Armitstead second to keep series lead

Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead retained her UCI Road World Cup lead with second in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda.


Olympic silver medallist

was beaten by Sweden’s Emma Johansson in the final sprint, with Belarussian Alena Amialiusik in third.

Johansson outpaced her rivals in the uphill finish of the 123.7km (76.9-mile) course alongside Lake Maggiore in Italy.

The third race of the World Cup, the Tour of Flanders, starts next week.

The 2014 UCI Women’s Road World Cup consists of nine races between March and August.


won the opening World Cup series race

in Hoogeveen two weeks ago.

Dutchwoman Marianne Vos, who beat Armitstead to road race gold at the 2012 Olympics in London, has won the World Cup five times since 2007.

Trofeo Alfredo Binda results:

1st: Emma Johansson (Swe) 3hrs 05mins 24secs

2nd: Lizzie Armitstead (GB) same time

3rd: Alena Amialiusik (Bel) same time

4th: Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) same time

5th: Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) same time

6th: Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) same time

2014 UCI Women’s Road World Cup standings:

1st: Lizzie Armitstead (GB) 220 points

2nd: Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) 170

3rd: Emma Johansson (Swe) 155

4th: Alena Amialiusik (Bel) 85

5th: Shelley Olds (USA) 85

6th: Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) 75

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