Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mendrisio: Gold for Tatiana Guderzo in Women's Road Race

September 26, Women's Elite Road Race: Mendrisio 124.2km

Italy's Tatiana Guderzo is the new Women's Road Race world champion, and Noemi Cantele added a bronze medal to her TT silver medal. In a race that confirmed the difficulty of the course, a short 13.8-kilometre circuit that was repeated nine times and had two climbs, the Azzurrra team proved to be the strongest and was able to dominate the race.

Bronzini and Baccaille worked very well during the first part of the race, then Tamanini and Luperini increased the tempo during the second part. With three laps remaining Cantele attacked on a climb and completed a lap on her own which forced key rivals the U.S. and Netherlands' Vos to chase. On the the last climb of dell'Acquafresca, Guderzo attacked and escaped along with Vos, Armstrong and Cantele. On the descent Guderzo attacked again, gained fifty yards and was able hold her lead up the Novazzano climb and endured to the finish for a solo victory. Cantele, Vos, and Armstrong fought a sprint finish for the remaining podium spots with Vos taking silver and Cantele bronze.

Top 10 finishers:
1 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)
2 Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
3 Noemi Cantele (Italy)
4 Kristin Armstrong (United States Of America)
5 Diana Ziliute (Lithuania)
6 Judith Arndt (Germany)
7 Erinne Willock (Canada)
8 Nicole Brändli (Switzerland)
9 Grace Verbeke (Belgium)
10 )Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand)

Photos: Guderzo solos to win, Vos and Cantele sprint with Armstrong a close 4th

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