The Dutch cyclist wins first UCI Women’s WorldTour race of the season
Siena, 3 March 2018 – The Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) has taken a solo victory in the fourth edition of Strade Bianche Women Elite NamedSport; the race, the first in this year’s UCI Women’s WorldTour, covered 136km from Siena (Fortezza Medicea) to Siena (Piazza del Campo). Van der Breggen crossed the finish line of the historic square alone, 49” ahead of Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon // SRAM Cycling) and 59” ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5).
1 – Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) 136km in 4h10’48”, average speed 32.536km/h
2 – Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon // SRAM Cycling) at 49”
3 – Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) at 59”
Speaking seconds after the finish, a victorious Anna van der Breggen said: “I have no idea why I decided to attack from so far out but I just felt good at that moment – the steep sections were perfect for making a difference. To win the race today comes from circumstances: it was a quite epic race, maybe the hardest race I’ve ever done. At the finish I was feeling strange and empty; it means a lot to me to win the Strade Bianche.”
Press conference interviews and further details to follow. Tomorrow, on the same course, the sportive riders will challenge themselves in the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche by Trek.
PHOTO CREDIT: LaPresse – Ferrari / Paolone
THE GIRO ROSA GOES TO ANNA VAN DER BREGGEN
The Olympic and European Champion 2016 from Holland, is the overall winner of the 2017 edition. making the “double” since her 2015 triumph in San Domenico di Varzo (Verbania).
Elisa Longo Borghini and Annemiek Van Vleuten (winner of the Green and Cyclamine Jersey), tried an attack on the climb of Vesuvio but it has been useless. The three athletes have been reached by the chasing group on the following descend to Torre del Greco, and Megan Guarnier (1st), Amanda Spratt (2nd) and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (3rd) took the final stage podium.
Born in Zwolle in 1990, Anna Van der Breggen is one of the biggest protagonists of the 2017 season. With the Olympic and European title 2016, she could take an historical triumph in Amstel Gold Race, Fleche Wallonne and Liege – Bastogne – Liege in April. With the Giro Rosa win, she is the new leader of the Women’s World Tour.
Elisa Longo Borghini won the Blue Jersey as best Italian (2nd overall), the Danish Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig is the best young (White Jersey) and Annemiek Van Vleuten (3rd place in the GC and stage winner in Montereale Valcellina and Sant’Elpidio a Mare) won the Green and Cyclamine Jersey.
RESULTS STAGE 10 GIRO ROSA 2017 (TOP 5):
1. Megan Guarnier 3h09’37”
2. Amanda Spratt st
3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma st
4. Annemiek Van Vleuten st
5. Anna Van der Breggen st
FINAL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION (TOP 5):
1. Anna Van der Breggen 25h39’43”
2. Elisa Longo Borghini +1’03”
3. Annemiek Van Vleuten +1’39”
4. Megan Guarnier +2’57”
5. Amanda Spratt +3’26”
THE FINAL JERSEYS OF 28TH GIRO ROSA:
Maglia ROSA COLNAGO: Anna Van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans)
Maglia CICLAMINO SELLE SMP: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)
Maglia VERDE PURPLE by GLOBAL STOCK: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)
Maglia BIANCA COLNAGO: Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team)
Maglia BLU GSG: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5
The World Champion of Stuttgart 2007 is the first stage winner for Italy of the 28th Giro Rosa: The athlete of Alè Cipollini – Galassia Team has triumphed in the penultimate stage (Palinuro – Polla, 122 km) beating the Finnish Lotta Lepistö (Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team) and Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle High5).
A very hot and sunny weather through the roads of Cilento and Vallo di Diano was with the race, the last day in the Province of Salerno. A small group went in the front in the first part, including the three times Italian Champion Elena Cecchini, but the Pink Jersey peloton could take them before the Cathegorized climb of Sala Consilina. Three riders attack here: Malgorzata Jasinska (Cylance Pro Cycling), Lauren Kitchen (WM3) and Anna Trevisi (Alè – Cipollini – Galassia), who have more than a minute at the first passage from Polla. The peloton accelerate until catching the breakaway at the last kilometer: the Team Alè – Cipollini – Galassia does a perfect work and Marta Bastianelli took the win, with Lepistö (first place in Roseto degli Abruzzi) and Giorgia Bronzini. Marta is back on the podium of the Giro after Legnano 2016. Anna Van der Breggen, who has been reached by her family in Polla, keeps the Pink Jersey with 1’03” from Elisa Longo Borghini and 1’39” from Annemiek Van Vleuten: the Vesuvius will be the decisive climb tomorrow in the final stage of Torre del Greco.
