Briton Armitstead wins Tour of Flanders

Lizzie Armitstead

Armitstead won by less than half a wheel length at the end of the 141.2km race

Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead triumphed in a sprint finish to win the women’s Tour of Flanders for the first time.

The world champion, who rides for the Boels-Dolmans team, edged out Sweden’s Emma Johansson to win the race, which is now part of the Women’s WorldTour.

The pair broke clear on the final climb, leaving a group of nine to chase them down.

With the gap closing in the final kilometre, the pair had a long sprint to the line with Armitstead prevailing.

It is the 27-year-old’s fourth win of the season after success at Omloop het Nieuwsblad, Strade Bianche and Trofeo Binda.

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