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Armitstead wins Ronde van Drenthe World Cup

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British champion out-smarts van der Breggen in two-up finale

Lizzy Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) wins the Ronde van Drenthe

Lizzy Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) wins the Ronde van Drenthe

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Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) claimed her first World Cup victory in the opening round at the Ronde van Drenthe. The British champion attacked from a chase group and then persisted in a long chase to bridge up to Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv). Armitstead then out-smarted the young Dutch rider in the two-woman sprint to pull on the first World Cup leader's jersey of the year. Shelley Olds (MCipollini) was third from the chasing bunch.

"I finally got my big victory here," Armitstead said. "I was quite happy with how I started the season, with third places in Het Nieuwsblad and the Drentse 8 and a victory in the Omloop van het Hageland. But here was that big win."

Van der Breggen escaped with teammate Iris Slappendel on the penultimate lap, building up a lead of nearly a minute at the bell. The pair were assisted on the final lap when the chasing bunch was led off course momentarily.

The mistake only served to whip up the fury of the chasing group, who closed in on the Rabo-Liv duo as the final ascent of the VAM-berg approached. A good part of the work was done by Armitstead's teammate, time trial world champion Ellen van Dijk. "What a luxury to have a helper like Ellen van Dijk, who really acted as an engine for me in the final. It is very nice that I can finish off that work."

Van der Breggen left Slappendel behind as the climb commenced, and by the top, Armitstead attacked from the chase group and had succeeded in passing Slappendel.

Armistead kept the pressure on and finally joined Van der Breggen inside the final 10km. The pair worked smoothly together until the final 500m, when Armistead stranded her Dutch foe on the front. The tactic worked perfectly, and Armitstead got the jump into the final 200m, and won the race with room to celebrate.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 3:51:03  
2 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:02  
3 Shelley Olds (USA) Alé Cipollini 0:00:29  
4 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - Lululemon    
5 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team    
6 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
7 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:31  
8 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS    
9 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:33  
10 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:01:36  
11 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon 0:02:10  
12 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized - Lululemon    
13 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano    
14 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano    
15 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
16 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products    
17 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team    
18 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team    
19 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda    
20 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products    
21 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products 0:04:37  
22 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco / To The Top    
23 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
24 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon    
25 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Cycling Team 0:05:36  
26 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata 0:05:50  
27 Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Alé Cipollini    
28 Anouska Koster (Ned) Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata    
29 Carmen Small (USA) Specialized - Lululemon    
30 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren    
31 Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team    
32 Annelies Dom (Bel) Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata    
33 Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized - Lululemon    
34 Cžline Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
35 Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda    
36 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda    
37 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team    
38 Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata    
39 Kim De Baat (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team    
40 Maura Kinsella (USA) USA National Team    
41 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products    
42 Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Forno d'Asolo-Astute    
43 Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
44 Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team    
45 Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco / To The Top    
46 Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata    
47 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
48 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda    
49 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS    
50 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS    
51 Valentina Carretta (Ita) Alé Cipollini    
52 Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
53 Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team 0:05:55  
54 Julia Soek (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:06:01  
55 Claudia H€Usler (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 0:06:03  
56 Liisi Rist (Est) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox 0:10:29  
57 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Team Rytger 0:10:32  
58 Martina Ritter (Aut) BTC City Ljubljana    
59 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products    
60 Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana    
61 Martina Zwick (Ger) Bigla Cycling Team    
62 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren    
63 Alexis Ryan (USA) USA National Team    
64 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Alé Cipollini    
65 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Alé Cipollini    
66 Lauren Komanski (USA) USA National Team    
67 Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda    
68 Peta Mullens (Aus) Wiggle Honda    
69 Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
70 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team    
DNF Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team    
DNF Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS    
DNF Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica - AIS    
DNF Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS    
DNF Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products    
DNF Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Alé Cipollini    
DNF Simona Frapporti (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team    
DNF Alice Algisi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team    
DNF Michela Maltese (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team    
DNF Ana Maria Covrig (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team    
DNF Kseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Astana Bepink Womens Team    
DNF Erika Yƒpez (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren    
DNF Ruth Alfie Moctezuma (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren    
DNF Lucy Martin (GBr) Estado de Mexico Faren    
DNF Dulce Pliego (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren    
DNF Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
DNF Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
DNF Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
DNF Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Forno d'Asolo-Astute    
DNF Silvija Latozaite (Ltu) Forno d'Asolo-Astute    
DNF Valeria Pintos (Arg) Forno d'Asolo-Astute    
DNF Alena Sitsko (Blr) Forno d'Asolo-Astute    
DNF Taryn Heather (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team    
DNF Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Bigla Cycling Team    
DNF Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team    
DNF Lotta Lepist… (Fin) Bigla Cycling Team    
DNF Irene Bitto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
DNF Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
DNF Soraya Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
DNF Chiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
DNF Sara Grifi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
DNF Asja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
DNF Simona Crotti (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox    
DNF Lara Vieceli (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox    
DNF Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox    
DNF Vittoria Bussi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox    
DNF Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox    
DNF Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana    
DNF Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana    
DNF Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana    
DNF Anja Rugelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana    
DNF Latoya Brulee (Bel) Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata    
DNF Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team    
DNF Amanda Miller (USA) Tibco / To The Top    
DNF Samantha Schneider (USA) Tibco / To The Top    
DNF Emma Grant (GBr) Tibco / To The Top    
DNF Anika Todd (Can) Tibco / To The Top    
DNF Kelly Markus (Ned) Team Rytger    
DNF Kamilla Sofie Valin (Den) Team Rytger    
DNF Julie Valgren Andersen (Den) Team Rytger    
DNF Hanna Helamb (Swe) Team Rytger    
DNF Malin Kristina Nystrand (Swe) Team Rytger    
DNF Astrid Gassner (Aut) No Radunion Vitalogic    
DNF Brigitte Stocker (Ger) No Radunion Vitalogic    
DNF Stephanie Strobl (Aut) No Radunion Vitalogic    
DNF Alisa Van Oijen (Aut) No Radunion Vitalogic    
DNF Eva Wutti (Aut) No Radunion Vitalogic    
DNF Korina Huizar (USA) USA National Team    
World Cup ranking after round 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 120  pts
2 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 100  
3 Shelley Olds (USA) Alé Cipollini 85  
4 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - Lululemon 70  
5 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 60  
6 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 50  
7 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 40  
8 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS 35  
9 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 30  
10 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 25  
11 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon 20  
12 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized - Lululemon 18  
13 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano 16  
14 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano 14  
15 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 12  
16 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products 10  
17 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 8  
18 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 6  
19 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda 4  
20 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products 2  
Young riders
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 6  pts
2 Anouska Koster (Ned) Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata 4  
3 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren    
Sprint classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 12  pts
2 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 8  
3 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano 2  
4 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 2  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 6  pts
2 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 4  
3 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 2  
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 193  pts
2 Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 160  
3 Team Giant-Shimano 110  
4 Specialized - Lululemon 108  
5 Ale Cipollini 85  
6 Orica - AIS 35  
7 Hitec Products 12  
7 Lotto Belisol Ladies 12  
9 Wiggle Honda 4