Armitstead wins Aviva Women's Tour

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) sealed overall victory at the Aviva Women’s Tour while Lotta Lepistö (Cervelo-Bigla) won the sprint from the breakaway group to claim the stage honours on the final day in Kettering.

The race was animated by a seven-woman break that saw Molly Weaver (Liv-Plantur) spend much of the stage as the virtual yellow jersey before the combined efforts of Armitstead’s Boels-Dolmans squad and Marianne Vos’ Rabo-Liv teammates brought the move under control, though not fully to heel.

Weaver had Lepistö, Marta Bastianelli (Ale Cipollini), Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM), Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products), Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana) and Janneke Ensing (Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team) for company in the move, which went clear after 30 kilometres.

Loren Rowney (Orica-AIS) had originally been part of the break but she was distanced on the climb of Newnham Hill, where the leaders began to stretch out their advantage over the peloton.

The gap never quite nudged beyond five minutes, however, and the peloton began to peg back the move in the second half of the stage. Yet though the deficit stood at barely more than a minute entering the final 20 kilometres, the escapees managed to stay clear all the way to the finish in Kettering.

"It was a hard start to the stage," Lepistö said. "We were defending Ashleigh’s second place on the overall. A group was going away so I was covering the attack. Eventually we got a good gap and we were happy with the names in the group so I got the team orders to work. When the gap got too big and was threatening GC, the team orders were for me to stop working.

"I thought we would be caught in the last kilometre because the gap was coming down all the time,” Lepistö said. “The team told me to look for a spot to attack in order to increase the gap for the break because we didn’t want the peloton to catch us as there were bonus seconds on the line. I tried a few times and couldn’t get away so I decided to save my legs for the sprint. Molly Weaver attacked with 600m to go, I got on her wheel and opened up my sprint with 200m to go."

After a late attack from Kitchen was closed down, it was clear that the escapees would fight out for the stage honours in a group sprint, and Lepistö delivered a pitch-perfect finishing effort to see off Bastianelli and Cecchini.

