Longo Borghini takes solo win at Trofeo Alfredo Binda

Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) has won the Trofeo Alfredo Binda. The Italian champion attacked during the Orino climb on the penultimate lap, leaving the rest of the race behind and embarking on a 25-kilometre solo move that none of her rivals could follow.

Starting with a gap of only a few seconds, Longo Borghini gradually extended her lead over a chase group of five riders to more than a minute at the top of the Orino climb with 7.5km to go, and could celebrate her victory on the finish line.

Marianne Vos (Team Jumbo-Visma) won the group sprint for second place, beating Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) into third.

“I know the course well, and the team tactic was to send me on the attack because we also have Lizzie Deignan who is a good sprinter”, explained Longo Borghini after the race.

“When I found myself in front, I thought back to Milano-San Remo yesterday. Jasper Stuyven said ‘all or nothing’. That inspired me, and I thought that sometimes you have to poker. If there is an option to attack, I will always choose to attack.”

How it unfolded

The peloton embarked on the 141.8-kilometre course just after noon. After a 27km stretch from the start in Cocquio Trevisago to the finish line in Cittiglio, the race consisted of one 44.4km loop including the climb to Cunardo, followed by four laps à 17.5 km with a 700-metre, 7.2 per cent climb to Casalzuigno and the longer, more gradual climb to Orino, almost four kilometres at 3.9 per cent.

There were several attacks in the first half of the race, but neither Marta Bastianelli (Alé BTC Ljubljana Cipollini), Pauliena Rooijakkers (Liv Racing), or Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) nor Marlen Reusser (Ale BTC Ljubljana Cipollini) and Marta Jaskulska (Liv Racing) could stay off the front for more than a few kilometres.

Rooijakkers attacked again with Tatiana Guderzo (Alé BTC Ljubljana Cipollini), and the two riders held a 26-second gap with three laps to go. On the Orino climb, this shrank to only five seconds, and Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) as well as Cordon-Ragot made the jump to the front, but the four riders were never more than a few seconds ahead and were caught at the start of the penultimate lap.

Anouska Koster (Team Jumbo-Visma) counter attacked right away, taking Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM), Reusser, Alison Jackson (Liv Racing), and Katia Ragusa (A.R. Monex) with her. Koster dropped the other four on the Casalzuigno climb, but being only eight seconds ahead after the descent, she was caught with 29km to go.

After a move by Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM) had been reeled in on the lower slopes of the Orino climb, Tayler Wiles (Trek-Segafredo) accelerated to string out the peloton. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) attacked with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Team SD Worx), Longo Borghini, and Uttrup Ludwig on her wheel, and Longo Borghini countered with another attack that split the group.

Uttrup Ludwig and Vos tried to close the gap but eventually had to let the Italian champion go, and Longo Borghini had a five-second advantage over Uttrup Ludwig, Vos, Soraya Paladin (Liv Racing), and Margarita Victoria García (Alé BTC Ljubljana Cipollini) at the top of the climb.

Niewiadoma bridged to the chase group on the descent, but with one lap to go, Longo Borghini had established a 16-second gap on the five-woman chase group and almost a minute on the peloton. Over the Casalzuigno climb, the Italian champion extended her lead to 29 seconds and 1:30 minutes, respectively, as there was no real cooperation in the chase.

When Longo Borghini crested the Orino 1:07 minutes ahead of the chase, her victory was assured, and she finished the race solo. 1:42 minutes later, Vos won the group sprint for second place, with Uttrup Ludwig in third. Elisa Balsamo sprinted to seventh place from the peloton, 2:46 minutes back.

