Spratt sprints to fourth place in Trofeo Alfredo Binda after a late chase by Kennedy

Sun 18 Mar 2018

Tour Down Under winner Amanda Spratt had a strong sprint today in the third women’s WorldTour race of the season, Trofeo Alfredo Binda, taking fourth place from a reduced group.

The winning move of the day came from Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) who attacked away from a small group of 12riders on the final lap. In hot pursuit, 2018 new signing Lucy Kennedy had a strong ride, coming close to catching Niewiadoma in the final kilometres but in the end it proved to be a little too much and the Polish rider was able to hold off the chase to claim a solo victory on a rainy cold day in Cittiglio.

Fireworks in the finale

In cold temperatures and rain, the riders set off ready for a 131kilometre day. The peloton remained attentive for the majority of the day, not allowing any riders to break away and it wasn’t until the race entered the four finishing circuits that the race began to light up. 

With 45kilometres to go and three laps remaining, over the top of the Orino climb, three riders Ane Santesteban (Ale-Cipollini), Elinor Barker (Wiggle-High5) and Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM) created the first main move of the day. Barker eventually loss contact as the duo battled on ahead and further attacks came from the peloton which saw two more riders bridge across. The group looked dangerous reaching 55seconds ahead of the peloton and was finally reeled back in with 14kilometres to go.

Kennedy takes it on

On the final time up the Orino climb, Niewiadoma launched her attack with Lucy Kennedy the only rider to react. Niewiadoma quickly opened up a gap with Kennedy fighting hard behind, in an attempt to bridge across to the solo leader.

After fifth place recently in Strade Bianche, her first WolrdTour race, Kennedy has proved she has the legs and took the race on today putting herself in a position to win. Hovering just a handful of seconds behind Niewiadoma as the kilometres ticked down, Kennedy wasn’t quite able to close the gap and was caught by the chasing group with just two kilometres to go, leaving Spratt to take on the sprint minor placings.

Amanda Spratt - Fourth place

"I am happy with the performance today. I felt strong during the race and good on the climbs as well. Even though I had a little injury trouble between Strade Bianche and this race, I still feel like the shape is coming along very well so today gives me a lot of confidence." 
"It’s been a long time since I’ve had a sprint at the end, so coming fourth in that company is a result that I’m proud of."
"Lucy had another outstanding ride, she put herself in that race winning move and was so close to catching Kasia, the climb was just a bit too short for her. It’s so exciting to see how strong she is already in a world class field and it’s a only a matter of time before she gets a big result."

Lucy Kennedy

"I have mixed feelings about the race and my performance today. I didn't quite tick off all my jobs, I'm definitely still learning to race at this level. We still ended up with two in the top ten which is a solid result."
"Chasing Kasia up the final climb was really exciting. I was just about there, I just needed the climb to go on a bit longer. To be chasing down a solo leader in a WorldTour race is certainly not what I expected to be doing at this stage so it's very motivating for the rest of the season."
"It was another tough race in very testing conditions and everyone worked really hard. A big result can't be far away."

Trofeo Alfredo Binda results:

1. Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) 
2. Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
3. Marianne Vos (WaowDeals)
4. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-SCOTT)

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