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Sperotto beats Cure and Garner in Guangxi sprint finish

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The podium of the Tour of Guangxi Women's Elite World Challenge

The podium of the Tour of Guangxi Women's Elite World Challenge (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Maria Vittorio Sperotto won the inaugural Tour of Guangxi Women's Elite World Challenge

Maria Vittorio Sperotto won the inaugural Tour of Guangxi Women's Elite World Challenge (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Gracie Elvin won the sprint classification

Gracie Elvin won the sprint classification (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Second-year professional, Maria Vittoria Sperotto (BePink-Cogeas) claimed her first individual professional victory at the inaugural Tour of Guangxi Women's Elite World Challenge. Sperotto used her track speed to beat Amy Cure and Lucy Garner - both of Wiggle-High 5 - in a close sprint finish.

Sperotto had already shown potential in the fast finishes this season with victory in the youth classification of the sprinters' race the Tour of Chongming Island. She also won the team time trial at the Semana Ciclista Valenciana in March. She hopes this win will be the start of something more.

"It's really big and I'm really happy about it. It is my first victory as a professional, and it can be a motivation to take more victories," Vittoria Sperotto told Cyclingnews after the race. "Some riders tried to break away but we were able to bring them back and it was pretty close in the sprint but I was able to save my energy and I did it."

The one-day Tour of Guangxi Women's Elite World Challenge coincided with the final stage of the men's six-day race. The 110-kilometre route started and finished in the same location as the men and took the peloton along a route that seemed destined to finish with a bunch gallop. Leung Wing Yee of the Hong Kong team tried a lone escape, but she was not able to hold off the bunch behind.

Heading into the sprint, Wiggle-High5 had the firepower but not the numbers, with just three riders forming their line-up. BePink had five and, with the help of the likes of Silvia Valsecchi, Sperotto had the edge on the more experienced Cure. The Italian beat the Australian by the smallest of margins to close her season out with a win.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Bepink Cogeas02:51:56
2Amy Cure (Aus) Wiggle High5
3Lucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5
4Jelena Eric (Srb) BTC City Ljubljana
5Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana
6Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
7Xiaojuan Diao (HKg) Hong Kong, China
8Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana
9Mieke Docx (Bel) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
10Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Austria
11Angelica Brogi (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano
12Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
13Bryony Van Velzen (Ned) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
14Maryna Kuchynskaya (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
15Rinata Akhmetcha (Kaz) Astana Women's Team
16Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica Scott
17Astrid Gassner (Aut) Austria
18Carmela Cipriani (Ita) Conceria Zabri-Fanini-Guerciotti
19Basei Marzia Salton (Ita) Conceria Zabri-Fanini-Guerciotti
20Katia Ragusa (Ita) Bepink Cogeas
21Nicole Nesti (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano
22Urša Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
23Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) BTC City Ljubljana
24Yao Pang (HKg) Hong Kong, China
25Nurul Suhada Zainal (Mas) Malaysia
26Jupha Som Net (Mas) Malaysia
27Yixian Pu (Chn) China Chongming - Liv Pro Cycling
28Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott
29Jer Ling Serene Lee (Sin) Singapore
30Tereza Medvedova (Svk) Bepink Cogeas
31Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team
32Lotte Van Hoek (Ned) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
33Amiliya Iskakova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team
34Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling Team
35Zhanerke Sanakbayeva (Kaz) Astana Women's Team
36Sharifah Nur Ilyana Syed Zulkifli (Mas) Malaysia
37Marella Vania Salamat (Phi) Philippines
38Nur Aisyah Mohamad Zubir (Mas) Malaysia
39Georgia Williams (NZl) Orica Scott
40Avegail Rombaon (Phi) Philippines
41Nur Azrenna Ahmad Jumry (Mas) Malaysia
42Krystsina Bialetskaya (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
43Annina Jenal (Aut) Austria
44Masziyaton Mohd Radzi (Mas) Malaysia
45Grace Phang (Mas) Malaysia
46Taisa Naskovich (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
47Bo Yee Leung (HKg) Hong Kong, China
48Qianyu Yang (HKg) Hong Kong, China
49Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica Scott
50Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) Romania
51Wing Yee Leung (HKg) Hong Kong, China
52Yue Bai (Chn) China Chongming - Liv Pro Cycling
53Miriam Stan (Rom) Romania
54Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Bepink Cogeas
55Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Orica Scott
56Giulia Marchesini (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano
57Sarah Tan (Sin) Singapore
58Hongyu Liang (Chn) China Chongming - Liv Pro Cycling
59Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Austria
60Wendy Yap (Sin) Singapore
61Manuela De Iuliis (Ita) Conceria Zabri-Fanini-Guerciotti
62Xi Sha Zhao (Chn) China Chongming - Liv Pro Cycling
63Irish Mae E Wong (Phi) Philippines
64Jeynelle Pi-Uen Lee (Sin) Singapore
65Anastasia Safonava (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
66Xue Sun (Chn) China Chongming - Liv Pro Cycling
67Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink Cogeas
68Hoi Wah Leung (HKg) Hong Kong, China
69Giorgia Capobianchi (Ita) Conceria Zabri-Fanini-Guerciotti
70Grace Garner (GBr) Wiggle High500:00:09
71Ana-Maria Estera Coteata (Rom) Romania00:00:30
72Adriana Ceausescu (Rom) Romania00:03:03
DNFLisa De Ranieri (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano
DNSShana Van Glabeke (Bel) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling Team

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