Marianne Vos: Longo Borghini was the strongest today

CITTIGLIO ITALY MARCH 21 Katarzyna Niewiadoma of Poland and Team Canyon SRAM Racing Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of Denmark and Team FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope Soraya Paladin of Italy and Team Liv Racing Margarita Victoria Garcia Caellas of Spain and Team Ale Btc Ljubljana during the 45th Trofeo Alfredo BindaComune di Cittiglio 2021 Womens Elite a 1418km stage from Cocquio Trevisago to Cittiglio 257m Breakaway TrBinda UCIWWT on March 21 2021 in Cittiglio Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Marianna Vos (Jumbo-Visma) is surrounded by Katarzyna Niewiadoma of Canyon SRAM Racing and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope in chase group (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The decisive attack of the Trofeo Alfredo Binda came with 25 kilometres to go, on the climb to Orino. After Trek-Segafredo teammates Ruth Winder and Tayler Wiles had softened up the peloton, Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) made her first move. However, she was caught off guard when Trek’s Elisa Longo Borghini counterattacked and opened a gap.

The Italian champion would not be seen again by the other riders until the finish line, and the high-profile chase group that consisted of Niewiadoma, Marianne Vos (Team Jumbo-Visma), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), Soraya Paladin (Liv Racing), and Margarita Victoria García (Alé BTC Ljubljana Cipollini) had to settle for sprinting for second place, a position won by Vos.

“You always want to win, but Longo Borghini was the strongest today,” said the Dutchwoman. “When Elisa attacked, I tried to follow her, but I could not close the gap. After that we chased her with five [riders], full on, but we did not get any closer. Then you know that it will be a fight for the second place.”

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.