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The list of participants at the next edition of the Alfredo Binda Trophy – Comune di Cittiglio, which will take place on Sunday 20 March, is starting to take shape. The reform of the women’s international athletic calendar, which is now exactly the same as the men’s, means that the best twenty teams in the world are automatically invited to the World Tour races, such as the Binda Trophy. As of today, almost all of the teams in the UCI classification ( http://www.uci.ch/pressreleases/registration-and-automatic-invitations-teams-for-the-uci-women-worldtour-206/ ) have replied positively to Cycling Sport Promotion’s invitation. But there’s more: “Yes – announced the president, Mario Minervino – apart from the first twenty teams in the world, we can invite five more teams which will be selected according to very stringent criteria. The five ‘wild card’ teams will be announced on 20 February, during the official presentation of the 18th edition of the Alfredo Binda Trophy. Lots of new initiatives will also be revealed on that occasion.”
An excellent line-up is also foreseen for the 4th Da Moreno or ”Mini-Binda Trophy”, an International race for junior women, that will take place just a few hours before the elite race: “Apart from all the Italian teams, we have invited five top level foreign teams. – Mario Minervino pointed out – Our race allows younger women to confront each other at the start of the season, without having to wait until the European and World Championships, thanks to this idea that we launched four years ago and which is much appreciated worldwide”. (Photo F. Ossola)