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Dideriksen wins women's World Championship road race; Britain's Lizzie Deignan comes in fourth

Dideriksen wins women's World Championship road race; Lizzie Deignan comes in fourth
By PA Sport

16/10/2016 at 00:52Updated 16/10/2016 at 01:35

Amalie Dideriksen of Denmark claimed gold at the UCI Road World Championships women's road race in Doha, with defending champion Lizzie Deignan - nee Armitstead - finishing fourth.

Dideriksen won a bunch sprint at the end of the 134-kilometres road race ahead of Holland's Kirsten Wild.

Lotta Lepisto of Finland was third and Deignan finished one place off the podium.

Deignan won the world title in Richmond, Virginia in September 2015, fulfilling a life-long ambition.

The 27-year-old from Otley, a London 2012 silver medallist, had the honour of wearing the world champion's rainbow jersey for the year. That honour now falls to Dideriksen.

Riders compete in the women's elite road race event as part of the 2016 UCI Road World Championships on October 15, 2016, in the Qatari capital Doha

Riders compete in the women's elite road race event as part of the 2016 UCI Road World Championships on October 15, 2016, in the Qatari capital DohaAFP

Deignan had played down her chances in the pan-flat Doha route, having focused her season on the hilly Olympic Games road race in Rio.

But she was in the mix in the finale, only to fall narrowly short.

The men's race takes place on Sunday's final day of the eight-day event, with Mark Cavendish bidding for a second world title following his 2011 triumph in Copenhagen.

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World Championships result

1. Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark / Denmark) 3:10:27"

2. Kirsten Wild (Netherlands / Netherlands) ST

3. Lotta Lepistoe (Finland / Finland)

4. Elizabeth Deignan (Britain / Great Britain)

5. Marta Bastianelli (Italy / Italy)

6. Roxane Fournier (France / France)

7. Chloe Hosking (Australia / Australia)

8. Sheyla Gutierrez (Spain / Spain)

9. Joelle Numainville (Canada / Canada)

10. Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium / Belgium)

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