CCC-Liv handed out its business card in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda (UCI Women's World Tour) in Italy. After excellent preparatory work by the entire orange team, Marianne Vos showed her class in the final sprint. She convincingly outsprinted a group which also included Ashleigh Moolman Pasio.
The peloton maintained a brutal pace in the beginning of the race and it was difficult for adventurers to sneak away. Yet some riders took their chance and were (briefly) successful with their attempt, including Taylor Wiles and Grace Brown. After CCC-Liv’s efforts, amongst others, attacks were defused.
Ashleigh Moolman Pasio increased the pace in the penultimate lap on the Orino, causing the split of the peloton. After the climb, the speed dropped and pursuers could reconnect. Demi Vollering chose the attack when the top riders caught their breath and prepared for the final fireworks.
When the Dutch rider was caught nine kilometres from the finish, the real spectacle began. Kasia Niewiadoma attacked on the last climb of the Orino, but Ashleigh stayed in her wheel. A few candidate winners - including Marianne Vos - joined in, forming an elite group of eight that could compete for the victory. Both Ashleigh and Marianne responded attentively to attacks in an all-or-not attempt by competitors who wanted to avoid a sprint.
Ashleigh took the lead in the last three kilometres for the benefit of Marianne when a chasing group of sprinters tried to return to the front. Meanwhile, Marianne could prepare for a sprint. With a few spins on the pedals, she convincingly sprinted to the victory flowers. It was the fourth time that she won here in Cittiglio.
Team tactics carried out to perfection
“This is an amazing victory for the entire team”, says sports director Jeroen Blijlevens. “The team tactics have been executed to perfection today. Riejanne Markus and Jeanne Korevaar, in particular, responded nicely to accelerations and escape attempts, so that Ashleigh and Marianne could start freshly at the final.”
“In the final two laps, Ashleigh would attack to drop as many sprinters as possible which worked well. Ashleigh and Marianne positively played into the advantage of the numbers in the last kilometres. When a chasing group came awfully close, Ashleigh accelerated from the front so that Marianne did not have to worry about competing with more strong sprinters.”
Photo credits: Cor Vos