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Van Vleuten sprints to sixth after aggressive racing from ORICA-SCOTT in Trofeo Alfredo Binda

Sun 19 Mar 2017

Dutch time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten sprinted to sixth place today in the third WorldTour event, Trofeo Alfredo Binda after an impressive and dominating performance from ORICA-SCOTT throughout the race.

Australian champion Katrin Garfoot launched a brave solo attack with just 12kilometres to go, with Van Vleuten finding herself in a seven rider chase group behind, a move which looked likely to stay away.

However, unlike in previous edition of the race the breakway group was unable to survive and the day concluded with a reduced bunch sprint won by Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb), despite the team's relentless efforts, attacking and finding themselves in various solo moves.

“We wanted to have an aggressive style race,” sport director Gene Bates said. “To be honest we were really surprised for it to finish in a sprint, we expected a smaller group of five to ten riders like it usually is.”

“We placed ourselves really well but unfortunately it just didn’t fall the way we thought it would. 

“From a team perspective I really can’t fault the way we raced it. All the girls where always off the front and really aggressive which was our plan coming into the race.

“We were probably a bit disorganised in the finish but we weren’t prepared for that, we wanted to keep a group away from the climb.”

Although the team finished with two riders in the top ten, it was not the result they had hoped for after their dominating team performance. 

“We really hope a result comes soon as a reward for the girls hardwork,” Bates continued. “They are racing really super at the moment, they are in every move and often the ones forcing the moves like we saw today.”

“They are certainly working effectively as one until, and that can be half the battle sometimes so we will definitely remain positive and confident now going in to our next races.”

How it happened:

The riders set off in pleasant conditions for the third round of the Women’s WorldTour series and within the first kilometres the action started as the nervous bunch saw numerous crashes and a flurry of attacks.

A trio of riders established a small advantage and led the race, crossing the finish line for the first time. However despite their efforts the breakaway didn’t last long and they returned to the peloton ahead of the first and longest climb of the race after 32kilometres of racing. 

Soon after two more riders formed at the front of the as the riders completed the large lap and headed back towards the finish line once again. Like the previous move, the escapees where not given much room and where also swallowed up by the still compact peloton.

Allen waited for the right moment and launched an attacked and quickly established a solid lead, riding strongly she managed to grow her advantage out to 45seconds and remained outfront for 20kilometres.

With one and a half laps to go Allen was finally caught by the bunch, Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-Sram) was the next rider to take her chances and jump clear. 

Not content with waiting in the bunch, ORICA-SCOTT's latest signing, Georgia Williams made an effort to try and bridge across to the lone leader, however the pair retuned to the bunch on the penultimate ascent of the Orino climb.

Next to attack was Garfoot, first going away with three other riders before being caught and launching another attack to establishing a solo lead.

Van Vleuten rode herself in to a strong chase group, but both their efforts were quickly shut down and the group swelled once again inside the final five kilometres to eventually end with a reduced bunch sprint.

Trofeo Alfredo Binda results:

1. Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) 3:25:26
2. Arlenis Sierra (Astana Womens Team)  ST
3. Cecilie Ludwig (Cervelo Bigla) ST
6. Annemiek van Vleuten (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:02

Photos courtesy of ©TDWsport.com

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