Team BikeExchange-Jayco women’s squad return to Italy for the latest round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour at the historic Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio on Sunday.
Basque climber Ane Santesteban returns to action after being forced to miss Strade Bianche following a crash in the recon, while Amanda Spratt continues her comeback to racing at the race she finished second at in 2019.
Arianna Fidanza and Teniel Campbell will look to carry their recent strong performances in Belgium over to Italy alongside Urška Žigart, while Chelsie Tan will line-up for her first WorldTour event.
The elite women’s course is divided into three different sections, the first section includes a 7km loop to be repeated twice. Then follows a second stretch up to Luino, with the Grantola and Brinzio climbs. Finally, the peloton will cover the traditional final circuit, to be repeated four times, before the finish in Cittiglio.
Team BikeExchange-Jayco Line-Up:
Teniel Campbell (TTO)
Arianna Fidanza (ITA)
Ane Santesteban (ESP)
Amanda Spratt (AUS)
Chelsie Tan Wei Shi (SGP)
Urška Žigart (SLO)
“After my crash during the recon of Strade Bianche, I stopped for a few days without using the bike. In the last week, I have started to feel much better, and my condition has also improved.
The Trofeo Binda has always been an open race and therefore it’s difficult to predict what might happen. In recent years, for example, we have arrived with a sprint, other times there has been a breakaway of five or six riders. I imagine the final circuit will be on fire and I would like to be there with the best”.
Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas (Sport Director):
“This year’s course is the same as that of the 2021 edition and I expect a progressive selection and a small number of riders to compete for the final victory. We have a good team, Ane Santesteban will be our protected rider, but we have some open options for other riders.
Our team goal is to be part of the game as long as possible, we have options to race both aggressively and we’re also ready for a reduce group sprint. We aim, as usual to reach the best result possible.”
2022 Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Race Details:
Sunday, 20th March: Cocquio Trevisago – Cittiglio, 143km
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