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Guderzo wins Worlds with solo attack

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The women's World Championship peloton during the road race in Mendrisio, Switzerland

The women's World Championship peloton during the road race in Mendrisio, Switzerland (Image credit: AFP)
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Italy's Tatiana Guderzo savours her World Championship gold medal

Italy's Tatiana Guderzo savours her World Championship gold medal (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A huge crowd was on hand at the finish line in Mendrisio watch Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) claim victory.

A huge crowd was on hand at the finish line in Mendrisio watch Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) claim victory. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) crosses the line to win the 2009 World Championship road race in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) crosses the line to win the 2009 World Championship road race in Mendrisio, Switzerland. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The winner's medal.

The winner's medal. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) was pumped as she crossed the finish line.

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) was pumped as she crossed the finish line. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Victory! Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) triumphs in Switzerland.

Victory! Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) triumphs in Switzerland. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) wins.

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) wins. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) after crossing the line.

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) after crossing the line. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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I got it! Tatiana Guderzo signals to her teammate Cantele, who crossed the line some 20 seconds after the new World Champion.

I got it! Tatiana Guderzo signals to her teammate Cantele, who crossed the line some 20 seconds after the new World Champion. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Noemi Cantele embraces her teammate Tatiana Guderzo.

Noemi Cantele embraces her teammate Tatiana Guderzo. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The Italians celebrate their first and third placings.

The Italians celebrate their first and third placings. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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It's starting to sink in for Italy's Tatiana Guderzo.

It's starting to sink in for Italy's Tatiana Guderzo. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) dons her rainbow jersey.

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) dons her rainbow jersey. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) was overjoyed with her new jersey.

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) was overjoyed with her new jersey. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tatiana Guderzo had plenty of time to celebrate her win.

Tatiana Guderzo had plenty of time to celebrate her win. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The sprint for second and third.

The sprint for second and third. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) outsprinted Cantele (Italy) for second place.

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) outsprinted Cantele (Italy) for second place. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Noemi Cantele acknowledges Guderzo's victory as she crosses the line.

Noemi Cantele acknowledges Guderzo's victory as she crosses the line. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) leads Marianne Vos (Netherlands) onto the podium.

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) leads Marianne Vos (Netherlands) onto the podium. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Noemi Cantele (Italy) capped a fantastic week with bronze in the road race. She claimed silver in the time trial on Wednesday.

Noemi Cantele (Italy) capped a fantastic week with bronze in the road race. She claimed silver in the time trial on Wednesday. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) was a radiant victor in the women's World Championship road race.

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) was a radiant victor in the women's World Championship road race. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) finished second.

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) finished second. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) considers the one that got away.

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) considers the one that got away. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Yes! Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) takes the top step on the podium.

Yes! Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) takes the top step on the podium. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Italians Tatiana Guderzo and Noemi Cantele listen as their national anthem rings out around Mendrisio.

Italians Tatiana Guderzo and Noemi Cantele listen as their national anthem rings out around Mendrisio. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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An ecstatic Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) is the new World Champion

An ecstatic Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) is the new World Champion (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The 2009 women's World Championship podium. Marianne Vos (2nd, Netherlands), Tatiana Guderzo (1st, Italy) and Noemi Cantele (3rd, Italy).

The 2009 women's World Championship podium. Marianne Vos (2nd, Netherlands), Tatiana Guderzo (1st, Italy) and Noemi Cantele (3rd, Italy). (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The Italian team are presented before the race. It would prove to be a good day for the girls in blue.

The Italian team are presented before the race. It would prove to be a good day for the girls in blue. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France)

Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The podium: Marianne Vos (2nd, Netherlands), Tatiana Guderzo (1st, Italy) and Noemi Cantele (3rd, Italy)

The podium: Marianne Vos (2nd, Netherlands), Tatiana Guderzo (1st, Italy) and Noemi Cantele (3rd, Italy) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France) sprints ahead of a large group at the finish.

Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France) sprints ahead of a large group at the finish. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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It was an active race, with a number of riders launching attempts to break away from the main field.

It was an active race, with a number of riders launching attempts to break away from the main field. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The startline for the women's World Championship road race.

The startline for the women's World Championship road race. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The peloton stays together early in the women's World Championship road race.

The peloton stays together early in the women's World Championship road race. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Things begin to stretch out on one of the climbs.

Things begin to stretch out on one of the climbs. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The peloton in action during the women's road race.

The peloton in action during the women's road race. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The peloton started on slick roads after rain.

The peloton started on slick roads after rain. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Noemi Cantele (Italy) during the road race.

Noemi Cantele (Italy) during the road race. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Judith Arndt (Germany)

Judith Arndt (Germany) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France)

Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Fabiana Luperini (Italy) climbs during the race.

Fabiana Luperini (Italy) climbs during the race. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Denmark's Linda Melanie Villumsen

Denmark's Linda Melanie Villumsen (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Kristin Armstrong (USA) before her final race as a professional.

Kristin Armstrong (USA) before her final race as a professional. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Team USA

Team USA (Image credit: Sirotti)
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 Denmark's Linda Denmark's Linda Melanie Villumsen and Trine Schmidt

Denmark's Linda Denmark's Linda Melanie Villumsen and Trine Schmidt (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Germany get set for the World Championship road race.

Germany get set for the World Championship road race. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The German World Championships road race team.

The German World Championships road race team. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Noemi Cantele (Italy)

Noemi Cantele (Italy) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Fabiana Luperini (Italy)

Fabiana Luperini (Italy) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Elite women's road race world championship podium: Marianne Vos (Netherlands), Tatiana Guderzo (Italy), Noemi Cantele (Italy)

Elite women's road race world championship podium: Marianne Vos (Netherlands), Tatiana Guderzo (Italy), Noemi Cantele (Italy) (Image credit: Riccardo Scanferla)
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Italy's Tatiana Guderzo wins the elite women's road race world championships.

Italy's Tatiana Guderzo wins the elite women's road race world championships. (Image credit: Riccardo Scanferla)
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) launches her race-winning attack.

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) launches her race-winning attack. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Italy's Tatiana Guderzo claimed an emphatic victory in the woman's World Championship road race on Saturday in Mendrisio, Switzerland. She attacked solo from a fourwoman group that also included Marianne Vos (Netherlands), Noemi Cantele (Italy) and Kristin Armstrong (USA) on the final lap to win by 19 seconds.

Vos won the sprint for second ahead of Guderzo's Italian teammate, Noemi Cantele.

"Thanks to the team, they helped me up until the end," said Guderzo. "Noemi and I realised a dream."

Armstrong, winner of Thursday's time trial, finished fourth in her last race as a professional cyclist.

"I always want to medal, but it's the best result the Americans have had for many years," said Armstrong. "I hope this gives [other American riders] motivation for many years to come."

Guderzo helped form the winning group of four riders from a larger group of 19 on the final ascent of the Acqua Fresca. Italy had the majority and Guderzo made her race-winning move with a solo attack at the top of the climb.

"We controlled the race and showed that we were the strongest," continued Guderzo. "Now I am able to take home this beautiful jersey, which should be shared between the six of us."

Cantele was able to mark Vos and Armstrong over the following 10 kilometres, including the Novazzano climb.

"Italy was very strong," said Vos. "When there were four of us in the last lap, with two Italians, I knew it would be hard to win. Tatiana attacked hard and it was impossible to pull her back before the line."

The Mendrisio circuit featured two climbs, Acqua Fresca and Novazzano, in a short 13.8-kilometre circuit that was repeated nine times, for a total of 124.2 kilometres.

Slick start

Overnight rain made the streets wet and caused a number of crashes. Eneritz Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spain) and Anna Evseeva (Russia) both crashed in lap three.

