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Arndt wins women’s Tour of Flanders; Armstrong second

Judith Arndt won the women’s Tour of Flanders Sunday in Oudenaarde, Belgium. Arndt (GreenEdge) beat Kristin Armstrong (USA National Team) in a two-up sprint to take top honors in the third stop on the 2012 UCI World Cup.

Joelle Numainville (Canada National Team) finished third.

Arndt and Armstrong escaped on the Oude Kwaremont with 27 kilometers remaining. The pair held off a three-woman chase and came to the line for a two-up sprint.

“We came into the final kilometer, and I thought to myself, ‘OK, I have a 50/50 chance here,’” said Arndt. “I’m usually a little bit better than Armstrong in a normal sprint, but after a hard race with only two riders, it can be a little difficult. She jumped at 350 meters, and I saw her acceleration immediately. I matched it and passed her. She conceded.”

Brief Unofficial Results
1. Judith Arndt, GreenEdge
2. Kristin Armstrong, USA National Team
3. Joelle Numainville, Canada National Team