The Trofeo Alfredo Binda, the longest-running race in the UCI Women’s World Tour, is always a fan favourite, but this year even better than usual, because we could watch it all live – and there are also highlights of the Trofeo da Moreno, the junior Nations Cup race that runs on the same roads before the elite women.
Binda lived up to expectations – and with a surprise winner! The 2017 Classics season have been amazing so far, and if you’re worried that it couldn’t live up to the Strade Bianche and the Ronde van Drenthe, don’t – it was another unpredictable race, despite the unseasonable sunshine!
There will be a lot more highlights to come, but as we have some good things to watch already, I’ll put this up now, and then edit more in as I see it. I’ll start with the 9 min highlights from the UCI and 45min highlights from RAI, then some explanation about the livestream, as it was definitely idiosyncratic!
The official Trofeo Binda livestream was this really quirky, idiosyncratic stream. Cycling Sports Promotion, who run the race, is NOT a rich organisation, but each year they’ve been stepping up the coverage, from a race ticker, to twitter, to last year’s fixed camera on the finish-line, to this year’s stream.
Despite issues of signal problems in parts of the lap, the race moto not being able to stay with the race on the dangerous Orino descent, and of course, no budget for helicopters etc, they still did an excellent job, with commentary in Italian and English. It got a little bit confusing when they were swapping between the Junior highlights and Elite races (pro-tip: the Juniors were mostly in national kit, and of course, are smaller!) but I really loved this stream. My favourite part was when ex-pro Mick Rogers came on, and was talking in Italian and being translated into English! They did a fantastic job with limited resources, and I loved it.
However, it helped because I was watching it with the live updates on twitter, and lots of community conversation about it, so I don’t know exactly what it would be like watching it alone and after the fact. But as some friends said:
As Caroline says, it really was like being at a race, and it’s definitely one of the streams we’ll talk about for years! That said, I’m REALLY glad we got the good quality RAI highlights as well! The entire thing is here – the last 68km, where they hit the last 4 local laps, start around 1:45:00
1. Coryn Rivera (USA) Sunweb, 3:25:26
2. Arlenis Sierra Cañadilla (Cub) Astana, s.t.
3. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervélo-Bigla, s.t.
4. Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels-Dolmans, + 00:02
5. Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM, s.t.
6. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) ORICA-Scott, s.t.
7. Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana, s.t.
8. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Procycling, s.t.
9. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle-High5, s.t.
10. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervélo-Bigla, s.t.
Two stats, courtesy of Peter van der Veen:
- the average age of that podium = 23
- the average age of the WorldTour winners so far = 23
I wonder if the season is going to continue like that?
Read Rivera’s reactions on the Sunweb race report, with photo gallery
Am I dreaming? Or did this actually happen today? Not just my first World Tour victory ever, but also @teamsunweb 's first World Tour win of the season! 🤙🏾💨SCH . . No words can describe this feeling. But I wouldn't even have come close if it wasn't for these girls @emvandijk @juliettelabous @sabrinastultiens @rozanneslik @leahkirchmann !!! . . . . #keepchallenging #creatingmemories #livbeyond #actuallyican #ifeelborn #worldtour #uciwwt #cycling #womenscycling #springclassics #springbreak #didthatjusthappen #SCH #teamworkmakesthedreawork
Read Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig’s comments on the Cervélo-Bigla website
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The UCI video following ORICA at the race:
Wiggle High5’s race video:
Junior Nations Cup #1: Trofeo da Moreno
One of the things I love best about the Trofeo Binda is that before the elite women race, the juniors get to ride on the same roads. It’s really special event, and I love that it’s part of the brand new Junior Nations Cup.
There are highlights within the elite women’s full stream – but I’m sure there’ll be specific highlights later.
1. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Netherlands, 1:45:18
2. Clara Copponi (Fra) France, s.t.
3. Martina Fidanza (Ita) Eurotarget Still Bike s.t.
4. Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Vecchia Fontana, s.t.
5. Jessica Roberts (Gbr) Great Britain, s.t.
6. Jade Wiel (Fra) France, s.t.
7. Marta Jaskulska (Pol) Poland, s.t.
8. Laura Tomasi (Ita) Wilier Breganze, s.t.
9. Noa Jansen (Ned) Lares Waowdeals, s.t.
10. Georgi Pfeiffer (GBr) Great Britain, s.t.
As always, if you see more media and videos, please do share, in the comments, or on twitter.
The next women’s WorldTour is the Gent-Wevelgem, on 26th March, which definitely won’t be live, but I’ll put a guide to following the race up during the week.
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