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Bronzini wins second consecutive road world championship title

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Bronzini can hardly believe she had won

Bronzini can hardly believe she had won (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The finish line

The finish line (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The view back down the finish

The view back down the finish (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Is this the Irish corner?

Is this the Irish corner? (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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There were blue skies on the course on Saturday

There were blue skies on the course on Saturday (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The peloton out on the course

The peloton out on the course (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Emma Pooley was very active for Great Britain early in the race

Emma Pooley was very active for Great Britain early in the race (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Marianne Vos finds little consolation with another silver medal

Marianne Vos finds little consolation with another silver medal (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Clara Hughes (Canada) gives it her all

Clara Hughes (Canada) gives it her all (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Vos couldn't believe she had been beaten again

Vos couldn't believe she had been beaten again (Image credit: AFP)
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Bronzini with her gold medal and rainbow jersey

Bronzini with her gold medal and rainbow jersey (Image credit: AFP)
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Clara Hughes (Canada) during her strong lone attack

Clara Hughes (Canada) during her strong lone attack (Image credit: AFP)
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Bronzini celebrates but Vos was clsoe to tears

Bronzini celebrates but Vos was clsoe to tears (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Bronzini sings the Italian national anthem

Bronzini sings the Italian national anthem (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The women's podium: Vos, Bronzini and Teutenberg

The women's podium: Vos, Bronzini and Teutenberg (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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A special taste of gold from Bronzini

A special taste of gold from Bronzini (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Bronizi celebrates her second world title

Bronizi celebrates her second world title (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The unity of the Italian team was clear to see

The unity of the Italian team was clear to see (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Bronzini gets a hand up from her teammates

Bronzini gets a hand up from her teammates (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Bronzini was lifted into the air

Bronzini was lifted into the air (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Marianne Vos struggled to accpet defeat

Marianne Vos struggled to accpet defeat (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Bronzini was over the moon to win again

Bronzini was over the moon to win again (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Bronzini begins her victory celebrations

Bronzini begins her victory celebrations (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The Italian team celebrated together on the podium

The Italian team celebrated together on the podium (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Here comes Bronzini

Here comes Bronzini (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vos and Bronzini go shoulder to shoulder

Vos and Bronzini go shoulder to shoulder (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bronzini celebrates, Vos lets out her anger

Bronzini celebrates, Vos lets out her anger (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bronzini celebrates with her Italian teammates

Bronzini celebrates with her Italian teammates (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) wins the women road race in Copenhagen

Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) wins the women road race in Copenhagen (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giorgia Bronzini in her second consecutive rainbow jersey

Giorgia Bronzini in her second consecutive rainbow jersey (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Two: Bronzini reminds everyone she is a double world champion

Two: Bronzini reminds everyone she is a double world champion (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bronzini beat Vos but it was close

Bronzini beat Vos but it was close (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) retained her title in the UCI World Championships with a perfectly timed sprint in the women's road race. The Italian beat Marianne Vos (Netherlands) and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Germany) to the line. Great Britain's Nicole Cooke finished fourth. For Vos, it was another Worlds disappointment. In previous years, she has won once and finished second five times.

As she crossed the line Vos couldn't hide her frustration and threw her arms down, while Bronzini raised hers in celebration. In truth, both women rode the perfect race - hiding from the wind all day and using their teammates to chase down any danger up ahead.

Both riders had leadout trains lining up around the final corner, and it looked as though Vos would pull on the road race rainbow jersey for the first time since 2006 as they headed into the final 300 meters. However, Vos appeared to pick the wrong wheel and was forced to swerve around Teutenberg. It cost her all her momentum and despite a late push for the line, she was unable to overhaul Bronzini.

"In the finale, I had Baccaille, and I asked her to start the sprint early and strong," the Italian said.

"I believed in the race and the podium, but I thought the jersey was impossible because my season had been low, but maybe when I wear the Italian jersey, I feel something, like I have more energy."

The exciting finale was a contrast to the majority of the race. So far, each of the road races in this Words have provided excitement and attacking action from the gun, but the women's event took a lot longer to wake up in brisk Copenhagen conditions.

