Anna van der Breggen wins Rio 2016 Olympics women's road race; Lizzie Armitstead fifth

Britain's Lizzie Armitstead keeps in the thick of the action in the women's road race but gets distanced over final climb as Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen takes gold - Photos by Graham Watson

Anna van der Breggen wins the women's road race at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games. Photo: Graham Watson

(Image credit: Watson)

Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) sprinted to take victory in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games women's road race on Sunday, winning gold from a small lead group.

Emma Johansson (Sweden) came home for silver, with Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) in third for bronze. Great Britain's Lizzie Armitstead finished out of the medal positions in fifth.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.