Rivera wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda
Sunweb rider takes bunch sprint
American Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) sprinted to her first career Women's WorldTour victory in Cittiglio on Sunday. The 24-year-old survived the hilly 131km Trofeo Alfredo Binda circuit race to win a reduced bunch sprint ahead of Arlenis Sierra (Astana) and Cecile Uttrup Ludwig (Cérvelo-Bigla). It is first time in more than a decade that the one-day Italian classic has been contested by a group larger than ten riders.
"This one tops it all," said Rivera in a post-podium press conference. "I didn't doubt myself. I really had to fight and to push. The team worked hard to get me in the position to be there and be ready to fight for the finish."
Ellen van Dijk's efforts were the most obvious amongst Rivera's teammates. The Dutchwoman marked dangerous moves in the last two of four total circuit laps and provided Rivera with an unmatched lead-out in the slightly uphill sprint.
"She's totally instrumental in our teamwork," said Rivera, when asked about Van Dijk. "Her power and strength are unreal. If she hadn't caught back on to the group, and I didn't have the same lead-out she gave me, I think the final would have been a lot harder for me."
Both Van Dijk and Rivera are both new signings for strengthened Team Sunweb. Van Dijk made the move from Boels-Dolmans while Rivera came over from UnitedHealthcare.
While Rivera may not be a name familiar to Europeans, she's a household name for American cycling fans. She dominated the admittedly sparse junior ranks and split her first four years as an elite between pursuing her undergraduate degree from Marion University while making a name for herself as the top sprinter racing on US soil. Rivera graduated last spring and signed with the Dutch-registered squad in the summer.
How it unfolded
The third round of the UCI Women's WorldTour began in sunny Taino in the province of Varese. Starters included two-time defending champion Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans) and three-time former winner Marianne Vos (WM3).
Crashes punctuated the opening kilometres that brought the peloton to Cittiglio for the first passage of the finish line. A trio of riders – Anna Trevisi (Alé Cipollini), Silvia Valsecchi (Bepink Cogeas) and Simone Frapporti (Hitec Products) entered the circuit with a 17-second advantage over the peloton.
The peloton swept up the escape over the Cunardo. By the end of the 38km opening lap, Anna Zita Maria Stricker (BTC City Ljubljana) and Lija Laizane (Aromitalia Vaiano) had slipped away. The duo had pocketed 20 seconds on the second passage of the finish line for the first of four 18km laps.
The move was short-lived. Laizane was the first to rejoin the peloton. Stricker maintained her small advantage until the second ascent of the Ornio. While the early laps presented few challenges for the strongest in the bunch, the back of the pack suffered with riders losing contact on every climb.
Jessica Allen (Orica-Scott) attacked on the second time around the small circuit and immediately opened up an advantage. The Australian criterium champion held off the peloton for nearly 20 kilometres.
"I was away longer than I thought I would be," said Allen. "Georgia [Williams] and I were to attack when there was a good moment. I saw a good moment and had a crack. Unfortunately, I was out solo. It would have been nice to have more people out there with me."
The bunch split over the climb to Casalzuigno but regrouped on the descent. Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-Sram) was the next to slip away. She held her advantage until the race hit the Ornio – the steep slopes spelling the end to her escape attempts.
Historically, the first of the race-winning selections has been made at this point in the race, but a large group descended off the Ornio toward the finish for the lap lap. Across the finish line, Australian national champion Katrin Garfoot (Orica-Scott), Shara Gillow (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope), Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-Sram) and Vos had several seconds on Van Dijk. The peloton set off for the final lap 10 seconds behind the front-runners.
Despite the strength of the group, the escape was unable to hold onto its advantage. Boels Dolmans led the chase and kept the pace high up to Casalzuigno – but not high enough to prevent further escapes.
Garfoot, who lives and trains in nearby Gavirate, had attacked again. UCI Women's WorldTour leader Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5), Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3), Hanna Nilsson (BTC City Ljubljana), Sierra, Amialiusik and Rivera gave chase with Annemiek van Vleuten, Garfoot's teammate, enjoying a free ride.
Before the chasers could reach Garfoot, a reduced peloton had reconnected with the group. Longo Borghini jumped again. Niewiadoma followed. The duo plowed past Garfoot over the Ornio.
