Armitstead wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup

Briton out-sprints breakaway riders Ferrand-Prevot and Van der Breggen in Cittiglio

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) won the Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup in Cittiglio, Italy, on Sunday. The Briton won a breakaway sprint to the line ahead of Rabo-Liv teammates, world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Anna van der Breggen.

With the sprinters of the women’s peloton riding Gent-Wevelgem in Belgium, the climbers and classics types were in the Varese hills for the second round of the World Cup, and the 40th edition of the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, for a race full of attacks and suspense right up to the finish-line.

The 123.7km race started on the shores of Lake Maggiore, with a 17km run-in to Cittiglio followed by a 37.7km loop with the steep Cunardo climb before returning to Cittiglio for four laps of a 17.1km loop with a short, sharp climb at Orino followed by a difficult descent starting the 8km run-in to the line.

After they missed the break in the first World Cup, the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe, Alé Cipollini put down an early mark, with Simona Frapporti attacking in the first kilometres, getting caught just before the first climb. At Cunardo it was Boels-Dolmans making the move, Lizzie Armitstead demonstrating her form to take the first GPM points.

The climb ripped the race apart, with 25 riders making it through in front, and then Orica-AIS made their move. The Australian-based team are suffering the loss of last year’s winner Emma Johansson after she broke her collarbone in Cholet-Pays de Loire last week, but Katrin Garfoot showed the team still have ambitions, getting her gap up to a minute as the group behind her swelled and changed with attacks and catches. Crossing the line into the second local lap, her lead was down to 22”, and she sat up to be caught after 25km out solo.

As Armitstead won the second GPM, leading over Orino, the peloton split again, and a group of 13 started the third lap together, watching each other and taking every opportunity to attack. Once again, Orino re-defined the race, and after the penultimate climb, six riders were out together – 2014 Road and 2015 Cyclo-cross World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Rabo-Liv teammate Anna van der Breggen; 2014 Road World Cup series winner Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans); U23 Cross Country MTB World Champion Jolanda Neff (Switzerland); 2013 race winner Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda), and Belorussian Champion Alena Amialiusik (Velocio-SRAM).

At 20km to go the six had 35 seconds, and entering the final lap, Ferrand-Prévot, knowing she had the luxury of a team-mate in the group, attacked, gaining 15 seconds before being caught by Longo Borghini, Armitstead and Van der Breggan just after the final climb, with 8km to go. In the final kilometre, the four were caught again by Neff and Amialiusik, who’d chased furiously to make it back, so it was back to six riders entering the final sprint.

Last year, Armitstead had been caught out when Johansson had started her sprint early, and this year she wasn’t taking any chances, managing the final run-in perfectly to win by a bike-length, with Ferrand-Prévot in second, and Van der Breggen third.

Armitstead had said at the start of the season that all her focus is on the 2016 Olympics, but this win, which gave her the World Cups leader’s jersey, showed she’s got the potential to win a lot more on the way there. And with practically every woman in the peloton targeting next week’s Ronde van Vlaanderen, anything can happen in the World Cup.

