Preview: The Women’s WorldTour returns to Italy for the Trofeo Alfredo Binda

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For its third round, the UCI Women’s WorldTour continues this weekend in Italy with the 19th annual Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Citigglio.

What the race is known for:

1. Hilly terrain makes for an interesting finale.
The hilly section at the end of the race makes for an interesting finale. Last year, mountain biker Jolanda Neff (Servetto-Footon) found herself in a winning position until Boels-Dolmans duo Lizzie Deignan and Megan Guarnier stormed past her to take first and second. Anything can happen right until the last false flat kilometer to the line, which makes it an exciting race to watch.

2. British riders have historically been most successful.
The Brits have been most successful in this race, with two victories each for Nicole Cooke, Emma Pooley and Lizzie Deignan. Marianne Vos is the record-holder for wins in this race, with victories in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

3. An eco- and family-friendly event.
Cycling Sport Promotion, the organisers behind the Trofeo Binda, are committed supporters of the eco-friendly cause of the UCI Recycling program. Among other things, the arrival area is equipped with ecological ashtrays to encourage smokers not to throw cigarette butts on the ground. A new bike path, children’s playground and tourist maps have been introduced and during race days, waste collection points are set up in all public areas, like the start and arrival areas, the shopping village, team parking, press room and feeding area for the athletes.

After a win and a fourth place finish in the first two rounds of the WorldTour, Elisa Longo Borghini leads the series.

Current WWT series standings:

General classification
1. Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5)
2. Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb)
3. Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM)

Young rider classification
1. Amalie Dideriksen (BOels-Dolmans)
2. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervélo-Bigla)
3. Alice Barnes (Drops)

Lizzie Deignan (formerly Armitstead) has won the Trofeo Binda back to back these past two years.

How to watch:

The race is held on Sunday , March 19 and starts at 1.30 p.m. CET (8.30 a.m. EDT, 10.30 p.m. AEDT), with the finish expected around 4.45 p.m. CET (11.45 a.m. EDT, 1.45 a.m. AEDT on March 20).

– Watch: A livestream is planned to start right as the women take off. You can find it on the CSP-website.
– On Twitter: Use Twitter hashtags #UCIWWT and #TrBinda or follow the official race account @TrofeoBinda
– After the race: we’re expecting highlights videos both from RAI Sport and the UCI.

Canyon-SRAM’s Elena Cecchini is having a strong start to the season.

Our Top 5 race favourites:

1. Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5)
After winning the Strade Bianche in early March, and wearing the Women’s WorldTour leader’s jersey, Longo Borghini is eyeing another win in her home country.

2. Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM)
Another Italian rider looking to please the hometown fans, Cecchini is eager to deliver Canyon-SRAM their first victory of the season after coming so close in Drenthe. With the support of strong riders like Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Alena Amialiusik, who are both alternative cards to play as well, Cecchini wants to show off her Italian national jersey at home.

3. Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb)
Team leader at Team Sunweb for the Italian Women’s WorldTour race, Van Dijk showed her excellent form in Drenthe last weekend. With a very strong team to support her, she’ll be going in as one of the top favourites.

4. Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling)
The 2012 winner of this race returns to Italy to fight for her first victory of the year. WM3 Pro Cycling didn’t have much road success yet this season and will try to look for that in Citigglio with Kasia Niewiadoma serving as WM3’s second card.

5. Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans)
After serving in a domestique role for her new team in Drenthe, Van der Breggen is looking to deliver for a result of her own at Trofeo Alfredo Binda.

Olympic and European road race champion has been a worker horse for Boels-Dolmans thus far this season, will she go for a result of her own at Binda?

2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour Calendar
4 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)
11 March: Ronde Van Drenthe (the Netherlands)
19 March: Trofeo Binda (Italy)
26 March: Gent Wevelgem (Belgium)
2 April: Tour of Flanders (Belgium)
19 April: Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
5-7 May: Tour of Chongming Island (China)
11-14 May: Amgen Tour of California (USA)
7-11 June: Aviva Women’s Tour (Great Britain)
30 June-9 July: Giro Rosa (Italy)
23 July (TBC): La Course by le Tour de France (France)
29 July: Prudential Ride London (Great Britain)
11 August: Vargarda TTT (Sweden)
13 August: Vargarda Road Race (Sweden)
26 August: GP Plouay (France)
10 September: Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta (Spain)

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