By Kirsten Robbins
Cycling Sport Promotion has confirmed the organization of a women's World Cup to be held on Italian soil on March 24, 2008, in Cittiglio, Italy. The 10th annual Trofeo A. Binda, won by former World Cup leader Nicole Cooke of great Britain is set to be the second World Cup in the 2008 UCI series.
The course will start and finish in Cittiglio and venture over 121 kilometers beginning with a large start circuit that will be repeated twice to include a six-kilometer ascent through the town of Brinzio. The final and smaller circuit will be repeated three times and will include another four kilometer ascent through the town of Orino.
On December 14, President of Cycling Sport Promotion, Mario Minervino said in a press release, "Our principle objective is to organize sporting event. Italy has not held a women's world cup for several season and in September of this year the UCI gave us the responsibility to organize this event. From this moment we have been working hard to create an event that combines technical aspects to a choreography perfect for an international calibre event."
Starting with the Provence of Varese, numerous sponsors have come together to support the event and will pave the way to help kick off the 2008 season of high level cycling competitions held in Italy, including the season-ending finale of the World Championships. "President of the Varese 2008 world championships, Amedeo Colombo, was the first to believe in organizing the World Cup and gave us the impulse to take this effort, a kind of race that honours three time world champion Alfredo Binda with the start and finish in Cittiglio, a town tied to the cycling world," said Minervino.