Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team returns to Italy for round three in the UCI Women’s WorldTour on Sunday, when the Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio, or Trofeo Binda in short, will be held. World champion Chantal Blaak takes to the start along with Megan Guarnier and former world champion Amalie Dideriksen. They are supported by Karol-Ann Canuel, Anna Plichta and Jip van den Bos.
Guarnier came close to winning the race in 2016, when she sprinted to second place behind Lizzie Deignan, who at the time repeated her win of 2015. Last year, the race finished in a historic bunch sprint in which Blaak just missed the podium in fourth place. Both women are going after the victory again this year.
"I love racing in Italy, because the courses are always challenging," said Guarnier. "The scenery is beautiful, and pasta is my favorite pre-race meal!"
Since the 2018 Women’s WorldTour opener at the Strade Bianche, Anna van der Breggen leads the Women’s WorldTour individual classification, while Amy Pieters jumped to second place after her Ronde van Drenthe victory. Neither will defend her position in the classification, deciding to focus on the Belgian classics later in spring instead.
“The Women’s WorldTour classification is never a goal for me, it wasn’t the case either last year,” said Van der Breggen. “I just aim for the win in specific races and if that leads to the lead in the Women’s WorldTour, that’s a bonus.”
The start for the Trofeo Alfredo Binda on Sunday 18 March will be given at 12.15pm CET. The race starts with a 22.2-kilometre initial route that takes the peloton from the start in Taino to the finish line in Cittiglio. After the first passage of the finish line, a 37.7-kilometre lap is followed by four laps on the 17.8-kilometre finishing circuit.
QOM points will be given to the first rider to arrive atop the Cunardo on the long lap and points are up for grabs as well atop the Orino on each of the final four laps. Additionally, there are four intermediate sprints.
The race will be live on RAI Sport at 2.30pm CET and a livestream will be provided as well. We will post a link as soon as we have it. Follow the official Twitter account @TrofeoBinda, the official race hashtag #TrBinda or the Women’s WorldTour hashtag #UCIWWT for live updates on the race via Twitter. The race is expected to finish around 3.45pm CET.
Boels-Dolmans for Trofeo Binda
Jip van den Bos