After her second place in Strade Bianche two weeks earlier, Longo Borghini’s victory also puts her into the purple UCI Women’s WorldTour leader’s jersey. Sarah Gigante, 23rd in the race, leads the Women’s WorldTour youth ranking.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 3:43:29
2Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:01:42
3Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
4Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM Racing
5Soraya Paladin (Ita) Liv Racing
6Mavi Garcia (Spa) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
7Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:02:46
8Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Liv Racing
9Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
10Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team DSM
11Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar Team Women
12Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo
13Katia Ragusa (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
14Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Team SD Worx
15Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
16Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
17Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
18Leah Thomas (USA) Movistar Team Women
19Erica Magnaldi (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
20Elena Cecchini (Ita) Team SD Worx
21Riejanne Markus (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
22Amanda Spratt (Aus) Team BikeExchange
23Sarah Gigante (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
24Mariia Novolodskaia (Rus) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
25Anouska Koster (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
26Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing
27Marlen Reusser (Swi) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
28Julia Van Bokoven (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
29Urska Pintar (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
30Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Team SD Worx
31Chantal Vana Den Broek-Blaak (Ned) Team SD Worx
32Eider Merino Cortazar (Spa) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
33Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Liv Racing
34Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
35Marta Cavalli (Ita) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:02:55
36Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team Women
37Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:05:09
38Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing 0:05:17
39Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team DSM
40Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
41Francesca Baroni (Ita) Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria
42Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing
43Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
44Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
45Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Team BikeExchange 0:05:22
46Anna Shackle (GBr) Team SD Worx
47Giorgia Bariani (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
48Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
49Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo
50Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano 0:05:24
51Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:05:26
52Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Team SD Worx
53Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
54Marta Jaskulska (Pol) Liv Racing 0:05:30
DNFTeuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
DNFNancy van der Berg (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
DNFEugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
DNFTatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
DNFMikayla Harvey (NZl) Canyon-SRAM Racing
DNFOmer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
DNFBrodie Chapman (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFEvita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFJade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFAlicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFPaula Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women
DNFGloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spa) Movistar Team Women
DNFGeorgia Williams (NZl) Team BikeExchange
DNFJanneke Ensing (Ned) Team BikeExchange
DNFUrska Zigart (Slo) Team BikeExchange
DNFJuliette Labous (Fra) Team DSM
DNFWilma Olausson (Swe) Team DSM
DNFEsmée Peperkamp (Ned) Team DSM
DNFJulia Soek (Ned) Team DSM
DNFAudrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
DNFLara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFLaura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFFranziska Brauße (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFKathrin Hammes (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFVittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFEleonora Camilla Gasparrini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFSilvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFFederica Piergiovanni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFNina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFLieke Nooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFFemke Gerritse (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFPien Limpens (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFTanja Erath (Ger) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
DNFLeah Dixon (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
DNFMariia Miliaeva (Rus) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
DNFLizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
DNFMaria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
DNFOlivija Baleisyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
DNFInga Cesuliene (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
DNFGiulia Marchesini (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
DNFGiada Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
DNFSilvia Zanardi (Ita) BePink
DNFCamilla Alessio (Ita) BePink
DNFMichaela Drummond (NZl) BePink
DNFMatilde Vitillo (Ita) BePink
DNFNadia Quagliotto (Ita) BePink
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink
DNFFrancesca Balducci (Ita) Born to Win G20 Ambedo
DNFGiorgia Simoni (Ita) Born to Win G20 Ambedo
DNFAnastasia Carbonari (Ita) Born to Win G20 Ambedo
DNFMartina Sgrisleri (Ita) Born to Win G20 Ambedo
DNFAlice Palazzi (Ita) Born to Win G20 Ambedo
DNFLeonora Geppi (Ita) Born to Win G20 Ambedo
DNFDiana Klimova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team
DNFIuliia Galimullina (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team
DNFMarina Uvarova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team
DNFGulnaz Khatuntseva (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team
DNFTamara Dronova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team
DNFMartina Fidanza (Ita) Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria
DNFFrancesca Pisciali (Ita) Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria
DNFAlice Gasparini (Ita) Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria
DNFGaia Realini (Ita) Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria
DNFAnna Potokina (Rus) Servetto-Makhymo-Beltrami TSA
DNFSVARINSKA Lina Svarinska (Lat) Servetto-Makhymo-Beltrami TSA
DNFSara Casasola (Ita) Servetto-Makhymo-Beltrami TSA
DNFNadja Heigl (Aut) Servetto-Makhymo-Beltrami TSA
DNFAsia Zontone (Ita) Servetto-Makhymo-Beltrami TSA
DNFElis Simeoni (Ita) Servetto-Makhymo-Beltrami TSA
DNFElisa Dalla Valle (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNFGiorgia Vettorello (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.

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