Lizzie Armitstead wins Philly Classic to take World Series lead

Lizzie Armitstead
Lizzie Armitstead wins the Philly Cycling Classic in a sprint finish

Britain's Lizzie Armitstead sprinted to victory in the Philadelphia Cycling Classic to take the lead in the UCI Women's World Cup series.

The Boels-Dolman rider emerged from a large group at the finishing line in the six-circuit 73.8-mile race.

Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) was second with Belarusian Alena Amialiusik (Velocio-SRAM) third.

The next event is the Sparkassen Giro in Bochum, Germany, on 2 August.

Armitstead, who won the 2014 World Cup series, claimed her second World Cup victory this year after the Trofeo Alfredo Binda in March.

The 2012 Olympic silver medallist admitted that the plan was for team-mate and two-time Philly Classic winner Evelyn Stevens to win the race, but she took the initiative when Stevens dropped back.

She told reporters: "We really wanted to work for Evie, but it didn't quite work out on the climb. I had to think on instinct and go for the win. It wasn't exactly to plan, but at least one of us was on the top step of the podium."