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Anna van der Breggen wins the 2015 Giro Rosa - photos via Giro Rosa 2015 – Stage 9 Photo Gallery | Velofocus

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Final General Classification

1.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo-Liv, 24:15:08
2.   Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle Honda, + 01:30
3.   Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans, + 01:43
4.   Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla, + 02:12
5.   Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo-Liv, + 03:11
6.   Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabo-Liv, + 06:57
7.   Flavia Oliveira Paparella (Bra) Alé Cipollini, + 07:35
8.   Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda,+ 08:17
9.   Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans, + 09:08
10. Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo-Liv, + 10:07

2015 UCI Road World Championships: Women's Elite RR results (Reuters)

2015 UCI Road World Championships: Women’s Elite RR results (Reuters)

Lizzie Armitstead of Britain won a drag race to the finish with Anna van der Breggen to claim a breath-taking victory at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships on Saturday. The pre-race favourite, Armitstead spent much of the 129.8km race back in the pack but, with just a kilometre to the finish line, powered to the front then timed her move perfectly as she added the rainbow jersey to her overall…

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Mayuko Hagiwara wins Stage 6 of the 2015 Giro Rosa - via Giro Rosa facebook

1.   Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda, 3:12:26
2.   Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans, + 00:24
3.   Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla, s.t.
4.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
5.   Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
6.   Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
7.   Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda, s.t.
8.   Flavia Oliveira Parks (Bra) Alé Cipollini, s.t.
9.   Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
10. Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo-Liv. + 00:27

Huge congrats to Hagiwara - the first Japanese and first East Asian rider to win a stage at the women’s Giro

Full results

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Video: Evie Stevens Wins Flèche Wallonne, Podium and Finish Replay

Thanks @ednl for the video. Super impressive win from Evie Stevens of Specialized lululemon on the Mur de Huy. She followed the wheel of four-time winner Marianne Vos, then with picture perfect timing, came around to win by a bike-length and then some. Linda Villumsen of GreenEdge finished third, well back from the leading pair.

At the beginning of the year, Stevens said that Flèche Wallonne was among the races she would most like to win. She believed the final climb suited her, but she had struggled in the past with the narrow, technical roads that lead to the final climb. Earlier this season, Stevens crashed trying to follow an attack from Marianne Vos at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda. This time, Stevens kept the bike upright.

From the start, her coaches have raved about her power and her physiology - that Stevens has that perfect balance of strength, weight, and speed to win the big races. Now, we finally start to see what the fuss has been all about.

Also notable, Megan Guarnier of Team Tibco finished seventh on the Mur de Huy. Guarnier is a rider on the move - she won her first international race last year at the Giro di Toscana. She is more in the mold of a sprinter than Stevens, but seventh in this World Cup is a big step forward for Guarnier, an ex-swimmer turned bike racer.

For the U.S., the results from Guarnier and Stevens are good news. The U.S. started the season on the knife edge of the Olympic selection game. Would the U.S. get two starts or three starts in London? Much depended on how the U.S. riders finished in these early season races. I haven’t done the math just yet, but today’s race should help that cause significantly.

At the beginning of the season, Tibco team owner Linda Jackson said she was committed to helping the women chase the UCI points necessary to make it to the Olympics and she arranged for the team - including Guarnier - to travel to Europe to race. It takes a village.

For Stevens personally, this result should also help her cause in the selection game. And if the U.S. does in fact get those three starts? Guarnier looks better and better as a possible pick for London.

Certainly, the list is shrinking: Stevens, Kristin Armstrong, Amber Neben, and Megan Guarnier have the most recent top level results of the American women.

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Con partenza e arrivo a Siena, il 5 marzo, la seconda edizione della Strade Bianche Women Elite sarà la corsa di apertura del calendario UCI Women’s WorldTour. Tante atlete di caratura mondiale hanno messo nel mirino questa gara.La vincitrice della passata edizione, l’americana Megan Guarnier, l’inglese Campionessa del Mondo, Lizzie Armitstead, la pluricampionessa mondiale, la francese Pauline…

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Giro Rosa 2015 7a tappa Arenzano - Loano - arrivo - YouTube

Amazing descending by Lucinda Brand to win the stage solo - and Megan Guarnier extended her lead again

Anna van der Breggen wins the 2015 Flèche Wallonne - photo via Cyclephotos.co.uk on twitter

1.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo-Liv, 3:18:46
2.   Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Bigla, + 00:12
3.   Megan Guarner (USA) Boels-Dolmans, + 00:20
4.   Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla, + 00:32
5.   Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) RaboLiv, + 00:40
6.   Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels-Dolmans, + 00:44
7.   Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 00:46
8.   Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabo-Liv, + 00:57
9.   Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio-SRAM, + 0:07
10. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, s.t.

“Evie attacked with one kilometre to go, and the other teams were immediately on her,” said Guarnier, as is shown in the short clip below. “Then as the sprint was setting up she attacked into the final corner and strung things out. As the sprint opened up, I followed until I felt ready to drive to the line.”

“It was a bit of plan and a bit of instinct,” Guarnier noted. “We felt the race. And we raced accordingly.” 

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