Sperotto beats Cure and Garner in Guangxi sprint finish

Italian wins first edition of Chinese race

Second-year professional, Maria Vittoria Sperotto(BePink-Cogeas) claimed her first individual professional victory at the inaugural Tour of Guangxi Women's Elite World Challenge. Sperotto used her track speed to beat Amy Cure and Lucy Garner - both of Wiggle-High 5 - in a close sprint finish.

Sperotto had already shown potential in the fast finishes this season with victory in the youth classification of the sprinters' race the Tour of Chongming Island. She also won the team time trial at the Semana Ciclista Valenciana in March. She hopes this win will be the start of something more.

"It's really big and I'm really happy about it. It is my first victory as a professional, and it can be a motivation to take more victories," Vittoria Sperotto told Cyclingnews after the race. "Some riders tried to break away but we were able to bring them back and it was pretty close in the sprint but I was able to save my energy and I did it."

The one-day Tour of Guangxi Women's Elite World Challenge coincided with the final stage of the men's six-day race. The 110-kilometre route started and finished in the same location as the men and took the peloton along a route that seemed destined to finish with a bunch gallop. Leung Wing Yee of the Hong Kong team tried a lone escape, but she was not able to hold off the bunch behind.

Heading into the sprint, Wiggle-High5 had the firepower but not the numbers, with just three riders forming their line-up. BePink had five and, with the help of the likes of Silvia Valsecchi, Sperotto had the edge on the more experienced Cure. The Italian beat the Australian by the smallest of margins to close her season out with a win.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Bepink Cogeas02:51:56 
2Amy Cure (Aus) Wiggle High5  
3Lucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5  
4Jelena Eric (Srb) BTC City Ljubljana  
5Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
6Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
7Xiaojuan Diao (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
8Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
9Mieke Docx (Bel) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
10Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Austria  
11Angelica Brogi (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
12Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
13Bryony Van Velzen (Ned) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
14Maryna Kuchynskaya (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
15Rinata Akhmetcha (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
16Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica Scott  
17Astrid Gassner (Aut) Austria  
18Carmela Cipriani (Ita) Conceria Zabri-Fanini-Guerciotti  
19Basei Marzia Salton (Ita) Conceria Zabri-Fanini-Guerciotti  
20Katia Ragusa (Ita) Bepink Cogeas  
21Nicole Nesti (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
22Urša Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
23Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) BTC City Ljubljana  
24Yao Pang (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
25Nurul Suhada Zainal (Mas) Malaysia  
26Jupha Som Net (Mas) Malaysia  
27Yixian Pu (Chn) China Chongming - Liv Pro Cycling  
28Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott  
29Jer Ling Serene Lee (Sin) Singapore  
30Tereza Medvedova (Svk) Bepink Cogeas  
31Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
32Lotte Van Hoek (Ned) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
33Amiliya Iskakova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
34Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling Team  
35Zhanerke Sanakbayeva (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
36Sharifah Nur Ilyana Syed Zulkifli (Mas) Malaysia  
37Marella Vania Salamat (Phi) Philippines  
38Nur Aisyah Mohamad Zubir (Mas) Malaysia  
39Georgia Williams (NZl) Orica Scott  
40Avegail Rombaon (Phi) Philippines  
41Nur Azrenna Ahmad Jumry (Mas) Malaysia  
42Krystsina Bialetskaya (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
43Annina Jenal (Aut) Austria  
44Masziyaton Mohd Radzi (Mas) Malaysia  
45Grace Phang (Mas) Malaysia  
46Taisa Naskovich (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
47Bo Yee Leung (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
48Qianyu Yang (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
49Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica Scott  
50Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) Romania  
51Wing Yee Leung (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
52Yue Bai (Chn) China Chongming - Liv Pro Cycling  
53Miriam Stan (Rom) Romania  
54Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Bepink Cogeas  
55Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Orica Scott  
56Giulia Marchesini (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
57Sarah Tan (Sin) Singapore  
58Hongyu Liang (Chn) China Chongming - Liv Pro Cycling  
59Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Austria  
60Wendy Yap (Sin) Singapore  
61Manuela De Iuliis (Ita) Conceria Zabri-Fanini-Guerciotti  
62Xi Sha Zhao (Chn) China Chongming - Liv Pro Cycling  
63Irish Mae E Wong (Phi) Philippines  
64Jeynelle Pi-Uen Lee (Sin) Singapore  
65Anastasia Safonava (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
66Xue Sun (Chn) China Chongming - Liv Pro Cycling  
67Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink Cogeas  
68Hoi Wah Leung (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
69Giorgia Capobianchi (Ita) Conceria Zabri-Fanini-Guerciotti  
70Grace Garner (GBr) Wiggle High500:00:09 
71Ana-Maria Estera Coteata (Rom) Romania00:00:30 
72Adriana Ceausescu (Rom) Romania00:03:03 
DNFLisa De Ranieri (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
DNSShana Van Glabeke (Bel) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling Team   

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