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Preview Road Race

Florence 2013

Preview

The 2013 World Road race is tomorrow. Riders who perform well in Toscana nomally go well at Worlds. Although a number of riders are also keeping a low profile, maybe they are not ready to give away their true form just yet. 

The Dutch have a number of cards to play, eight to be exact. 2012 Olympic and World road champion, Dutch superstar Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) is in great form but she may not be their 'ace' to play, maybe their 'joker'. Talking to Vos earlier in the week after her silver medal in the Team TimeTrial, she reflected on the course and how the race might pan out, "Expect it to break up early. The climb is long and with the extra technical descent it will be easy for a lead group to form. The second really steep climb will certainly play a part. I would expect a small select group to form to fight for the win,"said Vos.  Vos may not be the one to watch, riders will need to watch the inform, Anna van der Breggen (Sengers), she was climbing well in Toscana recently and could be the dark horse when everyone is watching Vos. They also have other power riders that could cause some damage, Annemiek van Vleuten and Lucinda Brand (Rabo Women), Loes Gunnewijk (Orica-AIS), Amy Pieters and Kirsten Wild (Argos-Shimano) and of course the newly crowned ITT champion Ellen van Dijk (Specialized Lululemon) could all cause damage during the race. 

Sweden's Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) will want to ensure she is riding at the front to make it into a break opportunity. Johansson does not have a realy strong team of climbers to support her, so will need to rely on her ability to set the pace for herself. 

The Italians will be looking for another win. Like the Dutch they have eight in their team.They have had a number of riders showing recent good climbing legs, in particular, Rossella Ratto and Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products UCK). Longo-Borghini is riding her way into good form and her bronze medal from Valkenberg last year, will certainly have given her a taste for a possible win on hime soil. Tatiana Guderzo (McCipollini Giordana Galassia) and Noemi Cantele (Bepink) are also climbing well on the short power climbs and recently Valentina Scandolar notably a sprinter showed she can also climb. You can also never discount Giorgia Bronzini, if she can get into the front group towards the end she would love to make it 3/4 wins.

The USA are the dark horses. Apart from Evie Stephens and Carmen Small (Specialized Lululemon), who are obviously in great form after their time trial results, the Americans will also be looking to Mara Abbott (winner of the 2013 Giro) and Megan Guarnier to be in the right position on the day. 

German Trixi Worrack (Specialized Lululemon) will be supported by a number of strong riders, notably team mate Lisa Brennauer,  Claudia Hausler (Team Tibco - To The Top) and Elke Gebhardt (Argos-Shimano). Worrack and Hausler can both climb well so it will really be about positioning when the attacks go.

The Russians will be hoping that Tatiana Antoshina (McCipollini Giordana Galassia) continues her good form, expect the Russians to go on the attack, like they did in the Junior race today. 

The Australians have a number of cards to play, Tiffany Cromwell (Orica-AIS) is selected along side Orica-AIS team mates, Shara Gillow, Amanda Spratt, Gracie Elvin and Amy Cure. Lauren Kitchen (Wiggle Honda) should be used to go in the early break along side Carlee Taylor (Lotto Belisol) could be there too and if it sticks, both of these could podium. Martin Barras (Sport Director-Australia) reflected on how the junior women's race unfolded and how the elite women's race might evolve, "What we saw today was that the early group were able to stay away because the rest waited way too long to chase. There were insufficient numbers in the chase to really organise themselves, and no one wanted to take control," said Barras. "Of course letting a group go away will work if you have sufficient numbers back to chase hard, but the Dutch and the Italians have a greater proportion of riders and will therefore be able to play the numbers game better than most. I think it will bean attacking race and it will not be won just on the uphill but also how capable the riders are at descending fast," added Barras.

Luxemburg will be looking to their lone rider, Christine Majerus (Sengers) to be high up in the rankings. She is a good climber and one to watch, Canada have a mix of experience and new blood, their hopes will be on Joelle Numainville. If she can manage to get over the climbs. South Africa will be looking to Ashleigh Moolman. Moolman has proved she can climb well in one day races after her podium at Fleche Wallone earlier in the year.

Road Race:Saturday, September 28 2013 Montecatini Terme - Florence 140.05 km 

Expect an early break on the run from Montecatini Terme to Florence. This if managed well by the teams will be closed down by the first time they reach the climb. The climb to reach Fiesole will be a crucial selection point in the race and it isanticipated that the first time the leaders reach the finish line the peloton will be significantly reduced.

