The British rider and World Champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) has won the second edition of Strade Bianche Women Elite NamedSport, the first race in the history of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, covering 121km from Siena (Fortezza Medicea) to Siena (Piazza del Campo). On the finish line of the historical square she beat European Champion Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) and Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5).
Speaking seconds after the finish, a victorious Lizzie Armitstead said: “It’s amazing to win the first UCI women’s WorldTour event and this race is absolutely special. After winning in Belgium last week, thankfully I’m not affected by the curse of the rainbow jersey. I managed to honour it again today. We’ve shared the work in the last 10km with my two breakaway companions and I pulled away on the climb. It worked out really well.”
1 – Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) 121km in 3h30’13”, average speed 34.535km/h
2 – Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) at 3″
3 – Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) at 13″
Photo: ANSA / PERI – CARCONI