Armitstead wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda

World champion tops Guarnier, Neff in Cittiglio

World champion Lizzie Armitstead took back-to-back victories at Trofeo Alfreo Binda as she soloed to victory in Cittiglio on Sunday. The defending champion launched a late race attack meant to set teammate Megan Guarnier up for a victory. But Armitstead’s powerful attack turned into the race winning move. Guarnier won the chase group sprint for second. Jolanda Neff (Servetto Footon), who had led the race over the final time up the Orino, rounded out the podium.

“I did a little more work than what I was told to do on the radio,” said Armitstead. “On the final climb, Rabobank attacked, and because I had done a lot of work to keep the break going, I was dropped. I could see them, and I knew I had to come back.”

Armitstead worked her way across the gap on the Ornio, reaching the leaders on the summit. Neff had around a half-minute advantage at this point, and Armitstead decided to use what she thought would be her final match.

“I came directly back on the top of the climb,” said Armistead. “I attacked directly. It was my last move. Today we were working for Megan, and I was just being a teammate and doing a stupid attack. But nobody saw me coming from behind, and I had a lot of speed.”

Just beyond the three kilometre mark, Armitstead caught Neff. The duo had a five-second advantage over Guarnier’s chase group as they hit the finishing stretch.

“I jumped,” Armitstead explained. “I was sprinting for the line, and Neff couldn’t match my speed.”

“I only caught Jolanda just before the line,” said Guarnier. “We had already opened the sprint, and that’s how I overtook her.”

The Boels-Dolmans 1-2 in Cittiglio shows the team’s continued dominance in the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Three rounds into the inaugural series, and only riders from the Dutch-registered squad have managed to climb to the top step of the podium. Armistead won Strade Bianche at the beginning of March. Chantal Blaak followed suit at Ronde van Drenthe last weekend. Armistead is back on the top step, and back in the UCI Women’s WorldTour leader’s jersey, following round three.

“It’s all down to teamwork,” said Armitstead. “Absolutely.”

Armitstead insisted that it was work done by her teammates that allowed both her and Guarnier to be fresh enough to react when the race winning move went on the penultimate lap of the hilly 123.3 kilometre race. Although each of the 18-kilometre laps included only one GPM climb, the Orino, the entire circuit was rolling. The Cuvio, a steep kilometre-long unclassified climb at the start of each loop, played host to the race’s decisive move.

“The same selection kept happening on every climb,” said Guarnier. “It was just that nothing had stuck yet.”

“This one stuck because of fatigue,” Armistead added.

Armistead, Guarnier and Neff were joined up the road by Emma Johansson (Wiggle-High5), Alena Amialiusik (Canyon//SRAM), Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-AIS) and Rabo-Liv pair Anna van der Breggen and Kasia Niewiadoma. Johansson led the group over the Orino, with 25 kilometres still to race, and by the time they reached the finish line for the start of the final local lap, they had a one-minute advantage over the main bunch.

Neff attacked on the Cuvio and quickly gained an advantage.

“I had in my ear our director telling me it wasn’t our responsibility to chase,” said Armitstead. “He said to stay calm and wait, but I was a little frustrated because I knew the peloton was not that far behind us. [Giorgia] Bronzini was still there. She was riding really strong today, and, of course, in her home WorldTour race, she’s going to be motivated. I didn’t want the peloton coming back.”

The work done by the world champion ensured the group’s success and her own. Armitstead’s pace-making kept the peloton at bay and eventually set the stage for the drop, chase to return and attack that delivered her first across the line, onto the first step, and into the UCI Women’s WorldTour leader’s jersey.

“I’m not interested in keeping the jersey,” said Armitstead, when asked if she planned to defend her lead in the Women’s WorldTour. “I have a nicer one.”

