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UCI Women’s Road World Cup #10 Finale GP de Plouay-Bretagne Report, Results, Photos – Armitstead Crowned Overall Winner

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Armitstead wins  ©  Cor Vos
August 29, 2015 (Plouay, France) – With her victory at the 121km GP de Plouay-Bretagne, UCI Women’s Road World Cup #10, Lizzie Armistead (Gbr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team reclaimed the overall 2015 UCI Women Road World Cup winner’s jersey, lost to Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling team last week in Sweden. Van der Breggen finished second overall ahead of Jolien d’Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda, even though the latter was not present at the start in Plouay.

Talented Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) won the overall best young rider classification. Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team also win the best team prize for 2015.

Katarzyna Niewiadoma  ©  Cor Vos

The final SufferPrize by the Suffer Fest of the year was awarded to Boels Dolmans Cycling Team Evelyn Stevens for her ruthless attacks and amazing show of strength throughout today’s race.

The 121km race was off to fast start, although the pace only started picking up at the first ascent of the steep Côte de Ty Marrec. This short yet very steep section would be one of the most exciting feature of the day and the riders would have to tackle it five times.

An early break saw the quartet of Katrin Garfoot (Orica AIS), Elena Berlato (Ale Cipollono), Doris Schweizer (Bigla Pro Cycling Team), Molly Weaver (Team Liv-Plantur) gain 20-sec on the peloton before being brought back shortly after. Flavia Oliveira (Ale Cipollini) counter attacked immediately. Alone, she stretched out her advantage to 15 sec before the peloton finally began to make headway.

Boels Dolmans  ©  Cor Vos

As the front of the race was getting faster and faster, riders were dropped. Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) was keen to make this race as hard as she could on the second ascent of the Côte de Ty Marrec. Team mate Lizzie Armitstead needed to win this race at least two places ahead of Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) to win the overall World Cup.

With 55-km to go Marion Sicot (France National Team) and Anna Stricker (INPA Sottoli Giusfredi) decided to make a break for it. They were joined by a strong of group including Flavia Oliveira (Ale Cipollini), Emma Johansson (Orica AIS), Shara Gillow (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team), Elena Berlato (Ale Cipollini), Elena Cecchini (Lotto Soudal Ladies) and Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team).

As the group got caught and with 45-km to Lizzie Armistead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) attacked with World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) in her wheel. This move was immediately followed by a counter attack from Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team).

Stage podium  ©  Cor Vos

These relentless moves split the peloton to bits: the battle had only just begun.

Attacks after attacks followed from local rider Aude Biannic (Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope 86), Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle Honda), Lizzie Williams (Orica AIS), Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team), Pauline Ferrand Prévot (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) and Ashleigh Moolman (Bigla Pro Cycling Team), but nothing stuck.

To this point, there had been were many unsuccessful skirmishes and they were only merely a taste of what was still to come.

The first race changing event of the day was Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans Cyclin Team) final escape. She was followed by Elena Cecchini (Lotto Soudal Ladies) and Claudia Lichtenberg (Team Liv Plantur). They get away on the final ascent of the Côte de Ty Marrec only to be reeled by a determined Pauline Ferrand Prévot (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team).

Armitstead wins the overall  ©  Cor Vos

And when we though no one could possibly have anything left in the tank, it was Armitstead who again attacked just 3.6-km to the finish line. A new elite group was formed, the same group that will contest the final sprint. Van der Breggen needed tofollow Armitstead’s every move: it was her World Cup title to lose.

In the final hundred metres Armitstead opened the sprint. Van der Breggen failed to match her speed. Armitstead made it across the line with just enough time to zip up her jersey and enjoy every second of her glory. Emma Johansson (Orica AIS) and Pauline Ferrand Prévot (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) were the only two able to respond to the British champion’s acceleration to finish second and third respectively. It’s a double victory for Armitstea who goes home with not only the round 10 win but also the overall UCI Women Road World Cup, for the second year in a row.


