Rivera wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda

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.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women3:25:26
2Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:02
5Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica Scott WomenRow 5 - Cell 2
7Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City LjubljanaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5Row 8 - Cell 2
10Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Katrin Garfoot (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 10 - Cell 2
12Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia VaianoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City LjubljanaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 13 - Cell 2
15Dani King (GBr) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Lensworld-KuotaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Lares-WaowdealsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 18 - Cell 2
20Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 19 - Cell 2
21Lara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Linda Indergand (Swi)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé CipolliniRow 22 - Cell 2
24Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5Row 23 - Cell 2
25Martina Ritter (Aut) Drops Cycling TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Urša Pintar (Slovenia) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:07
27Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica Scott Women0:00:12
28Marie Vilmann (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:15
29Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling0:00:46
30Alison Jackson (Can) BePink CogeasRow 29 - Cell 2
31Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-KuotaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 31 - Cell 2
33Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) BePink CogeasRow 32 - Cell 2
34Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 34 - Cell 2
36Asja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 35 - Cell 2
37Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 36 - Cell 2
38Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:55
39Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Lensworld-Kuota0:01:57
41Amelie Rivat (Fra) Lares-Waowdeals0:02:04
42Sina Frei (Swi)0:02:06
43Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb WomenRow 42 - Cell 2
44Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Drops Cycling TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Wiggle High5Row 44 - Cell 2
46Anna Potokina (Rus) Servetto GiustaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb WomenRow 46 - Cell 2
48Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 47 - Cell 2
49Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 48 - Cell 2
50Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 49 - Cell 2
51Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 50 - Cell 2
52Soraya Paladin (Ita) Alé CipolliniRow 51 - Cell 2
53Elena Franchi (Ita) Aromitalia Vaiano0:04:41
54Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:05:14
55Eri Yonamine (Jpn) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:06:33
56Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Women's Team0:07:46
57Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing0:08:02
58Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:08:12
59Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Thalita De Jong (Ned) Lares-WaowdealsRow 59 - Cell 2
61Nathalie Verschelden (Bel) Lensworld-KuotaRow 60 - Cell 2
62Georgia Williams (NZl) Orica-ScottRow 61 - Cell 2
63Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 62 - Cell 2
64Anna Christian (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team0:09:33
66Iraida Garcia (Cub) S.C. Michela Fanini0:09:36
67Nina Buysman (Ned)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Mónika Kiraly (Hun) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 67 - Cell 2
69Severine Eraud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 68 - Cell 2
70Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 69 - Cell 2
71Laura Camila Lozano (Col) Servetto GiustaRow 70 - Cell 2
72Corina Gantenbein (Swi)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Alé CipolliniRow 72 - Cell 2
74Valentina Scandolara (Ita) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 74 - Cell 2
76Anna Ceoloni (Ita) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 75 - Cell 2
77Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 77 - Cell 2
79Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High50:09:41
80Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 79 - Cell 2
81Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) BePink Cogeas0:09:44
83Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 82 - Cell 2
84Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 83 - Cell 2
85Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Drops Cycling TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High50:09:46
87Beatrice Rossato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 86 - Cell 2
88Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Joelle Numainville (Can) Cylance Pro Cycling0:09:49
DNFAnna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFAmy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFChristine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFAmy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 92 - Cell 2
DNFLauren Kitchen (Aus) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFJeanne Korevaar (Ned) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFAnna Plichta (Pol) WM3 Pro CyclingRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFJenelle Crooks (Aus) Orica Scott WomenRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFCarlee Taylor (Aus) Alé CipolliniRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFDaiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Alé CipolliniRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Alé CipolliniRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFKseniya Tuhai (Blr) BePink CogeasRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink CogeasRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFMaria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink CogeasRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFIngvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFSimona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec ProductsRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFCecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFMiriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFSaartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Lares-WaowdealsRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFSarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares-WaowdealsRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFAnabelle Dreville (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFAnna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) BTC City LjubljanaRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFMia Radotic (Cro) BTC City LjubljanaRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFSofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFMakhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana Women's TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFJennifer Tetrick (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFHeather Fischer (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFKseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Servetto GiustaRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFTing Ying Huang (Tpe) Servetto GiustaRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFDaniela Gass (Ger) Servetto GiustaRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFLetizia Borghesi (Ita) Servetto GiustaRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFFrancesca Balducci (Ita) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFValeriya Kononenko (Ukr) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFJutatip Maneephan (Tha) S.C. Michela FaniniRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFAlice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFElizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFLija Laizane (Lat) Aromitalia VaianoRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFNicole Nesti (Ita) Aromitalia VaianoRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFAlessia Bulleri (Ita) Aromitalia VaianoRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFLisa De Ranieri (Ita) Aromitalia VaianoRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFBeatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFSara Mariotto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFMichela Pavin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFNadia Quagliotto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa BortoloRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFChiara Zanettin (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFSilvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFMarta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFDemi De Jong (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling TeamRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFAafke Soet (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFPauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFNicole Steigenga (Ned)Row 142 - Cell 2
DNFEva Buurman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling TeamRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFLena Mettraux (Swi)Row 144 - Cell 2
DNFMichelle Andres (Swi)Row 145 - Cell 2
DNFAline Seitz (Swi)Row 146 - Cell 2

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