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“Alfredo Binda Trophy 2016 WWT” in numbers

“Alfredo Binda Trophy 2016 WWT” in numbers

Several weeks have passed since the Alfredo Binda Trophy but the echo of the last edition, won by the World Champion, Elizabeth Armitstead, is still resounding. The event was a huge success with large crowds coming out to ensure that the double date in Cittiglio would not be forgotten. Both the elite and junior races (the Da Moreno – mini Alfredo Binda Trophy), which was won by French rider, Clara Copponi, were met with great enthusiasm in a region which is passionate about cycling and strongly linked to the figure of Alfredo Binda.

The public enthusiasm is due in no small part to the “big names and numbers” that were present on the weekend of 20 March. A record 28 teams participated in the elite race, while 21 teams took part in the junior race, creating another record. One hundred and sixty-five athletes took part in the Binda Trophy. They came from all continents and included two national teams, from France and Switzerland. In total, the following countries were represented: Australia, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Guam, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and UK. There were 119 junior athletes at the start line, including 5 foreign national teams (Austria, France, Lithuania, Slovenia and Switzerland), a mixed foreign team and 15 Italian teams. The following countries were represented: Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland and UK. Participants were super-qualified with twenty current champions holding world, continental and national titles present.

The race, which started in Gavirate for the first time, passed through 20 municipalities. To organize all of the necessary services, Cycling Sport Promotion put a platoon of 80 people to work; 80 vehicles were used, between motorbikes and cars, and 350 volunteers guaranteed safety on the roads together with 150 members of the police forces. One thousand badges were distributed.

From a communication point of view, the event was given impressive coverage. Fifty journalists, from web, TV, radio, as well as photographers and film-makers followed the race. RAISPORT 1 aired 23 minutes of footage straight away on Sunday 20 March, shortly after the end of the elite race and the same images were broadcast by 7 TV on the Sky platform, thanks to Photospeed Video Service. Two radio stations were connected with Cittiglio: Radio Due Laghi and Radio Number One, the official radio station of the race. To provide maximum information on the race, 200 guides were prepared and printed for the athletes, 150 technical guides, 1,000 brochures, 10,000 flyers, 7,500 leaflets and 40 press releases were sent. The experiment of live-streaming the event was a success with 6,615 visits during the races and a further 501 visits over the following days. Various videos from the day are available on Youtube, with almost 20,000 visualizations overall. Posts on Facebook have reached 2,339 contacts, the Twitter account @TrofeoBinda published 132 messages on Sunday 20 March with 245,286 visualizations (twitter analytics) compared to 127,043 on 29/3/2015 (the previous edition). Twitter followers went from 1,001 in July 2015 (Trofeo Almar Coppa dei Laghi U23) to 1,421 today. Monthly twitter visualisations reached 386,000 as opposed to 198,000 in 2015. This year the event had an Instagram account for the first time and photographs were sent throughout the day, interacting with twitter. A total of 85 photographs were posted with about 100 followers, contact with 215 users and 614 likes. Live web coverage of the event was guaranteed by www.tuttobiciweb.it as well as by the social networks connected to http://cyclingsportpromotion.com.

This event in the Valcuvia region was also an excellent promotional tool for the area, with about 1,200 hotel nights over the week, staying in the twelve hotels selected by the organisers. At the finish line in Cittiglio, about 8,000 spectators were counted. They were entertained by 5 folkloristic groups.

Big numbers but perhaps the most satisfying numbers relate to another aspect: “the number of children involved in the “Pedala, Pedala in Sicurezza (Pedal, pedal safely)” project that kept us busy in the months before the two races – noted Mario Minervino, president of Cycling Sport Promotion – 1,500 children, all enthusiastic about cycling and their bikes. With regard to the two races, we managed to create an event that was appreciated both by the workers and the public, who were numerous at the finish line in Cittiglio and along the routes of the two races. By holding the event a week earlier than usual, the tourist season also started early in the whole area and we were able to showcase our strong points in all sectors. I would like to thank all the associations, companies and local administrations who supported us, as well as the police forces and volunteers. Without the precious help of all of these, it would be impossible to organise a competition of this level. Thanks to everyone and we look forward to seeing you in July for the Under 23 Nation’s Cup”. (Photo F. Ossola)

Thanks to Angelo Gaudenzi, the images of the event of 20 March last can be found at the following links:
– BINDA TROPHY: http://youtu.be/6r1v3G9gpzs
– DA MORENO TROPHY: http://youtu.be/dYvkHvxXgvI
– PRESENTATION OF TEAMS: http://youtu.be/D9ZcOoru0Xo

