Saturday, September 24, 2011
Giorgia Bronzini: "My thanks to all my teammates"
Giorgia Bronzini won her second consecutive road World Championship in Copenhagen today. Bronzini, the 28 year old from Piacenza, duplicated her 2010 success in Geelong by once again beating Holland's Marianne Vos in a sprint.
Monia Baccaille, the Italian champion, protected Bronzini in the last kilometers avoiding a crash with 2 km to go that took out Elena Cecchini. On the final uphill stretch to the finish line Bronzini was glued onto the wheel of Baccaille who was keeping pace with the Vos train. Bronzini timed her sprint perfectly and beat Vos by only a few centimeters.
For Vos, who won in 2006, it was her 5th consecutive 2nd place finish. She was absolutely shattered.
For the C.T. of the women's team, Edoardo Salvoldi, it was his fourth championship victory in five years with Bastianelli in 2007, Guderzo in 2009, Bronzini in 2010 and 2011.
1 Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) 3:21:28
2 Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
3 Ina Teutenberg (Germany)
4 Nicole Cooke (Great Britain)
5 Julia Martisova (Russian Federation)
6 Chloe Hosking (Australia)
7 Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain)
8 Ludivine Henrion (Belgium)
9 Rasa Leleivyte (Lithuania)
10 Aude Biannic (France)
The world championships end tomorrow with the 266 km men's road race. The Italian team will be working to bring Daniele Bennati to victory.
Photos: Bettini; podium photo: Sirotti
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