Photo gallery: Lizzie Armitstead takes the win in ‘dream race’ Flanders

by Jeanine Laudy


It might have been the very first springlike day in Belgium, with temperatures reaching 20 degrees Celsius, that didn’t make yesterday’s Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen) any less difficult. Although the first part of the race was quite uneventful, the tempo picked up after seventy minutes, never to slow down again.

Just ahead of the second-to-last climb on the course, the Oude Kwaremont, Emma Johansson (Wiggle-High5) accelerated and got Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) in her wheel. The duo broke free of a chase group on the cobbled climb and was never to be seen again.

Well, that’s not exactly true, as the eight chasers got really close to the two in the final straight towards the finish line, almost catching them.

It came down to a head to head on the finish line for Johansson and Armitstead, and after consultation of the finish photo, it was Armitstead taking that very much sought after win in Flanders.

If you’d like to know more about everything that happened in the race, read our Ronde van Vlaanderen report or scroll through our gallery of photo’s by the wonderful Sean Robinson of Velofocus. Be sure to scroll down to the Wiggle-High5 video of this race plus the official UCI highlights video of the 2016 Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Results

Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres WE (1.WWT) Oudenaarde → Oudenaarde

DEIGNAN Elizabeth
1
DEIGNAN Elizabeth Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team
2
JOHANSSON Emma Wiggle High5
3
VAN DEN BROEK-BLAAK Chantal Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team

 

Felix Mattis talks us through the 2016 Ronde van Vlaanderen in the official UCI highlights video of the race:

Here’s how Wiggle-High5 and Emma Johansson have experienced the 2016 Ronde van Vlaanderen:

The UCIWWT standings after the Ronde

General classification
1. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) – 368 points
2. Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) – 343 points
3. Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) – 285 points

Young rider classification
1. Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv) – 18 points
2. Floortje Mackaij (Liv-Plantur) – 12 points
3. Lotte Kopecky (Lotto-Soudal) – 6 points

Team ranking
1. Boels-Dolmans – 1069 points
2. Wiggle High5 – 558 points
3. Rabo-Liv – 513 points

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