Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) got her world tour leaders jersey back when she won the Trofeo Alfredo Binda on Sunday. Team mate Megan Guarnier was second and Jolanda Neff (Servetto Footon) scored a massive result with third place, an improvement on her eighth place last year. Full results here, video highlights here. Unfortunately Trixi Worrack (Canyon SRAM) needed emergency surgery on her kidney after crashing, and is in a stable condition in hospital.
Today (Wednesday) was Dwars door Vlaanderen, a subdued affair due to the terrorist attacks the day before and with a slightly reduced peloton as some riders were stranded by flight cancellations. Amy Pieters (Wiggle H5) won for the third time, scoring the first European win of the season for Wiggle. Team mate Jolien D’hoore was second and Eileen Roe (Lares Waowdeals) got a close third in the bunch sprint. Although not a UCI race it was an important psychological win for Wiggle and good preparation for this Sundays Gent Wevelgem. Full results here, short video here.
HB Supermint and Visit Dallas DNA battled it out over three stages at the Tuscon Bicycle Classic over the weekend. On the final day Scotti Lechunga (HB Supermint) managed to win the GC by just five seconds over Anna Sanders (Visit Dallas DNA). In the final stage the womens race partially merged by accident with the mens race (video). Full results here (PDF) and you can read more about the final at clippedin.bike.
The Giro Rosa route (prologue and nine stages) has two very big climbs on stages 5 and 6, so along with Mont Ventoux at the Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche in September we have some exciting races to look forward too. Giro Rosa stages and profiles can be viewed here.
Another race that has the same route as the men is the Tour de Yorkshire 1 day race for women, and they have grabbed the headlines with the most prize money available for a womens race. It will be shown live on ITV4 and will be a showcase for the Yorkshire World Road Championships bid. The total prize fund is £50k. In comparison some WT races have less than a thousand euros for the winner. Even the Manx International Cycling GP for women and the CiCLE Classic in Melton Mowbray both have a top prize of £1k. So the solution is clear, hold all womens races in the UK 😉
Finally here’s a small clip of Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal Ladies) winning at the Zwevezele Ladies classic last week.