Tour de Yorkshire: Kirsten Wild wins the race after a sprint across the finish line


Kirsten Wild pedalled her way to victory in the women's Tour de Yorkshire after Lizzie Armitstead's brave bid for glory fell short on Saturday.

Team Hitec-Products' Wild won in a bunch sprint ahead of Wiggle High5's Lucy Garner after the peloton had chased down Armitstead and two fellow escapees inside the final three kilometres of the race.

After the cyclists kicked off in Otley, the hometown of world champion Lizzie Armitstead, Doris Schweizer of Cylance Pro Cycling went off on a long solo breakaway, building a lead of more than two-and-a-half minutes by the midway point of the stage.

Armitstead attacked alongside Liv Plantur's Leah Kirchmannon on the descent after Conisbrough Castle 100km in and they soon caught Schweizer, with the trio holding a lead of 45 seconds as they moved into the final 25km of the stage.

Lizzie Armitstead

They extended that advantage to around one minute as the race briefly headed into Nottinghamshire - paying homage to Britain's first cycling world champion Tom Simpson as it passed through his adopted home town of Harworth - but as they turned back north towards Doncaster, the peloton closed in.

It all came back together in the final stages and it was Dutch rider Wild who jumped out from the pack to claim glory.

Wild collected around £15,000 as a prize fund totalling £50,000 was handed out - a record in women's cycling.

Tour de Yorkshire

Five British riders - Lucy Garner, Alice Barnes, Jennifer George, Nicola Juniper and Evie Richards - were among the first 10 women to complete stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire