Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig wins Giro dell'Emilia Donne

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) took victory at the Giro dell'Emilia Donne, her first since moving to the French squad at the start of 2020.

The Dane beat 2018 winner Rasa Leleivyte (Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano) and Pauliena Rooijakkers (CCC-Liv) across the line atop the final climb of the San Luca in Bologna. 

"The team worked so f****** good and I'm looking forward to seeing it on the video because the lead-out into the climb was perfect," Uttrup Ludwig said. "The team worked so hard the whole day and kept me fresh so I only needed to push the pedals in the climb so that was pretty awesome.

"Taking the victory here and one of my favorite countries, in Italy, it's really good. I'm really happy to give this [win] to the team because they worked so hard, all the team worked so hard, the bike was good, massage was good, everything was good."

Following the thrilling re-start to the women's season with three one-day races in Spain followed by Strade Bianche, all won by road race world champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott), the racing continued with the UCI 1.Pro-ranked Giro dell’ Emilia, a short and mainly flat 87.2km around Bologna with two intermediate sprints at 52km at San Matteo della Decima and 60km at Agricola Caretti, before finishing on the summit of the steep climb at San Luca. 

Six of the eight Women’s WorldTeams were on the start line in Bologna including Ale BTC Ljubljana, Trek-Segafredo, Sunweb, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, CCC-Liv and Canyon-SRAM. However, missing teams included Van Vleuten’s team Mitchelton-Scott and Movistar Team Women. Also missing from the start line were Equipe Paule Ka that were forced to withdraw from the race after their bikes were stolen from their hotel over the weekend.

The main field split in two at 44km into the race, roughly halfway, with 35 riders making up the front group with a small 25-second lead over the second group. The two groups came back together just ahead of the first intermediate sprint at San Matteo della Decima.

Much of the excitement was reserved for the hilltop finish and Laura Tomasi (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo) and Sofia Colllinelli (Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano) enlivened the earlier stages by forming the break of the day. Anastasya Kolesava (WCC Team) tried to bridge across to the leading pair but was caught out on her own at roughly 30 seconds behind the leaders and 30 seconds ahead of the main field. Adding the third rider to the mix might have strengthened the move and increased their chances of success, but Kolesava never connected with Collinelli and Tomasi.

The field ramped up its speeds in the approach to the final climb, and caught Collinelli and Tomasi, with six kilometres remaining in the race. A crash on the approach to the climb took out a number of riders in the peloton. 

Uttrup Ludwig made her move on the steep slopes of the San Luca climb, going on crossing the finish line alone and taking the race victory, with Leleivyte and Rooijakkers rounding out the podium.

