Lizzie Armitstead stretches World Cup lead in Sweden

Commonwealth Champion Lizzie Armitstead’s Boels-Dolmans team finish third as Specialized-Lululemon take the Team Time Trial win

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Lizzie Armitstead increased her Women’s World Cup lead yesterday, with her Boels-Dolmans team finishing third in the Open de Suede Team Time Trial in Sweden. The Commonwealth Road Race Champion’s team recovered from a deficit at the first time check to beat World Cup rival, Emma Johansson’s Orica-AIS outfit by 18 seconds.

The 42.5-kilometre test was won for the fourth year running by Specialized-Lululemon, with Marianne Vos’s Rabo-Liv team taking the second podium spot. The win sees the American team lay down a challenge to their rivals in the lead up to the World Team Time Trial Championships in Spain next month. The team won the Worlds in both 2012 and 2013 and hope to reclaim their title in Pontferrada on September 21st.

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