19 Mar Trofeo Alfredo Binda Race Preview (1.WWT)
Two weeks after the inaugural race of the UCI WWT at the historic city of Siena, it is now turn for Cittiglio, Varese. The eighteenth edition of Trofeo Alfredo Binda (previously part of the defunct UCI Women’s World Cup) will witness the third round of the UCI Women’s World Tour. On Sunday, March 20th Varese will be again the center of women’s cycling holding not only the UCI WWT race but also the Mini-World Cup event Trofeo Da Moreno – Piccolo Trofeo Alfredo Binda (after two national editions, the race had the privilege of been inserted into the UCI’s international calendar for junior athletes in 2015). Like the UCI WWT event, the Mini-World Cup event will also finish in Cittiglio (starting in Gavirate at around 9.15 am an finishing in Cittiglio at 11.15am approx.), after a long stretch through the Valcuvia region with an entertaining hilly race course ideal to promote and extend the beauty of this sport. In this case there will be no tv live streaming but online coverage will be provided from 13.30 pm ECT (UTC+1).
The race is named after Alfredo Binda and finishes in his home town of Cittiglio, where “il Campionissimo” was born in 1902. Winner of 5 Giro d’Italia overall, 3 World Road Championships, 4 Italian championships, 2 Milan-San Remo, 41 stages at the Giro d’Italia and 2 stages of the Tour de France. He retired from racing in 1936 and became Italian team manager, looking after two extraordinary riders like Bartali and Coppi.
UCI WWT Race Schedule:
- Strade Bianche, ITA – 05/03/16
The current British, Commonwealth and World champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) won last Saturday the second edition of Strade Bianche Women Elite, the first race ever of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, covering 121km from Siena to Siena. On the final climb to the finish line Lizzie overtook her breakaway partners, European champion Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabobank Liv) and Swedish rider Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5).
- Women’s WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe, NED – 12/03/16
The Dutch rider Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) won last Saturday the second event of the UCI WWT, the Ronde van Drenthe, covering 138.3km from Hoogeveen to Hoogeveen. On the final sprint she overtook her breakaway partners, Australian rider Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS), German rider Trixi Worrack (Canyon SRAM) and Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv).
- Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio, ITA – 20/03/2016
- Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields, BEL – 27/03/16
- Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, BEL – 03/04/16
- La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, BEL – 20/04/15
- Tour of Chongming Island, CHN – from 06/05/16 to 08/05/16
- Amgen Tour of California, USA – from 19/05/16 to 22/05/16
- Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, USA – 05/06/16
- Aviva Womens Tour, GBR – from 15/06/16 to 19/06/16
- Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, ITA – from 01/07/16 to 10/07/16
- La Course by Le Tour de France, FRA – 24/07/16
- Prudential Ride London, GBR – 30/07/15
- Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour, SWE – 19/08/16
- Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour TTT, SWE – 21/08/16
- GP de Plouay-Bretagne, FRA – 27/08/16
- LA MADRID CHALLENGE By La Vuelta, ESP – 11/09/16
UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking
|1||Anna van der Breggen||Rabobank Liv||130|
|2||Chantal Blaak||Boels Dolmans||120|
|3||Elizabeth Armitstead||Boels Dolmans||120|
UCI Women’s WorldTour Youth Ranking
|1||Floortje Mackaij||Liv Plantur||6|
|2||Katarzyna Niewiadoma||Rabobank Liv||6|
|3||Lotte Kopecky||Lotto Soudal Ladies||4|
Women’s WorldTour Team Ranking
The 2016 UCI Women Junior Nations’ Cup includes a combination of one-day and stage races registered on the UCI Calendar:
- Trofeo Da Moreno – Piccolo Trofeo Alfredo Binda (Italy, 20.03.16)
- Gent-Wevelgem (Belgium, 27.03.16)
- Energiewacht Tour (Netherlands, stage race, 6-9.04.16)
- Albstadt Frauen-Etappenrennen (Germany, stage race, 10-12.06.16)
Sunday, March 20th, Local Time: 13:30 p.m. to 16:45 p.m. approx.
A total of 28 teams and 168 riders will participate in this edition of Trofeo Alfredo Binda. Ane Santesteban (Alé Cipollini), Anna Sanchis (Wiggle High5) and Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance) will be our Spanish representatives at the third UCI WWT race.
After about 2km of neutralisation, the 123.3 kilometres 2016 Trofeo Alfredo Binda race course will start . The course has been modified from previous editions with a new start location in Gavirate. The peloton covers an initial course section from Gavirate to Cuveglio (over 20 kilometres), one lap to a large circuit (38 kilometres) and four laps to a smaller circuit of about 18 kilometres long. The course is not easy at all, as within each of the four laps to the 17.8-kilometre loop features two main climbs – the Cuvio and the Orino. Orino hill is a short steep climb very characteristic of the Trofeo Alfredo Binda. At three kilometres long, Orino climb is too short for the pure climbers to do much damage. But after four ascents, once again it will very likely be the decisive point for the final selection of the race. Previous past performances suggest us that the race will end up with a small group sprint when the race will cross the finish line for the sixth time.
Favourites & Outsiders
Lizzie Armitstead, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Katarzyna Niewiadoma
Anna van der Breggen, Emma Johansson, Megan Guarnier, Alena Amialiusik
Jolanda Neff, Annemiek van Vleuten, Mara Abbott, Malgorzata Jasinska, Anna Sanchis
Our favourite: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio
Our outsider: Jolanda Neff
Who to watch
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) won Trofeo Alfredo Binda last year when the race was part of the UCI Women’s World Cup series. The World champion out-sprinted her six breakaway teammates to the victory in Cittiglio. Team Rabobank Liv occupied the podium positions with former World champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen.
Once again, Orino climb was the decisive point of the race. Just after the penultimate climb, six riders were out together: Rabobank Liv riders Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Anna van der Breggen, Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans), Jolanda Neff (Switzerland), Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda), and Alena Amialiusik (Velocio-SRAM). With 20km to go the six-rider breakaway had 35”; at that point of time Pauline attacked, gaining a few seconds before being caught by Longo Borghini, Armitstead and van der Breggen after the final climb, with about 8km to go. In the final kilometre, the four were caught again by Neff and Amialiusik, so that six riders entered the final sprint.
Highlights of 2015 Trofeo Alfredo Binda (UCI RWC)
Live TV Streaming
No live TV streaming will be provided.
Live news feed
From 13.30 pm ETC (UTC+1) some images from the race may be on streaming at the following link.
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags to follow the race (among others):
Post race highlights
The highlights of the Binda Trophy will be transmitted by RAISPORT 1, on Sunday 20 March at 17.00, with commentary by Piergiorgio Severini and Monia Baccaille.