The trio included some of the best climbers in the race but perhaps not the most daring descenders. On the technical drop back down to Cittiglio there was a regrouping, and it was this regrouping that opened the door for the reduced bunch sprint.
Two hundred metres from the finish line, Rivera opened her sprint. The dash for the line turned into a two-women race with Sierra nearly able to match Rivera's powerful kick. Uttrup Ludwig finished two bike lengths back to round out the podium. The trio were recorded as two seconds quicker than the remainder of the bunch, which was led in by Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
"I couldn't do it without my teammates. They believed in me, and I paid them back by believing in myself," said Rivera. "I might be small but I think I definitely put a stamp in it today."
Longo Borghini managed ninth in the sprint to maintain her spot atop the UCI Women's WorldTour overall classification. Uttrup Ludwig took back the blue youth classification jersey from compatriot Amalie Dideriksen. The road world champion and Ronde van Drenthe winner sat out the third round of the UCI Women's WorldTour.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women||3:25:26|
|2||Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team||Row 1 - Cell 2|
|3||Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||Row 2 - Cell 2|
|4||Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||0:00:02|
|5||Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing||Row 4 - Cell 2|
|6||Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica Scott Women||Row 5 - Cell 2|
|7||Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana||Row 6 - Cell 2|
|8||Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling||Row 7 - Cell 2|
|9||Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5||Row 8 - Cell 2|
|10||Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||Row 9 - Cell 2|
|11||Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica Scott Women||Row 10 - Cell 2|
|12||Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Vaiano||Row 11 - Cell 2|
|13||Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana||Row 12 - Cell 2|
|14||Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products||Row 13 - Cell 2|
|15||Dani King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling||Row 14 - Cell 2|
|16||Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota||Row 15 - Cell 2|
|17||Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||Row 16 - Cell 2|
|18||Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Lares-Waowdeals||Row 17 - Cell 2|
|19||Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women||Row 18 - Cell 2|
|20||Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing||Row 19 - Cell 2|
|21||Lara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's Team||Row 20 - Cell 2|
|22||Linda Indergand (Swi)||Row 21 - Cell 2|
|23||Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé Cipollini||Row 22 - Cell 2|
|24||Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5||Row 23 - Cell 2|
|25||Martina Ritter (Aut) Drops Cycling Team||Row 24 - Cell 2|
|26||Urša Pintar (Slovenia) BTC City Ljubljana||0:00:07|
|27||Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica Scott Women||0:00:12|
|28||Marie Vilmann (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||0:00:15|
|29||Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling||0:00:46|
|30||Alison Jackson (Can) BePink Cogeas||Row 29 - Cell 2|
|31||Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota||Row 30 - Cell 2|
|32||Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Hitec Products||Row 31 - Cell 2|
|33||Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) BePink Cogeas||Row 32 - Cell 2|
|34||Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) Canyon SRAM Racing||Row 33 - Cell 2|
|35||Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM||Row 34 - Cell 2|
|36||Asja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo||Row 35 - Cell 2|
|37||Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana||Row 36 - Cell 2|
|38||Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro Cycling||0:00:55|
|39||Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||Row 38 - Cell 2|
|40||Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Lensworld-Kuota||0:01:57|
|41||Amelie Rivat (Fra) Lares-Waowdeals||0:02:04|
|42||Sina Frei (Swi)||0:02:06|
|43||Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women||Row 42 - Cell 2|
|44||Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Drops Cycling Team||Row 43 - Cell 2|
|45||Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Wiggle High5||Row 44 - Cell 2|
|46||Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto Giusta||Row 45 - Cell 2|
|47||Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women||Row 46 - Cell 2|
|48||Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Sunweb Women||Row 47 - Cell 2|
|49||Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling||Row 48 - Cell 2|
|50||Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Sunweb Women||Row 49 - Cell 2|
|51||Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||Row 50 - Cell 2|
|52||Soraya Paladin (Ita) Alé Cipollini||Row 51 - Cell 2|
|53||Elena Franchi (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano||0:04:41|
|54||Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||0:05:14|
|55||Eri Yonamine (Jpn) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||0:06:33|
|56||Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Women's Team||0:07:46|
|57||Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing||0:08:02|
|58||Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||0:08:12|
|59||Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||Row 58 - Cell 2|
|60||Thalita De Jong (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals||Row 59 - Cell 2|
|61||Nathalie Verschelden (Bel) Lensworld-Kuota||Row 60 - Cell 2|
|62||Georgia Williams (NZl) Orica-Scott||Row 61 - Cell 2|
|63||Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing||Row 62 - Cell 2|
|64||Anna Christian (GBr) Drops Cycling Team||Row 63 - Cell 2|
|65||Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team||0:09:33|
|66||Iraida Garcia (Cub) S.C. Michela Fanini||0:09:36|
|67||Nina Buysman (Ned)||Row 66 - Cell 2|
|68||Mónika Kiraly (Hun) S.C. Michela Fanini||Row 67 - Cell 2|
|69||Severine Eraud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||Row 68 - Cell 2|
|70||Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||Row 69 - Cell 2|
|71||Laura Camila Lozano (Col) Servetto Giusta||Row 70 - Cell 2|
|72||Corina Gantenbein (Swi)||Row 71 - Cell 2|
|73||Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Alé Cipollini||Row 72 - Cell 2|
|74||Valentina Scandolara (Ita) WM3 Pro Cycling||Row 73 - Cell 2|
