Skip to main content

The best of women's racing in 2015 - Gallery

Image 1 of 62

Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) wins ahead of Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands) and Megan Guarnier (United States Of America)

Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) wins ahead of Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands) and Megan Guarnier (United States Of America) (Image credit: Tim de Waele)
Image 2 of 62

The final Ladies Tour of Qatar podium: Ellen van Dijk, Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) and Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Honda)

The final Ladies Tour of Qatar podium: Ellen van Dijk, Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) and Chloe Hosking (Wiggle Honda) (Image credit: ASO/B. Bade)
Image 3 of 62

Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-Sram) wins stage 1 at Thüringen Rundfahrt

Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-Sram) wins stage 1 at Thüringen Rundfahrt (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 4 of 62

The intermediate sprint line during stage 1 in Qatar

The intermediate sprint line during stage 1 in Qatar (Image credit: ASO/Ladies Tour of Qatar)
Image 5 of 62

Annalisa Cucinotta (Ale-Cipollini) victory salute

Annalisa Cucinotta (Ale-Cipollini) victory salute (Image credit: ASO/Ladies Tour of Qatar)
Image 6 of 62

Shelley Olds (Ale Cipollini) wins stage 2 at the Ladies Tour of Norway

Shelley Olds (Ale Cipollini) wins stage 2 at the Ladies Tour of Norway (Image credit: Sean Robinson)
Image 7 of 62

Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) sits down after winning stage 1 at the Ladies Tour of Norway

Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) sits down after winning stage 1 at the Ladies Tour of Norway (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 8 of 62

Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) gets congratulated by teammate Evelyn Stevens.

Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) gets congratulated by teammate Evelyn Stevens. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich)
Image 9 of 62

Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) on the attack

Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) on the attack (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
Image 10 of 62

Lizzie Armitstead was the most consistent rider in season 2015 and was a worthy winner of the women's road race

Lizzie Armitstead was the most consistent rider in season 2015 and was a worthy winner of the women's road race (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
Image 11 of 62

Lizzie Armitstead and her Great Britain teammates can hardly believe they've won gold

Lizzie Armitstead and her Great Britain teammates can hardly believe they've won gold (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
Image 12 of 62

Emma Johansson with the overall trophy for Lotto Belgium Tour

Emma Johansson with the overall trophy for Lotto Belgium Tour (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 13 of 62

Karol-Ann Canuel (Velocio-SRAM) sits down after winning stage 7

Karol-Ann Canuel (Velocio-SRAM) sits down after winning stage 7 (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 14 of 62

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
Image 15 of 62

Friday' Giro Rosa podium.

Friday' Giro Rosa podium. (Image credit: Flaviano Ossola)
Image 16 of 62

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv) moves into the overall lead after the stage 8 time trial

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv) moves into the overall lead after the stage 8 time trial (Image credit: Giro Rosa)
Image 17 of 62

Mara Abbott (Wiggle-Honda) wins stage 9 at the Giro Rosa

Mara Abbott (Wiggle-Honda) wins stage 9 at the Giro Rosa (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 18 of 62

Coryn Rivera (United States of America)

Coryn Rivera (United States of America) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
Image 19 of 62

Kendall Ryan (Tibco-SVB) wins US professional criterium title in Greenville

Kendall Ryan (Tibco-SVB) wins US professional criterium title in Greenville (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
Image 20 of 62

Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) beats Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) in a breakaway sprint to the finish line

Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) beats Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) in a breakaway sprint to the finish line (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
Image 21 of 62

Lauren Komanski (Twenty 16) happy to take over the race lead.

Lauren Komanski (Twenty 16) happy to take over the race lead. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
Image 22 of 62

Velocio-SRAM won its fourth and final team time trial in Richmond

Velocio-SRAM won its fourth and final team time trial in Richmond (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
Image 23 of 62

Velocio-SRAM riders celebrate winning the team time trial title

Velocio-SRAM riders celebrate winning the team time trial title (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
Image 24 of 62

Jolien D'Hoore celebrates her second consecutive stage win at the 2015 Boels Rentals Ladies Tour

Jolien D'Hoore celebrates her second consecutive stage win at the 2015 Boels Rentals Ladies Tour (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 25 of 62

Jolien d'Hoore wins

Jolien d'Hoore wins (Image credit: Sean Robinson)
Image 26 of 62

Elisa Longo Borghini after winning the Tour of Flanders

Elisa Longo Borghini after winning the Tour of Flanders
Image 27 of 62

Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-Honda) wins La Route de France

Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-Honda) wins La Route de France (Image credit: Wiggle-Honda)
Image 28 of 62

Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Wiggle-Honda)

Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Wiggle-Honda) (Image credit: Wiggle-Honda)
Image 29 of 62

Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) had a mechanical in the closing stages

Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) had a mechanical in the closing stages (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
Image 30 of 62

Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-Honda) wins Chongming Island World Cup

Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-Honda) wins Chongming Island World Cup (Image credit: Wiggle-Honda)
Image 31 of 62

