Last few km and Sagan is solo
The world champion went on the attack with Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo), dropping the former on the Oude Kwaremont and the latter on the Paterberg. As Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) gave chase behind in his final Ronde van Vlaanderen, Sagan folded his arms over his handlebars and soloed to take a famous win.
It was a fast and furious day of racing in the Flemish Ardennes and the hopes of pre-race favourites Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ) were all left in tatters by crashes.
Lizzie artistead also world champ won the women’s field too.
Well deserved as well dealing with a tailgating sprinter and a chasing pack
Lizzie Armitstead’s superb start to the season continued with a nailbiting victory in the women’s Tour of Flanders on Sunday. It took a photo-finish to separate the reigning world champion from Sweden’s Emma Johansson [Wiggle-High5] at the end of the 141.2km race over the Belgian cobbles.
So much for the fabled curse of the rainbow jersey. Armitstead has been in devastating form this year, winning at Omloop het Nieuwsblad, Strade Bianche and Trofeo Binda before adding the coveted Flanders title to the list yesterday. The Otley rider broke clear with Johansson on the approach to the Paterberg, the final climb of the race, and held a nine-second lead as they began the final kilometre. Johansson was first to launch her sprint but Armitstead responded to snatch victory for her Boels-Dolmans team.
“It’s really special to win, and to win in the rainbow jersey is even more special,” Armitstead said. “It was the perfect day.