Marianne Vos earned her fourth Trofeo Alfredo Binda title on Sunday, her first win of the season. Besides taking the third round of the 2019 UCI Women’s WorldTour, Vos was seventh in the first round and 11th in the second. Vos won two rounds of last season’s WorldTour, placing third in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda.

The Course

The route consisted of an opening leg, a 37-km loop that contained the Cunardo climb before four 18-km circuits around Cittiglio, each with a climb of Orino, 3.1-km of 4.3 percent, and the shorter, sharper Casalzuigno ascent. One hundred and thirty-one kilometres was the full course.

Early Race

The riders rolled over the Cunardo intact, three different women having taken the intermediate sprints early in the course.

Eight riders tried a move and just after it was brought back Trek-Segafredo’s Tayler Wiles skipped away, just making it into the first of the four circuits before she was lassoed.

On the first climb of Orino, Mitchelton-Scott’s Grace Brown attacked, and she held her lead into the second lap with Leah Thomas of Bigla trying to bridge over. Moves at the front of the peloton on Orino 2 ended Brown’s time out front.

Last Two Laps

The peloton was streamlined heading into the final 36-km. Mitchelton-Scott kept the pace high. South African Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC) led the way up Orino 3, her efforts splitting the bunch for nearly a kilometre.

When it heard the bell, the first pack was about 50-strong, with Canadian Karol-Ann Canuel still accounted for. Immediately, Demi Vollering of pink-and-green clad Parkhotel Valkenburg attacked.

The Dutch rider pulled out a lead of 30-seconds and the chase pack looked relaxed. With 13-km to go Canuel crashed. When Vollering yanked out a maximum of 48-seconds, the chase started to hammer and the Parkhotel rider came to heel with 8.7-km remaining.

Skirmishing on the Orino–especially Cecilie Ludwig’s digs–decanted the group. Amanda Spratt tried to dash away but Vos was marking the moves. Eight women went under the red kite in the lead, but the chase nabbed them right before the final turn.

Vos opened up her sprint from 200-metres out and nobody could match the master. Spratt and Ludwig took well-earned podium spots. Alison Jackson was top Canadian in 14th.

Marta Bastianelli, winner of Ronde van Drenthe, keeps the WorldTour lead.

2019 Trofeo Alfredo Binda

1) Marianne Vos (The Netherlands/CCC-Liv) 3:27:03
2) Amanda Spratt (Australia/Mitchelton-Scott) s.t.
3) Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark/Bigla) s.t.
14) Alison Jackson (Canada/Team Tibco-SVB)
31) Leah Kirchmann (Canada/Sunweb)

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