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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

The “Binda Trophy” week begins and the Valcuvia region is looking forward to welcoming cyclists from all over the world

The “Binda Trophy” week begins and the Valcuvia region is looking forward to welcoming cyclists from all over the world

The Binda Trophy week begins and Cittiglio, Gavirate and the whole Valcuvia region are finalising the preparations for the double event on Sunday; the Alfredo Binda Trophy for elite women and the Da Moreno Trophy for junior women; two events that can hold their own with any other race in the world: “We are putting the finishing touches on all aspects of the race – explained Mario Minervino, leader of Cycling Sport Promotion which organises the two races – we have already installed a large part of the communication that distinguishes the events: the roundabouts, the billboard at the Colacem factory, we are about to put up the flags and the posters that announce Sunday’s races all over the region. We will soon start to set up the stage and the structures for the start and finish lines. Then it will be the turn of the arches and all the rest. The weather should be good all week and this will make our work easier; after the recent snows, we can breathe a sigh of relief. Now we are just waiting for the athletes, their staff and the fans, on Sunday, for whom we have prepared a full programme of entertainment”. Those who arrive in Cittiglio on Friday will already find fun; lots of music, entertainment and good food right up until Sunday afternoon. Don’t miss out! (Photo F.Ossola)

“Alfredo Binda Trophy” radio advertisements

“Alfredo Binda Trophy” radio advertisements

Today, Thursday 10 March, the advertising campaign to promote the Alfredo Binda Trophy (female World Tour event) and the Da Moreno Trophy – mini-Alfredo Binda (international event for junior women) will begin on Radio Number One. Both races will take place on Sunday 20 March, starting from Gavirate and finishing in Cittiglio after 123 km. “Huge enthusiasm for a special day dedicated to elite female cycling. Come and see cycling at its best on the roads of Lombardy!” goes the ad which will be aired seven times a day between 7.00 am and 8.00 pm. Radio Number One, official radio of the Alfredo Binda Trophy for years, is the ideal partner for an event that attracts tens of thousands of people both at the start line and along the race circuit. Various radio presenters alternate in entertaining the public at the finish line while waiting for the outcome of the race, which is The female cycling event of the first part of the season in Italy. (Photo F.Ossola)

The “Alfredo Binda Trophy” lengthens the tourist season, ‘sold out’ in the whole southern Varese region

The “Alfredo Binda Trophy” lengthens the tourist season, ‘sold out’ in the whole southern Varese region

The numbers are astounding: all of the hospitality structures in the Varese area are booked out on the third weekend of March during the 18th Alfredo Binda Trophy – Cittiglio, one of the races of the elite female world tour and the 4th edition of the Da Moreno/mini-Binda Trophy, an international event for junior women, both of which will be held on Sunday 20 March, starting from Gavirate and finishing in Cittiglio (both in the province of Varese). “This year 140 athletes have registered for the junior race while 170 will participate in the elite event. They are from thirty different countries. – explained Mario Minervino, president of Cycling Sport Promotion, which organises the event – Add to that the various technicians, managers and masseurs of the teams, coming, as usual, from all over the world. Then, the journalists, photographers and all the operators involved in the race. We have an estimated 1,200 people staying in the area. Hotels and farm accommodation in the southern Varese region are all full: it is great news to be “sold out” and not just because of the passion and interest that the event brings out in cycling lovers. To have such an important influx at this time of year is positive for the economy of the whole area. In fact, the Binda Trophy has lengthened the season for all those working in the tourism sector and we are very proud of this. We’ll see the first team cars arriving already on Thursday 17 March”. (Photo F.Ossola)

U.C.I. president, Brian Cookson in Cittiglio for the “Alfredo Binda Trophy”

U.C.I. president, Brian Cookson in Cittiglio for the “Alfredo Binda Trophy”

The president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), Brian Cookson will be in Cittiglio on Sunday 20 March for the 18th Alfredo Binda Trophy – Cittiglio and the 4th Da Moreno Trophy/mini-Alfredo Binda Trophy that will boast record attendances this year: “Yes, it’s true – commented Mario Minervino, president of Cycling Sport Promotion who organise the event – we will be honoured by the presence of the most important executive in world cycling and it’s the first time. We will be able to show President Cookson first hand all the initiatives undertaken by the territory to make this date in the Varese province more prestigious. We will have the opportunity to talk about the Under 23 Nations’ Cup to be held at the end of July and about another surprise that we will reveal in the next few days as we are waiting for it to be made official. I would like to thank the President of the Italian Cycling Federation, Renato Di Rocco, for his assistance in bringing President Cookson to Cittiglio; it’s good to know that the work we carry out during the year is appreciated in Rome”.

“Alfredo Binda Trophy Women’s World Tour”, greetings from Fabrizio Anzani, Mayor of Cittiglio

“Alfredo Binda Trophy Women’s World Tour”, greetings from Fabrizio Anzani, Mayor of Cittiglio

With the month of March, the women’s cycling season gets off to an exciting start. On Sunday 20 March, the 18th edition of the Alfredo Binda Trophy for elite women and the 4th° Da Moreno Trophy, an international event for junior women, will take place between Gavirate and Cittiglio (both in the province of Varese). Both dates stand out in the world calendar which, this year, includes the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the World Championships in Qatar in late October.

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.

The Da Moreno Trophy will take place on Sunday 20 March, starting from Gavirate at 9.15 and finishing 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.

Cycling Sport Promotion, the group responsible for organising the event, has received many manifestations of esteem and appreciation over the last few weeks, the most recent from Fabrizio Anzani, Mayor of Cittiglio: “As always, I would like to extend my personal warm greetings and those of the Administration to the 18th Alfredo Binda Trophy – Cittiglio Municipality, the unmissable annual date with top level elite women’s cycling that takes place on our roads which are known to a large cycling audience, and not only, thanks also to the memory of our great champion Alfredo Binda. I would like to thank the tireless Cycling Sport Promotion group, led by Mario Minervino, who have been working for months to ensure that we enjoy the show that the race usual offers. Cittiglio has become an important point of reference for world female cycling, a real font of concrete initiatives that are ever more appreciated at international level. The Cittiglio race is not only important for the athletes, the organisers and more recently for the “media”, but above all for the spectators and fans who get to enjoy a unique, top level competition.

I cannot neglect to welcome the 4th Da Moreno Trophy which will give visibility to the young athletes who will test themselves against a less difficult route than that of the elite riders, but which will certainly be compelling and stimulating in bringing out the strengths of new, young champions. Arrivederci on 20 March!” (Photo F.Ossola)