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Ninth place for Bronzini after an attacking Trofeo Binda World Cup

ggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Giorgia Bronzini sprinted into ninth place at the end of the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, the second race of the 2014 World Cup, in Cittiglio, Italy, today. The former two-time World Road Champion was easily able to outpace the second group on the road, which arrived at the finish just 49 seconds behind the winning move of eight riders.


The race, whose warm, sunny conditions could hardly be more different to last year’s heavy rain, was subject to constant breakaways, the biggest of which featured Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Mayuko Hagiwara.

“I surprised myself because when I finished the GP Cornaredo the other day it was not such a good sensation in the final of the race,” said Bronzini. “I’ve had some problems in my legs this week, but I’ve solved that, but I didn’t expect to be so strong today.

“I tried to be in a break because I would like to be in the focus of the race, but it was impossible because I think all of the other riders saw me in good shape today so they were afraid to bring me to the finish line.”

Unfortunately, although Bronzini had been able to comfortably stay with the front of the peloton with Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling teammate Linda Villumsen, the final acceleration on the final ascent of the steep Orino climb proved to be just too much for the sprinter from  Piacenza.

“This happened in the last lap, and I tried hard with Linda to be there, but for us it was impossible to follow in the climb,” Bronzini said. “I’m a sprinter, I must remember that, so it was so heavy in the final. We gave the maximum, Linda tried to close the gap, but she was alone and it was too much. So she pulled me in the sprint and I won easily.


“I was happy for the ninth place in the race, because it’s a World Cup, and we look forward to Flanders.

“Everything was perfect with our riders,” Bronzini added. “All the girls did a really great job, mostly Mayuko and Anna Sanchis, because they sometimes have problems staying with the front bunch, but today they gave everything. It was an amazing job by the team.”

Hagiwara went clear in a group of six riders on the race’s first long lap, and was able to get more than 40 seconds clear before being reeled in by the peloton.

“Today my job was to follow all the attacks,” the former eight-time Japanese champion explained. “So I stayed near the front, but also in my radio I heard Giorgia shout ‘Go Mayuko go!’ so I just followed the attack.

“We had six riders, but one wasn’t working,” she continued. “Lucinda Brand [Rabo-Liv] did a lot of work so I worked with everyone. Brand attacked and I was able to follow her, and I was quite comfortable.

“My mind was okay, but my legs were finished on the climb,” she added on her return to the peloton. “I wanted to stay in the bunch longer, to work for the team more.


“Today was like summer,” she smiled. “It was good for everyone.”

For Bronzini the team’s camp, coupled with the first warm weather races of the year, have given the black and orange team good morale as it heads into the Northern Classics.

“I really believe in this team and I put all my power into getting a big result,” she said. “When the spring really comes we will find a lot of victories, I’m sure of that.”

1. Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS)
2. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
3. Alena Amialiusik (Astana-Be Pink)

9. Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)

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