Britain's Lucy Garner takes stage one win at La Route de France

Garner sprinted to victory after a tricky finish into Briare on the race's second day

(Image credit: Andy Jones 2014)

Britain's Lucy Garner (Liv-Plantur) took her first career victory in the La Route de France stage race on Monday, sprinting to victory on stage one of the 2015 edition into Briare La Canal.

It's a second day of success for the Liv-Plantur team, after Garner's teammate Amy Pieters took victory and the leader's jersey in the opening prologue on Sunday. Despite having to protect the leader's jersey through the 127.1km stage from Avon, the 20-year-old was able to utilise her team to lead her out to victory in the finale, sprinting ahead of Annette Edmondson (Wiggle-Honda) and Roxanne Fournier (Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86).

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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