September 28, 2013 (Florence, Italy) – The Elite Women’s RR is underway as the women will complete 140.05km from Montecatini Terme to Florence with a flat 60km followed by five circuits (16.6km) in Florence up the 4.37km Fiesole Cat 3 climb.
Marianne Vos (Ned) is the defending champ and Canada has six riders in the peloton including Joelle Numainville, Denise Ramsden, Karol-Ann Canuel, Veronique Fortin, Leah Kirchmann and Lex Albrecht… check our Twitter feed as well.
100km to go…
All attacks are shut down as the pack is watching everything.
The city of Florence approaches… Team US team takes the lead at the front.
Good crowds greet the riders in Florence – it’s still groupo compacto
The circuits have begun….
Up the first climb for the first time the riders are getting strung out behind.
The US is still leading the charge with Italy up front as well.
There are about 40 riders up front in the first group on the descent…
Germany’s Trixi Warrock has moved to the front – just over 60km to go.
Two riders are off the front… the pack is just behind – it’s Doris Schwiezer (Sui) and Liesbet de Vocht (Bel)
The small break is shut down…
Belgium’s Polspoel now has 14s on the pack as they start the 2nd circuit…
Maaike Polspoel continues to forge ahead as Italy and the US lead the chase behind.
Polspoel is caught and the US is back leading the pack up the climb…
Guderzo from Italy is at the front as defending champ Vos is in the pack biding her time.
On the descent three riders are out front trying to escape…
They’re caught and the pack forges ahead – just over 50km to go.
Italy for Bronzini and the Netherlands for Vos have the strongest teams w/8 riders each.
The pack has shed riders off the back – now down to 30+ riders.
Three more laps to go with a time of 2:19:20 – the pack is together.
With just under 50km to go the pack is back to 40+ as the dropped riders catch back on.
Canada’s Canuel and Numainville are in the lead group…
Up the climb Italy attacks – Vos reacts …
Brand (Ned) and Cantele (Ita) are leading
They’re caught and now Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) jumps and is on her own up front on the descent.
Cromwell is joined by Brand (Ned) up front…
They’re run down as 12-15 riders are leading with Bronzini there – Vos is behind trying to move up (we think)
Now Brand and Italy’s Rosella Ratto escape and have a gap
Brand and Ratto start the 4th circuit at 2:47:41 with 11s on the pack just behind…
Do Italy and the Netherlands have the same strategy trying to force each other’s hand ?
The two are caught as Worrack moves into the lead…
Worrack is caught and now a Russian rider attacks…
Italy and the Netherlands are leading up the climb with the USA’s Stevens
A lead group forms on the descent including Van der Bruggen, Vos, Stevens, Guderzo, Longo Borghini, Ratto, Johansson w/Cromwell behind
The attacks begin Guderzo jumps but Van der Bruggen is there… now Ratto goes.
Cromwell is trying to bridge to the leaders and is close but…
There are 8 leaders now w/Cromwell as the begin the 2nd climb.
The 8 leaders are on the final lap – Van der Bruggen, Vos, Stevens, Guderzo, Longo Borghini, Ratto, Johansson, Cromwell
Three chasers Villumsen, Höusler, Antoshina at 9s are trying to bridge.
They join the leaders now 11-strong
The Italians lead up the climb – Vos is there – is Ratto having problems behind ?
Cromwell jumps but is shut down… now Guderzo attacks and Vos follows…
It’s the USA’s Stevens attacking now but the Dutch riders mark her…
Van der Bruggen is leading now as 5 riders are up front with Vos, Stevens, Johansson and Ratto
Two Italians and Villumsen are trying to bridge to the 5 leaders.
Johansson attacks… but now Vos puts in a hard attack as well.
Vos is now alone in front…she timed her attack perfectly and now Johansson and Ratto are chasing
Less than 3.5km to go and Vos powering ahead…Johansson and Ratto are trying to catch her.
Vos solos in to victory…
1. Marianne Vos (Netherlands) 3:44:00
2. Emma Johansson (Sweden) 0:15
3. Rossella Ratto (Italy)
4. Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands) 0:33
5. Evelyn Stevens (United States of America) 0:46
6. Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) 0:50
7. Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) 0:52
8. Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy)
9. Tiffany Cromwell (Australia) 1:40
10. Tatiana Antoshina (Russian Federation)
11. Elena Kuchinskaya (Russian Federation) 2:41
12. Claudia Hausler (Germany) 3:34
13. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France) 4:20
14. Megan Guarnier (United States of America) 4:41
15. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands) 5:03
16. Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands)
17. Paulina Brzezna – Bentkowska (Poland)
18. Maja Wloszczowska (Poland) 5:05
19. Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) 5:28
20. Trixi Worrack (Germany)
21. Eugenia Bujak (Poland)
22. Ashleigh Moolman (South Africa)
23. Flavia Oliveira (Brazil)
24. Francesca Cauz (Italy) 5:30
25. Carlee Taylor (Australia)
26. Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) 5:35
27. Lucinda Brand (Netherlands) 6:44
28. Valentina Scandolara (Italy) 7:40
29. Jolanda Neff (Switzerland)
30. Oksana Kozonchuk (Russian Federation)
31. Shara Gillow (Australia)
32. Kristin McGrath (United States of America)
33. Karol-Ann Canuel (Canada)
34. Edwige Pitel (France)
35. Doris Schweizer (Switzerland) 7:46
36. Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukraine) 8:51
37. Mara Abbott (United States of America) 9:40
38. Miriam Bjørnsrud (Norway) 0:12:09
39. Liesbet De Vocht (Belgium)
40. Eri Yonamine (Japan)
41. Susanna Zorzi (Italy)
42. Inga Cilvinaite (Lithuania)
43. Anastasia Chulkova (Russian Federation) 0:13:00
44. Andrea Dvorak (United States of America)
45. Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukraine)
46. Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spain)
Full results here.