 
10Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo–Liv442 
11Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo–Liv421 
12Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon–SRAM288 
13Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld–Zannata286 
14Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervélo–Bigla Pro Cycling279 
15Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5265 
16Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé–Cipollini249 
17Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana245 
18Joëlle Numainville (Can) Cervélo–Bigla Pro Cycling241 
19Carmen Small (USA) Cervélo–Bigla Pro Cycling/Cylance Pro Cycling240 
20Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou–Charentes.Futuroscope.86234 
Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo–Liv36 pts
2Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv–Plantur18 
3Sheyla Gutiérrez (Esp) Cylance Pro Cycling18 
4Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team14 
5Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto–Soudal Ladies12 
6Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops10 
7Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon–SRAM10 
8Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team6 
9Chloe Dygert (USA) TWENTY16–Ridebiker6 
10Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink6 
11Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld–Zannata6 
12Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana6 
13Ksenyia Tuhai (Blr) Bepink4 
14Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv–Plantur4 
15Janelle Cole (USA) TWENTY16–Ridebiker4 
16Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling4 
17Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Servetto Footon4 
18Sofia Beggin (Ita) Astana4 
19Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen–Pro-Duo4 
20Jessenia Meneses (Col) Weber Shimano Ladies Power4 
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Boels–Dolmans2894 pts
2Wiggle High52245 
5Team Liv–Plantur840 
6Cervélo–Bigla Pro Cycling794 
9Team Hitec Products461 
11Cylance Pro Cycling425 
12BTC City Ljubljana382 
14Lotto–Soudal Ladies269 
16Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team254 
19Servetto Footon180 
20Tibco–Silicon Valley Bank168 

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