Vos victorious in Trofeo Alfredo Binda

Dutchwoman wins World Cup opener for second straight year

Marianne Vos convincingly won the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, the opening round of the women's World Cup series in Italy, to prove yet again she is currently the best female athlete in cycling.

Riding for the Netherlands national team just a few weeks after she won the women's cyclo-cross world title, Vos beat a group of nine riders that included some of the biggest names and strongest riders in the female peloton. Her win makes her the big favourite for next Sunday's women's Tour of Flanders.

Martine Bras gave the Netherlands a one-two, although she was riding for her Gauss-Rdz-Ormu trade team, with Emma Johansson (Redsun Cycling Team) third. In the same time but beaten in the sprint were Ruth Corset (Australia), Noemi Cantele (HTc-Columbia), Nicole Cooke (Great Britain) and Elena Berlato (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo – Ghezzi), Judith Arndt (HTC-Columbia) and Tatiana Guderzo (Valdarno).

Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia) finished five seconds down, in tenth place, after making a lone attack in the final kilometre. She was caught by the front group, before Vos blasted to the line to take her second consecutive victory in the tough Italian race held between Lake Maggiore and the tough hills west of Varese.

As expected, it was the testing Brinzio climb that caused the first real split in the race, with 20 riders going clear. However they were caught before the summit and stronger 16-rider group formed over the top that included Vos and the riders who would go on to fight for victory.

Andrea Bosman (Netherlands), Gloria Presti (Top Girls-Fassa Bortolo), Sinead Miller (USA), Grace Verbeke (Lotto Ladies), Ludovine Henrion (RedSun Cycling Team) and Rachel Neylan (Australia) also managed to get across further strengthening the move.

Some riders were dropped on the finishing circuit that included the Orino climb and was covered four times as the race tested the rider's early season form.

Zabelinskaya attacked with two laps to go and got a slight gap but it was too early to go on her own. She was caught on the last time up the Orino climb, as others, including Cantele tried to go away.

However with so many of the best women in the world in the move and so many teams represented, nobody was going to get away before the finish. The poorer sprinters such as Berlato, Guderzo, Pooley and Verbeke all tried, but were pulled back each time.

Zabelinskaya bravely tried again and got a hundred metre gap with a kilometre to go but she faded on the slight climb to the finish. Vos, clinical as ever, timed her effort perfectly and hit the front just at the right moment, to take her second successive victory in the Italian women's Classic.


