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.

1Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)3:33:25 
2Marianne Vos (Netherlands)0:00:19 
3Noemi Cantele (Italy)  
4Kristin Armstrong (United States Of America)  
5Diana Ziliute (Lithuania)0:01:07 
6Judith Arndt (Germany)  
7Erinne Willock (Canada)  
8Nicole Brändli (Switzerland)  
9Grace Verbeke (Belgium)  
10Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand)  
11Emma Johansson (Sweden)  
12Ruth Corset (Australia)  
13Edita Pucinskaite (Lithuania)  
14Emma Pooley (Great Britain)  
15Evelyn Stevens (United States Of America)  
16Linda Melanie Villumsen (Denmark)0:03:02 
17Paulina Brzezna (Poland)0:03:41 
18Mara Abbott (United States Of America)0:04:51 
19Claudia Häusler (Germany)0:05:51 
20Ana Garcia Antequera (Spain)0:05:54 
21Andrea Bosman (Netherlands)0:06:54 
22Ludivine Henrion (Belgium)  
23Chantal Blaak (Netherlands)  
24Julia Martisova (Russian Federation)  
25Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France)  
26Edwige Pitel (France)  
27Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain)  
28Sharon Laws (Great Britain)  
29Trixi Worrack (Germany)  
30Fabiana Luperini (Italy)  
31Karine Gautard (France)0:09:52 
32Rasa Leleivyte (Lithuania)0:10:11 
33Kaytee Boyd (New Zealand)  
34Carla Swart (South Africa)  
35Sophie Creux (France)  
36Monika Grzebinoga (Poland)  
37Marissa Van Der Merwe (South Africa)  
38Verónica Leal Balderas (Mexico)  
39Christiane Soeder (Austria)  
40Tara Whitten (Canada)  
41Olena Oliinyk (Ukraine)  
42Regina Bruins (Netherlands)0:10:13 
43Irene Van Den Broek (Netherlands)  
44Julie Krasniak (France)  
45Loes Gunnewijk (Netherlands)  
46Monia Baccaille (Italy)0:10:18 
47Luisa Tamanini (Italy)  
48Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France)0:12:09 
49Oxana Kozonchuk (Russian Federation)0:12:46 
50Eivgenia Vysotska (Ukraine)  
51Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mexico)  
52Tiffany Cromwell (Australia)  
53Alona Andruk (Ukraine)  
54Patricia Schwager (Switzerland)  
55Lieselot Decroix (Belgium)  
56Daniela Pintarelli (Austria)0:13:02 
DNFModesta Vzesniauskaite (Lithuania)  
DNFSiobhan Horgan (Ireland)  
DNFRachel Mercer (New Zealand)  
DNFGiuseppina Grassi Herrera (Mexico)  
DNFAnna Evseeva (Russian Federation)  
DNFMalgorzta Jasinska (Poland)  
DNFNina Ovcharenko (Ukraine)  
DNFLiesbet De Vocht (Belgium)  
DNFKimberly Anderson (United States Of America)  
DNFGiorgia Bronzini (Italy)  
DNFTina Liebig (Germany)  
DNFTatiana Antoshina (Russian Federation)  
DNFJessie Daams (Belgium)  
DNFEneritz Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spain)  
DNFEdita Unguryte (Lithuania)  
DNFInga Cilvinaite (Lithuania)  
DNFAnna Sanchis Chafer (Spain)  
DNFMartine Bras (Netherlands)  
DNFJoelle Numainville (Canada)  
DNFSvetlana Bubnenkova (Russian Federation)  
DNFAriadna Tudel Cuberes (Andorra)  
DNFNicole Cooke (Great Britain)  
DNFKatie Colclough (Great Britain)  
DNFSigrid Corneo (Slovenia)  
DNFVicki Whitelaw (Australia)  
DNFCharlotte Becker (Germany)  
DNFJennifer Hohl (Switzerland)  
DNFTrine Schmidt (Denmark)  
DNFEmilie Aubry (Switzerland)  
DNFSylwia Kapusta (Poland)  
DNFPolona Batagelj (Slovenia)  
DNFRosane Kirch (Brazil)  
DNFMarie Lindberg (Sweden)  
DNFEmilia Fahlin (Sweden)  
DNFJessica Schneeberger (Switzerland)  
DNFChanpeng Nontasin (Thailand)  
DNFEster Alves (Portugal)  
DNFFröydis Waerstad (Norway)  
DNFIna Teutenberg (Germany)  
DNFLucy Martin (Great Britain)  
DNFBelen Lopez Morales (Spain)  
DNFElena Novikova (Russian Federation)  
DNFOlivia Dillon (Ireland)  
DNFAndrea Wolfer (Switzerland)  
DNFMartina Ruzickova (Czech Republic)  
DNFMaja Marukic (Croatia)  
DNFSemra Yetis (Turkey)  
DNFKathryn Bertine (St Kitts and Nevis)  
DNFMarina Boduljak (Croatia)  
DNFMonrudee Chapookham (Thailand)  
DNFWilaiwan Kunlapha (Thailand)  
DNFThatsani Wichana (Thailand)  
DNFAmber Neben (United States Of America)  
DNFDahlina Rosyida (Indonesia)  
DNFMeredith Miller (United States Of America)  
DNFRochelle Gilmore (Australia)  
DNFEmma Mackie (Australia)  
DNFHeather Logan (Canada)  
DNFMonica Ceccon (St Kitts and Nevis)  
DNFBlaza Klemencic (Slovenia)  
DNFSara Mustonen (Sweden)  
DNFOksana Kashchishina (Ukraine)  
DNFAlison Testroete (Canada)  
DNFVeronica Marcela Gerez (Argentina)  
DNFJulie Beveridge (Canada)  
DNFMarta Vila Josana Andreu (Spain)  
DNFAne Santesteban Gonzalez (Spain)  
DNFUenia Fernandes Da Souza (Brazil)  
DNFViena Balen (Croatia)  
DNFAlexis Rhodes (Australia)  
DNFNikki Harris (Great Britain)  

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