News – Armitstead wins World Cup in Philadelphia


Lizzie Armitstead wins the UCI WOmen’s WOrld Cup road race, the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic in the USA

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News – Armitstead wins World Cup in Philadelphia

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) beat Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) and Alena Amialiusik (Velocio Sram) yesterday on a testing uphill finish to win the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, round 6 of the UCI Women Road World Cup.

The Boels Dolmans, Velocio Sram and Wiggle Honda teams rode smart to set up their leaders in the final kilometres, but Armitstead was strongest in the final sprint to the line and had that little bit of extra strength needed to beat Longo Borghini and Amialiusik up the dreaded Manayunk Wall.


Armitstead now also leads the UCI Women Road World Cup ranking ahead of Longo Borghini. The best young rider remains Katarzyna Niewiadima for another round.

Nineteen teams took the start of the 115km race which followed a 19.8km circuit along the Schuylkill River which the riders had to tackle six times. At the end of each lap stood the Manayunk Wall, an 800m urban climb with sections of over 15% gradient, a perfect spectacle for the huge crowds gathered along the roads.

The win by Armitstead is a clear signal that the course for the Women’s National Road Race Championship is going to suit her down to the cobbles with its one in six slopes. “It was a real team effort today. Obviously we have Megan Guarnier the American Champion and Eve (Stevens) two time winner here and we really wanted to work for Eve on the final climb but it got a bit messed up so I had to think on instinct and go for the win”.

“It wasn’t exactly to plan but at least one of us was on the podium. The plan was for me to go for the win as well but on the fifth lap, I said to the girls, I’m not in the best shape to do this. Eve was riding around looking so easy so we decided to work for her. In the final few kilometres it didn’t work out. We’re always taught we have to ride on instinct so I went for it”.

“It’s always nice to be able to race in the UCI Women Road World Cup leader’s Jersey. It’s an honour, something you only get to experience a few times in your career. I’m very proud to wear it.”


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