Full Results
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Netherlands3:27:37 
2Martine Bras (Ned) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Redsun Cycling Team  
4Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia  
5Noemi Cantele (Ita) HTC Columbia Women  
6Nicole Cooke (GBr) Great Britain  
7Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi  
8Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Columbia Women  
9Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Team Valdarno  
10Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Russia0:00:05 
11Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands0:00:14 
12Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team0:00:32 
13Rachel Neylan (Aus) Australia0:01:06 
14Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
15Irina Molicheva (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets0:02:04 
16Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia0:04:25 
17Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Redsun Cycling Team  
18Sinead Miller (USA) United States of America  
19Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara  
20Regina Bruins (Ned) Cervelo Test Team0:04:34 
21Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Netherlands0:06:10 
22Edwige Pitel (Fra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
23Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Safi - Pasta Zara  
24Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi  
25Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) HTC Columbia Women  
26Eva Lechner (Ita) Italy0:08:20 
27Gloria Presti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi0:08:57 
28Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cervelo Test Team0:10:20 
29Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Columbia Women  
30Carla Swart (RSA) MTN  
31Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
32Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi  
33Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
34Rossella Callovi (Ita) Italy  
35Alice Marmorini (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
36Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Safi - Pasta Zara  
37Marina Romoli (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara  
38Eneritz Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spa) Safi - Pasta Zara  
39Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Redsun Cycling Team  
40Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Netherlands  
41Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
42Petra Dijkman (Ned) Redsun Cycling Team  
43Fröydis Waerstad (Nor) Hitec Products Uck  
44Olena Oliinyk (Ukr) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
45Luise Keller (Ger) HTC Columbia Women  
46Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
47Daniela Pintarelli (Aut) Kuota Speed Kueens  
48Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
49Polona Batagelj (Slo) Slovenia  
50Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
51Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australia  
52Bianca Purath (Ger) Noris Cycling  
53Robyn De Groot (RSA) MTN  
54Olena Sharga (Ukr) Ukraine  
55Alona Andruk (Ukr) Safi - Pasta Zara  
56Sharon Laws (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
57Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team  
58Martina Ruzickova (Cze) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
59Chantal Blaak (Ned) Netherlands  
60Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Redsun Cycling Team  
61Verónica Leal Balderas (Mex) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
62Emma Trott (GBr) Great Britain  
63Laura Bozzolo (Ita) Team Valdarno  
64Oksana Kashchishina (Ukr) Ukraine  
65Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
66Tania Belvederesi (Ita) Team Valdarno  
67Monia Baccaille (Ita) Team Valdarno  
68Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Lotto Ladies Team  
69Sigrid Corneo (Slo) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi  
70Trixi Worrack (Ger) Noris Cycling  
71Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products Uck  
72Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products Uck  
DNFViktoriya Vologdina (Ukr) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
DNFEdita Unguryte (Ltu) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
DNFRosane Kirch (Bra) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
DNFTetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
DNFFrancesca Faustini (Ita) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
DNFKirsty Broun (Aus) Australia  
DNFLauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia  
DNFIris Slappendel (Ned) Cervelo Test Team  
DNFMelanie Bravard (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
DNFMelodie Lesueur (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
DNFChristine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
DNFEugenie Mermillod (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
DNFElodie Hegoburu (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
DNFAurore Verhoeven (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
DNFCorine Hierckens (Bel) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
DNFMonica Holler (Swe) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
DNFKarin Aune (Swe) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
DNFUrte Juodvalkyte (Ltu) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
DNFErika Vilunaite (Ltu) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
DNFEleonora Suelotto (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
DNFAlessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu  
DNFHannah Mayho (GBr) Great Britain  
DNFLucy Martin (GBr) Great Britain  
DNFKatie Colclough (GBr) Great Britain  
DNFIsabelle Soderberg (Swe) Hitec Products Uck  
DNFLine Foss (Nor) Hitec Products Uck  
DNFJacqueline Hahn (Aut) Hitec Products Uck  
DNFKristine Saastad (Nor) Hitec Products Uck  
DNFRossella Gobbo (Ita) Italy  
DNFElisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Italy  
DNFBernadette Schober (Aut) Kuota Speed Kueens  
DNFAnna Maria Gurtler (Aut) Kuota Speed Kueens  
DNFBarbara Tesar Bettina (Aut) Kuota Speed Kueens  
DNFElisabeth Reiner (Aut) Kuota Speed Kueens  
DNFLeticia Gil Parra (Spa) Lointek  
DNFRosario Rodriguez Gomez (Spa) Lointek  
DNFSilvia Tirado Marquez (Spa) Lointek  
DNFMireia Epelde Bikendi (Spa) Lointek  
DNFJudit Masdeu Cort (Spa) Lointek  
DNFAnne Marie Schmitt (Lux) Lointek  
DNFRochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
DNFKim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team  
DNFSusanne Ljungskog (Swe) MTN  
DNFTrine Schmidt (Den) MTN  
DNFMarissa Van Der Merwe (RSA) MTN  
DNFCarla Swart (RSA) MTN  
DNFLylanie Lauwrens (RSA) MTN  
DNFMonique Van der Ree (Ned) Netherlands  
DNFAngela Hennig (Ger) Noris Cycling  
DNFJennifer Hohl (Swi) Noris Cycling  
DNFMarlen Johrend (Ger) Noris Cycling  
DNFRomy Kasper (Ger) Noris Cycling  
DNFLaure Werner (Bel) Redsun Cycling Team  
DNFOlga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Russia  
DNFYulia Blindyuk (Rus) Russia  
DNFLarisa Pankova (Rus) Russia  
DNFAnna Potokina (Rus) Russia  
DNFGiulia Lazzerini (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox  
DNFUrska Pintar (Slo) Slovenia  
DNFAlenka Novak (Slo) Slovenia  
DNFZiva Verbic (Slo) Slovenia  
DNFAjda Opeka (Slo) Slovenia  
DNFTjasa Rutar (Slo) Slovenia  
DNFMartina Corazza (Ita) Team Valdarno  
DNFMarta Vilajosana Andreu (Spa) Team Valdarno  
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi  
DNFAnna Nahirna (Ukr) Ukraine  
DNFOlena Pavlukina (Ukr) Ukraine  
DNFValerya Velichko (Ukr) Ukraine  
DNFAndrea Dvorak (USA) United States of America  
DNFJanel Holcomb (USA) United States of America  
DNFLauren Tamayo (USA) United States of America  
DNFAlisha Welsh (USA) United States of America  
DNFSimona Frapporti (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
DNFAlena Sitsko (Blr) Vaiano Solaristech  
DNFEleonora Spaliviero (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
DNFKatarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
DNFChiara Vanni (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
World Cup standings after round 1
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Netherlands75pts
2Martine Bras (Ned) Gauss RDZ Ormu50 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Redsun Cycling Team35 
4Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia30 
5Noemi Cantele (Ita) HTC Columbia Women27 
6Nicole Cooke (GBr) Great Britain24 
7Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi21 
8Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Columbia Women18 
9Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Team Valdarno15 
10Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Russia11 
11Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands10 
12Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team9 
13Rachel Neylan (Aus) Australia8 
14Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo Test Team7 
15Irina Molicheva (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets6 
16Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia5 
17Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Redsun Cycling Team4 
18Sinead Miller (USA) United States of America3 
19Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi - Pasta Zara2 
20Regina Bruins (Ned) Cervelo Test Team1 


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