The Philadelphia round of the UCI Women’s Road World Cup took place at the weekend with nineteen teams taking to the start line. The race featured a 19.8km circuit along the Schuylkill River which the riders had to tackle six times.
The main difficulty of the race was the Manayunk Wall. The climb is 800m long with gradients up to 15% gradient.
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) proved the strongest, beating Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) in a sprint finish with Alena Amialiusik (Velocio Sram) in third. Armitstead now also leads the UCI Women Road World Cup ranking ahead with 315 points. Longo Borghini sits in second with 296 while former leader Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) slipped to third with 290.