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Johansson wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda

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Susan Westemeyer

Armitstead takes second, Amialiusik third

The 2014 Trofeo Alfredo Binda podium (L-R): Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans), Emma Johansson (Orica - AIS) and Alena Amialiusik (Astana BePink)

The 2014 Trofeo Alfredo Binda podium (L-R): Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans), Emma Johansson (Orica - AIS) and Alena Amialiusik (Astana BePink)

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Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) won the women's Trofeo Binda World Cup, ahead of Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) and Alena Amialiusik (Astana Be Pink). Armitstead retained her overall lead in the World Cup.

The Swede won the sprint from an eight-rider group, after the brutal climbing course had reduced the field to only a handful of riders. Former world champion Giorgia Bronzini led the chasers over the line some 50 seconds later.

A Climbing Course

The second round of the UCI Women's World cup is arguably the toughest race of the season, as the women take on 123.7 kilometers on the eastern side of Lake Maggiore in north Italy, featuring four climbs along the way.

It started out with a 17.6km long circuit which brought them back over the finish line for the first time, before taking off on a 37.7km course, which included the first climb. From there the field had to face four laps of 17.1km circuit course, each of which include the Orsino climb. The weather couldn't have been more different from last year's cold conditions, as the riders faced 19°C with virtually no wind.

The bunch stayed together over the first circuit, crossing the finish line together. There were two intermediate sprints shortly thereafter, with Anna Stricker (Astana Be Pink) taking the first one ahead of Malgorzata Jasinska (Ale Cippolini) and Chloe McConville (Australian National Team) in the first one, and Carmen Small (Specialized Lululemon) before Mia Radotic (BTC City Lubljana) and Elin Van Dijk (Boels Dolmans) at the next one.

The climb on this circuit was the Cunardo, the only one in the race which counted for UCI Queen of the Mountains point. It was tough enough to start dropping women off the back of the field. Alena Amialiusik (Astana Be Pink) was the first over the top and took the Queen of the Mountains title. She was followed over the top by Ashleigh Moolman (Hitec Products) and Anna Van der Breggen (Rabo Liv Women).

The course was especially suited to Specialized Lululemon's Trixi Worrack, and the German took off on a solo escape, but she was not allowed to get away and was caught with 43km to go. By then there was a lead peloton of only 69 riders.

That was the cue for the first break group of the day: Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans), Lucinda Brand (Rabo Liv Women), Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS), Lisa Brennauer (Specialized Lululemon), Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle Honda) and Valentina Carretta (Ale Cipollini) slowly built up a lead and took 43 seconds with them on the first climb up the Orino in the closing laps. But they too were unable to stay away and were caught again with 51km to go.

With 45km to go and the Orino climb looming again, the peloton was all together with only some chasers taken out of the race on the short closing circuit course.

Guarnier moved into the lead alone after the climb but still faced two more laps, or 34.2km. She was soon joined by Chantal Blaak (Specialized Lululemon) and Lucinda Brand (Rabo Liv Women). They too were caught, and on the penultimate climb up the Orino, the peloton split again. A group of nine formed as they headed into the final lap of the circuit – but it soon all came back together and only 29 riders went into that final lap.

Johansson was the first to the top of the final climb and sparked the big-name group that would go on to fight for victory. She had the speed to match her climbing ability and won the most prestigious one-day race in women's cycling.

