Rivera wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda

Sunweb rider takes bunch sprint

American Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) sprinted to her first career Women's WorldTour victory in Cittiglio on Sunday. The 24-year-old survived the hilly 131km Trofeo Alfredo Binda circuit race to win a reduced bunch sprint ahead of Arlenis Sierra (Astana) and Cecile Uttrup Ludwig (Cérvelo-Bigla). It is first time in more than a decade that the one-day Italian classic has been contested by a group larger than ten riders.

"This one tops it all," said Rivera in a post-podium press conference. "I didn't doubt myself. I really had to fight and to push. The team worked hard to get me in the position to be there and be ready to fight for the finish."

Ellen van Dijk's efforts were the most obvious amongst Rivera's teammates. The Dutchwoman marked dangerous moves in the last two of four total circuit laps and provided Rivera with an unmatched lead-out in the slightly uphill sprint.

"She's totally instrumental in our teamwork," said Rivera, when asked about Van Dijk. "Her power and strength are unreal. If she hadn't caught back on to the group, and I didn't have the same lead-out she gave me, I think the final would have been a lot harder for me."

Both Van Dijk and Rivera are both new signings for strengthened Team Sunweb. Van Dijk made the move from Boels-Dolmans while Rivera came over from UnitedHealthcare.

While Rivera may not be a name familiar to Europeans, she's a household name for American cycling fans. She dominated the admittedly sparse junior ranks and split her first four years as an elite between pursuing her undergraduate degree from Marion University while making a name for herself as the top sprinter racing on US soil. Rivera graduated last spring and signed with the Dutch-registered squad in the summer.

How it unfolded

The third round of the UCI Women's WorldTour began in sunny Taino in the province of Varese. Starters included two-time defending champion Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans) and three-time former winner Marianne Vos (WM3).

Crashes punctuated the opening kilometres that brought the peloton to Cittiglio for the first passage of the finish line. A trio of riders – Anna Trevisi (Alé Cipollini), Silvia Valsecchi (Bepink Cogeas) and Simone Frapporti (Hitec Products) entered the circuit with a 17-second advantage over the peloton.

The peloton swept up the escape over the Cunardo. By the end of the 38km opening lap, Anna Zita Maria Stricker (BTC City Ljubljana) and Lija Laizane (Aromitalia Vaiano) had slipped away. The duo had pocketed 20 seconds on the second passage of the finish line for the first of four 18km laps.

The move was short-lived. Laizane was the first to rejoin the peloton. Stricker maintained her small advantage until the second ascent of the Ornio. While the early laps presented few challenges for the strongest in the bunch, the back of the pack suffered with riders losing contact on every climb.

Jessica Allen (Orica-Scott) attacked on the second time around the small circuit and immediately opened up an advantage. The Australian criterium champion held off the peloton for nearly 20 kilometres.

"I was away longer than I thought I would be," said Allen. "Georgia [Williams] and I were to attack when there was a good moment. I saw a good moment and had a crack. Unfortunately, I was out solo. It would have been nice to have more people out there with me."

The bunch split over the climb to Casalzuigno but regrouped on the descent. Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-Sram) was the next to slip away. She held her advantage until the race hit the Ornio – the steep slopes spelling the end to her escape attempts.

Historically, the first of the race-winning selections has been made at this point in the race, but a large group descended off the Ornio toward the finish for the lap lap. Across the finish line, Australian national champion Katrin Garfoot (Orica-Scott), Shara Gillow (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope), Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-Sram) and Vos had several seconds on Van Dijk. The peloton set off for the final lap 10 seconds behind the front-runners.

Despite the strength of the group, the escape was unable to hold onto its advantage. Boels Dolmans led the chase and kept the pace high up to Casalzuigno – but not high enough to prevent further escapes.

Garfoot, who lives and trains in nearby Gavirate, had attacked again. UCI Women's WorldTour leader Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5), Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3), Hanna Nilsson (BTC City Ljubljana), Sierra, Amialiusik and Rivera gave chase with Annemiek van Vleuten, Garfoot's teammate, enjoying a free ride.

Before the chasers could reach Garfoot, a reduced peloton had reconnected with the group. Longo Borghini jumped again. Niewiadoma followed. The duo plowed past Garfoot over the Ornio.

The trio included some of the best climbers in the race but perhaps not the most daring descenders. On the technical drop back down to Cittiglio there was a regrouping, and it was this regrouping that opened the door for the reduced bunch sprint.

Two hundred metres from the finish line, Rivera opened her sprint. The dash for the line turned into a two-women race with Sierra nearly able to match Rivera's powerful kick. Uttrup Ludwig finished two bike lengths back to round out the podium. The trio were recorded as two seconds quicker than the remainder of the bunch, which was led in by Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)

"I couldn't do it without my teammates. They believed in me, and I paid them back by believing in myself," said Rivera. "I might be small but I think I definitely put a stamp in it today."

