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by Anne-Marije Rook
March 16, 2016
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The second round of the Women’s WorldTour took place in the Dutch province of Drenthe last weekend and it was to become a real Dutch party, with the win going to Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans), Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) being crowned new UCIWWT leader after Lizzie Amritstead (Boels-Dolmans) had to give up feeling sick, and Floortje Mackaij (Liv-Plantur) taking over the young rider jersey of Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv).
Who knows if we’ll have an Italian party this week, as the women’s peloton returns to Italy for the third race in the UCI Women’s World Tour, the Trofeo Alfredo Binda. A former World Cup race, it’s a completely different race from the Italian Strade Bianche of March 5th, with no off road racing this time and even more altitude meters for the peloton.
1. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
2. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Rabo-Liv)
3. Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv)
It’s up to the climbers to challenge Van der Breggen and have a go at the leader’s jersey she’s wearing.
Armitstead might have a chance to take that jersey back as she’s the defending winner of this race, being the fastest of a group of six in 2015, additionally finishing second to Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) the year before. With the form she’s displaying at the moment – assuming her sickness has faded by then -, she will probably do well again this year, possibly getting herself back into the UCIWWT leader’s jersey.
Watch out for Johansson too: she finished top 5 here each year from 2009 to 2014, only missing out on a top 5 ranking in 2015 as she didn’t start in the race, because of a broken collarbone she sustained just days before the race.
The 123.3 kilometre course will take the peloton from Gavirate to Cittiglio, just north of the Lago di Varese. There are two important climbs on the course, the first one after 30 kilometres into the race and towards a height of 432 metres (Cunardo). The second one is on the local lap that the peloton will ride four times and especially this repetition of the climb will make it very hard towards the end, with the top in Orino at 450 metres.
More information on the race can be found at the Cycling Sport Promotion website or on the Twitter account of this race.
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