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Canadian Clara Hughes 32nd in women's road race

Canadian veteran Clara Hughes, chasing her seventh Olympic medal, finished 32nd in the women's Olympic road race after spending much of the race near or at the front of the peloton.

Teammates Joelle Numainville 12th, Denise Ramsden 27th

Canada's Clara Hughes, right, finished 32nd in the women's road race Sunday. (Stefano Rellandini/Associated Press)

Canadian veteran Clara Hughes, chasing her seventh Olympic medal, finished 32nd in the women's Olympic road race on Sunday after spending much of the race near or at the front of the peloton.

Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won the gold medal, holding off Britain's Elizabeth Armitstead in a sprint finish on The Mall.

The former world champion made a daring move past Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya over rain-slicked roads Sunday to emerge from the three-rider breakaway on the straightaway from Buckingham Palace.

Armitstead wound up with silver, Britain's first medal of the London Olympics.

The former track cycling star came through under immense pressure from a nation gripped by cycling fever in the wake of Bradley Wiggins' Tour de France triumph.

Armitstead also managed to deliver the podium finish that eluded Mark Cavendish in the men's race the previous day.

Joelle Numainville of Laval, Que., had a punctured wheel late in the race that dropped into 12th place. Denise Ramsden of Yellowknife meanwhile finished 27th.

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