Lizzie Armitstead 11th after Giro Rosa prologue in Italy

Lizzie Armitstead
Lizzie Armitstead (centre) has enjoyed a memorable year, describing the Tour de Yorkshire as a "goose pimple moment".

World champion Lizzie Armitstead finished six seconds off the pace after the opening prologue at the Giro Rosa.

The Briton is 11th after completing the 2km course in Gaiarine that precedes the nine-stage race across Italy in two minutes 29 seconds.

Fellow Britons. Molly Weaver and Emma Pooley, were eight and 11 seconds back.

Canada's Leah Kirchmann is the early leader after stopping the clock on 2:23, less than a second quicker than Dutch rider Thalita De Jong.

Prologue result:

1. Leah Kirchmann (Can/Liv-Plantur) 2mins 23secs

2. Thalita De Jong (Ned/Rabo Liv) +1sec

3. Anna van der Breggen (Ned/Rabo Liv) same time

4. Megan Guarnier (US/Boels Dolmans) +3secs

5. Roxane Knetemann (Ned/Rabo Liv) same time

6. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus/Canyon-SRAM) +4secs

Selected others:

11. Lizzie Armitstead (GB/Boels Dolmans) +6secs

20. Molly Weaver (GB/Team Liv-Plantur) +8secs

41. Emma Pooley (GB/Lotto Soudal) +11secs

93. Abby-Mae Parkinson (GB/Servetto Footon) +17secs

Overall Standings:

1. Leah Kirchmann (Can/Liv-Plantur) 2mins 23secs

2. Thalita De Jong (Ned/Rabo Liv) +1sec

3. Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned/Rabo Liv) same time

4. Megan Guarnier (US/Boels Dolmans) +3secs

5. Roxane Knetemann (Ned/Rabo Liv) same time

6. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus/Canyon-SRAM) +4secs

Selected others:

11. Elizabeth Armitstead (GB/Boels Dolmans) +6secs

20. Molly Weaver (GB/Team Liv-Plantur) +8secs

41. Emma Pooley (GB/Lotto Soudal) +11secs

93. Abby-Mae Parkinson (GB/Servetto Footon) +17secs

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