Armitstead wins GP de Plouay World Cup

British champion out-sprints rivals in World Cup final

British champion Lizzie Armitstead sealed the overall World Cup victory with a well-fought win in the final round, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne. The Boels-Dolmans rider made a select group that fought out the dramatic finale, and emerged victorious over Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) and world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Rabo-Liv).

With Jolien d'Hoore (Wiggle-Honda) choosing to skip the race to prepare for the world championships, the door was wide open for Armitstead, and the Boels-Dolmans team held it so she could waltz right through.

"I am very happy with this result," Armitstead said. "I was always on the front, but I have to thank the team they did a tremendous job."

Team manager Danny Stam agreed. "It could not have worked out any better. We aimed for the victory in this race with Lizzie, because she is riding very well at the moment. When we would succeed, we would see about the World Cup. It turned out that was the right tactic. The team was very strong today and Megan and Evelyn and the others in the team made it also a team performance today. But Lizzy was the one who could wrap it up."

Evelyn Stevens and US champion Megan Guarnier took turns attacking to whittle down the lead group and wear down their rivals. While moves shot off the front throughout the final 50km, the race reached its crux with 12km to go when Ferrand-Prevot pushed the pace, drawing out seven riders including Armitstead, Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv), Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Bigla) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda).

There was a regrouping soon after, but then Guarnier put in a dig. While she didn't get very far, the world champion was forced to help chase, and when Guarnier was caught, her teammate Evelyn Stevens countered.

Stevens drew out first Claudia Lichtenberg (Liv-Plantur) and then Elena Cecchini (Lotto Soudal), the trio opening up a gap of nearly 30 seconds on the chasers.

The punishing final climb brought the breakaway to an end, thanks to an attack by Armitstead, who passed the trio and left them behind after her group had neared the leaders. Armitstead was then caught by four riders including Pasio, Johansson, Van der Breggen and Longo Borghini, but before the sprint a larger group bridged up from behind.

Armitstead had just enough time to catch her breath and relaunch her sprint, holding off Johansson to take the victory and the overall World Cup from Van der Breggen, with the absent D'Hoore in third.

Katarzyna Niewiadoma earne the best young rider's prize, while her team was the top of the teams classification.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team3:09:26 
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS  
3Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
4Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
5Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Liv-Plantur  
6Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
7Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
8Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
9Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
10Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Vaiano0:00:38 
11Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:39 
12Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:41 
13Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi  
14Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
15Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica - AIS  
16Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica - AIS  
17Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
18Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Ale Cipollini  
19Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
20Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
21Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi0:02:59 
22Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
23Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica - AIS  
24Lenore Pipes (Gum) Bepink Laclassica  
25Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
26Lara Vieceli (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
27Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (USA) Team Tibco - SVB  
28Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - SVB  
29Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
30Elise Delzenne (Fra) France  
31Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Lointek Team  
32Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (Bra) Ale Cipollini  
33Francesca Cauz (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
34Séverine Eraud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
35Georgia Williams (NZl) Bepink Laclassica  
36Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
37Victorie Guilman (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
38Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
39Aude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
40Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda  
41Edwige Pitel (Fra) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
42Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Servetto Footon  
43Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS  
44Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
45Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur  
46Joelle Numainville (Can) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:03:06 
47Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:05:53 
48Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
49Laura Camila Lozano Ramirez (Col) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
50Rozanne Slik (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
51An-Li Kachelhoffer (RSA) Russia  
52Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Lointek Team  
53Cherise Stander (RSA) Russia  
54Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek Team  
55Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukr) Servetto Footon  
56Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica - AIS  
57Riejanne Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
58Sharon Laws (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
59Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto Footon  
60Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
61Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek Team  
62Michela Pavin (Ita) Servetto Footon  
63Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Team Tibco - SVB  
64Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
65Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
66Ewelina Szybiak (Pol) Aromitalia Vaiano  
67Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
68Jessie Walker (GBr) Servetto Footon  
69Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
70Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
71Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi  
72Joanne Hogan (Aus) Team Tibco - SVB  
73Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
74Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
75Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle Honda  
76Fanny Leleu (Fra) France0:06:17 
77Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
78Emily Collins (NZl) Team Tibco - SVB  
79Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda  
80Doris Schweizer (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
81Amber Neben (USA) Bepink Laclassica  
82Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco - SVB0:07:24 
83Marion Sicot (Fra) France0:09:34 
84Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:11:38 
85Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
86Heidi Dalton (RSA) Russia  
87Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
88Anja Rugelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
89Jessica Parra (Col) Aromitalia Vaiano  
90Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi  
91Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
92Anabelle Dreville (Fra) France  
93Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Lointek Team  
94Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
95Emilie Rochedy (Fra) France  
96Riccarda Mazzotta (Swi) Servetto Footon  
97Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
98Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
99Eider Merino Kortazar (Spa) Lointek Team  
100Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink Laclassica  
101Beatrice Rossato (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
OTLKatrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica - AIS  
OTLIlona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
OTLEyerusalem Kelil (Eth) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
OTLKyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
DNFMichela Balducci (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFFederica Nicolai (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFCarla Oberholzer (RSA) Russia  
DNFCharlene Roux (RSA) Russia  
DNFUrska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFJelena Eric (Srb) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFLija Laizane (Lat) Aromitalia Vaiano  
DNFAlessia Martini (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
DNFValentina Bastianelli (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi  
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi  
DNFAna Maria Covrig (Rom) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFTereza Medvedova (Svk) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFAnna Christian (GBr) Wiggle Honda  

