Photo gallery: Solo victory for Niewiadoma in rain-soaked Italy

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It was another wet and miserable day for the women’s peloton in the third round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour at Trofeo Binda in Cittiglio, Italy on Sunday.

“It’s nothing we haven’t seen already and we are tough enough to do it,” commented Boels-Dolmans’ rider Megan Guarnier as the women’s peloton lined up for the 20th anniversary of this event.

Rain poured relentlessly throughout the 131-kilometre race and the run-in to the four-lap circuit around Cittiglio was relatively mild. Only a few solo riders went off on a flier or two, but they were easily reeled in by the pack.

It wasn’t until the start of the first lap of the 17.8-kilometre circuit that the pace and excitement picked up. Characterised by two climbs — a steep but short climb to Casale and a more gradual four-kilometre climb up to Orino —, the pack started splintering in the first lap.  More attacks followed and on the penultimate lap, a duo of Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM) and Ane Santesteban (Alé Cipollini) finally broke free.

A group of 10 riders fiercely chased the duo and successfully caught them in the last lap around Cittiglio. A flurry of attacks followed with Canyon-SRAM dictating the race. Kasia Niewiadoma, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Amialiusik all took turns attacking and it was the young Polish rider, Niewiadoma, who earned herself a gap on the final Orino climb. With no rider to match her attack and just under eight kilometres left till the finish, the young Polish rider stayed clear, soloing across the finish for her biggest one-day race victory yet.

The win also put her in the Women’s WorldTour leader’s jersey.

World champion Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) was the first out of the chase group to come across the line with Marianne Vos (Waowdeals) rounding out the podium in third place.

“My victory today was due to an amazing team,” Niewiadoma said after the finish. “It’s been another really hard day on the bike. From the start, it was raining and the conditions were tough. On the descents and sharp corners you really needed to pay extra attention to the road. We stayed alert and attentive throughout the race as a team.”

“I can say on behalf of my team that we stayed in control of the race no matter what other teams were doing. We stayed calm and didn’t panic. With the others doing so much work I could just conserve energy and wait for my time. It’s amazing that we were able to put our team plan into practice and to win the race, I’m super super happy for this. I just want to go see my teammates now and give them a big hug.”

Our photographers were on the scene to capture the grit, grime and grimaces.

All smiles for the Canyon-SRAM team at the start.
Cittiglio – Italia – wielrennen – cycling – radsport – cyclisme – Bravard Charlotte (France / FDJ) pictured during the Women’s World Tour cycling race Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio 2018 (1.WWT) – photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2018
Anouska Koster warms her hands before the start.
Full winter gloves for Marianne Vos.
Choosing road over the mountain bike this weekend, Canyon-SRAM’s multi-discipline star, Pauline Ferrand Prevot, was a valuable asset.
Australian sprinter Chloe Hosking cold but relaxed at the start.
The peloton eager to get going and warm up.
Elisa Longo Borghini says hello to her nephew at the start.
Rain rain rain — the theme of the spring thus far.
Margarita Canelas Garcia was quick to bring action to the race as she attacked in the opening kilometres of the race.
It wasn’t a good day for last year’s winner, Coryn Rivera, who suffered an early race crash and a flat tire.
An early race attack by Megan Guarnier.
Opting for disc brakes in these rainy conditions, here’s Karol-Ann Canuel on the new disc-equipped Tarmac.
Disc brakes also for Jelena Eric of the Cylance Pro Cycling team.
It was another miserably wet day for the women’s peloton.
Francesca Pattaro on the attack.
A promising breakaway from duo of Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM) and Ane Santesteban (Alé Cipollini) went clear in the penultimate lap of the circuit.
Soigneurs struggled to stay warm as well.
Accordion effect: The pack would regroup in between the climbs on the four-lap around Cittiglio.
2018 Trofeo Binda Kasia Niewiadoma celebration
An emotional solo winner, Kasia Niewiadoma, crosses the line.
Chantal Blaak leads the chase for a second place finish.
Podium fun: We wonder what the cow was saying to Marianne Vos.


The Women’s WorldTour continues with a new edition to the calendar, Thursday’s Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde on March 22nd.

2018 Women’s WorldTour

3 March – Strade Bianche, Italy
11 March – Ronde Van Drenthe, The Netherlands
18 March – Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Italy
22 March – Driedaagse De Panne, Belgium
25 March – Ghent-Wevelgem, Belgium
1 April – Tour of Flanders, Belgium
15 April – Amstel Gold Race, The Netherlands
18 April – Flèche Wallonne, Belgium
22 April- Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Belgium
26-28 April – Tour of Chongming Island, China
10-13 May – Tour of California, USA
19-22 May – Emakumeen XXXI. Bira, Spain
13-17 June – Women’s Tour, Great Britain
6-15 July – Giro Rosa, Italy
17 July – La Course by Le Tour de France, France
28 July – RideLondon Classique, Great Britain
10 August – Vargarda team time trial, Sweden
12 August – Vargarda road race, Sweden
16-19 August – Ladies Tour of Norway, Norway
25 August – GP de Plouay – Lorient Agglomération, France
28 August – 2 September – Boels Ladies Tour, Netherlands
16 September – Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta, Spain
21 October – Tour of Guangxi, China

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