Uttrup Ludwig confirmed her upcoming race schedule to include the Danish National Championships on August 23, WorldTour GP Plouay on August 25, European Championships road race on August 27 and La Course by Le Tour de France on August 29.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 2:10:44
2Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano 0:00:11
3Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv
4Urska Pintar (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
5Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:00:14
6Soraya Paladin (Ita) CCC-Liv 0:00:29
7Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:00:31
8Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:00:37
9Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:00:42
10Rachel Neylan (Aus) Cronos-Casa Dorada
11spela Kern (Slo) LVIV 0:00:43
12Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-Sram Racing
13Erica Magnaldi (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:00:54
14Silvia Zanardi (Ita) Bepink 0:00:56
15Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
16Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
17Elena Franchi (Ita) Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria
18Katia Ragusa (Ita) Astana Women's Team 0:00:58
19Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano 0:01:09
20Stine Borgli (Nor) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:01:11
21Annabel Fisher (GBr) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro 0:01:14
22Camilla Alessio (Ita) Bepink
23Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team
24Riejanne Markus (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:01:18
25Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-Sram Racing
26Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:01:26
27Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cronos-Casa Dorada
28Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-Sram Racing
29Eyeru Tesfoam Gebru (Eth) WCC Team 0:01:28
30Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Parkhotel Valkenburg
31Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:01:32
32Brodie Chapman (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
33Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
34Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:01:36
35Carolina Upegui Quevedo (Col) Colombia 0:03:17
36Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) CCC-Liv 0:01:44
37Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:01:46
38Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
39Magdeleine Vallieres Mill (Can) WCC Team
40Beatrice Rossato (Ita) Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria 0:01:49
41Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women 0:01:57
42Tereza Medvedova (Svk) WCC Team 0:02:12
43Lina Svarinska (Lat) Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria 0:02:13
44Carmela Cipriani (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
45Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
46Giorgia Bariani (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
47Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team 0:02:20
48Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
49Anna Henderson (GBr) Team Sunweb Women
50Francesca Pisciali (Ita) Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria
51Erika Milena Botero Lopez (Col) Colombia 0:02:24
52Alison Jackson (Can) Team Sunweb Women 0:02:29
53Marie Soleil Blais (Can) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro
54Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
55Veronika Jandová (Cze) WCC Team
56Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women
57Asja Paladin (Ita) Cronos-Casa Dorada 0:02:36
58Alessia Viglia (Ita) Cronos-Casa Dorada
59Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
60Nicole D'Agostin (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
61Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro 0:02:38
62Vania Canvelli (Ita) Bepink 0:02:39
63Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:02:46
64Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:02:51
65Anastasiya Kolesava (Blr) WCC Team 0:02:54
66Silvia Magri (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
67Fiona Turnbull (GBr) LVIV 0:02:59
68Maja Perinovic (Cro) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:03:02
69Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-Sram Racing 0:03:05
70Maria Catalina Gomez Quiza (Col) Colombia
71Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Astana Women's Team 0:03:07
72Marta Lach (Pol) CCC-Liv 0:03:10
73Urska Zigart (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:03:12
74Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb Women 0:03:18
75Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink 0:03:24
76Arianna Sessi (Ita) Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria
77Claudia Meucci (Ita) Born to Win 0:03:26
78Laura Milena Toconas (Col) Colombia 0:03:28
79Caris Cosentino (Ita) Born to Win 0:03:30
80Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
81Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women 0:03:31
82Katherin Steisy Montoya Zuluaga (Col) Colombia 0:03:36
83Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:03:38
84Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team Sunweb Women
85Jade Teolis (Fra) Astana Women's Team
86Ellen Feytens (Bel) LVIV
87Anastasia Carbonari (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano
88Lara Krähemann (Swi) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro 0:03:46
89Naomi De Roeck (Bel) LVIV 0:03:47
90Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:03:54
91Belle De Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
92Simona Frapporti (Ita) Bepink
93Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:05:00
94Martina Sgrisleri (Ita) Born to Win
95Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo Women 0:05:15
96Catalina Anais Soto Campos (Chi) WCC Team
97Alice Gasparini (Ita) Eurotarget-Bianchi-Vittoria
98Beatrice Pozzobon (Ita) Conceria Zabri 0:05:27
99Sofia Collinelli (Ita) Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano 0:05:32
100Amber Van der Hulst (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:05:42
101Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:06:27
102Elisa Dalla Valle (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:07:01
103Laura Tomasi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
104Giulia Luciani (Ita) Conceria Zabri 0:07:06
105Leonora Geppi (Ita) Conceria Zabri
106Alexsandra Kowalska (Pol) LVIV 0:08:05
107Chiara Zanardo (Ita) Born to Win 0:08:24
DNFLucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFElizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFElisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFTayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women
DNFElena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-Sram Racing
DNFFranziska Brauße (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro
DNFMirjana Schaap (Ned) LVIV
DNFElisabetta Zanotto (Ita) Born to Win
DNFFrancesca Balducci (Ita) Conceria Zabri
DNFStefania Belloni (Ita) Conceria Zabri
DNFDaniela Atehortua Hoyos (Col) Colombia
DNSGiorgia Catarzi (Ita) Bepink

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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