A special victory for both World Champions, Lizzie Armitstead and Peter Sagan at the Tour of Flanders. (Specialized)

A special victory for both World Champions, Lizzie Armitstead and Peter Sagan at the Tour of Flanders. (Specialized)

Women’s World Champion Lizzie Armitstead notched a special victory in the Women’s Tour of Flanders in a nail-biting finale dressed in the rainbow striped jersey.

Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team’s spring season success continued when the 27-year-old beat Swedish champion Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) by a photo-finish.

“It’s really special to win, and to win in the rainbow jersey is even more special. It was the perfect day. I knew in my gut that I had won because I knew my momentum took me over the top of her,” said Armitstead.

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“I’m delighted but it’s also a big relief. I’ve got that win, that career goal done, and now it’s all about shifting focus. It’s a good way to start putting the spring behind me and thinking about Rio,” Armitstead added.

Armitstead’s victory is her fourth in the rainbow jersey and the team’s eighth win on the road. The Dutch-registered squad has now won all five rounds of the inaugural UCI Women’s WorldTour series and now leads the series overall.

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Armitstead wins at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Strade Bianche and Trofeo Binda were part of her build to the race she’s called an unofficial women’s cycling Monument. Ever since she pulled on the rainbow jersey at the 2015 World Championships in Richmond, she’s been fielding questions about her 2016 season objectives. And each time she’s clearly responded that her season has been built around two races: The Tour of Flanders and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Catch Armitstead back in action when the UCI Women’s WorldTour series continues on 20 April with La Flèche Wallone.

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