Cecchini defends Italian road title

Longo Borghini second and Stricker third

Elena Cecchini (GS Fiamme Azzurre) successfully defended her national title in the road race in Boario Terme on Sunday. It was the third national title for the Canyon-SRAM rider, who was racing for another team this weekend. Cecchini won the race solo, beating time trial champion Elisa Longo Borghini and Anna Zita Maria Stricker.

"I'm really pleased with this result. Not just the win but the way I did it today," Cecchini said. 

The women's road race, held a day ahead of the men's, was a 120km course. The first to make a significant move was Simona Frapporti, who launched a solo attack at 36km into the race and gained over two minutes. Ilaria Sanguineti (BePink) tried to bridge across but wasn't able to fully connect with the solo leader and was reabsorbed into the field.

Frapporti's day out front came to an end at the 83km mark. 

Elisa Longo Borghini Group (GS Fiamme Oro) was the next to go, followed by Cecchini, Tatiana Guderzo Rossella Ratto (GS Fiamme Azzurre), Soraya Paladin (Top Girls - Fassa Bortolo), Anna Zita Maria Stricker (INPA-Bianchi) and Giorgia Bronzini (Forest cycles Olympia).

Cecchini made her winning move with seven kilometres to go and crossed the line for a third time as the Italian road champion. Longo Borghini put forth a strong chase for second place, while Stricker won the chase group sprint for third.

"So on the final lap I attacked," Cecchini said. "At one point I lost an overview of how long to go because I was just focused on the attack and I had a headwind and it was so hard at that moment. I saw that I had a 15-second lead and when I passed 10km to go I thought 'oh my, I'm not going to be able to do this.'

"But I just kept going full gas and when I got to the final climb I had 30 seconds on Elisa, and at the top still 20 seconds. So I went full gas on the descent and then there was just 1km to go. When I passed the finish I had to lie down. I was exhausted." 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM3:08:24 
2Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High50:00:30 
3Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) INPA - Bianchi0:01:05 
4Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
5Soraya Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
6Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
7Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products0:02:00 
8Beatrice Rossato (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
9Lara Vieceli (Ita) INPA - Bianchi  
10Michela Pavin (Ita) INPA - Bianchi  
11Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
12Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
13Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
14Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
15Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata  
16Elena Franchi (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
17Sofia Beggin (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
18Nicole Nesti (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
19Asja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
20Michela Balducci (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini  
21Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
22Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata  
23Irene Bitto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
24Veronica Cornolti (Ita)  
25Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
26Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink  
27Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon-SRAM  
28Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
29Anna Ceoloni (Ita) Servetto Footon  
30Elena Leonardi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
31Martina Alzini (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
32Giulia Nanni (Ita) Bepink  
33Elena Valentini (Ita) Vitalogic Astrokalb Radunion  
34Nicole Dal Santo (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
35Alessia Bulleri (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
36Giorgia Fraiegari (Ita) Bepink  
37Silvia Persico (Ita)  
38Michela Maltese (Ita)  
39Valentina Bastianelli (Ita)  
40Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink  
41Francesca Balducci (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini  
DNFMarta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
DNFSimona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products  
DNFSusanna Zorzi (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFIsotta Barbieri (Ita)  
DNFSilvia Folloni (Ita)  
DNFLetizia Galvani (Ita)  
DNFCristina Landrischina (Ita)  
DNFAurora Mancini (Ita)  
DNFAngelica Riverditi (Ita)  
DNFGiulia Tonazzini (Ita)  
DNFSofia Cilenti (Ita)  
DNFKatia Ragusa (Ita) Servetto Footon  
DNFMaria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Servetto Footon  
DNFGaia Tortolina (Ita) Servetto Footon  
DNFSimona Bortolotti (Ita) Bepink  
DNFFrancesca Pattaro (Ita) Bepink  
DNFMiriam Vece (Ita)  
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
DNFMartina Marchetti (Ita)  
DNFSara Pillon (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFCatiuscia Grillo (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFSara Mariotto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFCarmela Cipriani (Ita) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team  
DNFChiara Galimberti (Ita)  
DNFNicole Maffietti (Ita)  
DNFDaniela Magnetto Allietta (Ita) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team  
DNFManuela De Iuliis (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini  
DNFNina Gulino (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini  
DNFFederica Nicolai (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini  
DNFVittoria Reati (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini  
DNFAlessia Martini (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
DNFClaudia Cretti (Ita) INPA - Bianchi  
DNFAnnalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
DNFGiulia Donato (Ita)  
DNFFederica Galli (Ita)  
DNFVittoria Bussi (Ita)  
DNFChiara Perini (Ita)  
DNFDeborah Sangalli (Ita)  
DNFMarta Bonadonna (Ita)  

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