Velonews: Lizzie Armitstead Takes World Cup Lead With Victory In Trofeo Alfredo Binda

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    <p>Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) sprinted to victory on Sunday in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda.</p>
    <p>The 123.7km race in Cittiglio, Italy, was the second round of the women’s UCI World Cup.</p>
    <p>Armitstead had been part of a late six-rider break that included Rabo-Liv teammates Anna van der Breggen and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, the reigning world road champion; Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda); Jolanda Neff (Swiss National Team); and Alena Amialiusik (Velocio-Sram)</p>
    <p>When Ferrand-Prevot attacked, Armitstead led the charge that brought her back on the final climb of the day, and in the finale out-kicked the Rabo-Liv riders for the win, with the world champ settling for second on the day.</p>
    <p>“When she was able to close the gap, we knew she had a chance to win here,” said team director Danny Stam. “In a group like this she usually is the fastest.”</p>
    <p>Armitstead now leads the World Cup with 160 points. Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle Honda) and Ellen van Dijk (Boels Dolmans) are tied for second with 120 points each.</p>
    <p>The third round of the series will be the Ronde van Vlaanderen on April 5.</p>
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