Wild thwarts Armitstead's Tour de Yorkshire dream

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products3:22:26
2Lucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 1 - Cell 2
3Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 2 - Cell 2
4Alice Barnes (GBr) GBRRow 3 - Cell 2
5Marta Bastianelli (Ita) AlÈ CipolliniRow 4 - Cell 2
6Anna Trevisi (Ita) AlÈ CipolliniRow 5 - Cell 2
7Jennifer George (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Nicola Juniper (GBr)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Nicole Moerig (Aus) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Evie Richards (GBr) Great BritainRow 9 - Cell 2
11Eileen Roe (GBr) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jennifer Hudson (GBr)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Eleanor Dickinson (GBr) Great BritainRow 12 - Cell 2
14Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Melissa Lowther (GBr)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec ProductsRow 16 - Cell 2
18Claire Rose (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Laura Massey (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Sara Headley (USA) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 20 - Cell 2
22Maddi Campbell (NZl)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Sharon Laws (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Dani King (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 24 - Cell 2
26Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Great BritainRow 25 - Cell 2
27Dorleta Eskamendi Gil (Spa) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Annasley Park (GBr)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Alice Cobb (GBr)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Hayley Jones (GBr)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-PlanturRow 30 - Cell 2
32Jessie Walker (GBr)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Bethany Crumpton (GBr)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle High5Row 33 - Cell 2
35Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle High5Row 34 - Cell 2
36Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 35 - Cell 2
37Riejanne Markus (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 36 - Cell 2
38Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-PlanturRow 37 - Cell 2
39Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-PlanturRow 38 - Cell 2
40Carlee Taylor (Aus) Team Liv-PlanturRow 39 - Cell 2
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 ProductsRow 44 - Cell 2
46Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec ProductsRow 45 - Cell 2
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 SantaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Sophie Coleman (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products0:12:05
53Kelly Markus (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Anna Christian (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 53 - Cell 2
55Pia De Quint (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team0:14:15
56Lydia Boylan (Irl)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Fiona Hunter-Johnston (GBr)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Henrietta Colborne (GBr)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Becca Carter (GBr)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Kelly Murphy (GBr)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Jo Tindley (GBr)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Ellen Skerritt (Aus) AlÈ CipolliniRow 61 - Cell 2
63Louise Mahe (GBr)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Martina Alzini (Ita) AlÈ CipolliniRow 63 - Cell 2
65Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) AlÈ CipolliniRow 64 - Cell 2
66Emma Pooley (GBr) Great BritainRow 65 - Cell 2
67Elizabeth Holden (GBr)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Megan Barker (GBr)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 68 - Cell 2
OTLJulie Erskine (GBr)0:22:32
OTLAnnabel Fischer (GBr)Row 70 - Cell 2
OTLEllie Campell (GBr)Row 71 - Cell 2
OTLMonica Dew (GBr)0:23:13
OTLClover Murray (GBr)Row 73 - Cell 2
OTLHannah Walker (GBr)Row 74 - Cell 2
OTLSuzetta Guerrini (GBr)Row 75 - Cell 2
OTLClémence Copie (Fra)Row 76 - Cell 2
OTLLaura Greenhalgh (GBr)Row 77 - Cell 2
OTLRuth Taylor (GBr)Row 78 - Cell 2
OTLVerena Eberhardt (Aut)Row 79 - Cell 2
OTLDelia Beddis (GBr)Row 80 - Cell 2
OTLSarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFNicole Oh (GBr)Row 82 - Cell 2
DNFHelen Ralston (GBr)Row 83 - Cell 2
DNFAbigail Van Twisk (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFAbigail Dentus (GBr)Row 85 - Cell 2
DNFEmily Kay (GBr)Row 86 - Cell 2
DNFJosie Gilbert (GBr)Row 87 - Cell 2
DNFShana Van Glabeke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFSarah Bradford (GBr)Row 89 - Cell 2
DNFElizabeth Burrows (GBr)Row 90 - Cell 2
DNFLaura Cheeseman (GBr)Row 91 - Cell 2
DNFCharlotte Colclough (GBr)Row 92 - Cell 2
DNFEllen Mcdermott (GBr)Row 93 - Cell 2
DNFNikola Matthews (GBr)Row 94 - Cell 2
DNFBethany Taylor (GBr)Row 95 - Cell 2
DNFCharlene Joiner (GBr)Row 96 - Cell 2
DNFAmy Hill (GBr)Row 97 - Cell 2

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