17 Mar Trofeo Alfredo Binda Preview (1.WWT)
After the first two rounds of the second UCI WWT series, it is now turn for Cittiglio, Varese. The well-established race of Trofeo Alfredo Binda Comune di Cittiglio (previously part of the UCI Women’s World Cup) is one the favourite races -for riders- on the women’s international calendar. On Sunday, 19 March Cittiglio will witness again the third round of the UCI WWT hosting not only the UCI WWT race but also the UCI Women Junior Nation’s Cup event Trofeo Da Moreno – Piccolo Trofeo Alfredo Binda. Like the UCI WWT event, the Junior Nation’s Cup event will also finish in Cittiglio (starting in Taino at around 9.15 am an finishing in Cittiglio at 10.50 am approx.), after a long stretch through the Valcuvia region with an entertaining hilly race course. In this case there will be no tv live streaming but online coverage will be provided from 13.30 pm (UTC+1).
Sunday, 19 March 2017, local time from 13:30 pm until 17:00 pm approx (UTC+1)
Route 131.3km: Taino – Cittiglio
After about 1 kilometre of neutralisation, the 131.3 kilometres 2017 Trofeo Alfredo Binda race course will start. The course has been modified from previous editions with a new start location in Taino. The peloton covers an initial course section from Taino to Cittiglio (over 22 kilometres), one lap to a large circuit (nearly 38 kilometres) and four laps to a smaller circuit around Cittiglio 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 Casale 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. Along with this you two climbs, Cunardo climb, with 92 kilometres to go, will be the main difficulty 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
Annemiek van Vleuten, Anna van der Breggen, Lizzie Deignan
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Alena Amialiusik, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Elena Cecchini
Claudia Lichtenberg, Dani King, Shara Gillow, Janneke Ensing, Marianne Vos
Our favourite: Amanda Spratt
Our outsider: Dani King
Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance) will be our only Spanish representative at the 2017 edition of Trofeo Alfredo Binda.
Who to follow
15 riders to watch at Trofeo Alfredo Binda
World champion Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolmans) won on Saturday, 20 March 2016 in Cittiglio, repeating the feat that she achieved at the 2015 edition. After being dropped from the six-rider chasing group at the fourth Orino climb, the defending champion came back to the group and hastily launched an attack (Lizzie quoted her attack as stupid but unexpected) that was intended to set up her teammate Megan Guarnier for victory. However, nobody reacted to Deignan’s powerful move and resulted to be the race winning move. Her teammate Megan Guarnier sprinted for the second place, while Jolanda Neff (Servetto Footon), who had aggressively attack and led the race over the final kilometres of the course, finished in third place.
How to follow the race
The race will be livestreamed again at the official website:
Highlights on Sunday at 10.30pm (UTC+1) on RAI Sport.
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: