Armitstead loses lead in World Cup

Briton Lizzie Armitstead lost her lead in the UCI Women’s World Cup as Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini won the women’s Tour of Flanders in Belgium.

Borghini, 23, made up for finishing fourth in the last two years, with her Belgian Wiggle-Honda team-mate Jolien D’hoore taking second place.

Armitstead finished eighth after an early puncture and suffering a snapped pedal cleat in the closing sprint.

The 26-year-old slips behind D’hoore after three rounds of the World Cup.

Armitstead, with the Boels Dolmans team, had gone top of the 2015 standings following

last month’s victory in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda

in Italy.

Longo Borghini attacked 20km from the finish of Sunday’s 145km race that took in cobblestone sections and 10 climbs, building a lead of around a minute that she held until the end.

Rabo-Liv rider Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands finished third.

Women’s Tour of Flanders result:

Elisa Longo Borghini

(Ita/Wiggle Honda) 3hrs 50mins 43secs

Jolien D’hoore

(Bel/Wiggle Honda) +43secs

Anna van der Breggen

(Ned/Rabo-Liv) Same time

Annemiek van Vleuten

(Ned/Bigla Pro Cycling) Same time

Elena Cecchini

(Ita/Lotto Soudal) Same time

Alena Amialiusik

(BlrVelocio-Sram) Same time

Pauline Ferrand Prevot

(Fra/Rabo-Liv) Same time

Elizabeth Armitstead

(GB/Boels Dolmans) +45secs

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