Promising signs for Scandolara and Garfoot out of Trofeo World CupSun 29 Mar 2015
2015 Santos Women’s Tour winner Valentina Scandolara and current Oceania time trial champion Katrin Garfoot have put in promising performances at the second world cup of the season, Trofeo Alfredo Binda, this afternoon.
Having narrowly missed a classy winning break, Scandolara finished in 14th position amongst a small group behind winner Lizzie Armistead (Boels Dolmans CT) who won the sprint ahead of five breakaway companions.
“Fourteenth is a really good position for Valentina,” sport director Gene Bates said. “Especially considering she wasn’t able to finish this race last year because she wasn’t up to that level yet.”
“When you look at the names that were there, it was six of the world’s best bike riders in that front group. For Valentina to be there it would have been a very very very good ride.
“We were quite satisfied with the group that she was in, it was representative of the good form she is in at the moment. She tried to have a sprint for seventh place but got put into the barriers in the finish and had to squeeze her way out and go again.”
Earlier, teammate Garfoot made a strong solo move in support of her protected teammates that attracted praise from director Bates.
“We wanted to get the most out of everyone today and it’s difficult to do that on such a hard course,” Bates said. “The idea was for Gracie Elvin to set the team up in the first climbing portion of the race and then to see if we could get Katrin or Lizzie Williams up there with a few moves.
“Ideally we would have liked a few other riders with Katrin but having her on her own was good for the team and for her because it really gives her a boost in confidence to spend some time up the road in a world cup level race as hard as this one.”
Simona Frapporti (Alé Cipollini) was the first rider to make a move on the 123.7km race, but her advantage didn’t reach one-minute before it was reduced and eliminated.
ORICA-AIS’ Garfoot was the next to make a move in support of her teammates. The 33-year-old established a slightly larger gap than her former attacker before being caught by the chase group on the second of four local 17km-finishing circuits.
The fore of the peloton put on the pressure on the climb on the finishing circuit and 13riders moved off the front. Missing the break, ORICA-AIS led the chase in effort to remain in the race.
Unfortunately their efforts went unrewarded as six riders entered the final lap with 45seconds, their former breakaway companions and the peloton further behind.
Numerous attacks within the front six riders proved unsuccessful and they finished the race in the six-up sprint.