Gallery: http://cyclingsportpromotion.com/gallery/trofeo-alfredo-binda-womens-world-tour-foto-f-ossola/

World Champion Elizabeth Armitstead triumphs at the “Alfredo Binda Women’s World Tour”

World Champion Elizabeth Armitstead triumphs at the “Alfredo Binda Women’s World Tour”

Today in Cittiglio, World Champion Elizabeth Armitstead won the 18th Alfredo Binda Trophy, third event in the 2016 calendar of the Women’s World Tour. She sprang into action in the final kilometre when she was in the company of seven other riders who broke away with the world champion during the second last climb of the Orino, 20 km from the end. This was the second successive victory for Armitstead in this spring classic organised by Cycling Sport Promotion and its president, Mario Minervino. Armitstead won the race with arms up, well ahead of her teammate Megan Guarnier, who beat the rest of the competition. Third place went to Jolanda Neff; followed by Emma Johannson, Alena Amialiusik, Katarzyna Niewiadoma and Annemiek Van Vleuten. The first Italian to cross the line was Giorgia Bronzini, who finished in tenth place together with a small group, a little over a minute behind the winner. There were 164 athletes at the start line: compared to the start list, only Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam) did not participate.

Marta Bastianelli (Ale Cipollini) was the first to break away, straight after the start. She was imitated soon afterwards by Emilia Fahlin (Ale Cipollini). The first concrete attack was made by Carmen Small (Cervelo) and Ann Sophie Duyck (Totsport Vlaanderen) who, about 50 km into the race, had about a minute advantage on the group. On the Casale climb, Carmen Small broke away from Ann Sophie Duyck while the group followed at about 50 seconds. The group compacted again 50 km from the finish. The first to transit the Orino GPM, 80 km into the race, was Swiss rider, Jolanda Neff (Servetto). On the second last time climbing the Orino, just after 90 km, a group of eight broke away: Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans), Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans), Emma Johansson (Wiggle), Anna Van Der Breggen (Raboliv), Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Raboliv), Alena Amialiusik (Canyon), Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica) and Jolanda Neff (Servetto Footon).

- Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team), current world champion, won three 2015 World Cup events and the final general ranking. She was also winner of the last edition of the “Alfredo Binda Trophy”. So far in 2016, she has won the “Strade Bianche – World Tour”, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Alfredo Binda Trophy. The winner declared the following: “on the first attack, I worked a bit harder than the coach wanted. I didn’t want to lose sight of Neff. Bronzini was also very strong. I was supposed to be working for Megan Guarnier today but I tried an attack and it went well. It’s very special to win wearing the rainbow jersey in Italy because the jersey is more recognised and appreciated here. My main objective now is to win the Olympics and realize my dream. I miss track cycling but I don’t miss the training! The road is my real passion though. My life hasn’t changed much since becoming world champion because I am able to keep things balanced. Winning gives me the confidence to know that I can perform when I have to.”

- Brian Cookson, president of the UCI, when asked about the possibility of another world championships in the province of Varese: “Of course we can dream of another world championships, especially with organisers as competent as Mario Minervino and in such a beautiful setting”. On the same subject, however, Mario Minervino declared: “after organising Florence, I don’t think it’s for me. I already work hard enough to prepare the Binda and Da Moreno Trophies and the Almar Trophy at the end of July”. (Photo Flaviano Ossola)

Final results:
1) Elizabeth Armitstead (Boel Dolmans) km 123 in 3h11’10” media km/h 43,699
2) Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) a 1”
3) Jolanda Neff (Servetto Footon); a 4”
4) Emma Johansson (Wiggle)
5) Alena Amaliusik (Canyon)
6) Anna Van Der Breggen (Raboliv)
7) Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Raboliv)
8) Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica)
9) Lauren Kitchen (Hitec)
10) Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle) a 1’08”

Start list “Trofeo Alfredo Binda” and “Trofeo Da Moreno”

Start list “Trofeo Alfredo Binda” and “Trofeo Da Moreno”

Tomorrow, Sunday 20 March, is the eve of Spring and female cycling will celebrate the arrival of the season favoured by cyclists with a double event; the eighteenth edition of the Alfredo Binda Trophy, the race which has been included in the calendar of the newborn Women’s World Tour, and the fourth edition of the Da Moreno – mini-Alfredo Binda Trophy, which will inaugurate the UCI junior women’s Nations’ Cup. The Da Moreno Trophy will start from Gavirate (Varese) at 9.15 and finish in Cittiglio after 66 km. Once the athletes reach Cittiglio, they will repeat the circuit from Brenta to Casalzuigno and Cittiglio five times, followed by the final 17 km through Brenta, Casalzuigno, Cuveglio, Cuvio, Orino, Azzio, Gemonio and Cittiglio.

