Armitstead retires through sickness, but Boels-Dolmans still take the win at Ronde van Drenthe

The win showed the depth of talent on the Boels-Dolmans squad after leader Lizzie Armitstead withdrew from the Ronde van Drenthe with illness

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Lizzie Armitstead’s winning streak came to an end in the Netherlands on Saturday. The world champion abandoned the second round of the Women’s WorldTour after around 50 km of the Ronde van Drenthe, apparently feeling sick.

According to her Boels-Dolmans team directeur sportif Danny Stam, Armitstead had been feeling unwell since Tuesday.

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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.