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Full Results
1 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS 3:05:24  
2 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
3 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana BePink Womens Team    
4 Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team    
5 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team    
6 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products    
7 Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) RusVelo    
8 Eleonora van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
9 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda 0:00:49  
10 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren    
11 Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
12 Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana    
13 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano    
14 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren    
15 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products    
16 Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86    
17 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
18 Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) RusVelo    
19 Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
20 Elena Berlato (Ita) Alé Cipollini    
21 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized - lululemon    
22 Edwige Pitel (Fra) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox    
23 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren    
24 Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda 0:00:56  
25 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS 0:02:10  
26 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:02:38  
27 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - lululemon    
28 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized - lululemon    
29 Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica - AIS 0:04:25  
30 Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team    
31 Shelley Olds (USA) Alé Cipollini 0:05:56  
32 Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Forno d'Asolo - Astute    
33 Aizhan Zhaparova (Rus) RusVelo    
34 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Australia    
35 Maria Adele Tuia (Ita) Servetto Footon    
36 Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana    
37 Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) RusVelo    
38 Doris Schweizer (Swi) Astana BePink Womens Team    
39 Chiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
40 Dorleta Eskamendi Gil (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango    
41 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Orica - AIS    
42 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - lululemon    
43 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:07:50  
44 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized - lululemon    
45 Carmen Small (USA) Specialized - lululemon    
46 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products    
47 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
48 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano    
49 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
50 Irene San Sebastian Lasa (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango    
51 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda    
52 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Astana BePink Womens Team    
53 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
54 Aude Biannic (Fra) France    
55 Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto Footon    
56 Martina Ritter (Aut) BTC City Ljubljana    
57 Valentina Carretta (Ita) Alé Cipollini    
58 Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Wiggle Honda    
59 Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France    
60 Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Alé Cipollini    
61 Lucie Pader (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86    
62 Taryn Heather (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team    
63 Anna Ramirez Bauxel (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango    
64 Irene Bitto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
65 Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda    
66 Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Alé Cipollini    
67 Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Servetto Footon    
68 Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) RusVelo    
DSQ Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Alé Cipollini    
DNF Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products    
DNF Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products    
DNF Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products    
DNF Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team    
DNF Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica - AIS    
DNF Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS    
DNF Peta Mullens (Aus) Wiggle Honda    
DNF Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
DNF Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
DNF Marijn de Vries (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
DNF Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Simona Frapporti (Ita) Astana BePink Womens Team    
DNF Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) Astana BePink Womens Team    
DNF Alice Algisi (Ita) Astana BePink Womens Team    
DNF Giada Borgato (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren    
DNF Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren    
DNF Erika Yépez (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren    
DNF Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
DNF Molly Meyvisch (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
DNF Céline Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
DNF Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
DNF Sara Verhaest (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
DNF Mayalen Noriega (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango    
DNF Veronika Kormos (Hun) Bizkaia - Durango    
DNF Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango    
DNF Emilie Aubry (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team    
DNF Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Bigla Cycling Team    
DNF Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team    
DNF Sandra Weiss (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team    
DNF Svetlana Stolbova (Rus) Servetto Footon    
DNF Marina Likhanova (Rus) Servetto Footon    
DNF Marina Lari (Ita) Servetto Footon    
DNF Sara Grifi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
DNF Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
DNF Soraya Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
DNF Lara Vieceli (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox    
DNF Azzurra d'Intino (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox    
DNF Barbara Heeb (Swi) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox    
DNF Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox    
DNF Liisi Rist (Est) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox    
DNF Sarah Roy (Aus) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86    
DNF Manon Souyris (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86    
DNF Oriane Chaumet (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86    
DNF Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86    
DNF Sylwia Kapusta (Pol) Vaiano Fondriest    
DNF Alessia Martini (Ita) Vaiano Fondriest    
DNF Lija Laizane (Lat) Vaiano Fondriest    
DNF Katazina Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Fondriest    
DNF Ewelina Szybiak (Pol) Vaiano Fondriest    
DNF Chiara Vannucci (Ita) Vaiano Fondriest    
DNF Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana    
DNF Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana    
DNF Elena Valentini (Ita) BTC City Ljubljana    
DNF Alena Sitsko (Blr) Forno d'Asolo - Astute    
DNF Valeria Pintos (Arg) Forno d'Asolo - Astute    
DNF Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Forno d'Asolo - Astute    
DNF Martina Ruzickova (Cze) Forno d'Asolo - Astute    
DNF Ashlee Ankudinoff (Aus) Australia    
DNF Emily Roper (Aus) Australia    
DNF Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Australia    
DNF Chloe McConville (Aus) Australia    
DNF Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Australia    
DNF Alna Burato (Fra) France    
DNF Sophie Creux (Fra) France    
DNF Eugénie Duval (Fra) France    
DNF Marion Sicot (Fra) France    
DNF Paulina Cywinska (Pol) Poland    
DNF Paulina Guz (Pol) Poland    
DNF Monika Kopinska (Pol) Poland    
DNF Natalia Mielnik (Pol) Poland    

UCI World Cup rankings after 2 rounds

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 220  pts
2 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 170  
3 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS 155  
4 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team 85  
5 Shelley Olds (USA) Alé Cipollini 85  
6 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 75  
7 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - Lululemon 70  
8 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 60  
9 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 60  
10 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products 60  
11 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 50  
12 Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) RusVelo 40  
13 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda 34  
14 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 30  
15 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren 25  
16 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 25  
17 Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 20  
18 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon 20  
19 Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana 18  
20 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized - Lululemon 18  
21 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 16  
22 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano 16  
23 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren 14  
24 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano 14  
25 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products 12  
26 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 12  
27 Amélie Rivat (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 10  
28 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 8  
29 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 8  
30 Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) RusVelo 6  
31 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 6  
32 Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 4  
33 Elena Berlato (Ita) Alé Cipollini 2  
34 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products 2  
Sprint classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 12  pts
2 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 8  
3 Carmen Small (USA) Specialized - Lululemon 6  
3 Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team 6  
5 Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Alé Cipollini 4  
5 Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana 4  
7 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano 2  
7 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 2  
9 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 2  
9 Chloe Mcconville (Aus) Australia 2  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team 6  pts
2 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 6  
3 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 6  
4 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products 4  
5 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 2  
Young rider classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 6  pts
2 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 6  
3 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren 6  
4 Anouska Koster (Ned) Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata 4  
5 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren 2  
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 323  pts
2 Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 319  
3 Orica - Ais 155  
4 Team Giant-Shimano 126  
5 Specialized - Lululemon 108  
6 Ale Cipollini 87  
7 Astana Bepink Womens Team 85  
8 Hitec Products 74  
9 Rusvelo 46  
10 Estado De Mexico Faren 39  
11 Wiggle Honda 34  
12 Btc City Ljubljana 18  
13 Lotto Belisol Ladies 12  
14 Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86 10  
15 Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 8