Lizzie Armitstead continues stellar season with win in women's Tour of Flanders in a photo finish with Emma Johansson

British world champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) clinched the victory in the women’s Tour of Flanders in Belgium on Sunday.

Armitstead took the two-up sprint in a photo finish with Swedish rider Emma Johansson (Wiggle-High5). Armitstead’s team-mate Chantal Blaak placed third.

Armitstead and Johansson had broken clear of a lead group heading into the final climb of Paterberg, with nine riders left to chase them down.

Heading under the kilometre-to-go banner Armistead and Johansson became wary of each other’s tactics, with neither wanting to lead out the other in the final sprint.

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With the chase group being paced up quickly by Frenchwoman Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabo-Liv) behind them, their hand was forced and the pair had to engage in a long sprint.

Armitstead has already won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Strade Bianche and Trofeo Alfredo Binda this year. It’s the first time that she has won the women’s Tour of Flanders – now part of the UCI’s inaugural Women’s WorldTour.

The women’s route took in 141km, and featured 10 categorised climbs and five sectors of cobbled roads.

Armitstead now returns to the top of the Women’s WorldTour ranking, with Blaak in second and Johansson in third.

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Women’s Tour of Flanders 2016, 141km
1. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels-Dolmans
2. Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle-High5 at same time
3. Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boles-Dolmans at 4 secs
4. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans
5. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle-High5
6. Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels-Dolmans
7. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-AIS
8. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabo-Liv)
9. Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Lotto-Soudal
10. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo-Liv at same time

  • John Senior

    Just an amazing ride and a great race…incedibly well judged finish by Arminstead – perhaps Lizzie should become SKY’s tactical advisor given their clueless approach to RVV. I watched coverage on YOUTUBE this morning – tried but couldn’t pick up a live feed – not sure why Eurosport couldn’t have put the last hour on one of their channels in parallel to the mens race given the current quality of women’s racing, Vos returning to the peloton and PFF finding some form. It’s all looking good for RIO…

  • anon

    Thanks to sporza. btw, Sporza (Belgium) had a complete live stream of the women’s race on a separate (public) channel. Belgian TV is a joy to watch 😉

  • Edvid

    Delighted to see Lizzie achieve her first major goal this season – without doubt, this is her best spring season to date. No matter what happens now, she’s done the stripes justice (bearing in mind she can’t wear them in the Olympic RR).

    Also worth mentioning it’s been an epic day for the rainbow jersey in general after the outcome of the men’s race.

  • ian franklin

    Great that we had some of this on Eurosport. Lizzie is a joy to watch.

  • llos25

    Super race right to the button.

  • blemcooper

    For those who believe in such tings, they’re going to have to change it from the curse of the rainbow jersey to the blessing of same!

  • Butty

    Wow – what a season!
    Well done Lizzie!