Lizzie Armitstead wins Women’s World Cup

Eighth place good enough as Chantal Blaak makes it a Swedish double for Specialized-Lululemon

Lizzie Armiststead in 2014 World Cup leader's jersey. Photo: Boels-Dolmans

(Image credit: Boels-Dolmans)

Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead finished eighth at the Open de Suede Vårgårda road race earlier today, and in so doing won the UCI Women’s Road World Cup. She will go into the final race of the competition next week, leading Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) by 140 points, with only 120 points available for the win.

Like Friday’s team time trial, the race took place in horrendous conditions, with rain, sometimes torrential, falling throughout the 132 kilometres. It was Chantal Blaak who emerged from the gloom to cross the line first, ensuring her Specialized-Lululemon team took a clean sweep of the Swedish World Cup races. The Dutch woman sprinted clear from a group of three compatriots, who had escaped a much reduced peloton in the final three kilometres.

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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.