18 Mar Top 15 riders to watch at Trofeo Alfredo Binda (1.WWT)
US national champion, bronze medal at the World Championships in Richmond, third at the Giro Rosa and winner of the 2015 Strade Bianche, Megan Guarnier is one of the top favourites. Megan has developed an especial “love-performance delivering relationship” with Italy through these past years by not only winning Strade Bianche 2015 edition but also by being a key show-maker at the past two editions of Giro Rosa. She will be helped by Hour World Record holder Evelyn Stevens, who will be making her road season debut at Alfredo Binda Trophy (not the type of race that narrowly matches her cycling characteristics but she will be a key supportive rider for her teammates Lizzie and Megan).
In 2016 she has won both the Australian and Oceanian time trial championships, the first stage and overall “Santos Women’s Tour” and the second stage of the “Ladies Tour of Qatar” while finishing fourth overall at the “Tour of Qatar”. As Loren Rowney stated during her interview “Kat is on track to an amazing performance in both events at the Olympics Games and Qatar Worlds”. With such an aim Kat will be looking to prove the earlier season improvement of her climb skills.
Winner in 2014, Emma is again one of the riders to watch at Trofeo Alfredo Binda. The current leader of the Lotto Cycling Cup is on a good form, the Swedish rider just finished second behind Chantal Blaak on Le Samyn des Dammes and third at Strade Bianche behind Lizzie and Kasia. She will be part of one the most powerful teams for this race, Wiggle High5, along with Rabobank-Liv and Boels Dolmans. Perhaps she is not in her best form ever but she is such a tactically gifted rider that you need to have under control, otherwise as soon as action starts she may surprise you being part of any of the decisive moves. Emma as Wiggle High5 will try to compensate the bad result last weekend at Ronde van Drenthe where Wiggle High5 missed the four-rider decisive breakaway.
Twice winner of the “Giro d’Italia” overall and six stage victories on her palmares. In 2015 she won the last stage of the Giro Rosa and finished second overall. Overall first in the “Tour of the Gila” and “Redlands Bicycle Classic”. Mara is one the best and most experienced climbers in the peloton and despite her lack of competition days in 2016, she has participated only at Le Samyn but did not finish it, she is one of the top riders to watch at Trofeo Alfredo Binda. She will be part of Wiggle High5 strong roster who despite missing one of the most charming climbers of the international peloton, Italian climber Elisa Longo-Borghini (off due to illness), would try to compensate the bad result on the second round of UCI WWT.
In 2015 she won the last stage and the overall classification at Premondialle Giro della Toscana as well as finishing fifth at Giro dell’Emilia. The current Polish Champion has started strongly the 2016 season winning the “Gran Prix San Luis Femenino”, finishing on the podium at three stages of “Tour Femenino de San Luis” and was second overall. Moreover, the Polish rider was able to stay on the front chasing group at Strade Bianche finishing in thirteenth place. She will count with the help of Marta Bastianelli, World Champion in 2007 and once one of the best climbers of the peloton, who in 2016 has won the Omloop van het Hageland and finished fifth at last week Ronde van Drenthe.
The 21-year-old Polish rider Kasia Niewiadoma enters her third year as a professional cyclist in 2016. Overall Bira winner and a regular winner of the “best young rider” classifications, is one of the riders to watch for this race. The lightweight Polish climber will try to improve her thirteenth place last year. In 2016 she came second at the Strade Bianche, proving herself as the strongest climber of the peloton, being only overtaken by World Champion Lizzie Armitstead on the final climb to the finish line. She is the current leader in the youth classification of the UCI WWT along with the Dutch rider Floortje Mackaij.
Italian and European Junior champion and World vice-champion in 2014. In 2015 she won the “Da Moreno – mini-Alfredo Binda” the junior version of the UCI WWT event. Sofia, who is one of the most promising riders of her generation, will make her 2016 debut at Gavirate. She will count on her Astana teammates experienced Russian Tatiana Antoshina, who will debut with Astana as well, and her fellow Italian cyclist Sofia Beggin, who rode very well at Strade Bianche two weeks ago, finishing thirty-second overall and second at the youth classification.
After Sheyla Gutiérrez, Anne Santesteban and Dorleta Esakmendi, Anna will be the fourth Spanish rider to debut at the newborn UCI WWT. The 28-year-old Spanish rider will make her 2016 season debut with her Wiggle High5 team after riding earlier in January at San Luis with Spanish national team. At Trofeo Alfredo Binda, with a hilly course that matches her climbing skills, Anna will likely play a key supportive role for her teammates Emma Johansson, Mara Abbot and Dani King.