The women's Strade Bianche

The women's Strade Bianche (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
Image 32 of 62

Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)

Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) (Image credit: Tim de Waele)
Image 33 of 62

Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)

Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
Image 34 of 62

Race leader Kasia Niewiadoma

Race leader Kasia Niewiadoma (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 35 of 62

Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) takes the final stage win ahead of overall winner Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo Liv Women)

Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) takes the final stage win ahead of overall winner Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo Liv Women) (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 36 of 62

Wiggle Honda teammates Jolien D'hoore and Elisa Longo Borghini celebrate going one-two at Flanders

Wiggle Honda teammates Jolien D'hoore and Elisa Longo Borghini celebrate going one-two at Flanders (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
Image 37 of 62

Megan Guarnier, Jolien D'hoore, Roxane Knetemann, Tiffany Cromwell

Megan Guarnier, Jolien D'hoore, Roxane Knetemann, Tiffany Cromwell (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 38 of 62

Jolien D'hoore won the bunch sprint for second place to make it a successful one-two for Wiggle Honda

Jolien D'hoore won the bunch sprint for second place to make it a successful one-two for Wiggle Honda (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
Image 39 of 62

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv) was second on the stage and won the overall title

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv) was second on the stage and won the overall title (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 40 of 62

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) in the World Cup overall

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) in the World Cup overall (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
Image 41 of 62

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) wins the women's Flèche Wallonne world cup

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) wins the women's Flèche Wallonne world cup (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
Image 42 of 62

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) wins La Course by Le Tour de France

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) wins La Course by Le Tour de France
Image 43 of 62

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) wins La Course by one second

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) wins La Course by one second
Image 44 of 62

Elizabeth Armitstead celebrates her win at the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic women's World Cup.

Elizabeth Armitstead celebrates her win at the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic women's World Cup. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
Image 45 of 62

The peloton moves ahead under the tracks

The peloton moves ahead under the tracks (Image credit: Marco Quezada/nyvelocity.com)
Image 46 of 62

The women's field bunch up with a break up the road.

The women's field bunch up with a break up the road. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich)
Image 47 of 62

Barbara Guarischi (Velocio-SRAM) wins Sparkassen Giro World Cup

Barbara Guarischi (Velocio-SRAM) wins Sparkassen Giro World Cup (Image credit: Velocio-SRAM)
Image 48 of 62

Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) and Ashleigh Moolman (Bigla)

Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) and Ashleigh Moolman (Bigla) (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 49 of 62

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (Bigla) finishes second overall

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (Bigla) finishes second overall (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 50 of 62

Team USA driving the pace

Team USA driving the pace (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 51 of 62

Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16 p/b Sho-Air)

Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16 p/b Sho-Air) (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
Image 52 of 62

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) celebrates winning the opening stage

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) celebrates winning the opening stage (Image credit: Women'sTour)
Image 53 of 62

Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) celebrates the overall win with her teammates

Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) celebrates the overall win with her teammates (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 54 of 62

Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) wins the overall title at the Women's Tour

Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) wins the overall title at the Women's Tour (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
Image 55 of 62

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling teammates Hannah Barnes and race leader Katie Hall happy after the stage

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling teammates Hannah Barnes and race leader Katie Hall happy after the stage (Image credit: Jon Devich)
Image 56 of 62

The women close in on the finish in South Lake Tahoe

The women close in on the finish in South Lake Tahoe (Image credit: Jon Devich)
Image 57 of 62

Leah Kirchmann (Optum) takes the win on stage 2.

Leah Kirchmann (Optum) takes the win on stage 2. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
Image 58 of 62

Trixi Worrack (Velcro) and teammates were happy to take home the overall win

Trixi Worrack (Velcro) and teammates were happy to take home the overall win (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
Image 59 of 62

Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)

Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)
Image 60 of 62

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Rabo Liv) wins stage 5 in Aprica

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Rabo Liv) wins stage 5 in Aprica (Image credit: Giro Rosa)
Image 61 of 62

Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle Honda) wins stage 6

Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle Honda) wins stage 6 (Image credit: Giro Rosa)
Image 62 of 62

Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain)

Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) (Image credit: Tim de Waele)

It was an exciting season of racing for the women's peloton that saw Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) open it up with an overall victory at the Tour de San Luis in January and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Bigla) close it down with a win at 94.7 Cycle Challenge in November.

In between there were nail-biting battles for glory during top-level stage races such as Anna van der Breggen's (Rabo-Liv) overall win at the Giro RosaLisa Brennauer's (Velocio-SRAM) title-winning performance at the Aviva Women's Tour, and her teammate Trixi Worrack's win at the Tour of California Women's Race, among many others.

There was also a back-and-fourth wrestle for the overall jersey throughout the 10 World Cups between Jolien D'hoore (Wiggle-Honda), van der Breggen and Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans). 

In the end, Armitstead took the World Cup series victory for a second year running and then capped off a successful season as the winner of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia, bringing home her first rainbow jersey. 

Enjoy our selection of images for the best of women's racing in 2015 gallery.