Guderzo wins Worlds with solo attack

Italy's Guderzo attacks solo in final lap to win Worlds in Mendrisio, Armstrong fourth

Italy's Tatiana Guderzo claimed an emphatic victory in the woman's World Championship road race on Saturday in Mendrisio, Switzerland. She attacked solo from a fourwoman group that also included Marianne Vos (Netherlands), Noemi Cantele (Italy) and Kristin Armstrong (USA) on the final lap to win by 19 seconds.

Vos won the sprint for second ahead of Guderzo's Italian teammate, Noemi Cantele.

"Thanks to the team, they helped me up until the end," said Guderzo. "Noemi and I realised a dream."

Armstrong, winner of Thursday's time trial, finished fourth in her last race as a professional cyclist.

"I always want to medal, but it's the best result the Americans have had for many years," said Armstrong. "I hope this gives [other American riders] motivation for many years to come."

Guderzo helped form the winning group of four riders from a larger group of 19 on the final ascent of the Acqua Fresca. Italy had the majority and Guderzo made her race-winning move with a solo attack at the top of the climb.

"We controlled the race and showed that we were the strongest," continued Guderzo. "Now I am able to take home this beautiful jersey, which should be shared between the six of us."

Cantele was able to mark Vos and Armstrong over the following 10 kilometres, including the Novazzano climb.

"Italy was very strong," said Vos. "When there were four of us in the last lap, with two Italians, I knew it would be hard to win. Tatiana attacked hard and it was impossible to pull her back before the line."

The Mendrisio circuit featured two climbs, Acqua Fresca and Novazzano, in a short 13.8-kilometre circuit that was repeated nine times, for a total of 124.2 kilometres.

Slick start

Overnight rain made the streets wet and caused a number of crashes. Eneritz Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spain) and Anna Evseeva (Russia) both crashed in lap three.

The race started to take shape in lap four, when a group of 12 went free on the descent of the Acqua Fresca. It had 1:30 over the chasers by the top of the Novazzano.

More riders from behind joined the dozen before the Novazzano climb in the next, fifth, lap. Italy's Fabiana Luperini attacked and led Claudia Häusler (Germany) and Emma Pooley (Great Britain) over the climb.

Germany took control of the field at the start of the sixth lap. They led a thinning group of around 40 riders, including Pooley and Mara Abbott (USA), up the Acqua Fresca.

Cantele, second in Thursday's time trial, attacked on the descent of the Acqua Fresca climb on lap seven. She gained 20 seconds by the top of the Novazzano climb ahead of an increasingly selective group that included three US riders: Abbott, Armstrong and Evelyn Stevens.

Vos, Nicole Brändli (Switzerland), Ruth Corset (Australia) and Linda Melanie Villumsen (Denmark) caught Cantele on the descent of Acqua Fresca in the eighth lap, with others joining from behind before the Novazzano climb.

Armstrong and Cantele counter-attacked and formed a larger group of 19 before the start of the final lap: Abbott, Armstrong, Stevens, Pooley, Vos, Villumsen, Cantele, Tatiana Guderzo (Italy), Ruth Corset (Australia), Erinne Willock (Canada), Edita Pucinskaite (Lithuania), Diana Ziliute (Lithuania), Grace Verbeke (Belgium), Brändli, Emma Johansson (Sweden), Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand), Paulina Brzezna (Poland), Häusler and Judith Arndt (Germany).

Italy's Guderzo and Cantele attacked with Armstrong and Vos on the final Acqua Fresca climb. Guderzo made her solo counter-attack at the top of the 1.6-kilometre climb.

Defending Champion Cooke abandons

Defending World Champion Nicole Cooke (Great Britain) lacked the form of twelve months prior. Her preparations for the race had suffered a setback due to a virus in July and today she fell behind the favourites in the opening laps of the race. She trailed the field by two minutes at the end of lap five, where she abandoned.

