LEUVEN, Belgium (Reuters) – Elisa Balsamo’s daring dash earned the Italian The women’s road race title On the biking world championships forward of triple gprevious medallist Marianne Vos on Saturday.
Balsamo, 32, benefited from veteran Elisa Longo Borghini’s selfless work Inside The final straight And commenced her effort Faraway from The road To primarytain off Dutchwoman Vos, who gained the title in 2006, 2012 and 2013.
Katarzyna Niewadoma of Poland took third place.
Balsamo’s victory capped distinctive group work by Italy, who stayed collectively all day prolonged on the 157.7km course from Antwerp to Leuven.
The Dutch Appeared to put on down their rivals by attacking one after one other, collectively with Demi Vollering after she fought her method again into The primary group following an untimely mechanical.
The strikes, by no meanstheless, Did not disorganise the Italians.
Margarita Victoria Garcia Canellas opened An reliable hole with about 25 kilometres left However the Dutch labored collectively and the Spaniard was reined in 10 kilometres from The road.
Vollering elevated the tempo To cease further assaults as what was left of the peloton was absolutely stretched.
None of Vos’s group mates had the legs to set her up for The final dash However the 34-yr-previous managed to tuck herself in Balsamo’s slipstream.
The 23-yr-previous monitor biking specialist stored her composure and risked every thing by launching her dash Faraway from The road To current Italy their first women’s title since Giorgia Bronzini in 2011.
The Netherlands had claimed six of The ten titles since, collectively with the final 4.
Defending champion Anna van der Breggen was by no means in rivalry in her final race as Educated rider.
(Writing by Julien Pretot; Modifying by Ed Osmond)