Tomorrow the infamous Trofeo Alfredo Binda kicks off the second round of the Road World Cup. Even though race organizers have slightly altered the 124km course from previous years, that doesn’t mean it’s any easier. Starting in Laverno Mombello on Lake Maggiore, the race will travel 30km before hitting the first climb at Granitola. Then, the route heads back toward the finishing town of Cittiglio, and ends with four laps of a hilly finishing circuit. The notoriously challenging course finishes uphill, making it difficult to predict.
Cycling Fever’s Startlist has four Americans racing: Evelyn Stevens, Carmen Small (Specialized- Lululemon) Shelley Olds (Ale-Cipollini) and Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans).
In my last race update, I mentioned the UCI would have a 26 minute highlight video out on YouTube within a week. I was able to watch Ronde van Drenthe highlights, but since then, it appears the US is now geo-restricted from these videos. The reasons are a bit hazy, but I’ll keep you updated if things change.
The word is RAI Sport 2 will show highlights (in Italian) 22:40 CEST which will be 4:40 p.m. EDT and 1 p.m. PDT. This will be shown on the RAI 2 stream. This may or may not work, so the best thing to do is stick close to Twitter for possible updates from the accounts I list below. There is also a discrepancy between times – race organizers say 21:00 CEST and Rai Sport 2 schedule says 22:40.
The race starts at 13:30 CEST, which isn’t the most convenient if you’re in the states on pacific time (4:30 in the morning!), but if you still want to follow the race via Twitter here’s who to follow:
- the UCI account @UCIwomencycling
- The race twitter: @TrofeoBinda
- Boels-Dolmans mechanic Richie Steege: @richiesteege and Rabo-Liv mechanic Sem Versteeg @semversteeg
- Women’s cycling blogger/podcaster/expert/nice person Sarah Connolly always gives fantastic insight. She has her own guide to the race as well as an podcast interview with race favorite Emma Johansson that’s definitely worth checking out. You can find her on Twitter @_pigeons_
- If you have Google Translate at the ready, Italian websites Cicloweb and Il Pedale Rosa give great updates.
As always, you can follow me on Twitter @ferncoyote. I’d love to hear from you, whether it be a question, comment or just want to talk racing!