Lizzie Armitstead takes victory at women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad from solo break

The world champion soloed away from her rivals to take the win at the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Lizzie Armitstead in the 2015 Women's World Road Championships
(Image credit: Graham Watson)
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Road Race World Champion Lizzie Armitstead rode away from her rivals to win the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

The British rider went solo with around 10km to race, after she'd been in a two rider breakaway for several kilometres previous to her winning move.

Despite the best efforts of the chasers, Armitstead's lead only increased as she raced towards the finish line.

With four kilometres to go she had pushed her advantage out to 37 seconds and from there it looked like the win would be hers.

Armitstead's Boels Dolmans teammate Chantal Blaak won the sprint for second and Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM) rounded out the podium.

Riders to watch this year 

Coverage of the women's race was lacking, with no live television available despite the final 100+ km of the men's race being shown.

Whilst Armitstead was riding to her first win in the rainbow stripes of the world champ, the men's race was a sedate affair with a break being managed between 1-50 and 3-30 ahead.

The men's race did liven up, and Greg Van Avermaet took the win ahead of Peter Sagan.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing as well as cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing and write longer features for print and online. He is not responsible for misspelled titles on box outs