The UCI Women’s WorldTour started its debut season back in March 2016 with the Strade Bianche in Italy.

British rider and world champion Lizzie Armitstead took the victory on the iconic white roads of Tuscany to kickstart what would be a dominant season for her Boels-Dolmans team.

Of the 17 races in the Women’s WorldTour calendar, Boels-Dolmans would go on to take 10 victories.

Having led the early overall standings with subsequent wins in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Tour of Flanders, Armitstead reliquished the lead in the WorldTour standings to team-mate Megan Guarnier, after the latter won the Tour of California in her native America in mid-May.

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Guarnier would then carry the WorldTour lead to the season’s conclusion at the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta in Spain on September 11, winning the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic and Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile along the way.

Canadian Leah Kirchman (Liv-Plantur) was second overall, with 2015 World Cup series winner Armitstead in third.

“It feels great, it’s a little but surreal because it’s been a long season, it’s been a hard season,” said Guarnier.

“It’s been a fun year, and it’s been a hard year and to finish it off with a win in the WorldTour it’s been incredible. I don’t know whether I actually believe yet that it’s happened.”

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