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Round 1- Marianne Vos, sprints to victory for second year.

Trofeo Binda, Cittiglio, Italy  129km

Race Writeup

World Cup - Trofeo Binda

Marianne Vos ( Netherlands) won the first World Cup of the 2010 season. Martine Bras (Gauss)  was second ahead Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling Team)

Cittiglio near Varese, in the north of Italy, delivered much better conditions for the first race of the Women's Cycling World Cup 2010 than it did in 2009. The Temperatures topped 22 degrees after the first hour or racing in stark contrast to last year's 5 degrees. This year, the course had been changed with two circuits of Cassano Valcuvia, adding two tough climbs to the race in the first 20km. 

The race started with 26 teams and 147 riders for the 129km race on the hills around Cittiglio.

The main part of course, after the two circuits of Cassano Valcuvia was the same as for the 2008 and 2009 event. The riders only had to climb up the Brinzio climb once then four times over Orino on the smaller 17Km circuit.

The attacks started within the first two kilmoetres. Silvia Valsecchi (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo) was the first to go. She was joined quickly by Energitz Iturriagaechevarria (SAFI-Pasta Zara). The pair held onto the lead to the first climb in Cassano Valcuvia. They gained a maximum 30 second advantage over the bunch. On the descent they were caught by the bunch, bringing the race all together. On the second time up the climb, Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team) attacked and gained a 14 second advantage before the peloton chased back. The damage had been done to the peloton however. The chase to Pooley on the climb splintered the the bunch into groups. 

On the climb to Brinzo the leading group of 50 riders were all that remained in contention for the win, with a 1 minute 50 second lead. By the time the bunch had reached the top of Orino, the lead group had reduced to 43 riders. Andrea Bosman (NED), Noemi Cantele (HTC Cloumbia) and Vicki Whitelaw (Lotto Ladies) were on the front of the bunch at the top of the climb. 

Attacks, from HTC Columbia's Linda Villumsen and Andrea Bosman (NED) created gaps in the bunch and by the time the leaders reached the top of the Orino climb for the second time the lead group had a 1 minute 55 second advantage. The lead group of 25 riders, included some of the top names in Women's cycling. Marianne Vos, Andrea Bosman and Loes Gunnewijk (NED), Martine Bras (Gauss DZ Ormu), Linda Villumsen, Noemi Cantele and Judith Arndt (HTC Columbia), Tatiana Guderzo (Valdarno) wearing the colours of the World Champion for the first time in 2010, the 2008 Olympic and World Champion Nicole Cooke (GBR), Amanda Spratt, Ruth Corset, the Australian Road Race Champion, Rachel Neylan (Australia), Regina Bruins (Cervelo Test Team), Olga Zabelinskaya (RUS), Irian Molicheva (Fennix), Grace Verbeke (Lotto), Emma Johansson and Ludivine Henrion (Red Sun Cycling), Elena Berlato and Valentina Carretta (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo), Elenora Patuzzo (SAFI), Edwige Pitel (SC Michela Faninni Record Rox MTN) and the lone America rider Sinead Miller.

The leading group formed a steady tempo until the third time up the climb, when the attacks started to form. This dropped a number of riders from the group, including Villumsen, Spratt, Neylan, Patuzzo, Bruins and Henrion. 

With a lead of 3 minutes 22 seconds. the twenty remaining riders continued to push the pace. Zabelinskaya attacked on the final climb and caused splinters in the bunch with 10km to go. On the descent Pooley and Molicheva crashed which disrupted the chase to Zebelinskaya. Arndt waited for Cantele who had been delayed and brought her back into the race, as did Bosman with Vos. Zablinskaya tried to attack again with 500m to go. Arndt took up the chase with Cantele on her wheel. Vos jumped onto the wheel of Cantele and at 150m, she moved out of the slipsteam. Bras and Johansson found a way round and managed to get to the line ahead of Corset, Cantele and Cooke.

 

Results Top 10 - click here to see full details

Position Name Country/Team Time/Gap
1 Vos Marianne NED
2 Bras Martine GAU
3 Johansson Emma RSC
4 Corset Ruth AUS
5 Cantele Noemi TCW
6 Cooke Nicole GBR
7 Berlato Elena TOG
8 Arndt Judith TCW
9 Guderzo Tatiana VAD
10 Zabelinskaya Olga RUS @ 5"

 

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Post Race Comments

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) was very happy to have won the World Cup event in Cittiglio for the second time. "I am very happy to have won. I was kind of nervous for this race because it is the first one. I was not sure how my form or the form of the other riders, would be this early in the season. The first 50km was really hard then I found my form and it was good from there, I though maybe I have a change to win" said Vos.

"The group was getting smaller, then I knew I had a chance in the sprint. I was a bit nervous though, there was a a crash on the last descent. My team mate Andrea Bosman closed the gap to the leaders for me."

In the closing kilometres, Vos was asked what went through her mind, "I thought about last year and how great it would be to win here agian. But then I told myself I had to stay focused. This is a very difficult sprint and slight up hill. I saw Judith Arndt [HTC Columbia] come by with Noemi Cantele and I thought, that is my wheel. It was only 250m to the finish so I knew if I jumped on I would have a chance to win. Martine and Emma Johansson are fast too, so I had to push right to the line," added Vos.

Martine Bras (Gauss RDZ Ormu) rode a tactically great race but could not match the speed of Vos in the sprint. "I got dropped on the last climb and I had to fight back to stay in the race, I knew I was strong today but I just did not have enough in the last sprint," said Bras

"I love the new course, it was beautiful. The two steep climbs right at the start sorted the race out and it meant that the bunch was much smaller when we got to do the four times over the climb," added Bras. 

Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling) was a little disappointed not to have won, "I am glad that is over, it was a great race but it was so difficult to get away. It didn't feel like anyone wanted to ride away. It was quite defensive riding. I got held up by the crash and had to chase back to the leaders but the Russian girl was away. We had to chase hard to bring her back otherwise she would have one the race. Everyone was really tired, we have given it everything," said Johansson.

The final group included some of the top riders in the World, Johansson was asked what went through her mind when she looked around a the talented group if riders, "There were three from Columbia, three from Australia, two from Holland, two from Cervelo, so you always have to look around to see who looks strong and who is racing for who. When Judith Arndt went with Cantele on her wheel, I thought she is obviously working for her," she added.

 

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Standings After Round 1 Top 10 - click here to see full details

Position Name Country/Team Points
1 Vos Marianne NED 75
2 Bras Martine GAU 50
3 Johansson Emma RSC 35
4 Corset Ruth AUS 30
5 Cantele Noemi TCW 27
6 Cooke Nicole GBR 24
7 Berlato Elena TOG 21
8 Arndt Judith TCW 18
9 Guderzo Tatiana VAD 15
10 Zabelinskaya Olga RUS 11

 

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