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team3:08:13 
2Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
3Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
4Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
5Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM  
6Jolanda Neff (Swi) Switzerland0:00:03 
7Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:01:31 
8Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
9Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
10Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
11Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Velocio - SRAM  
12Carmen Small (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
13Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
14Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - Ais  
15Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
16Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
17Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Russia  
18Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
19Rossella Ratto (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi  
20Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM  
21Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM  
22Lauren Hall (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
23Anna Plichta (Pol) Poland  
24Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
25Anabelle Dreville (Fra) France  
26Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
27Lara Vieceli (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
28Francesca Cauz (Ita) Ale CiPolandlini  
29Svetlana Vasilieva (Rus) Russia  
30Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale CiPolandlini0:01:36 
31Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Velocio - SRAM  
32Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
33Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
34Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
35Andrea Dvorak (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
36Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi  
37Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
38Edwige Pitel (Fra) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
39Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle Honda0:01:39 
40Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:06:35 
41Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto Footon0:06:43 
42Milda Jankauskaite (Ltu) Astana - Acca Due O0:06:46 
43Linda Indergand (Swi) Switzerland  
44Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi  
45Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
46Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
47Alexandra Chekina (Rus) Russia  
48Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale CiPolandlini  
49Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Vaiano  
50Kseniya Tuhai (Blr) Bepink Laclassica  
51Manon Souyris (Fra) France  
52Lizzie Williams (Aus) Orica - Ais  
53Monika Brzezna (Pol) Poland  
54Chiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
55Sari Saarelainen (Fin) Servetto Footon  
56Anastasiia Iakovenko (Rus) Russia  
57Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Servetto Footon  
58Špela Kern (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
59Sharon Laws (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
60Doris Schweizer (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
61Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
62Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale CiPolandlini  
63Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi  
64Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Poland  
65Simona Frapporti (Ita) Ale CiPolandlini  
66Marion Sicot (Fra) France  
67Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica - Ais  
68Melodie Lesueur (Fra) Lointek Team  
69Fanny Leleu (Fra) France  
70Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi  
71Lauren Komanski (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
72Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) INPA Sottoli Giusfredi  
73Martina Ritter (Aut) BTC City Ljubljana  
74Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
75Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Russia  
76Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) Bepink Laclassica  
77Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale CiPolandlini  
78Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - Ais  
79Joelle Numainville (Can) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
80Tayler Wiles (USA) Velocio - SRAM  
81Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Servetto Footon  
82Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda  
83Asja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo0:06:58 
DNFRachel Neylan (Aus) Orica - Ais  
DNFGracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - Ais  
DNFAnna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Wiggle Honda  
DNFAudrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda  
DNFClara Koppenburg (Ger) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFMolly Meyvisch (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFOlena Demydova (Ukr) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFKseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFLarisa Pankova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFMarika Campagnaro (Ita) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFAizhan Zhaparova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O  
DNFEva Lechner (Ita) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFPolona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFElena Franchi (Ita) Servetto Footon  
DNFRiccarda Mazzotta (Swi) Servetto Footon  
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFLucie Pader (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
DNFNina Gulino (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFMichela Balducci (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFEyerusalem Kelil (Eth) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFAzzurra D'intino (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
DNFRuby Livingstone (NZl) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFGeorgia Williams (NZl) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFJaime Nielsen (NZl) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFSimona Bortolotti (Ita) Bepink Laclassica  
DNFMartina Biolo (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
DNFAlessia Martini (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
DNFLija Laizane (Lat) Aromitalia Vaiano  
DNFAllison Elizabeth Linnell (USA) Aromitalia Vaiano  
DNFCecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Team Rytger  
DNFChloe Fraser (GBr) Team Rytger  
DNFAmy Hill (GBr) Team Rytger  
DNFEllinor Huusko (Swe) Team Rytger  
DNFOlivia Overskov Jakobsen (Den) Team Rytger  
DNFNina Krebs Ovesen (Den) Team Rytger  
DNFIrene Bitto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFElena Leonardi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFJennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFSoraya Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFChristina Perchtold (Aut) No Radunion Vitalogic  
DNFLaura Šimenc (Slo) No Radunion Vitalogic  
DNFJulia Deuerlein (Ger) No Radunion Vitalogic  
DNFElisabeth Riegler (Aut) No Radunion Vitalogic  
DNFSandra Reisenhofer (Aut) No Radunion Vitalogic  
DNFLaura Jorgensen (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth  
DNFHeather Fischer (USA) United States  
DNFMarjolaine Bazin (Fra) France  
DNFTatiana Shamanova (Rus) Russia  
DNFKatarzyna Wilkos (Pol) Poland  
DNFAleksandra Kardas (Pol) Poland  
DNFAnna Skalniak (Pol) Poland  
DNFMirjam Gysling (Swi) Switzerland  
DNFJutta Stienen (Swi) Switzerland  
DNFSandra Weiss (Swi) Switzerland  

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