Ellen van Dijk soloed to victory in the women’s 2014 Tour of Flanders today, while her teammate Lizzie Armitstead beat Emma Johansson in the sprint finish to claim a 1-2 finish for the Dutch team.
With 27 kilometers remaining, Van Dijk went on the attack just before the climb of the Kruisberg. From there, the Dutch rider used her time trialling skills to successfully hold off the chase until the end.
In fact, as the world champion time triallist powered her way toward the finnish, she was clocked at a little over 31 mph (55 kph). And, despite a number of riders trying to catch her, such as Tiffany Cromwell and compatriot Lucinda Brand, no one could catch the Dutch rider.
In the meantime, Armitstead’s second place finish today, marked her third podium spot in the first of this year’s three world cup events, thus keeping her hold on the overall lead in the series.
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