Mitchelton-SCOTT women aggressive in their last European race of the season, GP Bruno BeghelliSun 6 Oct 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT women attacked their way through the final race of the European season, GP Bruno Beghelli, in an attempt to breakaway without having a pure sprinter in the team line-up.
Despite the teams efforts through the short 79kilometre day with Lucy Kennedy and Amanda Spratt attacking on the climb, the race eventually concluded with a bunch sprint finish won by Marta Bastianelli (Italy).
An early breakaway
The riders took off to complete six-laps of a short circuit which featured one main climb per lap followed by a fast descent. Five-riders broke away for a short while in the opening laps but were soon reeled in and fresh attacks began.
Spratt and Kennedy tried multiple times to make a difference, attacking on the climb with the help of their teammates, but with a fast momentum into the climb and afterwards on the descent, it proved very hard for the elastic to snap.
On the final lap, Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo), Soraya Paladin (Italy) and Lianne Lippert (Team Sunweb) were able to open up a gap by the top of the climb and led into the descent, however, Team Parkhotel took control of the race, looking to keep things together for their sprinter Lorena Wiebes and forced the group to return back to the bunch and finally the day concluded with a predicted bunch sprint finish.
In her home country, racing in the national championship jersey Bastianelli took the victory with Mitchelton-SCOTT out of the mix after not having a pure sprinter int he team line-up.
“As a team we tried to make it hard on the climb to make a difference there. Lucy and I both attacked on the climb on different laps and into the descent but it was so fast it always came back together after the descent.
“With two laps to go Moniek Tenniglo did a strong lead-out into the climb to set up my attack from the bottom, I went and initially got a gap but again it came back together later in the climb and after the descent.
“On the last lap there were still a lot of fast sprinters there so then teams began to form trains and set it up for the final sprint. I was there in the front group but was empty so didn’t finish anywhere in the sprint.
“I think as a team we tried everything we could today, but without a sprinter it was hard to make a real difference in the end.”
GP Bruno Beghelli Result:
1. Marta Bastianelli (Italy)
2. Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel-Valkenburg)
3. Chiara Consonni (Valcar Cylance Cycling)
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