Trofeo Costa Etrusca
3° Gran Premio Comuni di Riparbella e Montescudaio,
Sarah Duester took her first win of the year and confirmed the Cervelo Test Team's hold on racing in this first weekend of elite racing in Northern Italy. Duester took her chances and was strong over the climb of Montescudaio. She took over the reigns at the front of the race from her team-mate, sprinter, Kirsten Wild.
Wild had broken away, but was caught 2km from the finish by a group which included Nicole Cooke (Vision 1 Racing) and Emma Johansson (Red Sun), as well as relative local, Noemi Cantele (Bigla Cycling Team).
Manel Lacambra (DS, Cervelo Test Team) "Today was a big day for our team. We made the first break, using Kirsten Wild, who is such a strong rider. Her breakaway culd have stayed, except for the severity of the final climb and the pace of the chasing group. We had riders behind who were able to give us choices. We sent Sarah away and won our second race in two days, after the great win by Emma Pooley yesterday, it was really great."
Results - Top 10
1. Sarah Duster (Cervelo Test Team)
2. Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling) a 6”
3. Noemi Cantele (Bigla Cycling Team)
4. Martine Bras (Selle Italia Ghezzi)
5. Nicole Cooke (Vision 1 Racing)
6. Grace Verbeke (Lotto Belisol)
7. Bossman Andrea (Nazionale Olanda)
8. Marina Romoli (Selle Italia Ghezzi)
9. Julia Martissova (Gauss Rdz Ormu Colnago)
10. Berlato Elena (Safi Pasta Zara Titanedi)
Photo Photo Courtesy: Photo De Cola – www.photodecola.it
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