La Route de France: Britain's Lucy Garner claims first win

Lucy Garner wins her maiden pro race
Lucy Garner was the world junior road race champion in 2012

British cyclist Lucy Garner has claimed her maiden win at the La Route de France stage race.

The 20-year-old sprinted to victory on the first of the six-stage race for her pro team Liv-Plantur.

Garner was the world junior road race champion in 2012 but has endured a frustrating season.

She had to abandon her last two races, including La Course by Le Tour de France in Paris in July, after crashing.

The 20-year-old tweeted: "I am really happy to have won today after such a close sprint for the win. Thanks Liv-Plantur girls for making it happen!"

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