Longo Borghini managed ninth in the sprint to maintain her spot atop the UCI Women's WorldTour overall classification. Uttrup Ludwig took back the blue youth classification jersey from compatriot Amalie Dideriksen. The road world champion and Ronde van Drenthe winner sat out the third round of the UCI Women's WorldTour.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women3:25:26 
2Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
3Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
4Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:02 
5Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
6Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica Scott Women  
7Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
8Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling  
9Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
10Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
11Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
12Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Vaiano  
13Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana  
14Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products  
15Dani King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling  
16Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota  
17Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
18Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Lares-Waowdeals  
19Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
20Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing  
21Lara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
22Linda Indergand (Swi)  
23Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé Cipollini  
24Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5  
25Martina Ritter (Aut) Drops Cycling Team  
26Urša Pintar (Slovenia) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:07 
27Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica Scott Women0:00:12 
28Marie Vilmann (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:15 
29Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling0:00:46 
30Alison Jackson (Can) BePink Cogeas  
31Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota  
32Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Hitec Products  
33Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) BePink Cogeas  
34Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) Canyon SRAM Racing  
35Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM  
36Asja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
37Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
38Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:55 
39Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
40Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Lensworld-Kuota0:01:57 
41Amelie Rivat (Fra) Lares-Waowdeals0:02:04 
42Sina Frei (Swi)0:02:06 
43Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women  
44Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Drops Cycling Team  
45Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Wiggle High5  
46Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto Giusta  
47Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women  
48Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
49Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
50Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
51Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
52Soraya Paladin (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
53Elena Franchi (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano0:04:41 
54Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:05:14 
55Eri Yonamine (Jpn) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:06:33 
56Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Women's Team0:07:46 
57Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing0:08:02 
58Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:08:12 
59Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
60Thalita De Jong (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals  
61Nathalie Verschelden (Bel) Lensworld-Kuota  
62Georgia Williams (NZl) Orica-Scott  
63Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing  
64Anna Christian (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
65Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team0:09:33 
66Iraida Garcia (Cub) S.C. Michela Fanini0:09:36 
67Nina Buysman (Ned)  
68Mónika Kiraly (Hun) S.C. Michela Fanini  
69Severine Eraud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
70Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
71Laura Camila Lozano (Col) Servetto Giusta  
72Corina Gantenbein (Swi)  
73Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Alé Cipollini  
74Valentina Scandolara (Ita) WM3 Pro Cycling  
75Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
76Anna Ceoloni (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini  
77Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
78Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
79Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High50:09:41 
80Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
81Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
82Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) BePink Cogeas0:09:44 
83Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar PBM  
84Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar PBM  
85Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Drops Cycling Team  
86Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High50:09:46 
87Beatrice Rossato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
88Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
89Joelle Numainville (Can) Cylance Pro Cycling0:09:49 
DNFAnna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
DNFAmy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
DNFChristine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
DNFAmy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5  
DNFLauren Kitchen (Aus) WM3 Pro Cycling  
DNFJeanne Korevaar (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
DNFAnna Plichta (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling  
DNFAlexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing  
DNFJenelle Crooks (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
DNFCarlee Taylor (Aus) Alé Cipollini  
DNFDaiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Alé Cipollini  
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFKseniya Tuhai (Blr) BePink Cogeas  
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink Cogeas  
DNFMaria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink Cogeas  
DNFIngvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFSimona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products  
DNFCecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFMiriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFSaartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals  
DNFSarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals  
DNFAnabelle Dreville (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFAnna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFMia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFSofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
DNFMakhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
DNFJennifer Tetrick (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFHeather Fischer (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFKseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Servetto Giusta  
DNFTing Ying Huang (Tpe) Servetto Giusta  
DNFDaniela Gass (Ger) Servetto Giusta  
DNFLetizia Borghesi (Ita) Servetto Giusta  
DNFFrancesca Balducci (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini  
DNFValeriya Kononenko (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini  
DNFJutatip Maneephan (Tha) S.C. Michela Fanini  
DNFAlice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
DNFElizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
DNFLija Laizane (Lat) Aromitalia Vaiano  
DNFNicole Nesti (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
DNFAlessia Bulleri (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
DNFLisa De Ranieri (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano  
DNFBeatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFSara Mariotto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFMichela Pavin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFNadia Quagliotto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFChiara Zanettin (Ita) Valcar PBM  
DNFSilvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBM  
DNFMarta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar PBM  
DNFDemi De Jong (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team  
DNFAafke Soet (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team  
DNFPauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team  
DNFNicole Steigenga (Ned)  
DNFEva Buurman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team  
DNFLena Mettraux (Swi)  
DNFMichelle Andres (Swi)  
DNFAline Seitz (Swi)  

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