The world champion soloed away from her rivals to take the win at the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Road Race World Champion Lizzie Armitstead rode away from her rivals to win the women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

The British rider went solo with around 10km to race, after she’d been in a two rider breakaway for several kilometres previous to her winning move.

Despite the best efforts of the chasers, Armitstead’s lead only increased as she raced towards the finish line.

With four kilometres to go she had pushed her advantage out to 37 seconds and from there it looked like the win would be hers.

Armitstead’s Boels Dolmans teammate Chantal Blaak won the sprint for second and Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM) rounded out the podium.

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Coverage of the women’s race was lacking, with no live television available despite the final 100+ km of the men’s race being shown.

Whilst Armitstead was riding to her first win in the rainbow stripes of the world champ, the men’s race was a sedate affair with a break being managed between 1-50 and 3-30 ahead.

The men’s race did liven up, and Greg Van Avermaet took the win ahead of Peter Sagan.

  • J1

    Yeah, I’d call it less organised.

  • blemcooper

    From what I’ve been able to see, women’s racing can indeed be very aggressive, less conservative, but in this case, someone else has pointed out that the peloton let the reigning world champion go up the road, and she herself said it wasn’t an attack, just not participating in the others messing about. Sounds like the antithesis of aggressive racing in this case.

  • John Senior

    Brilliant result – based on last year chances are that most women’s races will be better than the mens…..How come OHN isn’t on Eurosport?

  • Andrew Bairsto

    Fabulous result.

  • Peter

    Women’s racing is far more aggressive and interesting there needs to be more coverage for it… Sagan 2nd predicted it. How many 2nds did he get last yr?

  • Zozzie98765

    If they could only televise one race, it seems like it should have been the women’s race.

  • Edvid

    Not a bad way to start her season in the stripes… 😉