Small wins in Padova

Effort and savvy pay off for American

Carmen Small (US National Team) won the Classica Citta di Padova on Saturday, surprising many. Simona Frapporti (Be Pink) and Monia Baccaille (MCipollini Giambenini Gauss) finished second and third respectively.

Small pulled ahead of Frapporti in the final meters of the race. The pair comprising a two-woman break was chased unsuccessfully by a group of nine women.

The women completed nine laps of the race circuit. MCipollini Giambenini Gauss started the attacking with Valentina Carretta, Marta Tagliaferro and Marta Bastianelli.Each went in her own turn and was caught.

On the penultimate lap, Judith Arndt (Greenedge AIS) attacked. Baccaille and Malgorzata Jasinska (MCipollini Giambenini Gauss), Emma Johansson (Hitec Mistral), Trixi Worrack (Specialized Lululemon), Alexandra Burchenkova (Michela Fanini Record Rox), Frapporti, Evelyn Aris (Kleo Ladies Team), Small and Inga Cilvinaite (Diadora Pasta Zara) responded. The group quickly gained 30 seconds.

Diadora Pasta Zara applied pressure in an attempt to bring back Georgia Bronzini. Sensing the danger, Small attacked and only Frapporti could follow with 3km to go. The pair worked hard to earn a few seconds and with a few hundred meters to go, Small took to the front for a valuable few seconds. Baccaille won the bunch sprint for third.

"It seemed impossible to get away as the race was so controlled from the beginning," said Small. "The break on the third lap was crucial. We were 11, and they let us go. In the last lap, I tried to force the solution because I felt my legs were very good and ready for the test.

"I was afraid to follow Frapporti in the sprint, so I forced the pace, even in the last kilometers. I needed those few meters - it was crucial to be able to win. For me it's a good year started very well."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Carmen Mcnellis Small (Usa) Usa2:32:55 
2Simona Frapporti (Ita) Be Pink0:00:03 
3Monia Baccaille (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini0:00:15 
4Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
5Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto  
6Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
7Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
8Julia Martisova (Rus) Be Pink  
9Chloe Hosking (Aus) Team Specialized - Lululemon  
10Judith Arndt (Ger) Greenedge - Ais  
11Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
12Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized - Lululemon  
13Valentina Scandolara (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
14Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
15Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Tepso  
16Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
17Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
18Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini  
19Evelyn Arys (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team  
20Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Be Pink  
21Anna Trevisi (Ita) Vaiano Tepso  
22Romy Kasper (Ger) Rusvelo  
23Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Mcipollini Giambenini  
24Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto  
25Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
26Natalia Mielnik (Pol) Poland  
27Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini  
28Aleksandra Sosenko (Ltu) Vaiano Tepso  
29Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Kleo Ladies Team  
30Lorena Foresi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
31Chiara Vanni (Ita) Verinlegno - Fabiani  
32Larisa Pankova (Rus) Russia  
33Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
34Desiree Ehrler (Swi)  
35Anne Arnouts (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team  
36Gloria Presti (Ita) Be Pink  
37Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Forno D'asolo Colavita  
38Karolina Garczynska (Pol) Poland  
39Nicole Cooke (Gbr) Faren Honda Team  
40Stella Tomassini (Ita)  
41Urša Pintar (Slo)  
42Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
43Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Rusvelo  
44Polona Batagelj (Slo) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
45Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team  
46Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Poland  
47Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Scappa Speed Queens  
48Katarína Hranaiová (Cze)  
49Sandra Weiss (Swi)  
50Aizhan Zhaparova (Rus) Russia  
51Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini  
52Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Rusvelo  
53Martina Ruzickova (Cze) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
54Sari Saarelainen (Fin) Forno D'asolo Colavita  
55Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
56Sylwia Kapusta (Pol) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
57Jessica Uebelhart (Swi) Forno D'asolo Colavita  
58Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Greenedge - Ais  
59Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
60Agne Silinyte (Ltu) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
61Martina Corazza (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
62Soraya Paladin (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto  
63Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Tepso  
64Alenka Novak (Slo)  
65Irina Molicheva (Rus) Rusvelo  
66Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
67Elena Utrobina (Rus) Faren Honda Team  
68Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini  
69Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Faren Honda Team  
70Irene Bitto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto  
71Giuseppina Grassi Herrera (Mex) Faren Honda Team  
72Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team Specialized - Lululemon  
73Christina Perchtold (Aut) Scappa Speed Queens  
74Silvija Latozaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
75Linda Melanie Villumsen (Nzl) Greenedge - Ais  
76Alexis Ryan (Usa) Usa  
77Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Rusvelo  
78Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Greenedge - Ais  
79Elena Bocharnikova (Rus) Russia  
80Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge - Ais  
81Tjaša Rutar (Slo)  
82Christina Kollmann (Aut) Scappa Speed Queens  
83Robin Farina (Usa) Usa  
84Valentina Carretta (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini  
85Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
86Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Greenedge - Ais  
87Alessia Martini (Ita) Vaiano Tepso  
88Giada Borgato (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
89Evelyn Stevens (Usa) Team Specialized - Lululemon  
90Živa Verbic (Slo)  
91Ashley James (Usa) Usa  
92Kamilla Sofie Valin (Den)  
93Elena Valentini (Ita) Mcipollini Giambenini  
94Nina Kessler (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
95Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Faren Honda Team  
96Tatjana Kaliakina (Ltu) Ltu  
97Alona Andruk (Ukr) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
98Ella Michal (Isr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
99Lara Vieceli (Ita) Verinlegno - Fabiani  
100Azzurra D'intino (Ita)  
101Jessie Maclean (Aus) Greenedge - Ais  
102Silvia Moroni (Ita) Vaiano Tepso  
103Claudia Häusler (Ger) Greenedge - Ais  
104Stefania Vecchio (Ita)  
105Odette Bertolin (Ita) Verinlegno - Fabiani  
106Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Team Specialized - Lululemon  
107Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Tepso  
108Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Rusvelo  
109Francesca Tognali (Ita) Verinlegno - Fabiani  
110Whitney Gaggioli (Usa) Forno D'asolo Colavita  
111Chiara Vannucci (Ita)  
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