Armitstead wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda

World champion Lizzie Armitstead took back-to-back victories at Trofeo Alfreo Binda as she soloed to victory in Cittiglio on Sunday. The defending champion launched a late race attack meant to set teammate Megan Guarnier up for a victory. But Armitstead’s powerful attack turned into the race winning move. Guarnier won the chase group sprint for second. Jolanda Neff (Servetto Footon), who had led the race over the final time up the Orino, rounded out the podium.

“I did a little more work than what I was told to do on the radio,” said Armitstead. “On the final climb, Rabobank attacked, and because I had done a lot of work to keep the break going, I was dropped. I could see them, and I knew I had to come back.”

Armitstead worked her way across the gap on the Ornio, reaching the leaders on the summit. Neff had around a half-minute advantage at this point, and Armitstead decided to use what she thought would be her final match.

“I came directly back on the top of the climb,” said Armistead. “I attacked directly. It was my last move. Today we were working for Megan, and I was just being a teammate and doing a stupid attack. But nobody saw me coming from behind, and I had a lot of speed.”

Just beyond the three kilometre mark, Armitstead caught Neff. The duo had a five-second advantage over Guarnier’s chase group as they hit the finishing stretch.

“I jumped,” Armitstead explained. “I was sprinting for the line, and Neff couldn’t match my speed.”

“I only caught Jolanda just before the line,” said Guarnier. “We had already opened the sprint, and that’s how I overtook her.”

The Boels-Dolmans 1-2 in Cittiglio shows the team’s continued dominance in the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Three rounds into the inaugural series, and only riders from the Dutch-registered squad have managed to climb to the top step of the podium. Armistead won Strade Bianche at the beginning of March. Chantal Blaak followed suit at Ronde van Drenthe last weekend. Armistead is back on the top step, and back in the UCI Women’s WorldTour leader’s jersey, following round three.

“It’s all down to teamwork,” said Armitstead. “Absolutely.”

Armitstead insisted that it was work done by her teammates that allowed both her and Guarnier to be fresh enough to react when the race winning move went on the penultimate lap of the hilly 123.3 kilometre race. Although each of the 18-kilometre laps included only one GPM climb, the Orino, the entire circuit was rolling. The Cuvio, a steep kilometre-long unclassified climb at the start of each loop, played host to the race’s decisive move.

“The same selection kept happening on every climb,” said Guarnier. “It was just that nothing had stuck yet.”

“This one stuck because of fatigue,” Armistead added.

Armistead, Guarnier and Neff were joined up the road by Emma Johansson (Wiggle-High5), Alena Amialiusik (Canyon//SRAM), Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-AIS) and Rabo-Liv pair Anna van der Breggen and Kasia Niewiadoma. Johansson led the group over the Orino, with 25 kilometres still to race, and by the time they reached the finish line for the start of the final local lap, they had a one-minute advantage over the main bunch.

Neff attacked on the Cuvio and quickly gained an advantage.

“I had in my ear our director telling me it wasn’t our responsibility to chase,” said Armitstead. “He said to stay calm and wait, but I was a little frustrated because I knew the peloton was not that far behind us. [Giorgia] Bronzini was still there. She was riding really strong today, and, of course, in her home WorldTour race, she’s going to be motivated. I didn’t want the peloton coming back.”

The work done by the world champion ensured the group’s success and her own. Armitstead’s pace-making kept the peloton at bay and eventually set the stage for the drop, chase to return and attack that delivered her first across the line, onto the first step, and into the UCI Women’s WorldTour leader’s jersey.

“I’m not interested in keeping the jersey,” said Armitstead, when asked if she planned to defend her lead in the Women’s WorldTour. “I have a nicer one.”

Then Armitstead laughed and added: “It gives me pride to be winning the Women’s WorldTour but it’s not a goal this season. I want to be Olympic champion. That’s my goal.”

