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Italy's Cantele takes second World Championship medal in four days
Italy's Noemi Cantele won her second medal in four days at the World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland, on Sunday. She finished third behind teammate and winner Tatiana Guderzo in the elite women's road race, following up on her surprise silver medal in Wednesday's time trial.
"It is incredible, and I am very satisfied with what I did," Cantele, 28, said. "It's always important to go well at the worlds, and a win is perfection. The perfection came from the team and Tatiana today. My day will come. I am still young."
Cantele made the winning move with teammate Guderzo, Kristin Armstrong (USA) and Marianne Vos (Netherlands) on the final lap. She watched her rivals while her teammate escaped over the course's first climb, Acqua Fresca.
The performance complimented her second place ride behind Armstrong in the time trial earlier in the week - her first participation in the worlds time trial. The silver in the race against the clock was unexpected and made her wonder about how she would ride in the road race.
"Considering how I raced, I don't think I lacked force. It was the other way around, it gave me strength," she said.
"I did not sleep because of the adrenalin on Wednesday night, but I slept very well last night. I woke up this morning and said, 'Girls, don't worry about the rain, we will shine in the last lap.' In fact, we were there the last lap and the sun came out."
Cantele knows the area well. She lives 20 kilometres away in Varese, Italy. Last year, racing on home roads, she finished 37th. Her best previous finish was fourth, in both 2006 and 2007. A crash ended her first World Championship raod race early in 2002 in Zolder, Belgium.
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