Philadelphia, PA – For the first time in fourteen years, the UCI Women’s Road World Cup returned to the U.S., bringing world-class cycling to the City of Philadelphia. Forty-two teams with riders from more than thirty countries arrived in Philadelphia this weekend to race in the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic presented by Parx Casino and Live! Hotel and Casino.
The women’s roster was impressive with 5 of the top 10 contenders for the UCI Women’s Road World Cup, creating a very exciting race. World Cup series contender, Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans), would reclaim the lead in the series with the help of her Boels-Dolmans teammates, newly crowned US National Road Champion, Megan Guarnier, and Evie Stevens, winner of the 2013 and 2014 Philly Cycling Classic, crossing the line first ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-Honda) and Alena Amialiusik (Velocio-SRAM).
“We really wanted to work for Evie on the final climb, but it got a little messed up,” said Lizzie Armitstead. “I kind of had to think on instinct and go for the win, so it wasn’t exactly to plan, but at least one of us was on the podium.”
With their second and third places, respectively, Borghini would climb to 2nd place in the UCI Women’s Road World Cup standings and Amialiusik to and 5th.
Results – 2015 Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, UCI Women Road World Cup
1. Elizabeth Armitstead (GBR) Boels-Dolmans
2. Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA) Wiggle-Honda
3. Alena Amialiusik (BLR) Velocio-SRAM
Sprinter – Emilie Moberg (NOR) HiTec Products
QOM – Jasmin Glaesser (CAN) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies