Mitchelton-SCOTT looking for more Italian glory at Trofeo Alfredo Binda - Comune di CittiglioThu 21 Mar 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT’s women will return to action this Sunday with a strong squad hoping for more glory on Italian soil when they take on the Trofeo Alfredo Binda - Comune di Cittiglio.
Australian Amanda Spratt will make her return to racing after being forced to abandon Strade Bianche and the 31-year-old will be joined by five riders coming off a strong showing on Dutch roads last weekend.
Jess Allen (AUS, 25)
Grace Brown (AUS, 26)
Gracie Elvin (AUS, 30)
Lucy Kennedy (AUS, 30)
Sarah Roy (AUS, 32)
Amanda Spratt (AUS, 31)
The 131.1km route from Taino to Cittiglio is a hilly affair in the north of Italy, ending with four finishing loops, each of which is punctuated with a testy climb.
With just one categorised ramp before the race reaches the finishing circuits, the race is likely to be decided over the four laps around Cittiglio. The peloton will tackle the categorised Orino climb on each lap and while the ascent is only short at 3.1km in length, it presents an opportunity for selections to be made.
Former rider Emma Johansson claimed a victory for the team back in 2014, winning from a small bunch sprint, while Spratt narrowly missed out on a podium place last year, finishing fourth, a repeat of her previous best result at the race in 2013.
“My European racing season didn’t start well at Strade Bianche with the crash and hitting my head quite hard but I think I was very lucky. In the end I needed some easy days but I don’t think I lost a lot. I’ve been able to have some better training days over the last days so I feel ready and excited for Binda now.”
“I’m definitely eager to be racing again and especially at Trofeo Binda, it’s like a home race for us and includes roads that I could ride on with my eyes shut I know them so well. I’ve had a couple of top five results here in the past so it’s a race that I definitely like.”
“I expect it to be a hard and aggressive race this year and I think the team showed especially in Drenthe that they are racing really well together and at the front so I think we can be confident to go to Binda and aim for the win with the team we have.”
Alejandro Gonzalez-Tablas (Sports Director):
“The race will be done on the same course as every year and it’s likely to be a reduced group sprint finish as we have seen many times in the past.”
“We have a strong team, with Spratty returning after her crash at Strade and we will try to play our cards in the best way to take the win in what is kind of a 'home' race for us.”
“Hopefully, the weather will be good and we can enjoy a sunny and warm day, which will be a nice change for the girls coming from last weekend’s races in the Netherlands.”
Trofeo Alfredo Binda - Comune di Cittiglio – Race Details:
Sunday 24th March: Taino – Cittiglio (131km)
Photo courtesy of Kristof Ramon.