1. Elizabeth Armitstead (Gbr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 3:09:26
2. Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica – AIS
3. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
4. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team
5. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Liv-Plantur
6. Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
7. Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies
8. Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
9. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda
10. Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Vaiano 0:38
11. Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:39
12. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:41
13. Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Esp) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi
14. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
15. Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica – AIS
16. Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica – AIS
17. Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
18. Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Ale Cipollini
19. Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies
20. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda
21. Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi 2:59
22. Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana
23. Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica – AIS
24. Lenore Pipes (Gum) Bepink Laclassica
25. Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
26. Lara Vieceli (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
27. Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (USA) Team Tibco – SVB
28. Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco – SVB
29. Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
30. Elise Delzenne (Fra) France
31. Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Lointek Team
32. Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (Bra) Ale Cipollini
33. Francesca Cauz (Ita) Ale Cipollini
34. Séverine Eraud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
35. Georgia Williams (Nzl) Bepink Laclassica
36. Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
37. Victorie Guilman (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
38. Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
39. Aude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
40. Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda
41. Edwige Pitel (Fra) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
42. Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Servetto Footon
43. Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica – AIS
44. Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
45. Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur
46. Joelle Numainville (Can) Bigla Pro Cycling Team 3:06
47. Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur 5:53
48. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
49. Laura Camila Lozano Ramirez (Col) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
50. Rozanne Slik (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
51. An-Li Kachelhoffer (RSA) Russia
52. Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Esp) Lointek Team
53. Cherise Stander (RSA) Russia
54. Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Esp) Lointek Team
55. Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukr) Servetto Footon
56. Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica – AIS
57. Riejanne Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
58. Sharon Laws (Gbr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team
59. Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto Footon
60. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano
61. Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Esp) Lointek Team
62. Michela Pavin (Ita) Servetto Footon
63. Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Team Tibco – SVB
64. Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
65. Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
66. Ewelina Szybiak (Pol) Aromitalia Vaiano
67. Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
68. Jessie Walker (Gbr) Servetto Footon
69. Molly Weaver (Gbr) Team Liv-Plantur
70. Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
71. Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi
72. Joanne Hogan (Aus) Team Tibco – SVB
73. Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
74. Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini
75. Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle Honda
76. Fanny Leleu (Fra) France 6:17
77. Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
78. Emily Collins (Nzl) Team Tibco – SVB
79. Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda
80. Doris Schweizer (Sui) Bigla Pro Cycling Team
81. Amber Neben (USA) Bepink Laclassica
82. Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco – SVB 7:24
83. Marion Sicot (Fra) France 9:34
84. Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Bigla Pro Cycling Team 0:11:38
85. Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
86. Heidi Dalton (RSA) Russia
87. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
88. Anja Rugelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
89. Jessica Parra (Col) Aromitalia Vaiano
90. Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi
91. Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
92. Anabelle Dreville (Fra) France
93. Alba Teruel Ribes (Esp) Lointek Team
94. Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
95. Emilie Rochedy (Fra) France
96. Riccarda Mazzotta (Sui) Servetto Footon
97. Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur
98. Nicole Hanselmann (Sui) Bigla Pro Cycling Team
99. Eider Merino Kortazar (Esp) Lointek Team
100. Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink Laclassica
101. Beatrice Rossato (Ita) Ale Cipollini
OTL Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica – AIS
OTL Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
OTL Eyerusalem Kelil (Eth) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
OTL Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur
DNF Michela Balducci (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
DNF Federica Nicolai (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
DNF Carla Oberholzer (RSA) Russia
DNF Charlene Roux (RSA) Russia
DNF Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
DNF Jelena Eric (Srb) BTC City Ljubljana
DNF Lija Laizane (Lat) Aromitalia Vaiano
DNF Alessia Martini (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano
DNF Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi
DNF Anna Trevisi (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi
DNF Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) Bepink Laclassica
DNF Tereza Medvedova (Svk) Bepink Laclassica
DNF Anna Christian (Gbr) Wiggle Honda

Final Standings

1. Elizabeth Armitstead (Gbr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 484 points
2. Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 435
3. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda 391
4. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda 350
5. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 315
6. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 260
7. Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio – SRAM 255
8. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda 232
9. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team 230
10. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team 226

27. Joelle Numainville (Can) Bigla Pro Cycling Team 68
30. Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Velocio – SRAM 60
43. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 40
47. Lex Albrecht (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 35

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