Elisa Longo Borghini made a decisive move 25km out to win the 2021 edition of Trofeo Alfredo Binda.
The 141.8-km course consisted of one lap around Cittiglio before four laps of a loop that consisted of ascents of Orino and Casalzuigno. And it was during the penultimate lap that the Trek-Segafredo rider Longo Borghini fashioned a gap.
The Italian champion opened up an advantage approaching a minute over a five-rider group that included Soraya Paladin (Liv Racing), Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM Racing), Mavi Garcia (Ale BTC Ljubljana Cipollini), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Marianne Vos (Team Jumbo-Visma) as she crested Orino.
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Vos, a four-time winner of Trofeo Alfredo, attempted to reel in the Italian champion on the way into Cittiglio, but Longo Borghini, second at Strade Bianche Donne earlier in April, executed to perfection to ride across the finish line in her national champion's jersey.
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“It’s all or nothing. Jasper inspired me yesterday with that, so I also thought about ‘it’s all or nothing,’” said Longo Borghini after the race.
Sometimes you have to play poker. If there’s an option to attack, I will always choose to attack.
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Dutchwoman Vos, winner in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2019, won a bunch sprint on the uphill finish to take second - coming in one minute and 42 seconds in arrears - with Uttrup Ludwig third.
The win follows Trek-Segafredo's success at the Healthy Ageing Tour - where Ellen van Dijk won Stage 2 on her way to the GC - and marked their first WorldTour victory of the year.
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