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Emma Johansson puts London 2012 behind her

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Johansson wins stage one (©GettyImages)
Johansson wins stage one (©GettyImages).

Emma Johansson admits she was happy after winning the first stage of the Friends Life Women's Tour after bad memories of London 2012.

The last time Johansson raced in England was during the Olympic road race two years ago where she only managed to finish in sixth place, 25 seconds away from any sort of medal.

The World number one has seemed to have put that behind her now after claiming victory in yesterday's opening Tour stage.

The Swede finished ahead of one of the favourite to wear the yellow jersey, Marianne Vos, with Great Britain's Lizzie Armitstead finishing in eighth place.

The 30-year-old said, according to Cycling Weekly: “I haven’t got many good memories of racing in England – but I made a good one today! It felt great.

“Maybe she [Armitstead] got too excited. She went with 450m to go, it was a headwind as well, and I was in her wheel. Then Marianne went, so I went in her drag and I passed her at the end. It was a long sprint.

“I knew she [Armitstead] was going to be up there in the sprint, and the same for Marianne. If they go, you need to follow.”

As well as Armitstead two other British riders finished within the top 10, with Hannah Barnes crossing the line in third place meaning she will wear the red, white and blue jersey of the best Briton during today's second stage.

Lucy Garner finished three places down on Barnes in sixth place but will relish the opportunity to ride on home roads today as the race goes through Leicestershire.

Another Brit, Sharon Laws who rides for United Healthcare with Barnes will wear the Queen of the Mountains jersey after accumulating the most points during stage one.

Armitstead was clearly disappointed with the result yesterday and admits the occasion had gone to her head.

According to the Guardian she said: "I made several mistakes today. In the sprint I just went far too early - from about 500m to go - and gave Emma the perfect lead-out. In a normal race scenario you see crowds at 200m to go and that's when you sprint but here they began at one kilometre to go, and it got to my head a bit."

Johansson also added that the crowds were incredible but a bit scary.

The Swede said, reports Cycling Weekly: “It’s been crazy – I get a bit scared when they’re shouting because we’re not used to it,” said Johansson. “We passed a lot of schools, it’s been really cool along the course.”

Stage One Result

1. Emma Johansson

2. Marianne Vos

3. Hannah Barnes

4. Trixi Worrack

5. Giorgia Bronzini

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