|75||Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica Scott Women||Row 74 - Cell 2|
|76||Anna Ceoloni (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini||Row 75 - Cell 2|
|77||Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||Row 76 - Cell 2|
|78||Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||Row 77 - Cell 2|
|79||Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5||0:09:41|
|80||Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||Row 79 - Cell 2|
|81||Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling||Row 80 - Cell 2|
|82||Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) BePink Cogeas||0:09:44|
|83||Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar PBM||Row 82 - Cell 2|
|84||Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar PBM||Row 83 - Cell 2|
|85||Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Drops Cycling Team||Row 84 - Cell 2|
|86||Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5||0:09:46|
|87||Beatrice Rossato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo||Row 86 - Cell 2|
|88||Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||Row 87 - Cell 2|
|89||Joelle Numainville (Can) Cylance Pro Cycling||0:09:49|
|DNF||Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||Row 89 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||Row 90 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||Row 91 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5||Row 92 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Lauren Kitchen (Aus) WM3 Pro Cycling||Row 93 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling||Row 94 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Anna Plichta (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling||Row 95 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing||Row 96 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Orica Scott Women||Row 97 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Carlee Taylor (Aus) Alé Cipollini||Row 98 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Alé Cipollini||Row 99 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Anna Trevisi (Ita) Alé Cipollini||Row 100 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling||Row 101 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Kseniya Tuhai (Blr) BePink Cogeas||Row 102 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink Cogeas||Row 103 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink Cogeas||Row 104 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Ingvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products||Row 105 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products||Row 106 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products||Row 107 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Miriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec Products||Row 108 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals||Row 109 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals||Row 110 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Anabelle Dreville (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||Row 111 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Greta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||Row 112 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) BTC City Ljubljana||Row 113 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana||Row 114 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team||Row 115 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team||Row 116 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jennifer Tetrick (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||Row 117 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Heather Fischer (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||Row 118 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Kseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Servetto Giusta||Row 119 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Ting Ying Huang (Tpe) Servetto Giusta||Row 120 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Daniela Gass (Ger) Servetto Giusta||Row 121 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Servetto Giusta||Row 122 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Francesca Balducci (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini||Row 123 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Valeriya Kononenko (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini||Row 124 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jutatip Maneephan (Tha) S.C. Michela Fanini||Row 125 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team||Row 126 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops Cycling Team||Row 127 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Lija Laizane (Lat) Aromitalia Vaiano||Row 128 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Nicole Nesti (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano||Row 129 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Alessia Bulleri (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano||Row 130 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Lisa De Ranieri (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano||Row 131 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo||Row 132 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Sara Mariotto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo||Row 133 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Michela Pavin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo||Row 134 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo||Row 135 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Chiara Zanettin (Ita) Valcar PBM||Row 136 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBM||Row 137 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar PBM||Row 138 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Demi De Jong (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team||Row 139 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Aafke Soet (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team||Row 140 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team||Row 141 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Nicole Steigenga (Ned)||Row 142 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Eva Buurman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team||Row 143 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Lena Mettraux (Swi)||Row 144 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Michelle Andres (Swi)||Row 145 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Aline Seitz (Swi)||Row 146 - Cell 2|
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