There were a number of minor attacks but each one was neutralised. Emma Pooley (Great Britain) played both animator and defender on several occasions. Her attacks supported her claims that she would ride in aid of her teammates after taking bronze in the time trial earlier in the week but the shallow climbs were never going to be hard enough for her to force a selection, especially with so many fresh legs. Yet she hovered around the front of the bunch for over half the race, chasing moves so that her teammates could rest.

Several uneventful laps passed as the favourites continued to watch each other. New Zealand's Linda Villumsen was the first to test the waters but her move was simply a probe for later in the race.

With three laps to go, Sweden moved to the front, clearly in a bid to anticipate any important splits, before Russia followed suit.

But while the pace increased, the level of activity off the front was still lacking. That changed when Amber Neben (United States Of America) took two seconds on the bunch. Her move was quickly neutralised, but the next one was a little harder to wipe out.

After a strong performance in the women's time trial that not many had predicted, Clara Hughes (Canada) decided to challenge on the sprinter-friendly road race course. In a brave attack, she gained 44 seconds with two laps to go.

At one stage, the bunch narrowed the lead to Hughes to just over 10 seconds as Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) made a more serious effort, also off the front of the bunch. The New Zealander was marked by one of Bronzini's teammates but the time trial silver medallist continued to press on, knowing that like so many riders, a sprint finish would ultimately end her hopes.

Once Villumsen was reeled in by a German- and Dutch-led peloton, the pack began to ease up.

Hughes of course pressed on and managed to drag her advantage back up to approaching 40 seconds, with just one lap to go.

All of sudden, it looked as the though the only true meaningful attack of the race would win Canada its first medal of the championships but as Hughes began to weaken, the sprinters' teams finally began to organise themselves.

Great Britain moved up, but smartly allowed the Dutch to put in the greatest amount of work. With Hughes finally caught inside the final 3km, Vos had her team press on, determined to make amends for her near misses.

A crash before the final, ruled out Villumsen as Vos, who still had three teammates left to help her, made her way around the final bend and toward the line.

And all looked to plan until Bronzini, with a perfect lead-out from Monia Baccaille fired for the line.

"Giorgia is a fantastic sprinter, she won in a great way. Of course you think back about whether you made a mistake in the sprint, but I didn’t. She was the best," said Vos.

