There is a race within the race at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda this year and it is almost as gripping as the race itself, which is considered ever more the “spring world championships”, thanks to the participation of some of the world’s best riders. The region becomes more involved every year, showing its enthusiasm and passion for the queens of the road during the world tour, one of the most important races in the world. The Trofeo Alfredo Binda, which will take place on Sunday 19 March, organised by Mario Minervino’s Cycling Sport Promotion, will match the athletes’ efforts with prizes to compete for right from the starting line in Taino. This is thanks to the local municipalities involved in the first part of the race route: Osmate, Besozzo, Brebbia, Cuveglio and Grantola, which have set aside prizes for the winners of various intermediate sprints. From Grantola on, the strongest riders will begin their race in earnest on the climbs; in fact prizes will be given to the first cyclist to climb the Cunardo, after 39 km, then at Orino during each of the four laps of Cittiglio, Brenta, Casalzuigno, Casale, Casalzuigno, Cuveglio, Cuvio, Comacchio, Orino, Azzio, Gemonio and back to Cittiglio.

Then it’s on to the finish line and the most important prize; the victory of the nineteenth edition of the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, a victory that can make a career: “It’s true, winning here is particularly significant – explains Mario Minervino – for example Elisa Longo Borghini’s first important victory was here in Cittiglio and that success really changed her sporting career. But the race within the race organised by the municipalities along the route is just as important. They are getting more and more involved in the race that brings an important economic return to the Province of Varese at this time of year. The Municipalities, the Chamber of Commerce, the Province of Varese, the Lombardy Region, the Verbano Valley Mountains and Valleys Community, together with the sponsors create the best conditions possible for the athletes to compete. There is one week to go to the event but already from Monday, our territory will begin to sport the colours of the jerseys of the protagonists of the Trofeo Binda and Trofeo Da Moreno“.

To add to the appeal of the Trofeo Binda, there will also be a special prize; the winner of the race will win a week long holiday at the Happy Village Marina di Camerota on the Cilento coast, which is twinned with Cittiglio and has always shown its enthusiasm for the Trofeo Binda. The stay at the Happy Village (www.happyvillage.it) will allow the fortunate cyclists to get to know one of the most beautiful seaside locations in Italy. The Happy Village Marina di Camerota offers 257 Mediterranean style mini homes located from 200 to 600 m from the sea, with direct access to the sand and pebble beaches which are reserved and serviced for guests. Cyclists from fifty teams from all over the world will take part in the two races and all of the best athletes have announced their participation. (Photo Flaviano Ossola)

SPRINTS
– Municipality of OSMATE special prize provided by the Osmate Administration
– Intermediate Sprint BESOZZO: km 14.3 (Via XXV Aprile – Besozzo) Brebbia Administration
– Intermediate Sprint BREBBIA: km 12.2 (Via Matteotti – Brebbia) Besozzo Administration
– Intermediate Sprint CUVEGLIO: km 28.0 (Via Battaglia di S. Martino – SS394) Cuveglio Administration
– Intermediate Sprint GRANTOLA: km 35.2 (Via Mignani – SP43) Grantola Administration

G.P.M.
– GPM CUNARDO amm. Comunale di Cunardo Km 39,2
– GPM ORINO Da Moreno
– 2° giro/lap – km 70,3
– 3° giro/lap – km 88,1
– 4° giro/lap – km 105,9
– 5° giro/lap – km 123,7

PROGRAMME

SATURDAY 18 MARCH 2017
14.30: Race for pupils of the Primary School in collaboration with the Varese street police, local police and Civil Protection, in the municipal park at Cittiglio station.

SUNDAY 19 MARCH 2017
– 19th Trofeo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio, UCI Elite Women, Female World Tour reserved to the Elite Women’s category
– 5th Trofeo Da Moreno – Mini-Trofeo Binda, UCI Junior Women, Nations’ Cup reserved to the Junior Women’s category

Taino Programme:
07.00 – 18.00: Race secretariat open
09.00 – 19.00: Press Office open to accredited journalists
08.00 – 08.50: Team presentation and signature of starting sheet for Trofeo Da Moreno – Mini-Trofeo Binda
09.00: Start Trofeo Da Moreno – Mini-Trofeo Binda
10.00: Angel’s Gospel Choir
Fanfare Bersaglieri A. Vidoletti di Vergiate
10.30: Legnano flag-flyers folk group
11.30: Raising of the flag official salute
12.30 – 13.20: Team presentation and signature of starting sheet for the Trofeo Binda
13.30: Start Trofeo Binda

Cittiglio Programme:
11.00 (approx): Finish Trofeo Da Moreno – Mini-Trofeo Binda
14.00: Music by Cittiglio “Amici della Musica”
Fanfare Bersaglieri A. Vidoletti di Vergiate
I Tencit di Cunardo Folk Group
Legnano flag-flyers folk group
16.45 (approx): Finish, prize-giving ceremony for the Trofeo Binda
17.30: Press Conferenza with the winner and leaders of the Women’s World Tour classification in the Press Room