Team BikeExchange return to Italy and the latest event on the women’s WorldTour with a strong line-up of attacking talent for Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio.
Former runner-up Amanda Spratt is back alongside fellow climber Lucy Kennedy and 2021 new signings Ane Santesteban and Urška Žigart, while double New Zealand champion Georgia Williams and Janneke Ensing will provide valuable support.
The 141km course concludes with a tough final circuit to be covered four times characterised by the intense ascent of Orino, and the final seven-kilometres are not to be underestimated, with a slightly uphill run to the finish line.
Team BikeExchange at Trofeo Alfredo Binda:
Janneke Ensing (NED)
Lucy Kennedy (AUS)
Ane Santesteban (ESP)
Amanda Spratt (AUS)
Georgia Williams (NZL)
Urška Žigart (SLO)
“2019 Trofeo brings great memories for me when I finished second. It’s always a race that I love, and it really feels like a home race because I have spent so many hours training on these roads over my career, plus it’s close to our team base. For these reasons I’m always at the start line with such high motivation for a good result. I’ve often had good performances at this race and been close before with fourth but to finally be on the podium actually felt quite emotional.
“It was great to be back with the team in Nokere. I left there with good feelings and especially seeing how strong the team were with Grace’s second place. I like to mix my role in the team, so it was good to be a support rider there and the legs felt quite ok. It was of course very different to Binda, but I expect with a couple of easier days the condition will be good for Sunday.
“I think we line-up with a really strong team for this race. I am excited to race with Urška for the first time. It’s great to see Georgia back in the kind of form she was in a couple of years ago and together with Lucy, Ane and Janneke I think we can aim to have a hard race and good numbers in the last few laps to take our chances. I think this race can suit someone willing to take an opportunity and so I’m excited to see what we can achieve together and play the game well with our numbers all the way to the line.”
Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas (Sport Director):
“We are going with no result expectation but with an aggressive mindset. This is a race that suits our team when raced hard and we’ll take the initiative if needed.
“For sure we have a strong team, we didn’t have our best day at Strade Blanche two weeks ago, but they are all looking forward to turning that around. They are all in good form and with a great atmosphere.
“Thinking about this Sunday’s race I believe it will be a very tough competition, as usual it’s a race that’s quite open, it could be a break or a reduce bunch to the line”.
Trofeo Alfredo Binda Race Details:
Sunday, 21st March: Cocquio Trevisago-Cittiglio, 141.8km
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