Armitstead holds on to claim maiden Women's Tour title
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Armitstead holds on to claim maiden Women's Tour title

19 June 2016 / 17:30

Lizzie Armitstead became the first Briton to win the Women's Tour after safely negotiating Sunday's fifth and final stage from Northampton to Kettering.

Finland's Lotta Lepisto won the sprint from the breakaway group to claim the stage honours but it was Armitstead who scooped the overall title.

The world road race champion – who also won silver at London 2012 – finished safely in the peloton to preserve her 11-second lead on South Africa's Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio.

Italian Elisa Longo Borghini was third overall, a further two seconds behind while Marianne Vos, the stage winner on Saturday, finished in fourth overall, 18 seconds behind Armitstead.

"I feel very lucky because I am part of a country that loves cycling at the moment," said Armitstead – who rides for the Boels Dolmans team.

"I hope that bubble continues. Event like this certainly help.

"We had quite a lot of pressure on us today with the team performing so well all week. I couldn't let them down really so I'm relieved and happy that I did it for them."

Dani King was the next highest-placed Briton in 11th, with Nikki Harris 14th and Molly Weaver 17th.

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