Second for Lizzie Armitstead in women's Strade Bianche as Guarnier wins

American Megan Guarnier beat out Boels-Dolmans teammate Lizzie Armitstead to take the first ever women's Strade Bianche title

Lizzie Armitstead in the women's road race at the 2014 World Road Championships

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) won the inaugural edition of the Elite Women’s Strade Bianche, finishing 37 seconds ahead of team mate, Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead.

The 29-year-old attacked a group of nine other escapees just over 17km before the finish line in the magnificent Piazza il Campo in Siena. Second at last year’s US Time Trial Championships, Guarnier quickly built a lead in excess of 20 seconds over the group, which, in turn, was soon whittled down to eight riders.

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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.