The Dutch rider of Team Sunweb, already winner in two stages in year 2015, did a tactical masterpiece today in Palinuro, chasing and overtaking the Ukrainian Tatiana Riabchenko (Lensworld – Kuota), who tried a solo breakaway until two kilometers from the finish. Brand has built her feat with a majestic attack descending from the categorized climb of Cuccaro Vetere, where the delay was of over one minute from Riabchenko, as she was with her compatriot Janneke Ensing (Alè – Cipollini – Galassia) and Anouska Koster (WM3). Brand did the show on the technical downhill and the gap decreases quickly: 30” after Centola but she slipped on the asphalt, restarting immediately. Riabchenko has been taken at the beginning of the final climb, she tried to resist but lost meters in the final. Brand obtained her third victory in the Giro Rosa, after Mantova and Loano 2015, jumping to the Place 5 in the General Classification. The peloton arrives after 1’33” and Megan Guarnier won the sprint for the third placement.
The Spanish National Champion has won the Stage 7 of the 28th Giro Rosa (Isernia – Baronissi, 145 km), beating the Italian Soraya Paladin (Alè – Cipollini – Galassia) and the Polish Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana). Anna Van der Breggen keeps the Pink Jersey as leader of the General Classification.
This was a very wavy and hilly stage, with the Intermediate Sprint of San Giorgio del Sannio and the Cathegorized Climb of Passo Serra as springboard to the finish of Baronissi. Thirteen riders were the protagonists of the day, in a breakaway that reached till 3’00” gap: Chloe Hosking and Soraya Paladin (Alè – Cipollini – Galassia), Alison Jackson (BePink – Cogeas), Eugenia Bujak (BTC City – Ljubljana), Elena Cecchini and Alexis Ryan (Canyon SRAM), Clara Koppenburg (Cervelo Bigla), Carmela Cipriani (Conceria Zabri – Fanini – Guerciotti), Rossella Ratto e Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Cylance Pro Cycling), Tatiana Guderzo (Lensworld – Kuota), Sabrina Stultiens (Team Sunweb), Lauren Kitchen (WM3 Cycling Team). The Australian champion of Alè – Cipollini Galassia Team loses meters right before the Intermediate sprint, which was won by Stultiens. The climbers in the breakaway set the pace, Guderzo is first on Passo Serra, followed by Bujak and Stultiens. The gap goes up and down, from 1’30” to about 3’00”, then it started to decrease quickly. The twelve athletes resisted and could finalize the breakaway: the Spanish Champion Gutierrez was faster in the sprint than Paladin and Bujak, the main peloton arrives after 47” and the Cuban Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women Team) won the sprint. Anna Van der Breggen can keep the “Maglia Rosa” without problem and Elisa Longo Borghini completes the overall podium with Annemiek Van Vleuten and the Olympic Champion of Rio 2016.
Tomorrow there is the Stage 8 (Baronissi – Palinuro, 141 kms), with the KOM of Cuccaro Vetere not far from the famous Sea Village on the Cilento.
The 34-years-old Dutch cyclist of Orica – Scott Team did an impressive performance in the ITT of Sant’Elpidio a Mare (FM), in the Marche region. She literally smashed the concurrence on the 12.7 km of the race, including the short but hard climb of Santa Lucia and Strada Cocciari, 400 meters with peaks of slope at about 30%.
After losing about two minutes in yesterday stage due to the wind, Annemiek Van Vleuten showed her big qualities in the chrono race, as she already won the prologues in Caserta 2014 and Ljubljana 2015. The physical effort has been huge for all the athletes in this discipline, as the average speed was of about 30 km/h, and the big gap earned against her main rivals: 41” from Anna Van der Breggen (second, but still leading the General Classification) and 1’15” from Elisa Longo Borghini (Third).
The “Oranje” cycling celebrates in the Province of Pordenone: Annemiek Van Vleuten is the winner of the Stage 2 (Zoppola – Montereale Valcellina, 122 km) after a breakaway in the final kilometers with her compatriot Anna Van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans, second) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5, third). The Olympic and European Champion is also the new Pink Jersey for the bonification. Anna is back to wear the Maglia Rosa since she triumphed in the final stage in year 2015 in San Domenico di Varzo.
Longo Borghini and Paternoster win the élite and 17- to 18-year-old women’s road titles.
Ivrea, 25 June 2017 – The rider Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team) is the new Italian Road Champion, after a distance of 236km from Asti to Ivrea (Gran Piemonte). Aru soloed in the last climb and maintained the lead of the race until the finish line in Ivrea. Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and Rinaldo Nocentini (Club-Sporting/Tavira) finished second and third.
