Wild thwarts Armitstead's Tour de Yorkshire dream

Dutch rider takes bunch sprint to claim biggest prize in women’s cycling

Dutchwoman Kirsten Wild thwarted both the hopes of Yorkshire’s world champion Lizzie Armitstead and those of local fans when she proved quickest of the bunch to claim the first edition of the Asda Tour de Yorkshire in Doncaster. The Hitec Products rider finished a bike length clear of Wiggle-High5’s Lucy Garner, with Liv-Plantur’s Floortje Mackaij in third, to claim the biggest prize in women’s cycling of more than £15,000.

Going into the final 20 kilometres it had seemed that Armitstead, riding for the Great Britain team, might pull off a hugely popular coup after she went on the attack with Liv-Plantur’s Leah Kirchmann and Cylance Pro Cycling’s Doris Schweizer. The trio opened up a lead of more than a minute with little more than 15km remaining. But they were reeled in two kilometres from the line.

It was Schweizer who made the early running, breaking away after the field had left Armitstead’s home town of Otley. The gap was kept down to below two minutes as Liv-Plantur and Hitec Products kept the bunch moving along briskly behind the Swiss rider.

Soon after passing the 60-kilometre mark in Pontefract, where church bells rang as the riders passed, Schweizer pushed out her lead even more until it reached more than three minutes at just beyond half-distance. That signalled the start of a more determined pursuit of the lone leader, whose advantage began to fall rapidly approaching Conisbrough.

Prior to the race, Armitstead had suggested that the short climb at Conisbrough Castle might provide a launchpad to thwart the sprinters’ hopes of deciding the race between them, and it was the world champion herself who took advantage of the steep grade. Armitstead accelerated clear with Liv-Plantur’s Leah Kirchmann, and the pair quickly bridged across the gap to Schweizer.

The trio pushed their advantage out to just over a minute going into the final 15 kilometres, as Hitec took responsibility for leading the chase in the peloton. With 10 kilometres remaining, Hitec had trimmed the deficit back to 45 seconds. Five kilometres later and Armitstead, Kirchmann and Schweizer were just 20 seconds clear.

For a couple of minutes it looked as if world champion Armitstead might still be in with a chance of delivering a fairytale ending to the debut edition of her home race. However, the bunch had judged its pursuit perfectly. Having reeled the three breakaways in with little more than two kilometres remaining, the lead-out trains began to jostle for position.

In the final straight, pre-race favourite Wild opened up with 150 metres to the line to finish a bike length clear of Garner, who was one of five British riders in the top 10.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products3:22:26 
2Lucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5  
3Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
4Alice Barnes (GBr) GBR  
5Marta Bastianelli (Ita) AlÈ Cipollini  
6Anna Trevisi (Ita) AlÈ Cipollini  
7Jennifer George (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
8Nicola Juniper (GBr)  
9Nicole Moerig (Aus) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa  
10Evie Richards (GBr) Great Britain  
11Eileen Roe (GBr) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
12Jennifer Hudson (GBr)  
13Eleanor Dickinson (GBr) Great Britain  
14Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
15Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
16Melissa Lowther (GBr)  
17Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
18Claire Rose (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa  
19Laura Massey (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
20Sara Headley (USA) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa  
21Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
22Maddi Campbell (NZl)  
23Sharon Laws (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa  
24Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
25Dani King (GBr) Wiggle High5  
26Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Great Britain  
27Dorleta Eskamendi Gil (Spa) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
28Annasley Park (GBr)  
29Alice Cobb (GBr)  
30Hayley Jones (GBr)  
31Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur  
32Jessie Walker (GBr)  
33Bethany Crumpton (GBr)  
34Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle High5  
35Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle High5  
36Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
37Riejanne Markus (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
38Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur  
39Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
40Carlee Taylor (Aus) Team Liv-Plantur  
41Emilia Fahlin (Swe) AlÈ Cipollini0:00:07 
42Kim Ashton (GBr)0:00:09 
43Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:11 
44Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:15 
45Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products  
46Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products  
47Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High50:02:44 
48Natalie Grinczer (GBr)0:03:20 
49Elizabeth-Jane Harris (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa0:05:02 
50Sarah Storey (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa  
51Sophie Coleman (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
52Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products0:12:05 
53Kelly Markus (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
54Anna Christian (GBr) Wiggle High5  
55Pia De Quint (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:14:15 
56Lydia Boylan (Irl)  
57Fiona Hunter-Johnston (GBr)  
58Henrietta Colborne (GBr)  
59Becca Carter (GBr)  
60Kelly Murphy (GBr)  
61Jo Tindley (GBr)  
62Ellen Skerritt (Aus) AlÈ Cipollini  
63Louise Mahe (GBr)  
64Martina Alzini (Ita) AlÈ Cipollini  
65Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) AlÈ Cipollini  
66Emma Pooley (GBr) Great Britain  
67Elizabeth Holden (GBr)  
68Megan Barker (GBr)  
69Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products  
OTLJulie Erskine (GBr)0:22:32 
OTLAnnabel Fischer (GBr)  
OTLEllie Campell (GBr)  
OTLMonica Dew (GBr)0:23:13 
OTLClover Murray (GBr)  
OTLHannah Walker (GBr)  
OTLSuzetta Guerrini (GBr)  
OTLClémence Copie (Fra)  
OTLLaura Greenhalgh (GBr)  
OTLRuth Taylor (GBr)  
OTLVerena Eberhardt (Aut)  
OTLDelia Beddis (GBr)  
OTLSarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
DNFNicole Oh (GBr)  
DNFHelen Ralston (GBr)  
DNFAbigail Van Twisk (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
DNFAbigail Dentus (GBr)  
DNFEmily Kay (GBr)  
DNFJosie Gilbert (GBr)  
DNFShana Van Glabeke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
DNFSarah Bradford (GBr)  
DNFElizabeth Burrows (GBr)  
DNFLaura Cheeseman (GBr)  
DNFCharlotte Colclough (GBr)  
DNFEllen Mcdermott (GBr)  
DNFNikola Matthews (GBr)  
DNFBethany Taylor (GBr)  
DNFCharlene Joiner (GBr)  
DNFAmy Hill (GBr)  

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