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Wellens wins Tour of Guangxi, Sperotto takes women’s event: Daily News Digest
Maria Vittoria Sperotto (BePink-Cogeas) proved best in the Tour of Guangxi Women’s Elite World Challenge race on Tuesday, with the 20-year-old proving quickest in the sprint to the line. The Italian got the better of Wiggle-High5 duo Amy Cure and Lucy Garner, plus BTC City Ljubljana’s Jelena Eric and Mia Radotic.
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The race was run in conjunction with the men’s Tour of Guangxi, although it was just one day in length. The victory is Sperotto’s first as a pro.
Cure wasn’t too disappointed with narrowly missing victory. “It was awesome,” she said of the result. “It was quite a hard finish and it didn’t quite go to plan, but it was awesome to get second and third up there. We knew that, with coming here with three riders, and with Orica being the one of the most experienced teams out there. We knew that coming with three riders we could leave it up to teams like Orica to chase.”
It took a long time for a break to get clear in the flat 110km circuit race, although a move did finally break the elastic towards the end. The riders involved were unable to build a gap of over a minute and it was hauled back prior to the sprint.
“Considering we’re only with three, we really pulled together as a team, so to get second and third… we’re so happy with that,” Garner explained. “It started off pretty steadily, with everybody just getting into it, and then when we made the turn it was quite full on. There were a lot of attacks going, but we were just trying to sit in the wheels and save as much energy as possible.
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