The race started to take shape in lap four, when a group of 12 went free on the descent of the Acqua Fresca. It had 1:30 over the chasers by the top of the Novazzano.

More riders from behind joined the dozen before the Novazzano climb in the next, fifth, lap. Italy's Fabiana Luperini attacked and led Claudia Häusler (Germany) and Emma Pooley (Great Britain) over the climb.

Germany took control of the field at the start of the sixth lap. They led a thinning group of around 40 riders, including Pooley and Mara Abbott (USA), up the Acqua Fresca.

Cantele, second in Thursday's time trial, attacked on the descent of the Acqua Fresca climb on lap seven. She gained 20 seconds by the top of the Novazzano climb ahead of an increasingly selective group that included three US riders: Abbott, Armstrong and Evelyn Stevens.

Vos, Nicole Brändli (Switzerland), Ruth Corset (Australia) and Linda Melanie Villumsen (Denmark) caught Cantele on the descent of Acqua Fresca in the eighth lap, with others joining from behind before the Novazzano climb.

Armstrong and Cantele counter-attacked and formed a larger group of 19 before the start of the final lap: Abbott, Armstrong, Stevens, Pooley, Vos, Villumsen, Cantele, Tatiana Guderzo (Italy), Ruth Corset (Australia), Erinne Willock (Canada), Edita Pucinskaite (Lithuania), Diana Ziliute (Lithuania), Grace Verbeke (Belgium), Brändli, Emma Johansson (Sweden), Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand), Paulina Brzezna (Poland), Häusler and Judith Arndt (Germany).

Italy's Guderzo and Cantele attacked with Armstrong and Vos on the final Acqua Fresca climb. Guderzo made her solo counter-attack at the top of the 1.6-kilometre climb.

Defending Champion Cooke abandons

Defending World Champion Nicole Cooke (Great Britain) lacked the form of twelve months prior. Her preparations for the race had suffered a setback due to a virus in July and today she fell behind the favourites in the opening laps of the race. She trailed the field by two minutes at the end of lap five, where she abandoned.

