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- What Happened? -

The UCI Women’s WorldTour continued in Cittiglio on Sunday with the hilliest round yet. The Italian one-day race covered 123 kilometres over an undulating course.

World champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) won in Cittiglio last year, and she repeated the feat on Sunday. The defending champion launched a late race attack that was intended to set up her teammate Megan Guarnier for victory. Instead, Armitstead’s powerful turn of speed turned into the race winning move. Guarnier took out the chase group sprint for second. Jolanda Neff (Servetto Footon), who had led the race over the final ascent up the Orino, rounded out the podium.

The Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 1-2 punch in Cittiglio shows the team’s strength in the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Three rounds into the inaugural series, and riders from the Dutch-registered squad have climbed to the top step of the podium every round. Armitstead won Strade Bianche at the beginning of March. Chantal Blaak won Ronde van Drenthe one week later. And now Armitstead is back on the top step, and back in the white UCI Women’s WorldTour leader’s jersey, following round three.

With 240 points, Armitstead currently leads the UCI Women’s WorldTour rankings by 60 points over Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team). Emma Johansson (Wiggle High 5), third in Strade Bianche and fourth in Trofeo Alfredo Binda, currently sits third in the overall standings with 155 points, 25 points behinds Van der Breggen.

Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) moves back into the colourful blue jersey of the UCI Women’s WorldTour youth classification leader. With 12 points, the 21-year-old leads the youth competition by six points over Floortje Mackaij (Team Liv-Plantur). Jip van den Bos (Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team) sits third overall with four points.

With three rounds or racing done, the UCI Women’s WorldTour has covered 393.3 kilometres.

 

- What’s Next? -

Gent Wevelgem in Flanders Fields > March 27th

* Race will be broadcast LIVE on national Flemish channel VRT, as part of the Men Elite race, starting from 13.30 CET.

* Highlights will be available on 28.03.2016 in the morning on tv.uci.ch

* Official social media of the race:
   - Twitter @GentWevelgem
   - Facebook /gentwevelgem

Last year’s results – 2015 Gent Wevelgem in Flanders Fields

1. Floortje Mackaij (NED)
2. Janneke Ensing (NED)
3. Chloe Hosking (AUS)

 

- What you should know about -

Gent Wevelgem in Flanders Fields

The UCI Women’s WorldTour travels to Belgium for the fourth round of the series. Gent Wevelgem is a spring classic run over the cobbles and climbs that make the region of Flanders famous in the sport of cycling. The men’s edition of the grueling race is now in its 78th edition. A women’s race, run on the same day as the men’s, is now in its third year.

Floortje Mackaij won Gent Wevelgem last year in true classic conditions. The Dutchwoman emerged victorious on the cold, wet day after she attacked out of a leading group of six with three kilometres still to race. Janneke Ensing (Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team) edged out Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5) in the sprint for the lesser spots on the podium.

The 2016 edition of the Belgian race will cover 115 kilometres with five ‘hellingen’ or climbs – the Kemmelberg x 2, the Monteberg x 2 and the Baneberg. The climbs are grouped in the middle of the race with the first ascent of the Kemmelberg coming at the 51-kilometre mark and the final time up the Monteberg at the 81-kilometre mark.

 

- UCI Women's WorldTour Rankings -

 

- Photo of the Week -

Jolanda Neff & Lizzie Armitstead celebrating on the podium of the Trofeo Alfredo Binda

 

- Focus On -

Kasia Niewiadoma

Katarzyna “Kasia” Niewiadoma

Kasia Niewiadoma had a break-out season last year. Her early season results showed her strengths in the hills. She was sixth at Strade Bianche and fifth at Flèche Wallonne, won the overall at Euskal Emakumeen Bira, pulled on the U23 European Championships jersey following her second-place finish in the road race and won the youth classification at the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile (the Giro Rosa). Her consistency across the now defunct UCI Women Road World Cup series earned her the honour of being the last rider to win the World Cup’s best young rider jersey.

And she’s picked up where she left off – finishing in second place at Strade Bianche earlier this month and in seventh place at Trofeo Alfredo Binda. Following time spent with Niewiadoma in the decisive late race escape at Strade Bianche, UCI World Champion Lizzie Armitstead said: “Kasia’s going to be the next big thing.”

Now 21-years-old, Niewiadoma grew up in Ochotnica. The small village in the south of Poland, near the Slovakian boarder, is near several ski resorts. The roads rise out of her village’s valley, and Niewiadoma had no choice but to climb as she trained.

Luckily she proved a natural-born climber. Niewiadoma developed quickly as she made the jump from the junior ranks to the U23 category and from U23 to elite. Fifth place in the 2013 European Championships as an 18-year-old announced her arrival to several top teams. She joined Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team as a trainee that same year and officially made the move to the pro ranks in 2014. She’s been part of the Dutch-registered squad ever since, learning alongside the likes of Marianne Vos and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot.

Key results:

1st – Euskal Emakumeen Bira (2015)
1st – U23 European Championships – Road Race (2015)
1st – Frauen Grand Prix Gippingen (2014)
1st – Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile (Gira Rosa) Youth Classification (2015)
1st – Boels Ladies Tour Youth Classification (2014)
1st – Ladies Tour of Norway Youth Classification (2014)
2nd – Strade Bianche (2016)
2nd – European Championships – Road Race (2015)
2nd – Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria (2015)
5th – Flèche Wallonne (2015)

 

- The Road to Rio -

On the 21th of March we are 136 days from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

 

- #UCIWWT Corner -

 

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