Johansson wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda

Armitstead takes second, Amialiusik third

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
1Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS3:05:24 
2Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
3Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana BePink Womens Team  
4Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
5Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
6Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products  
7Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) RusVelo  
8Eleonora van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
9Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:00:49 
10Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren  
11Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
12Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
13Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano  
14Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren  
15Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products  
16Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
17Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
18Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) RusVelo  
19Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
20Elena Berlato (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
21Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized - lululemon  
22Edwige Pitel (Fra) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
23Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren  
24Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda0:00:56 
25Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS0:02:10 
26Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:02:38 
27Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - lululemon  
28Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized - lululemon  
29Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica - AIS0:04:25 
30Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team  
31Shelley Olds (USA) Alé Cipollini0:05:56 
32Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Forno d'Asolo - Astute  
33Aizhan Zhaparova (Rus) RusVelo  
34Rachel Neylan (Aus) Australia  
35Maria Adele Tuia (Ita) Servetto Footon  
36Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
37Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) RusVelo  
38Doris Schweizer (Swi) Astana BePink Womens Team  
39Chiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
40Dorleta Eskamendi Gil (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
41Carlee Taylor (Aus) Orica - AIS  
42Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - lululemon  
43Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:07:50 
44Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized - lululemon  
45Carmen Small (USA) Specialized - lululemon  
46Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products  
47Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
48Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
49Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
50Irene San Sebastian Lasa (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
51Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
52Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Astana BePink Womens Team  
53Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
54Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
55Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto Footon  
56Martina Ritter (Aut) BTC City Ljubljana  
57Valentina Carretta (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
58Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Wiggle Honda  
59Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France  
60Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Alé Cipollini  
61Lucie Pader (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
62Taryn Heather (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team  
63Anna Ramirez Bauxel (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
64Irene Bitto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
65Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda  
66Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Alé Cipollini  
67Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Servetto Footon  
68Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) RusVelo  
DSQBarbara Guarischi (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
DNFJulie Leth (Den) Hitec Products  
DNFLauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
DNFCecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFKatarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
DNFJessie MacLean (Aus) Orica - AIS  
DNFValentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS  
DNFPeta Mullens (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
DNFWilleke Knol (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
DNFFloortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
DNFMarijn de Vries (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
DNFTatiana Antoshina (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFSimona Frapporti (Ita) Astana BePink Womens Team  
DNFAnna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) Astana BePink Womens Team  
DNFAlice Algisi (Ita) Astana BePink Womens Team  
DNFGiada Borgato (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren  
DNFMaria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren  
DNFErika Yépez (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren  
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
DNFMolly Meyvisch (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
DNFCéline Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
DNFAnisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
DNFSara Verhaest (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
DNFMayalen Noriega (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
DNFVeronika Kormos (Hun) Bizkaia - Durango  
DNFLeire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
DNFEmilie Aubry (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
DNFElke Gebhardt (Ger) Bigla Cycling Team  
DNFJacqueline Hahn (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team  
DNFSandra Weiss (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
DNFSvetlana Stolbova (Rus) Servetto Footon  
DNFMarina Likhanova (Rus) Servetto Footon  
DNFMarina Lari (Ita) Servetto Footon  
DNFSara Grifi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFJennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFSoraya Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFLara Vieceli (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFAzzurra d'Intino (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFBarbara Heeb (Swi) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFYevgeniya Vysotska (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFLiisi Rist (Est) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFSarah Roy (Aus) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFManon Souyris (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFOriane Chaumet (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFGabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFSylwia Kapusta (Pol) Vaiano Fondriest  
DNFAlessia Martini (Ita) Vaiano Fondriest  
DNFLija Laizane (Lat) Vaiano Fondriest  
DNFKatazina Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Fondriest  
DNFEwelina Szybiak (Pol) Vaiano Fondriest  
DNFChiara Vannucci (Ita) Vaiano Fondriest  
DNFUrsa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFMia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFElena Valentini (Ita) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFAlena Sitsko (Blr) Forno d'Asolo - Astute  
DNFValeria Pintos (Arg) Forno d'Asolo - Astute  
DNFEdita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Forno d'Asolo - Astute  
DNFMartina Ruzickova (Cze) Forno d'Asolo - Astute  
DNFAshlee Ankudinoff (Aus) Australia  
DNFEmily Roper (Aus) Australia  
DNFKatrin Garfoot (Aus) Australia  
DNFChloe McConville (Aus) Australia  
DNFRebecca Wiasak (Aus) Australia  
DNFAlna Burato (Fra) France  
DNFSophie Creux (Fra) France  
DNFEugénie Duval (Fra) France  
DNFMarion Sicot (Fra) France  
DNFPaulina Cywinska (Pol) Poland  
DNFPaulina Guz (Pol) Poland  
DNFMonika Kopinska (Pol) Poland  
DNFNatalia Mielnik (Pol) Poland  

UCI World Cup rankings after 2 rounds

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team220 pts
2Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team170 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS155 
4Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team85 
5Shelley Olds (USA) Alé Cipollini85 
6Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team75 
7Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - Lululemon70 
8Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team60 
9Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team60 
10Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products60 
11Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano50 
12Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) RusVelo40 
13Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda34 
14Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano30 
15Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren25 
16Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team25 
17Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team20 
18Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon20 
19Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana18 
20Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized - Lululemon18 
21Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano16 
22Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano16 
23Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren14 
24Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano14 
25Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products12 
26Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies12 
27Amélie Rivat (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope10 
28Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo8 
29Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team8 
30Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) RusVelo6 
31Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team6 
32Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team4 
33Elena Berlato (Ita) Alé Cipollini2 
34Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products2 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team12 pts
2Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team8 
3Carmen Small (USA) Specialized - Lululemon6 
3Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team6 
5Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Alé Cipollini4 
5Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana4 
7Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano2 
7Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
9Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
9Chloe Mcconville (Aus) Australia2 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team6 pts
2Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano6 
3Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team6 
4Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products4 
5Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano2 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team6 pts
2Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team6 
3Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren6 
4Anouska Koster (Ned) Futurumshop.Nl - Zannata4 
5Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren2 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team323 pts
2Boels Dolmans Cycling Team319 
3Orica - Ais155 
4Team Giant-Shimano126 
5Specialized - Lululemon108 
6Ale Cipollini87 
7Astana Bepink Womens Team85 
8Hitec Products74 
10Estado De Mexico Faren39 
11Wiggle Honda34 
12Btc City Ljubljana18 
13Lotto Belisol Ladies12 
15Top Girls Fassa Bortolo8 


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