Results
1Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)3:33:25
2Marianne Vos (Netherlands)0:00:19
3Noemi Cantele (Italy)
4Kristin Armstrong (United States Of America)
5Diana Ziliute (Lithuania)0:01:07
6Judith Arndt (Germany)
7Erinne Willock (Canada)
8Nicole Brändli (Switzerland)
9Grace Verbeke (Belgium)
10Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand)
11Emma Johansson (Sweden)
12Ruth Corset (Australia)
13Edita Pucinskaite (Lithuania)
14Emma Pooley (Great Britain)
15Evelyn Stevens (United States Of America)
16Linda Melanie Villumsen (Denmark)0:03:02
17Paulina Brzezna (Poland)0:03:41
18Mara Abbott (United States Of America)0:04:51
19Claudia Häusler (Germany)0:05:51
20Ana Garcia Antequera (Spain)0:05:54
21Andrea Bosman (Netherlands)0:06:54
22Ludivine Henrion (Belgium)
23Chantal Blaak (Netherlands)
24Julia Martisova (Russian Federation)
25Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France)
26Edwige Pitel (France)
27Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain)
28Sharon Laws (Great Britain)
29Trixi Worrack (Germany)
30Fabiana Luperini (Italy)
31Karine Gautard (France)0:09:52
32Rasa Leleivyte (Lithuania)0:10:11
33Kaytee Boyd (New Zealand)
34Carla Swart (South Africa)
35Sophie Creux (France)
36Monika Grzebinoga (Poland)
37Marissa Van Der Merwe (South Africa)
38Verónica Leal Balderas (Mexico)
39Christiane Soeder (Austria)
40Tara Whitten (Canada)
41Olena Oliinyk (Ukraine)
42Regina Bruins (Netherlands)0:10:13
43Irene Van Den Broek (Netherlands)
44Julie Krasniak (France)
45Loes Gunnewijk (Netherlands)
46Monia Baccaille (Italy)0:10:18
47Luisa Tamanini (Italy)
48Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France)0:12:09
49Oxana Kozonchuk (Russian Federation)0:12:46
50Eivgenia Vysotska (Ukraine)
51Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mexico)
52Tiffany Cromwell (Australia)
53Alona Andruk (Ukraine)
54Patricia Schwager (Switzerland)
55Lieselot Decroix (Belgium)
56Daniela Pintarelli (Austria)0:13:02
DNFModesta Vzesniauskaite (Lithuania)
DNFSiobhan Horgan (Ireland)
DNFRachel Mercer (New Zealand)
DNFGiuseppina Grassi Herrera (Mexico)
DNFAnna Evseeva (Russian Federation)
DNFMalgorzta Jasinska (Poland)
DNFNina Ovcharenko (Ukraine)
DNFLiesbet De Vocht (Belgium)
DNFKimberly Anderson (United States Of America)
DNFGiorgia Bronzini (Italy)
DNFTina Liebig (Germany)
DNFTatiana Antoshina (Russian Federation)
DNFJessie Daams (Belgium)
DNFEneritz Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spain)
DNFEdita Unguryte (Lithuania)
DNFInga Cilvinaite (Lithuania)
DNFAnna Sanchis Chafer (Spain)
DNFMartine Bras (Netherlands)
DNFJoelle Numainville (Canada)
DNFSvetlana Bubnenkova (Russian Federation)
DNFAriadna Tudel Cuberes (Andorra)
DNFNicole Cooke (Great Britain)
DNFKatie Colclough (Great Britain)
DNFSigrid Corneo (Slovenia)
DNFVicki Whitelaw (Australia)
DNFCharlotte Becker (Germany)
DNFJennifer Hohl (Switzerland)
DNFTrine Schmidt (Denmark)
DNFEmilie Aubry (Switzerland)
DNFSylwia Kapusta (Poland)
DNFPolona Batagelj (Slovenia)
DNFRosane Kirch (Brazil)
DNFMarie Lindberg (Sweden)
DNFEmilia Fahlin (Sweden)
DNFJessica Schneeberger (Switzerland)
DNFChanpeng Nontasin (Thailand)
DNFEster Alves (Portugal)
DNFFröydis Waerstad (Norway)
DNFIna Teutenberg (Germany)
DNFLucy Martin (Great Britain)
DNFBelen Lopez Morales (Spain)
DNFElena Novikova (Russian Federation)
DNFOlivia Dillon (Ireland)
DNFAndrea Wolfer (Switzerland)
DNFMartina Ruzickova (Czech Republic)
DNFMaja Marukic (Croatia)
DNFSemra Yetis (Turkey)
DNFKathryn Bertine (St Kitts and Nevis)
DNFMarina Boduljak (Croatia)
DNFMonrudee Chapookham (Thailand)
DNFWilaiwan Kunlapha (Thailand)
DNFThatsani Wichana (Thailand)
DNFAmber Neben (United States Of America)
DNFDahlina Rosyida (Indonesia)
DNFMeredith Miller (United States Of America)
DNFRochelle Gilmore (Australia)
DNFEmma Mackie (Australia)
DNFHeather Logan (Canada)
DNFMonica Ceccon (St Kitts and Nevis)
DNFBlaza Klemencic (Slovenia)
DNFSara Mustonen (Sweden)
DNFOksana Kashchishina (Ukraine)
DNFAlison Testroete (Canada)
DNFVeronica Marcela Gerez (Argentina)
DNFJulie Beveridge (Canada)
DNFMarta Vila Josana Andreu (Spain)
DNFAne Santesteban Gonzalez (Spain)
DNFUenia Fernandes Da Souza (Brazil)
DNFViena Balen (Croatia)
DNFAlexis Rhodes (Australia)
DNFNikki Harris (Great Britain)

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