World Cup final standings

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team484 pts
2Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team435 
3Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda391 
4Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda350 
5Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team315 
6Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team260 
7Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM255 
8Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda232 
9Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team230 
10Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team226 
11Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies222 
12Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - Ais211 
13Shelley Olds (USA) Ale Cipollini170 
14Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur165 
15Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team160 
16Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM145 
17Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team145 
18Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla Pro Cycling Team130 
19Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products120 
20Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team120 
21Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM118 
22Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM117 
23Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products97 
24Fanny Riberot (Fra) Lointek Team85 
25Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team76 
26Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team75 
27Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Liv-Plantur75 
28Joelle Numainville (Can) Bigla Pro Cycling Team68 
29Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana68 
30Kim De Baat (Ned) - Zannata64 
31Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Velocio - SRAM60 
32Coryn Rivera (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team60 
33Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle Honda60 
34Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team55 
35Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ale Cipollini55 
36Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM52 
37Carmen Small (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team52 
38Jolanda Neff (Swi) Servetto Footon50 
39Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.8648 
40Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica - Ais43 
41Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team42 
42Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano40 
43Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies40 
44Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.8640 
45Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini39 
46Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team37 
47Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team35 
48Lex Albrecht (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies35 
49Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale Cipollini35 
50Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Vaiano25 
51Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products25 
52Anna Trevisi (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi25 
53Brianna Walle (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies25 
54Jutatip Maneephan (Tha)25 
55Emily Collins (NZl) Team Tibco - SVB24 
56Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - SVB24 
57Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team24 
58Lauren Komanski (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air24 
59Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica - Ais23 
60Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - Ais23 
61Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle Honda22 
62Michela Pavin (Ita) Servetto Footon22 
63Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur21 
64Doris Schweizer (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team20 
64Vera Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team20 
66Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies20 
67Larisa Pankova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O20 
68Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur20 
69Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Ale Cipollini18 
70Lauren Hall (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air18 
71Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team18 
72Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - Ais17 
73Dani King (GBr) Wiggle Honda16 
74Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi16 
75Yue Bai (Chn) China Chongming-Liv-Champion System Pro Cycling16 
76Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur15 
76Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur15 
78Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana14 
78Olena Pavlukhina (Aze) BTC City Ljubljana14 
78Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana14 
81Aude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.8614 
82Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - Ais14 
83Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies14 
84Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products12 
84Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products12 
84Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products12 
87Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica - Ais12 
88Hyunji Kim (Kor)12 
89Rossella Ratto (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi12 
90Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Ale Cipollini12 
91Anastasiya Chulkova (Rus) Bepink Laclassica11 
91Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink Laclassica11 
91Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) Bepink Laclassica11 
91Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink Laclassica11 
91Georgia Williams (NZl) Bepink Laclassica11 
96Rozanne Slik (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team10 
96Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team10 
96Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team10 
96Riejanne Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team10 
100Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek Team10 
101Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini9 
101Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Ale Cipollini9 
101Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini9 
104Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco - SVB8 
104Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Team Tibco - SVB8 
106Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.868 
107Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana8 
108Iris Slappendel (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team8 
109Hyeong-Yeong Kang (Kor)8 
110Andrea Dvorak (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air8 
111Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus)8 
112Annelies Dom (Bel) - Zannata7 
112Marissa Otten (Ned) - Zannata7 
112Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) - Zannata7 
112Nina Kessler (Ned) - Zannata7 
116Heini Salovaara (Fin)6 
116Rosa Törmänen (Fin)6 
116Veera Väkevä (Fin)6 
116Maija Syrjä (Fin)6 
116Antonia Grondahl (Fin)6 
121Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies6 
122Iris Sachet (Fra)4 
123Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team4 
124Mary Zider (USA)2 
125Fiona Dutriaux (Fra)2 
126Anabelle Dreville (Fra)2 


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