1 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) 3:33:25  
2 Marianne Vos (Netherlands) 0:00:19  
3 Noemi Cantele (Italy)    
4 Kristin Armstrong (United States Of America)    
5 Diana Ziliute (Lithuania) 0:01:07  
6 Judith Arndt (Germany)    
7 Erinne Willock (Canada)    
8 Nicole Brändli (Switzerland)    
9 Grace Verbeke (Belgium)    
10 Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand)    
11 Emma Johansson (Sweden)    
12 Ruth Corset (Australia)    
13 Edita Pucinskaite (Lithuania)    
14 Emma Pooley (Great Britain)    
15 Evelyn Stevens (United States Of America)    
16 Linda Melanie Villumsen (Denmark) 0:03:02  
17 Paulina Brzezna (Poland) 0:03:41  
18 Mara Abbott (United States Of America) 0:04:51  
19 Claudia Häusler (Germany) 0:05:51  
20 Ana Garcia Antequera (Spain) 0:05:54  
21 Andrea Bosman (Netherlands) 0:06:54  
22 Ludivine Henrion (Belgium)    
23 Chantal Blaak (Netherlands)    
24 Julia Martisova (Russian Federation)    
25 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France)    
26 Edwige Pitel (France)    
27 Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain)    
28 Sharon Laws (Great Britain)    
29 Trixi Worrack (Germany)    
30 Fabiana Luperini (Italy)    
31 Karine Gautard (France) 0:09:52  
32 Rasa Leleivyte (Lithuania) 0:10:11  
33 Kaytee Boyd (New Zealand)    
34 Carla Swart (South Africa)    
35 Sophie Creux (France)    
36 Monika Grzebinoga (Poland)    
37 Marissa Van Der Merwe (South Africa)    
38 Verónica Leal Balderas (Mexico)    
39 Christiane Soeder (Austria)    
40 Tara Whitten (Canada)    
41 Olena Oliinyk (Ukraine)    
42 Regina Bruins (Netherlands) 0:10:13  
43 Irene Van Den Broek (Netherlands)    
44 Julie Krasniak (France)    
45 Loes Gunnewijk (Netherlands)    
46 Monia Baccaille (Italy) 0:10:18  
47 Luisa Tamanini (Italy)    
48 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France) 0:12:09  
49 Oxana Kozonchuk (Russian Federation) 0:12:46  
50 Eivgenia Vysotska (Ukraine)    
51 Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mexico)    
52 Tiffany Cromwell (Australia)    
53 Alona Andruk (Ukraine)    
54 Patricia Schwager (Switzerland)    
55 Lieselot Decroix (Belgium)    
56 Daniela Pintarelli (Austria) 0:13:02  
DNF Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Lithuania)    
DNF Siobhan Horgan (Ireland)    
DNF Rachel Mercer (New Zealand)    
DNF Giuseppina Grassi Herrera (Mexico)    
DNF Anna Evseeva (Russian Federation)    
DNF Malgorzta Jasinska (Poland)    
DNF Nina Ovcharenko (Ukraine)    
DNF Liesbet De Vocht (Belgium)    
DNF Kimberly Anderson (United States Of America)    
DNF Giorgia Bronzini (Italy)    
DNF Tina Liebig (Germany)    
DNF Tatiana Antoshina (Russian Federation)    
DNF Jessie Daams (Belgium)    
DNF Eneritz Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spain)    
DNF Edita Unguryte (Lithuania)    
DNF Inga Cilvinaite (Lithuania)    
DNF Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spain)    
DNF Martine Bras (Netherlands)    
DNF Joelle Numainville (Canada)    
DNF Svetlana Bubnenkova (Russian Federation)    
DNF Ariadna Tudel Cuberes (Andorra)    
DNF Nicole Cooke (Great Britain)    
DNF Katie Colclough (Great Britain)    
DNF Sigrid Corneo (Slovenia)    
DNF Vicki Whitelaw (Australia)    
DNF Charlotte Becker (Germany)    
DNF Jennifer Hohl (Switzerland)    
DNF Trine Schmidt (Denmark)    
DNF Emilie Aubry (Switzerland)    
DNF Sylwia Kapusta (Poland)    
DNF Polona Batagelj (Slovenia)    
DNF Rosane Kirch (Brazil)    
DNF Marie Lindberg (Sweden)    
DNF Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)    
DNF Jessica Schneeberger (Switzerland)    
DNF Chanpeng Nontasin (Thailand)    
DNF Ester Alves (Portugal)    
DNF Fröydis Waerstad (Norway)    
DNF Ina Teutenberg (Germany)    
DNF Lucy Martin (Great Britain)    
DNF Belen Lopez Morales (Spain)    
DNF Elena Novikova (Russian Federation)    
DNF Olivia Dillon (Ireland)    
DNF Andrea Wolfer (Switzerland)    
DNF Martina Ruzickova (Czech Republic)    
DNF Maja Marukic (Croatia)    
DNF Semra Yetis (Turkey)    
DNF Kathryn Bertine (St Kitts and Nevis)    
DNF Marina Boduljak (Croatia)    
DNF Monrudee Chapookham (Thailand)    
DNF Wilaiwan Kunlapha (Thailand)    
DNF Thatsani Wichana (Thailand)    
DNF Amber Neben (United States Of America)    
DNF Dahlina Rosyida (Indonesia)    
DNF Meredith Miller (United States Of America)    
DNF Rochelle Gilmore (Australia)    
DNF Emma Mackie (Australia)    
DNF Heather Logan (Canada)    
DNF Monica Ceccon (St Kitts and Nevis)    
DNF Blaza Klemencic (Slovenia)    
DNF Sara Mustonen (Sweden)    
DNF Oksana Kashchishina (Ukraine)    
DNF Alison Testroete (Canada)    
DNF Veronica Marcela Gerez (Argentina)    
DNF Julie Beveridge (Canada)    
DNF Marta Vila Josana Andreu (Spain)    
DNF Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spain)    
DNF Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (Brazil)    
DNF Viena Balen (Croatia)    
DNF Alexis Rhodes (Australia)    
DNF Nikki Harris (Great Britain)    

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