British road race world champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) moved back to the top of the inaugural UCI Women’s WorldTour on Sunday with another convincing victory, winning the Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Italy.
Armitstead had already won the opening round of the Women’s WorldTour, Strade Bianche at the beginning of March but was forced to miss the second round due to illness.
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Armitstead bounced back this weekend to claim the victory, but it wasn’t a smooth ride by all means as she was dropped on the final climb and had to work hard to get back in touch with the leaders.
“I was dropped on the final climb and did a stupid attack as I caught them back,” said Armitstead. “My climbing legs aren’t that good, but I guess my racing head and my team is the strongest in the world. That’s really the key to the victory – the team.”
After Armitstead bridged back to the leaders, she capitalised on a moment’s inattention by her rivals to make her move.
“As soon as I brought them back, I attacked. They hesitated for a moment I guess and I just got my head down to the line.”
Armitstead’s American Boels-Dolmans team-mate Megan Guarnier was second, with Swiss rider Jolanda Neff (Servetto-Footon) in third.
The next round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour is Ghent-Wevelgem in Belgium on March 27.