The Alfredo Binda Trophy will cover a 123 km route, starting from Gavirate at 13.30. After a 5 km ride towards Bardello, the route returns to Gavirate, then continues on to Cocquio Trevisago, Gemonio and Cittiglio where a long 38 km lap will begin, passing through Brenta Casalzuigno, Cuveglio, Rancio Valcuvia, Cassano Valcuvia, Mesenzana, Grantola, Cunardo, Bedero Valcuvia, Brinzio, Castello Cabaglio, Orino, Azzio, Gemonio, Cittiglio. This will be followed by four laps of Brenta, Casalzuigno, Cuveglio, Cuvio, Orino, Gemonio, with the race finishing in Cittiglio. Tough points will include the Grantola climb in the first 30 km, the climb to Casale di Casalzuigno, which returns as a feature of the Alfredo Binda Trophy route, then the Orino ascent, 10 km from the finish line, which is included in the final four laps. (Photo F.Ossola)

START LIST “TROFEO ALFREDO BINDA WOMEN’S WORLD TOUR”: http://cyclingsportpromotion.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/START-LIST-ELITE.pdf

START LIST “TROFEO DA MORENO”: http://cyclingsportpromotion.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/START-LIST-JUNIOR.pdf

SUNDAY 20 MARCH 2016
7:00-18:00 Permanence – Race Segretariat opens
9:00-19:00 Press Office opens for accredited journalists
12:15-13:15 Presentation of teams and start signature
13:30 Race starts
16:45 (approx) Race finish, awards ceremony
17:30 Press Conference with the winner and leaders of the Women’s World Tour classification in the Press Office

live streaming http://cyclingsportpromotion.com/live/
The Binda Trophy will also be live on the web on the website www.tuttobiciweb,
TWITTER – Hashtag #TRBINDA #UCIWWT
YOUTUBE – Channel: Cycling Sport Promotion – https://www.youtube.com/user/trofeobinda
INSTAGRAM – Account: Cycling Sport Promotion – https://www.instagram.com/cyclingsportpromotion/
FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/Cycling-Sport-Promotion-168522953165323/
The highlights of the Binda Trophy will be transmitted by RAISPORT 1, on Sunday 20 March at 17.00, with commentary by Piergiorgio Severini and Monia Baccaille.

The “Alfredo Binda Trophy” in live streaming and on Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, live web

The “Alfredo Binda Trophy” in live streaming and on Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, live web

On Sunday, two races will take place in Cittiglio (Varese): the eighteenth edition of the Alfredo Binda Trophy, part of the new-born Women’s World Tour and the fourth edition of the Da Moreno – mini-Alfredo Binda Trophy, the race which will inaugurate the UCI junior women’s Nation’s Cup. This year, more than ever before, images and news from both races will be available in real time. It will be possible to follow the race in live streaming (http://cyclingsportpromotion.com/live/) from 13:30. Angelo Gaudenzi will provide technical support, while news will be brought to us by Lorenzo Franzetti who will interview lots of guests at the finish line in Cittiglio between laps: “the Binda Trophy will share images from the race on the web – announced Mario Minervino, president of Cycling Sport Promotion – and we will be able to update everyone who is interested in receiving news as it happens. We believe that this is the future of communication in cycling and it will be our first experience with this fantastic opportunity”. The Binda Trophy will also be live on the web on the website www.tuttobiciweb, thanks to Paolo Broggi and on the most popular social networks, thanks to Fabrizio Sansottera:

- TWITTER – Hashtag #TRBINDA #UCIWWT

- YOUTUBE – Channel: Cycling Sport Promotion – https://www.youtube.com/user/trofeobinda

- INSTAGRAM – Account: Cycling Sport Promotion – https://www.instagram.com/cyclingsportpromotion/

- FACEBOOKhttps://www.facebook.com/Cycling-Sport-Promotion-168522953165323/

The highlights of the Binda Trophy will be transmitted by RAISPORT 1, on Sunday 20 March at 17.00, with commentary by Piergiorgio Severini and Monia Baccaille. (Photo F. Ossola)

VIDEO

- Storia “Trofeo Binda – Coppa del Mondo” di Angelo Gaudenzi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S8vuBoHTs4

