Van Vleuten victorious in Route de France

Armitstead takes final sprint in Vittel

Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead (Cervelo TestTeam) won the final stage of the Route de France, as Annemiek Van Vleuten (Nederland Bloeit) sealed overall victory in the seven-day race.

Van Vleuten finished just six seconds ahead of Judith Arndt (HTC-Columbia) and 20 seconds ahead of Olga Zabelinskaia (Safi Pasta). Van Vleuten took the race leader’s orange jersey on stage one and her teammates helped her defend her narrow advantage.

During the final 118km stage, HTC-Columbia sent several riders on the attack before Arndt managed to join the key 14-rider attack. They opened a 1:30 lead as Van Vleuten’s Nederland Bloeit teammates chased but then Arndt suffered a puncture and dropped back to the peloton. The break then lost momentum and was caught 20km from the finish, setting up the sprint.

Cervelo TestTeam took charge in the technical and twisting final kilometre, with Sarah Düster leading Armitstead through the corners to give the British rider her first ever bunch sprint victory. She also captured the best young rider jersey after five top five placings during the race.

Italy’s Giorgia Bronzini (Gauss RDZ Ormu) took second in the sprint behind Armitstead and Lisa Brennauer (Hitec Products Uck) placed third.

“Winning today is really good for my confidence. I’ve been coming closer each day and I needed a hard day like today, the team was really perfect,” Armitstead said.

“I just held my position and Sarah [Düster], who is well known for how crazy she is in the corners, did a really good technical finish with three corners in the 750 metres. She went into the last corner full gas. I lost her wheel a little bit but it was also a little early so it was good and then there was nobody so I thought I’ll take this corner and take on the sprint a little bit early and see what happens and it worked.”

Full Results
1Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Cervelo Test Team2:51:30 
2Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Hitec Products Uck  
4Joelle Numainville (Can) Canada  
5Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Columbia Women  
6Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
7Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
8Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara  
9Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Columbia Women0:00:03 
10Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia  
11Charlotte Becker (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:00:04 
12Cherise Taylor (RSA) Team MTN  
13Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
14Eugenie Mermillod (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
15Olga Zabelinskaia (Rus) Safi - Pasta Zara  
16Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
17Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope  
18Anne Samplonius (Can) Canada  
19Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products Uck  
20Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
21Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
22Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia  
23Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
24Erinne Willock (Can) Canada0:00:06 
25Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara  
26Luise Keller (Ger) HTC Columbia Women0:00:14 
27Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Columbia Women  
28Noortje Tabak (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
29Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
30Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
31Kimberly Anderson (USA) HTC Columbia Women0:00:20 
32Martine Bras (Ned) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
33Eivgenia Vysotska (Ukr) Team Valdarno  
34Fröydis Waersted (Nor) Hitec Products Uck0:00:46 
35Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
36Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion0:02:30 
37Denise Ramsden (Can) Canada0:03:03 
38Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets0:08:08 
39Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France0:12:00 
DNFIna Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Columbia Women  
DNFHeather Logan-Sprenger (Can) Canada  
DNFLeah Guloien (Can) Canada  
DNFMarion Azam (Fra) France  
DNFMarie Laure Cloarec (Fra) France  
DNFLudivine Loze (Fra) France  
DNFTatiana Antoshina (Rus) Team Valdarno  
DNFMonia Baccaille (Ita) Team Valdarno  
DNFChiara Bortolus (Ita) Team Valdarno  
DNFLaura Bozzolo (Ita) Team Valdarno  
DNFTatiana Guderzo (Ita) Team Valdarno  
DNFEleonora Suelotto (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
DNFElena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
DNFAlessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
DNFInga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara  
DNFLorena Foresi (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara  
DNFOxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Safi - Pasta Zara  
DNFSuzie Godart (Lux) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
DNFMélodie Lesueur (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
DNFBeatrice Thomas (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
DNFSiobhan Horgan (Irl) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
DNFRoxane Fournier (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
DNFMin Gao (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling  
DNFXiao Ling Luo (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling  
DNFLina Shi (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling  
DNFFan Li Shen (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling  
DNFWan Yiu Jamie Wong (HKg) Giant Pro Cycling  
DNFKirsty Broun (Aus) Australia  
DNFRachel Neylan (Aus) Australia  
DNFJulie Beveridge (Can) Vienne Futuroscope  
DNFGabriela Slamova (Cze) Vienne Futuroscope  
DNFPascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
DNFEmmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
DNFIsabelle Söderberg (Swe) Hitec Products Uck  
DNFTrine Schmidt (Den) Hitec Products Uck  
DNFCarla Swart (RSA) Team MTN  
DNFMarissa Van Der Merwe (RSA) Team MTN  
DNFRobyn De Groot (RSA) Team MTN  
DNFLylanie Lauwrens (RSA) Team MTN  
DNFJanneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
Final general classification
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit15:48:29 
2Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Columbia Women0:00:06 
3Olga Zabelinskaia (Rus) Safi - Pasta Zara0:00:20 
4Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:00:48 
5Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:00:54 
6Charlotte Becker (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:01:38 
7Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:03:05 
8Anne Samplonius (Can) Canada0:03:57 
9Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products Uck0:03:59 
10Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:04:34 
11Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia0:04:57 
12Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia0:05:11 
13Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets0:05:52 
14Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara0:06:10 
15Martine Bras (Ned) Gauss RDZ Ormu0:06:21 
16Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss RDZ Ormu0:06:31 
17Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Hitec Products Uck0:06:37 
18Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets0:07:10 
19Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Columbia Women0:07:22 
20Joelle Numainville (Can) Canada0:07:28 
21Erinne Willock (Can) Canada0:07:36 
22Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:07:51 
23Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope0:08:07 
24Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Columbia Women0:08:24 
25Fröydis Waersted (Nor) Hitec Products Uck0:08:54 
26Luise Keller (Ger) HTC Columbia Women0:09:00 
27Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu0:09:07 
28Kimberly Anderson (USA) HTC Columbia Women0:09:27 
29Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara0:10:26 
30Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo Test Team0:10:28 
31Denise Ramsden (Can) Canada0:14:06 
32Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion0:14:32 
33Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets0:16:10 
34Noortje Tabak (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:18:13 
35Cherise Taylor (RSA) Team MTN0:26:23 
36Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Fenixs - Petrogradets0:26:36 
37Eugenie Mermillod (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion0:27:20 
38Eivgenia Vysotska (Ukr) Team Valdarno0:28:18 
39Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France0:39:47 
Young rider classification
1Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Cervelo Test Team15:49:17 
2Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara0:05:22 
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Hitec Products Uck0:05:49 
4Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Columbia Women0:06:34 
5Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope0:07:19 
6Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara0:09:38 
7Denise Ramsden (Can) Canada0:13:18 
8Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets0:15:22 
9Noortje Tabak (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:17:25 
10Cherise Taylor (RSA) Team MTN0:25:35 
11Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France0:38:59 
Teams classification
1Nederland Bloeit45:43:25 
2Cervelo TestTeam0:00:29 
3HTC Columbia Women0:05:27 
4Safi - Pasta Zara0:05:57 
6Gauss RDZ Ormu0:08:36 
7Hitec Products Uck0:08:45 
8Fenixs - Petrogradets0:09:41 


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