Armitstead loses World Cup lead after avoiding a final corner crash

British national champion took evasive action to stay safe rather than unleash her sprint

4 February 2015
7th Ladies Tour of Qatar
Stage 02 : Al Zubarah Fort - Madinat Al Shamal
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Despite her Boels-Dolmans team riding two near perfect races, Lizzie Armitstead’s World Cup lead slipped away in the final corner of Sunday's Crescent Vårgårda road race.

Last year’s World Cup winner was in a good position as she prepared for the sprint, however, a rider crashed in front of her and she was forced to take avoiding action, finishing in 19th position.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.