News – Lizzie Armitstead Wins World Cup Race

Otley’s world star Lizzie Armitstead won the World Cup race Trofeo Alfredo Binda on Sunday, beating the World Champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot

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News – Lizzie Armitstead Wins World Cup Race

Lizzie Armitstead won the Trofeo Alfredo Binda on Sunday, the second round of the Women’s World Cup.


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On the road, the British star of the Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team proved to be the strongest of a breakaway group of six riders and after she managed to close the gap to leader and world champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot, she sprinted to victory in the Italian race she was second in last year.

Lizzie Armitstead: I’m really delighted. I wasn’t expecting that. I have good feelings ahead of Flanders so to win and win the way that I did, against two very strong Rabobank girls is great for my confidence”.

“It was good today that we had radios so I had Danny Stam in my ear telling me ‘believe in yourself, concentrate and don’t let any gaps go in the final’ as I needed to keep it together for my sprint. So every attack that went, I was straight on the wheel with no hesitation and in the final I knew having got second last year that I didn’t want to leave it to late so I opened the sprint.”

“I’m really proud of the team today, it was a team effort. It was a shame that our races are not on TV as much as you would see Christine did a fantastic job today along with Megan and everyone, they really sacrificed their race for me and so I had super support. To see them cross the line and say I won and see them smile back was really nice”.

Her team director Danny Stam of course also very happy about the win. “Lizzie concludes a strong race with a victory here. She was part of a breakaway group of six, including two riders of Rabo-Liv. When Ferrand Prevot attacked, the others were all looking in the direction of Lizzie. When she was able to close the gap, we knew she had a chance to win here. In a group like this, she usually is the fastest. It’s great that she shows her strong capabilities here.”

Another British rider on the way from injury, Sharon Laws, was 59th.

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