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Trofeo Alfredo Binda: 3rd round 2017 UCI Women’s World Tour

On Sunday US rider Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) claimed her first UCI WWT victory in Cittiglio in her first full-European season. The 24-year-old rider was the fastest at the unexpected bunch sprint in Cittiglio, finishing ahead of Cuban Arlenis Sierra (Astana) and Danish Cecile Uttrup Ludwig (Cervélo-Bigla), who completed the podium.

Throughout the hilly 131-kilometre Trofeo Alfredo Binda course lots of attacks and several breakaways unfold, however none of those managed to last long. Unlike in the previous of the race the final sprint was contested by a large group of nearly 30 riders.

During the final lap to the 18-kilometre circuit Australian rider Katrin Garfoot (Orica-Scott) attacked, opening immediately a decent gap. It was only at the final Orino climb, when she was reached by UCI WWT leader Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) and Polish champion Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3 Energie), who had hastily attacked from the peloton. However, the powerful leading trio was caught by the peloton during the technical decent to Cittiglio, setting the race ready for the unexpected bunch sprint finale. It was Dutch Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) who opened the sprint with a top lead-out manouvre that put Rivera in position with 200 metres to go, and nobody  could match her top-end speed.

Official Highlights

Wiggle-High5 Race Review

UCI WWT Rankings 

UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking

1 [ITA] Elisa Longo Borghini Wiggle-High5  220
2 [ITA] Elena Cecchini Canyon-SRAM 185
3  Annemiek van Vleuten Orica-Scott 170
4 Lucinda Brand Team Sunweb 155
5 Katarzyna Niewiadoma WM3 Energie 135
6 USA Coryn Rivera Team Sunweb 120
7 Amalie Dideriksen Boels-Dolmans 120
8 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig Cervélo Bigla 115
9 Arlenis Sierra Astana Women’s 100
10 Chantal Blaak Boels-Dolmans 100
11 Elizabeth Deignan Boels-Dolmans 85
12 Katrin Garfoot Orica-Scott 60
13 Shara Gillow FDJ N.A. Futuroscope 58
14 BEL Jolien D’hoore Wiggle-High5 50
15 Marianne Vos WM3 Energie 48

UCI Women’s WorldTour Youth Ranking

1 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig Cervélo Bigla 12
2 Amalie Dideriksen Boels-Dolmans 6
3 [ITA] Elisa Balsamo Valcar PBM 4

UCI Women’s WorldTour Team Ranking

1 Boels-Dolmans  351
2 Team Sunweb 299
3 Wiggle-High5 290
Full standings

UCI WWT Series – Race Schedule –

1
  Strade Bianche
04/03/17
 Elisa Longo Borghini

The cold and rain soaking weather conditions together with the clay and gravel dirt-roads of Tuscany turned the third edition of Strade Bianche into a (even more) gruelling race. Italian rider Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) claimed her first victory of the UCI WWT series in front of her home crowds. The brave Italian climber was able to overtake her breakaway partners at Via Santa Caterina, the final climb to the finish line. Polish rider Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3 Energie) reedited her 2016 second place while defending champion Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolmans) completed the podium.

The early stages of the race were marked by several crashes including the one that led 2015 Strade Bianche winner and UCI WWT overall champion Megan Guarnier to abandon the race. After the second last dirt-road segment a five-rider breakaway emerged as Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5), Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolmans), Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3 Energie), Annemiek van Vleuten and Katrin Garfoot (Orica-Scott) managed to open a gap from the already reduced main group.

With less than 4 kilometres to go, Australian rider Shara Gillow (FDJ) came back to the group and hastily launched an attack. Her attack was not responded at first by the five breakaway riders (where she had two teammates) but it was Dutch rider Lucinda Brand (Sunweb) who came back as well to the group and counterattacked. She rapidly overtook Gillow at first, and then started together the final climb to Via Santa Caterina, where both were finally caught by the breakaway.

2
   Women’s WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe
11/03/17
 Amalie Dideriksen

TBD

3
   Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio
19/03/17
 Coryn Rivera
4
BEL
Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields
26/03/17
5
BEL
Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres
02/04/17
6
Amstel Gold Race*
16/04/17
7
BEL
La Flèche Wallonne Féminine
19/04/17
8
BEL
Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes*
23/04/17
9
CHI
Tour of Chongming Island UCI Women’s World Tour
05-07/05/17
10
Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race
11-14/05/17
11
Women’s Tour
07-11/06/17
12
Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile
30/06-09/07/17
13
FRA
La Course by Le Tour de France
20/07/17
14
Prudential RideLondon Classique
29/07/17
15
Crescent Vårgårda TTT
11/08/17
16
Crescent Vårgårda
13/08/17
17
NOR
Ladies Tour of Norway*
17-20/08/17
18
FRA
GP de Plouay – Lorient Agglomération
26/08/17
19
Boels Rental Ladies Tour*
29/08-03/09/17
20
[ESP]
Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta
10/09/17
*Denotes race newly included to the UCI WWT circuit

Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields: Next UCI WWT race

Spring has officially begun as the UCI Women’s World Tour heads to Flanders for one of the most iconic and emotional one-day races. The race of the poppies and the crosses will witness the fourth round of the UCI WWT. It will be the sixth edition of Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields Classic (the former two editions ranked under the national series while the latter three UCI WE ranked), a raced named after iconic war poem written during the First World War by John McCrae. On Sunday, March 26th West Flanders will be again the center of women’s cycling holding not only the UCI WWT race but also the Junior Nation’s Cup event Gent Wevelgem (an U17 will be held as well to add up a total of seven Gent-Wevelgem events held). Like the UCI WWT event, the Junior Nation’s Cup event will also start in Ypres. In this case the race won’t be broadcast live.

Previous edition

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Chantal Blaak  (Boels-Dolmans)  soloed to her second UCI WWT victory at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, 27 March 2016. The Dutch rider slipped away from the seventeen-rider breakaway with around 10km to the finish line. Despite her compatriot van Vleuten efforts, Blaak immediately gained a gap that was never closed. She reached the finish line with over a minute advantage ahead of a seven-rider chasing group, where German champion Lisa Brennauer (Canyon SRAM) won the sprint to finish second while Dutch champion Lucinda Brand (Rabobank Liv) came third.

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Who to watch

15 top riders to watch in Ypres