Lizzie Armitstead keeps World Cup lead after Fleche Wallone

Women's World Cup: Lizzie Armitstead second at Fleche Wallone

Britain's Lizzie Armitstead retained her lead in the World Cup by finishing second in the women's Fleche Wallone race in Belgium.

Armitstead was beaten by France's Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, while Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy was in third.

Ferrand-Prevot claimed victory in Huy by a couple of bike lengths after the final climb of the 127km route.

Fellow Briton Emma Pooley, who won the race in 2010, finished seventh in her first race of the year.

It was the third consecutive time that Olympic silver medallist Armitstead, 25, had finished in second place after opening the season with a win in the Ronde van Drenthe.

With five races remaining, the Boels Dolmans cyclist, who also claimed the runners-up spot in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda and the Tour of Flanders, increased her overall leadexternal-link over Sweden's Emma Johansson to 160 points.

World and Olympic road race champion Marianne Vos was sixth in what was her first race of the season.