Armitstead finished safely at the head of the main peloton to seal final overall victory, 11 seconds clear of Lepistö’s Cervelo-Bigla teammate Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, while Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) finished third, a further two seconds back. Marianne Vos, winner the previous day, finished the Aviva Women’s Tour in fourth overall, 18 seconds behind Armitstead.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team2:57:31
2Marta Bastianelli (Ita) AlÈ CipolliniRow 1 - Cell 2
3Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAMRow 2 - Cell 2
4Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec ProductsRow 3 - Cell 2
5Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City LjubljanaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-PlanturRow 5 - Cell 2
7Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:11
8Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:15
9Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5Row 8 - Cell 2
10Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5Row 10 - Cell 2
12Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Eva Buurman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Ale CipolliniRow 15 - Cell 2
17Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 16 - Cell 2
18Anna Trevisi (Ita) AlÈ CipolliniRow 17 - Cell 2
19Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City LjubljanaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Nikki Harris (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAMRow 21 - Cell 2
23Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 23 - Cell 2
25Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5Row 24 - Cell 2
26Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AISRow 25 - Cell 2
27Dani King (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 26 - Cell 2
28Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) UnitedHealthcare WomenRow 29 - Cell 2
31Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec ProductsRow 31 - Cell 2
33Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) AlÈ CipolliniRow 32 - Cell 2
34Laura Massey (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 34 - Cell 2
36Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5Row 36 - Cell 2
38Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5Row 37 - Cell 2
39Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 38 - Cell 2
40Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Jennifer George (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 41 - Cell 2
43Katharine Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare WomenRow 42 - Cell 2
44Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAMRow 43 - Cell 2
45Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jessie Walker (GBr) GBRRow 45 - Cell 2
47Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 47 - Cell 2
49Anna Plichta (Pol) BTC City LjubljanaRow 48 - Cell 2
50Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Manon Lloyd (GBr) GBRRow 51 - Cell 2
53Carlee Taylor (Aus) Team Liv-PlanturRow 52 - Cell 2
54Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 53 - Cell 2
55Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare WomenRow 57 - Cell 2
59Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAMRow 58 - Cell 2
60Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) AlÈ CipolliniRow 59 - Cell 2
61Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec ProductsRow 60 - Cell 2
62Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 61 - Cell 2
63Emma Pooley (GBr) GBR0:00:53
64Coralie Demay (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:00:58
65Sophie Coleman (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:01:06
66Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon-SRAM0:01:10
67Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:01:30
68Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-PlanturRow 67 - Cell 2
69Annasley Park (GBr) GBR0:01:51
70Loren Rowney (Aus) Orica-AISRow 69 - Cell 2
71Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica-AISRow 70 - Cell 2
72Tayler Wiles (USA) Orica-AIS0:02:20
73Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AISRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFLisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon-SRAMRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFAlison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFSimona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec ProductsRow 75 - Cell 2
DNSChristine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
DNSRoxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 77 - Cell 2
DNSLucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
DNSShara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
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Final General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team16:00:39
2Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:11
3Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High50:00:13
4Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:18
5Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS0:00:20
6Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:40
7Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High50:00:43
8Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High50:00:49
9Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica-AIS0:00:50
10Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:53
11Dani King (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 10 - Cell 2
12Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) AlÈ CipolliniRow 11 - Cell 2
13Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Nikki Harris (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High50:01:00
16Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM0:01:13
17Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur0:01:28
18Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:01:52
19Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM0:02:00
20Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:02:40
21Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Women0:03:41
22Katharine Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women0:03:45
23Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:03:52
24Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana0:04:20
25Eva Buurman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:04:35
26Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:05:14
27Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM0:05:20
28Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:05:23
30Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 29 - Cell 2
31Laura Massey (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products0:05:35
34Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM0:05:37
35Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling0:08:29
36Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 35 - Cell 2
37Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica-AISRow 36 - Cell 2
38Anna Plichta (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana0:08:31
39Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:08:38
40Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:08:41
41Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products0:11:18
42Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products0:13:00
43Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:14:05
44Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle High50:14:54
45Emma Pooley (GBr) Great Britain0:16:12
46Tayler Wiles (USA) Orica-AIS0:17:06
47Marta Bastianelli (Ita) AlÈ Cipollini0:17:28
48Emilia Fahlin (Swe) AlÈ Cipollini0:17:48
49Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:17:51
50Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:20:26
52Jennifer George (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:20:31
53Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro Cycling0:20:58
54Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:24:10
55Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City LjubljanaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Jessie Walker (GBr) Great BritainRow 55 - Cell 2
57Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) AlÈ CipolliniRow 56 - Cell 2
58Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-PlanturRow 57 - Cell 2
59Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 58 - Cell 2
60Carlee Taylor (Aus) Team Liv-PlanturRow 59 - Cell 2
61Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare WomenRow 60 - Cell 2
62Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec ProductsRow 63 - Cell 2
65Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon-SRAM0:25:05
66Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products0:25:37
67Annasley Park (GBr) Great Britain0:25:46
68Loren Rowney (Aus) Orica-AIS0:26:00
69Anna Trevisi (Ita) AlÈ Cipollini0:26:45
70Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:28:34
71Coralie Demay (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:32:54
72Sophie Coleman (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:33:02
73Manon Lloyd (GBr) Great Britain0:36:14
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Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team58pts
2Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur33Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team27Row 2 - Cell 3
4Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team27Row 3 - Cell 3
5Marta Bastianelli (Ita) AlÈ Cipollini21Row 4 - Cell 3
6Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High520Row 5 - Cell 3
7Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High516Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team15Row 7 - Cell 3
9Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High514Row 8 - Cell 3
10Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team12Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Katharine Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women26pts
2Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team14Row 2 - Cell 3
4Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Marta Bastianelli (Ita) AlÈ Cipollini11Row 5 - Cell 3
7Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High510Row 6 - Cell 3
8Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team10Row 7 - Cell 3
9Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) AlÈ Cipollini9Row 8 - Cell 3
10Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS9Row 9 - Cell 3
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Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur16:01:32
2Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:35
3Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:59
4Eva Buurman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:03:42
5Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:04:21
6Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM0:04:27
7Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:04:30
8Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling0:07:36
10Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 9 - Cell 2

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