Then Armitstead laughed and added: “It gives me pride to be winning the Women’s WorldTour but it’s not a goal this season. I want to be Olympic champion. That’s my goal.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team3:11:10 
2Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:01 
3Jolanda Neff (Swi) Servetto Footon0:00:04 
4Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5  
5Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM  
6Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
7Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:11 
8Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-AIS0:00:39 
9Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products0:01:06 
10Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
11Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women  
12Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
13Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur  
14Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM  
15Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata  
16Elizabeth Williams (Aus) Orica-AIS  
17Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Alé Cipollini  
18Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
19Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
20Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High5  
21Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM  
22Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Vaiano  
23Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
24Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-AIS  
25Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-AIS  
26Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
27Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
28Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women  
29Olga Zabelinskaya (Blr) Bepink  
30Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Alé Cipollini  
31Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products  
32Irene Bitto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
33Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Lensworld-Zannata  
34Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
35Amelie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
36Lara Vieceli (Ita) INPA - Bianchi  
37Nicole Brandli (Swi) Servetto Footon  
38Anna Plichta (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
39Lauren Komanski (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
40Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
41Edwige Pitel (Fra) S.C. Michela Fanini  
42Laura Lozano (Col) S.C. Michela Fanini  
43Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:01:13 
44Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro Cycling  
45Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle High50:01:15 
46Alison Jackson (Can) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:01:42 
47Sofia Arreola Navarro (Mex) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:01:43 
48Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:01:52 
49Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:02:27 
50Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Lensworld-Zannata0:06:51 
51Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
52Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
53Anna Solovey (Ukr) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
54Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
55Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
56Elena Franchi (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
57Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) INPA - Bianchi  
58Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) INPA - Bianchi  
59Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
60Sina Frei (Swi) SUI  
61Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
62Emily Collins (NZl) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
63Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Women  
64Leah Thomas (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker  
65Eva Lechner (Ita) Servetto Footon  
66Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) INPA - Bianchi  
67Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker  
68Carlee Taylor (Aus) Team Liv-Plantur  
69Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
70Linda Indergand (Swi) SUI  
71Monika Kiraly (Hun) S.C. Michela Fanini  
72Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
73Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
74Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle High5  
75Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
76Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Alé Cipollini  
77Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto Footon  
78Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Alé Cipollini0:06:56 
79Asja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
80Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica-AIS0:07:05 
81Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products  
NAKatarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
NAAnna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Wiggle High5  
NARoxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
NATrixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
NAAlexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM  
NACarmen Small (USA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
NALotta Lepisto (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
NAJoelle Numainville (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
NAGabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
NALoren Rowney (Aus) Orica-AIS  
NASimona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products  
NAIngrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products  
NAMiriam Bjornsrud (Nor) Hitec Products  
NAShelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
NARachele Barberi (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
NASheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
NAAlison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
NALauren Hall (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
NAKathrin Hammes (Ger) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
NABrianna Walle (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
NAFloortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
NAMolly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-Plantur  
NAAbigail Mickey (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women  
NADiana Penuela (Col) UnitedHealthcare Women  
NAAnnie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Women  
NAAude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
NASeverine Eraud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
NAVictorie Guilman (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
NAGreta Richioud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
NACharlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
NASpela Kern (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
NAJelena Eric (Srb) BTC City Ljubljana  
NALex Albrecht (Can) Bepink  
NASilvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink  
NASimona Bortolotti (Ita) Bepink  
NAKseniya Tuhai (Blr) Bepink  
NALenore Pipes (Gum) Bepink  
NATatiana Antoshina (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
NAArianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
NANatalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
NASofia Beggin (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
NASvetlana Vasilieva (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
NAEllen Skerritt (Aus) Alé Cipollini  
NAAnisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
NASusanna Zorzi (Ita) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
NAWilleke Knoll (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
NAJanneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
NAJermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
NAEsra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
NAPauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
NAAnnelies Dom (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata  
NAKaat Hannes (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata  
NAKelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
NAJessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
NAAnn-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
NAValerie Demey (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
NADemmy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
NAAlice Gasparini (Ita) Servetto Footon  
NAKatia Ragusa (Ita) Servetto Footon  
NAMichela Pavin (Ita) INPA - Bianchi  
NABethany Ann Allen (USA) INPA - Bianchi  
NAAllie Dragoo (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker  
NAJessica Cerra (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker  
NASari Saarelainen (Fin) S.C. Michela Fanini  
NANina Gulino (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini  
NAManuela De Iulis (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini  
NABeatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
NAMonia Baccaille (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
NANicole Nesti (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
NASilvja Latozaite (Ltu) Aromitalia Vaiano  
NANicole Dal Santo (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
NASara Mariotto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
NAElena Leonardi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
NASoraya Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
NASandrine Bideau (Fra) FRA  
NASoline Lamboley (Fra) FRA  
NAFanny Leleu (Fra) FRA  
NAEmilie Rochedy (Fra) FRA  
NAManon Souyris (Fra) FRA  
NAMarine Strappazzon (Fra) FRA  
NARiccarda Mazzotta (Swi) SUI  
NAAline Seitz (Swi) SUI  
NAAndrea Waldis (Swi) SUI  
NSEvelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  


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