Earlier this afternoon Elisa Longo Borghini, claimed her first national title for road racing after she soloed the final climb with 20km to go. Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle High5) won the sprint for second place ahead of Soraya Paladin (Alè Cipollini).
Letizia Paternoster (S.C. Vecchia Fontana) won the 69km 17- to 18-year-old women’s road race and is the new Italian champion of this category. Martina Fidanza (Eurotarget – Still Bike) and Elena Pirrone (GS Mendelspec) finished second and third. It is Paternoster’s second national title after her ITT victory on Friday.
Éite Men’s Road Race (Gran Piemonte)
1 – Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team) – 236km in 5h52’31”, average speed 40.168km/h
2 – Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) at 40″
3 – Rinaldo Nocentini (Club-Sporting/Tavira) s.t.
Élite Women’s Road Race
1 – Elisa Longo Borghini (G.S. Fiamme Oro) – 111km in 3h04’37”, average speed 36.074km/h
2 – Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle High5) at 1’51″
3 – Soraya Paladini (Alé Cipollini) s.t.
17- to 18-year-old Women’s Road Race
1 – Letizia Paternoster (S.C. Vecchia Fontana) – 69km in 1h42’37”, average speed 40.344km/h
2 – Martina Fidanza (Eurotarget – Still Bike) at 1″
3 – Elena Pirrone (GS Mendelspec) s.t.
Siena, 4 March 2017 – Today Michał Kwiatkowski made it two as by winning the Strade Bianche NamedSport for the second time adding to his first victory in 2014, the year he became the first Pole to win the Elite world championship for road racing. He rode away solo with 15km to go from a group of top contenders including Ždenek Štybar and Greg Van Avermaet. The reigning World Champion, Peter Sagan, was forced to pull out due to illness after 114km of the race.
STRADE BIANCHE FINAL RESULT
1 – Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) 175km in 4h 42 ’42”, average speed 37.141km/h
2 – Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) at 15″
3 – Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) at 17″
Sagan, Štybar und Van Avermaet sind unter den Herausforderern für den Sieg durch die Crete Senesi.
Das Frauenrennen, das um 9.23 begann, zog auch die Besten der Welt an:
Deignan, Dideriksen, Vos, Guarnier und Longo Borghini.
Siena, 3. März 2017 – Die Herrenausgabe des “Northern Classic in Südeuropa”, jetzt in der 11. Auflage, organisiert von RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport und zum ersten Mal Teil des UCI WorldTour-Kalenders, begann heute von Siena um 10.56 mit 167 Fahrern. Ein Fahrer, der nicht startete: Dossard Nummer 18, Vendrame.
In der Herren Strade Bianche NamedSport werden die Augen auf die Klassiker-Spezialisten wie UCI World Champion, Peter Sagan (Slowakei), den Olympiasieger Greg Van Avermaet (Belgien) und den tschechischen Fahrer Zdeněk Štybar (Sieger im Jahr 2015 und Vizemeister). Im Jahr 2016 hinter Cancellara) gerichtet sein.
Das Frauenrennen, Strade Bianche Frauen Elite NamedSport und das UCI Women’s WorldTour Eröffnungsrennen, begannen heute morgen um 9:23 mit 136 Fahrerinnen. Fahrerinnen die nicht starteten: Dossards Nummer 126 Thorsen und 195 Siggaard.
Unter den Frauen, die den Sieg anfechten werden, sind die Britin Lizzie Deignan (letzte Siegerin), die Dänin Amalie Dideriksen (UCI Weltmeister), die Niederländin Marianne Vos, die Amerikanerin Megan Guarnier (Siegerin 2015) und die Italienerin Elisa Longo Borghini.
UCI Road World Champions Peter Sagan and Amalie Dideriksen
present the 2017 Strade Bianche.
Download: start lists, press conference photo gallery
Siena, 3 March 2017 – The press conference on the eve of the Strade Bianche NamedSport and the Strade Bianche Women Elite NamedSport, both UCI WorldTour Calendar races, featured the UCI Road World Champions, Peter Sagan and Amalie Dideriksen, speaking in the breathtaking Palazzo Sansedoni – Fondazione Monte dei Paschi (Quartier Generale della Corsa), in Piazza del Campo, Siena.
Photo Gallery – UCI Road World Champions
Start list – Strade Bianche NamedSport
Race Programme – Strade Bianche NamedSport
Start list – Strade Bianche Women Elite NamedSport
Race Programme – Strade Bianche Women Elite NamedSport
Before the start of the Press Conference, the Deputy Director of Fondazione Monte Paschi, Marco Forte, and the Head of Sport of Siena Municipality, Leonardo Tafani, gave a warm welcome to those attending.