Armitstead retains World Cup lead

Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead retained her lead in the World Cup by finishing second in the women’s Fleche Wallone race in Belgium.

Armitstead was beaten by France’s Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, while Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy was in third.

Ferrand-Prevot claimed victory in Huy by a couple of bike lengths after the final climb of the 127km route.

Fellow

Briton Emma Pooley,

who won the race in 2010, finished seventh in her first race of the year.

It was the third consecutive time that

Olympic silver medallist Armitstead, 25,

had finished in second place after opening the season with a win in the

Ronde van Drenthe.

With five races remaining, the Boels Dolmans cyclist, who also claimed the runners-up spot in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda and the Tour of Flanders, increased her overall lead over Sweden’s Emma Johansson.

World and Olympic road race champion Marianne Vos was sixth in what was her first race of the season.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/27130536

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