21 Mar Trofeo Alfredo Binda Race Review (1.WWT)
Current world champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) won yesterday 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 Armitstead’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.
Another strong performance in Cittiglio from Dutch team Boels Dolmans, who has won three out of three rounds of the inaugural UCI WWT series. Armitstead won both the inaugural event of the UCI WWT at Strade Bianche and yesterday’s Trofeo Alfredo Binda, while the Dutch rider Chantal Blaak won Ronde van Drenthe one week ago. Outstanding streak for the Dutch team who has finished on the podium at all of their 2016 season races with the only exception of Omloop van het Hageland Tielt-Winge.
The first lasting breakaway was the one formed by Carmen Small (Cervélo-Bigla) and Ann Sophie Duyck (Topsport Vlaanderen-ProDuo) who had about a minute gap advantage to the main chasing peloton with 70km to go. On the Casale climb, Carmen broke away from Ann Sophie. The group compacted again with 50 km to go.
It was on the penultimate ascent to Orino climb, with about 25km to go, when the decisive breakaway emerged, a group of eight riders run away from the peloton: Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans), Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans), Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5), Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv), Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabobank Liv), Alena Amialiusik (Canyon SRAM), Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-AIS) and Jolanda Neff (Servetto Footon). By the time they reached the finish line for the start of the final local lap, they had over a minute advantage to the main chasing group.
It was Jolanda Neff, who played a smart and aggressive tactic, attacking on the final ascent to Cuvio, knowing her chances of winning a reduced bunch sprint were very remote. She quickly gained an advantage of around 30 seconds that really contested the chasing group. It was only due to Armitstead efforts that Jolanda did not win the third round of the UCI WWT. After leading the chasing efforts and being dropped at the final Orino climb, the defending champion came back to the group and hastily launched an unexpected attack that succeeded and that lead her to first caught Neff with only 3km to go and later claim victory at the finish line in Cittiglio.
Trofeo Da Moreno – Piccolo Trofeo Alfredo Binda
French rider, Clara Copponi won the “Da Moreno – Mini-Alfredo Binda Trophy”, first round of the newborn Junior Women’s Nations’ Cup. In the final sprint, Copponi outsprinted the bunch who broke away from the group on the Orino climb, with 10km to go. In the sprint, Susanne Andersen (Vaiano Fondest) came second and Letizia Paternoster (Vecchia Fontana) finished in third position.
|Susanne Andersen||(Vaiano Fondriest)||
|Letizia Partenoster||(Vecchia Fontana)||
Next UCI WWT race will be next Sunday at Women’s WorldTour Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields, where the second round of the 2016 UCI Women Junior Nations’ Cup will be held as well. The UCI WWT rankings remains as follows:
UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking
|1||Elizabeth Armitstead||Boels Dolmans||240|
|2||Anna van der Breggen||Rabobank Liv||180|
|3||Emma Johansson||Wiggle High5||155|
|4||Megan Guarnier||Boels Dolmans||150|
|5||Katarzyna Niewiadoma||Rabobank Liv||140|
|6||Chantal Blaak||Boels Dolmans||138|
|7||Annemiek van Vleuten||Orica-AIS||105|
|10||Lauren Kitchen||Hitec Products||95|
|11||Trixi Worrack||Canyon SRAM||85|
|12||Elisa Longo Borghini||Wiggle High5||70|
|13||Leah Kirchmann||Liv Plantur||66|
|14||Alena Amialiusik||Canyon SRAM||60|
|15||Marta Bastianelli||Alé Cipollini||60|
UCI Women’s WorldTour Youth Ranking
|1||Katarzyna Niewiadoma||Rabobank Liv||12|
|2||Floortje Mackaij||Liv Plantur||6|
|3||Jim van den Bos||Parkhotel Valkenburg||4|
Women’s WorldTour Team Ranking
Highlights Trofeo Alfredo Binda UCI WWT