Provisional Start List

1 VOS Marianne NED
2 BRAND Lucinda NED
3 GUNNEWIJK Loes NED
4 PIETERS Amy NED
5 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna NED
6 VAN DIJK Ellen NED
7 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED
8 WILD Kirsten NED
9 BRONZINI Giorgia ITA
10 CANTELE Noemi ITA
11 CAUZ Francesca ITA
12 GUDERZO Tatiana ITA
13 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA
14 RATTO Rossella ITA
15 SCANDOLARA Valentina ITA
16 ZORZI Susanne ITA
17 FAHLIN Emilia SWE
18 JOHANSSON Emma SWE
19 KIHLBOM Jessica SWE
20 MUSTONEN Sara SWE
21 NILSSON Hanna SWE
22 OLSSON Madelene SWE
23 THOMASSON Martina SWE
24 ABBOTT Mara USA
25 DVORAK Andrea USA
26 GUARNIER Megan USA
27 MCGRATH Kristin USA
28 SMALL Carmen USA
29 STEVENS Evie USA
30 WILCOXSON Jade USA
31 CROMWELL Tiffany AUS
32 CURE Amy AUS
33 ELVIN Gracie AUS
34 GILLOW Shara AUS
35 KITCHEN Lauren AUS
36 SPRATT Amanda AUS
37 TAYLOR Carlee AUS
38 BRENNAUER Lisa GER
39 FENNEL Ester GER
40 GEBHARDT Elke GER
41 HAUSLER Claudia GER
42 KASPER Romy GER
43 WORRACK Trixi GER
44 ANOTSHINA Tatiana RUS
45 BOYARSKAYA Natalia RUS
46 CHULKOVA Anastasia RUS
47 KOZONCHUK Oksana RUS
48 KUCHINSKAYA Elena RUS
49 STOLBOVA Svetlana RUS
50 ARMITSTEAD Lizzie GBR
51 COLCLOUGH Katie GBR
52 GARNER Lucy GBR
53 HARRIS Nikki GBR
54 DAAMS Jessie BEL
55 DE VOCHT Liesbet BEL
56 DE VUYST Sofie BEL
57 POLSPOEL Maaike BEL
58 VAN DOORSLAER Annelies BEL
59 VAN SEVEREN Celine BEL
60 ALBRECHT Lex CAN
61 CANUEL Karol-ann CAN
62 FORTIN Veronique CAN
63 KIRCHMANN Leah CAN
64 NUMAINVILLE Joelle CAN
65 RAMSDEN Denise CAN
66 BIANNIC Aude FRA
67 CORDON Audrey FRA
68 DELZENNE Elise FRA
69 FERRAND PREVOT Pauline FRA
70 FERRIER-BRUNEAU Christel FRA
71 PITEL Edwige FRA
72 BRZENZA-BENTKOWSKA Paulina POL
73 BUJAK Eugenia POL
74 JASINSKA Malgorzta POL
75 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL
76 PAWLOWSKA Katarzyna POL
77 WLOSZCZOWSKA Maja POL
78 MOOLMAN Ashleigh RSA
79 BOROVYCHENKO Ivanna UKR
80 OSHURKOVA Lelizaveta UKR
81 RIABCHENKO Tetyana UKR
82 SOLOVEY Ganna UKR
83 VYSOTSKA Yevgeniya UKR
84 FERNANDES DE SOUZA Uenia BRA
85 FERNANDES SILVA Clemilda BRA
86 OLIVEIRA Flavia BRA
87 COLLINS Emily NZL
88 KIESANOWSKA Joanne NZL
89 TROTMAN Reta NZL
90 VILLUMSEN Linda NZL
91 FAGUA Ana COL
92 PENUELA Diana COL
93 VARGAS VILLAMIL Lorena Maria COL
94 MAJERUS Christine LUX
95 CILVINAITE Inge LTH
96 LATOZAITE Silvija LTH
97 SILINYTE Agne LTH
98 SOSNA Katzinia LTH
99 TUSLAITE Daiva LTH
100 BJORNSRUD Miriam NOR
101 JOHNSEN Cecilie Gotaas NOR
102 LORVIK Ingrid NOR
103 CASA BONILLA Teresa MEX
104 DREXEL  Ingrid MEX
105 RODRIGUEZ GUTIERREZ Carolina MEX
106 CHACON GARCIA Lilibeth VEN
107 NEFF Jolanda SWI
108 SCHWAGER Patricia SWI
109 SCHWEIZER Doris SWI
110 RUZICKOVA Martina CZE
111 TREFNA Tereza CZE
112 CHANPENG Nontasin THL
113 MANEEPHAN Jutatip THL
114 NUNTANA Supuksom THL
115 GUILLEN Edith CST
116 GRAUS Andrea AUT
117 PINTARELLI Daniela AUT
118 RITTER Martina AUT
119 UWANO Minami JPN
120 YONAMINE Eri JPN
121 LOPEZ MORALES Belen SPN
122 SANCHIS CHAFER Anna SPN
123 SANTESTEBAN GONZALEZ Ane SPN
124 BATAGELJ Polona SVK
125 KERN Spela SVK
126 PINTAR  Urse SVK
127 LEPISTO Lotta FIN
128 SAARELAINEN Sari FIN
129 LETH Julie DEN
130 FERENCIC Antonela CRO
131 SZUROMINE PULSFORT Diana HUN
132 DILLON Olivia IRE
133 SPATH Melanie IRE
134 BASH Paz ISR
135 KOVACEVIC Gdragana SRB
136 TUVSHINJARGAL Enkhjargal MON
137 HEINE Vita LAT
138 DOLJAK Karen PGY
139 BERTINE Kathryn SKN
140 DI NATALE Magali ARG
141 KHALED Samah JOR

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