- Video Promo Gavirate (sede di partenza gare) di Flaviano Ossola: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3jp4qcrd_Q

168 athletes, representing 28 teams, are registered to participate in the “Alfredo Binda Trophy”

168 athletes, representing 28 teams, are registered to participate in the “Alfredo Binda Trophy”

The 18th edition of the Alfredo Binda Trophy will take place on Sunday in Cittiglio. The race is included in the calendar of the newborn Women’s World Tour. As of today, 168 cyclists have registered to participate, representing 28 teams, including national teams from France and Switzerland. In total, the following countries are all represented: Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guam, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA. Here is a selection of the best riders: (Photo F. Ossola)

- Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team): current World Champion, winner of three trials and overall winner of the 2015 World Cup. Winner of the last edition of the “Alfredo Binda Trophy”. In 2016 she has already won the “Strade Bianche – World Tour” and the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

- Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team): vice world champion in team time trial, winner of various stages of the Giro d’Italia. Ninth place in the last edition of the “Giro Rosa”. She recently established the new Hour Record.

- Eleonora Van Dijk (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team): World time trial Champion 2013, current European time trial champion and second in the world team time trial. Winner of the third stage and third overall in the “Tour of Qatar 2016”.

- Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team): winner of the “Strade Bianche 2015”, winner of one stage of the “Giro Rosa 2015” and third overall (6 days wearing the pink jersey). Third overall in the time trial at the World Championships 2015, current national champion and winner of the “Tour of Norway 2015”. This year she came sixth in the “Strade Bianche”.

- Mara Abbott (Wiggle – High5): twice winner of the “Giro d’Italia”. In 2015 she won the last stage of the “Giro d’Italia” and finished second overall. Overall first in the “Tour of the Gila” and “Redlands Bicycle Classic”.

- Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle – High5): two times World Road Champion and winner on the track. In 2015 she won the “Tour of Chongming Island”, part of the World Cup circuit, two stages of the “Route de France” and the “Molecaten Drentse 8 Van Westerveld”.

- Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle – High5): current national champion of Japan, this year, she has already won the Asian time trial championships. Last season she won the Morbegno stage at the “Giro d’Italia” and a stage of the “Tour de Bretagne”.

- Emma Johansson (Wiggle – High5): current Swedish road and time trial champion. She won the “Alfredo Binda Trophy” in 2014. Fifth in the last World Championships. So far in 2016 she made the podium at the “Strade Bianche” and at the “Le Samyn des Dames”.

- Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo – Liv Women Cycling Team): current French champion. In 2015 she won the Aprica stage of the “Giro d’Italia” and came second at the “Alfredo Binda Trophy”. She has been world road, MTB and Cyclo-cross champion (the only woman in the world to have achieved this).

- Anna Van Der Breggen (Rabo – Liv Women Cycling Team): first in the international ranking in 2015. Last season she came third in the “Alfredo Binda Trophy”, she won the “Flèche Wallonne” (CDM), the national time trial championships, a stage and the overall classification at the “Giro d’Italia” and two silver medals at the World Championships. Current leader of the “Women’s World Tour”, after coming fifth at the “Strade Bianche” and fourth at the “Ronde van Drenthe’’.

- Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo – Liv Women Cycling Team): in 2015 she won the overall Emakumeen Euskal Bira and the European Under 23 Championships. Fifth in the “Giro d’Italia” and third in the team time trials at the World Championships. In 2016 she came second at the “Strade Bianche”. Leader in the Youth World Tour.

- Lisa Brennauer (Canyon SRAM Racing): in 2015 she won the Energiewacht Tour, two stages and the overall “Boels Holland Ladies Tour, and the gold medal in the team time trial at the World Championships. At the World Championships in Richmond, she won bronze in the time trial.

- Trixi Worrack (Canyon SRAM Racing): just a few days ago she won the “Ladies Tour of Qatar 2016”, taking second place in the second stage and fourth place overall. Last Saturday she came third in the “Ronde van Drenthe”.

- Alena Amialiusik (Canyon SRAM Racing): current Belorussian road and time trial champion. In 2015 shw won at the European Games in Baku, she won the overall “Gracia-Orlova” and the team time trial at the World Championships.

- Elena Cecchini (Canyon SRAM Racing): twice Italian road champion, in 2015 she won the tricolour title at Superga and the second stage of the “Festival Luxembourgeois du Cyclisme”. This year she has already won the Italian Derny track championships.

- Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team): in 2015 she won the South African road and time trial championships and the African road and time trial championships. Fourth in the “Giro d’Italia”, with four third places in four stages, second in the Emakumeen Euskal Bira, second at the “Giro dell’Emilia”.

- Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica – AIS): in 2015 she won the opening stages of the “Giro d’Italia”, the “Giro della Toscana” and the Emakumeen Euskal Bira. Third in the time trials at the European Games in Baku, second at the “Flèche Wallonne” (CDM) and fourth at the “Tour of Flanders”. In 2016 she took sixth place at the “Omloop van het Hageland, seventh at the “Strade Bianche” and ninth at the “Ronde van Drenthe”.

- Amanda Spratt (Orica – AIS): in 2016 she has already won the Australian championships and the important 1.2 competition “Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race”.

- Katrin Garfoot (Orica – AIS): in 2016 she has won the Australian time trial championships, the first stage and overall “Santos Women’s Tour” and the second stage of the “Ladies Tour of Qatar”. Fourth in the “Tour of Qatar”.

- Tatiana Guderzo (Hitec Products): World Champion in 2009, last season she won silver at the Italian time trial Championships, she also won the first stage fo the “Tour of Chongming Island” (2.2).

- Shelley Olds (Cylance Pro Cycling): this year she has already taken a second and two fourth places at the “Santos Women’s Tour”, second place in the overall classification at the “Santos Women’s Tour” and two fifth places at the “Ladies Tour of Qatar”. Sixth at the ‘’Ronde van Drenthe 2016’’ and fifth at the “Omloop Het Niuswblad 2016’’.

- Rossella Ratto (Cylance Pro Cycling): bronze medalist at the 2013 World Championships. Last season she finished fourth at the Italian time trial Championships, third overall at the “Tour de l’Ardeche”, fifth at the European Games in Baku and fourth in the third stage of the Emakumeen Euskal Bira.

- Linda Melanie Villumsen (Unitedhealthcare): current world time trial champion

- Ilaria Sanguineti (BePink): European number 2 Under 23, in 2015 she won the first stage and overall “Tour de Bretagne”.

- Silvia Valsecchi (BePink): current Italian time trial champion. In 2015 she came second in the “Tour de Bretagne” time trial.

- Sofia Bertizzolo (Astana Women’s Team): Italian and European champion and Junior World vice-champion in 2014, in 2015 she won the “Da Moreno – mini-Alfredo Binda Trophy”.

- Arianna Fidanza (Astana Women’s Team): in the first part of 2016 she has finished in 8th and 11th place, respectively in the fourth and first stages of the “Ladies Tour of Qatar”.

- Marta Bastianelli (Alè – Cipollini – Galassia): World Champion in 2007. Last season she won the first stage of the “Giro della Toscana” and she finished second in the fourth stage of the “Giro d’Italia”. Fifth at the Italian time trial Championships and second in the third stage of the “Boels Holland Ladies Tour”. In 2016 she has already won the Omloop van het Hageland.

- Malgorzata Jasinska (Alè – Cipollini – Galassia): current Polish champion. In 2015 she won the last stage and the overall classification in the “Giro della Toscana”. In 2016 she has won the “Gran Prix San Luis Femenino”, three third places at the “Tour Femenino de San Luis” and was second in the overall classification.

- Dalia Muccioli (Alè – Cipollini – Galassia): Italian champion in 2013. In 2015 she came third in the Italian Championships at Superga.

- Claudia Lichtenberg (Lotto Soudal Ladies): winner of the “Giro d’Italia” in 2009. Eighth at the “Strade Bianche 2016”

- Jolanda Neff (Servetto – Footon): World MTB champion, current Swiss champion, in 2015 she came fourth in the “Giro dell’Emilia”, sixth at the “Alfredo Binda Trophy” and ninth at the World Championships in Richmond.

- Nicole Brandli (Servetto – Footon): winner of three editions of the “Giro d’Italia”, she reached the podium three times at the World Championships. She won the “Alfredo Binda Trophy” in 2001. She returns to the race this year after a 6 year break.

- Eva Lechner (Servetto – Footon): World and continental MTB champion on several occasions, she has already been Italian road, cyclorcross and MTB champion.

- Anna Potokina (Servetto – Footon): current Russian champion.

- Tetiana Riabchenko (Inpa – Bianchi): current Ukrainian champion.

ENTRY LIST (PROVISIONAL): http://cyclingsportpromotion.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Trofeo_Binda-2016-PROVISIONAL-ENTRY-LIST-150316.pdf