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Re: 2018 Women's WorldTour
« on: March 19, 2018, 10:35 »
Yesterday saw another hard race at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda. 131.7 km consisting of a short point-to-point from Taino to Cittiglio, one large circuit, and four laps of a 17.8-km circuit with two climbs - Casale short and steep, Orino 4 km long and gradual.

Not much happened until the second of those four laps where #canyon Alena Amialiusik[1] & #ale Ane Santesteban (plus briefly #wiggle Elinor Barker) went away, but they never got more than a minute. On the penultimate lap #boels Megan Guarnier & #mov Małgorzata Jasińska jumped across the 20-second gap. Those four had 57 seconds going into the final lap, but mainly #sun #wiggle #mts halved that within two kilometres (not exactly hampered by a very eager camera moto that may have given the chasers some slipstream).

#canyon Katarzyna Niewiadoma opened up on the Casale climb, catching the front group and reducing a fairly large peloton to only 12-13 riders (that she, #boels Karol-Ann Canuel & #wiggle Elisa Longo Borghini - the local hero, living only a few km away from the course - descended away from only to be caught again). On the Orini climb, after some failed attempts by #canyon Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Amialiusik[2] & Canuel, Kaśia put in her second dig, and nobody could follow.

Official reporting by yours truly:
CN: Niewiadoma solos to victory in rainy Trofeo Alfredo Binda
CN: Niewiadoma takes inspiration from Nibali with daring Trofeo Alfredo Binda attack

Did Kaśia 'do a Nibali' - or did Nibali 'do a Kaśia' on the Poggio before it was called that?
We'll never know. ;)
After the top of the climb, the Pole continued on without second thought. She said that she had been inspired by a similar all-or-nothing attack in the men's Milan-San Remo the day before. "We were watching Milan-San Remo, and we saw Nibali's move where he attacked and never looked back. He mentioned that afterwards in the interview that he just went all-out and wanted to give all that he had left in his legs. And I thought that was so inspiring, to just do everything you can and keep on going, never looking back. I am so, so happy to deliver this victory to the team after this great effort."

Kaśia got a frog on the podium! :shy

And she's now the leader of the WWT.

Next up, the confusedly-named Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne one-day race on Thursday. 151.7 km from Brugge to De Panne, flat as a Belgian pancake, mostly going along the coast. Race outcome will probably depend a lot on the wind - with a westerly wind, echelons galore, without it, sprint.
I guess the sprinters need something too. :P
 1. who else?
 2. bloody hell, she's strong
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