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team3:11:10
2Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:01
3Jolanda Neff (Swi) Servetto Footon0:00:04
4Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5Row 3 - Cell 2
5Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAMRow 4 - Cell 2
6Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:11
8Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica-AIS0:00:39
9Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products0:01:06
10Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5Row 9 - Cell 2
11Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare WomenRow 10 - Cell 2
12Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-PlanturRow 12 - Cell 2
14Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAMRow 13 - Cell 2
15Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-ZannataRow 14 - Cell 2
16Elizabeth Williams (Aus) Orica-AISRow 15 - Cell 2
17Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Alé CipolliniRow 16 - Cell 2
18Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 17 - Cell 2
19Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon-SRAMRow 18 - Cell 2
20Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 19 - Cell 2
21Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAMRow 20 - Cell 2
22Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia VaianoRow 21 - Cell 2
23Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 22 - Cell 2
24Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-AISRow 23 - Cell 2
25Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica-AISRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 25 - Cell 2
27Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City LjubljanaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare WomenRow 27 - Cell 2
29Olga Zabelinskaya (Blr) BepinkRow 28 - Cell 2
30Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Alé CipolliniRow 29 - Cell 2
31Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 30 - Cell 2
32Irene Bitto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 31 - Cell 2
33Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Lensworld-ZannataRow 32 - Cell 2
34Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 33 - Cell 2
35Amelie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 34 - Cell 2
36Lara Vieceli (Ita) INPA - BianchiRow 35 - Cell 2
37Nicole Brandli (Swi) Servetto FootonRow 36 - Cell 2
38Anna Plichta (Pol) BTC City LjubljanaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Lauren Komanski (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 38 - Cell 2
40Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Edwige Pitel (Fra) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 40 - Cell 2
42Laura Lozano (Col) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 41 - Cell 2
43Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:01:13
44Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 43 - Cell 2
45Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle High50:01:15
46Alison Jackson (Can) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:01:42
47Sofia Arreola Navarro (Mex) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:01:43
48Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:01:52
49Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:02:27
50Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Lensworld-Zannata0:06:51
51Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 51 - Cell 2
53Anna Solovey (Ukr) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'orRow 53 - Cell 2
55Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé CipolliniRow 54 - Cell 2
56Elena Franchi (Ita) Aromitalia VaianoRow 55 - Cell 2
57Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) INPA - BianchiRow 56 - Cell 2
58Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) INPA - BianchiRow 57 - Cell 2
59Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Sina Frei (Swi) SUIRow 59 - Cell 2
61Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Emily Collins (NZl) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 61 - Cell 2
63Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare WomenRow 62 - Cell 2
64Leah Thomas (USA) Twenty16 - RidebikerRow 63 - Cell 2
65Eva Lechner (Ita) Servetto FootonRow 64 - Cell 2
66Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) INPA - BianchiRow 65 - Cell 2
67Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Twenty16 - RidebikerRow 66 - Cell 2
68Carlee Taylor (Aus) Team Liv-PlanturRow 67 - Cell 2
69Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Linda Indergand (Swi) SUIRow 69 - Cell 2
71Monika Kiraly (Hun) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 70 - Cell 2
72Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 71 - Cell 2
73Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle High5Row 73 - Cell 2
75Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Alé CipolliniRow 75 - Cell 2
77Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto FootonRow 76 - Cell 2
78Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Alé Cipollini0:06:56
79Asja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 78 - Cell 2
80Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica-AIS0:07:05
81Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec ProductsRow 80 - Cell 2
NAKatarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
NAAnna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Wiggle High5Row 82 - Cell 2
NARoxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
NATrixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon-SRAMRow 84 - Cell 2
NAAlexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAMRow 85 - Cell 2
NACarmen Small (USA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
NALotta Lepisto (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
NAJoelle Numainville (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
NAGabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
NALoren Rowney (Aus) Orica-AISRow 90 - Cell 2
NASimona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec ProductsRow 91 - Cell 2
NAIngrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 92 - Cell 2
NAMiriam Bjornsrud (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 93 - Cell 2
NAShelley Olds (USA) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 94 - Cell 2
NARachele Barberi (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 95 - Cell 2
NASheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 96 - Cell 2
NAAlison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 97 - Cell 2
NALauren Hall (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 98 - Cell 2
NAKathrin Hammes (Ger) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 99 - Cell 2
NABrianna Walle (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 100 - Cell 2
NAFloortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 101 - Cell 2
NAMolly Weaver (GBr) Team Liv-PlanturRow 102 - Cell 2
NAAbigail Mickey (USA) UnitedHealthcare WomenRow 103 - Cell 2
NADiana Penuela (Col) UnitedHealthcare WomenRow 104 - Cell 2
NAAnnie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare WomenRow 105 - Cell 2
NAAude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 106 - Cell 2
NASeverine Eraud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 107 - Cell 2
NAVictorie Guilman (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 108 - Cell 2
NAGreta Richioud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 109 - Cell 2
NACharlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 110 - Cell 2
NASpela Kern (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 111 - Cell 2
NAJelena Eric (Srb) BTC City LjubljanaRow 112 - Cell 2
NALex Albrecht (Can) BepinkRow 113 - Cell 2
NASilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BepinkRow 114 - Cell 2
NASimona Bortolotti (Ita) BepinkRow 115 - Cell 2
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