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giorgia Bronzini (Italy)3:21:28
2Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
3Ina Teutenberg (Germany)
4Nicole Cooke (Great Britain)
5Julia Martisova (Russian Federation)
6Chloe Hosking (Australia)
7Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain)
8Ludivine Henrion (Belgium)
9Rasa Leleivyte (Lithuania)
10Aude Biannic (France)
11Svetlana Bubnenkova (Russian Federation)
12Joelle Numainville (Canada)
13Lise Nöstvold (Norway)
14Emma Johansson (Sweden)
15Grace Verbeke (Belgium)
16Oxana Kozonchuk (Russian Federation)
17Leah Kirchmann (Canada)
18Theresa Cliff-Ryan (United States Of America)
19Paulina Brzezna (Poland)
20Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)
21Liesbet De Vocht (Belgium)
22Shelley Olds (United States Of America)
23Ashleigh Moolman (South Africa)
24Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands)
25Eneritz Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spain)
26Sylwia Kapusta (Poland)
27Alena Amialiusik (Belarus)
28Vicki Whitelaw (Australia)
29Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France)
30Grete Treier (Estonia)
31Olga Zabelinskaya (Russian Federation)
32Joanna Van De Winkel (South Africa)
33Erinne Willock (Canada)
34Cherise Taylor (South Africa)
35Pia Sundstedt (Finland)
36Rhae-Christie Shaw (Canada)
37Sofie De Vuyst (Belgium)
38Charlotte Becker (Germany)
39Monia Baccaille (Italy)
40Alessandra D`Ettorre (Italy)
41Polona Batagelj (Slovenia)
42Nathalie Lamborelle (Luxembourg)
43Eivgenia Vysotska (Ukraine)
44Melodie Lesueur (France)0:00:08
45Maaike Polspoel (Belgium)
46Paola Munoz (Chile)0:00:11
47Lucy Martin (Great Britain)
48Flavia Oliveira (Brazil)
49Aleksandra Sosenko (Lithuania)
50Mayuko Hagiwara (Japan)
51Nontasin Chanpeng (Thailand)
52Rochelle Gilmore (Australia)
53Malgorzta Jasinska (Poland)
54Jennifer Hohl (Switzerland)
55Denise Ramsden (Canada)
56Sarah Düster (Germany)
57Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy)0:00:17
58Katarzyna Sosna (Lithuania)
59Judith Arndt (Germany)
60Lilibeth Chacon Garcia (Venezuela)
61Patricia Schwager (Switzerland)0:00:21
62Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukraine)
63Noemi Cantele (Italy)
64Trixi Worrack (Germany)0:00:27
65Katie Colclough (Great Britain)0:00:29
66Julie Leth (Denmark)0:00:32
67Verónica Leal Balderas (Mexico)0:00:39
68Angie Sabrina Gonzalez (Venezuela)0:00:40
69Emma Pooley (Great Britain)
70Martina Thomasson (Sweden)0:00:41
71Emilie Aubry (Switzerland)
72Evelyn Stevens (United States Of America)
73Amber Neben (United States Of America)
74Martine Bras (Netherlands)
75Danielys Garcia (Venezuela)
76Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spain)
77Inga Cilvinaite (Lithuania)
78Pascale Schnider (Switzerland)
79Fabienne Schauss (Luxembourg)
80Alenka Novak (Slovenia)
81Sharon Laws (Great Britain)
82Catherine Hare Willianson (Great Britain)
83Carla Ryan (Australia)
84Marie Lindberg (Sweden)
85Claudia Häusler (Germany)
86Madeleine Olsson (Sweden)
87Audrey Cordon (France)
88Tara Whitten (Canada)
89Shara Gillow (Australia)0:00:47
90Amanda Miller (United States Of America)
91Lisa Brennauer (Germany)
92Alona Andruk (Ukraine)0:00:49
93Sara Mustonen (Sweden)0:00:50
94Julie Krasniak (France)0:00:57
95Loes Gunnewijk (Netherlands)0:01:04
96Tatiana Antoshina (Russian Federation)0:01:08
97Valentina Scandolara (Italy)0:01:11
98Chantal Blaak (Netherlands)0:01:17
99Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)
100Robyn De Groot (South Africa)0:01:19
101Robin Farina (United States Of America)
102Dorte Lohse Rasmussen (Denmark)0:01:24
103Clara Hughes (Canada)0:01:38
104Edita Janeliunaite (Lithuania)0:02:05
105Magdalena De Saint (France)
106Alexandra Burchenkova (Russian Federation)0:02:13
107Emilie Moberg (Norway)0:02:16
108Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)0:02:23
109Elena Cecchini (Italy)
110Amanda Spratt (Australia)0:02:37
111Linda Melanie Villumsen (New Zealand)
112Belen Lopez Morales (Spain)
113Urte Juodvalkyte (Lithuania)0:02:40
114Daniela Pintarelli (Austria)0:03:31
115Jessie Maclean (Australia)0:04:23
116Evelyn Arys (Belgium)
117Jacqueline Hahn (Austria)
118Rutar Tjasa (Slovenia)0:07:22
119Monrudee Chapookham (Thailand)0:07:43
120Thea Thorsen (Norway)0:08:52
DNFLucinda Brand (Netherlands)
DNFMichelle Lauge (Denmark)
DNFLiisi Rist (Estonia)
DNFIsabelle Söderberg (Sweden)
DNFMei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei)
DNFSiobhan Horgan (Ireland)
DNFOlena Pavlukhina (Ukraine)
DNFHo Hsun Huang (Chinese Taipei)
DNFAlena Sitsko (Belarus)
DNFMarcia Fernandes Silva (Brazil)
DNFKathryn Bertine (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
DNFChantal Hoffmann (Luxembourg)
DNFValeria Muller (Argentina)
DNFDinah Chan (Singapore)
DNFMia Radotic (Croatia)
DNFLucienne Ferreira Da Silva (Brazil)
DNFAnita Rita Kenyo (Hungary)
DNFJutatip Maneephan (Thailand)
DNFHsiao Chia Tseng (Chinese Taipei)
DNFMartina Ruzickova (Czech Republic)
DNFAndrea Graus (Austria)
DNFClaire Fraser (Guyana)
DNFMaja Marukic (Croatia)
DNFMarina Bodulak (Croatia)
DNFSeba Alraai (Syrian Arab Republic)
DNFRoba Helane (Syrian Arab Republic)

 

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