Trek-Segafredo gained Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio for the third time in a row on Sunday as a solo effort by Shirin van Anrooij continued the run of victories began by Elisa Longo Borghini and Elisa Balsamo.
Given the file on the race, it was hardly surprising that the group took victory however there was nobody that appeared extra shocked than Van Anrooij that it was her 25-kilometre solo that delivered the win. It was the Dutch riders first elite particular person UCI street victory of her profession and Balsamo accomplished the day for Trek-Segafredo by taking second place within the dash of a decreased group.
“I knew I used to be in a very good condition, however nonetheless, I solely began my street season final Wednesday after a break after cyclo-cross. I got here right here extra with the expectation of serving to Elisa once more to attempt to win the dash. Then I felt tremendous sturdy and simply tried to assault, and someway, I may maintain a niche till the end line,” the 21-year-old stated on the race press convention.
“I used to be actually nervous earlier than Nokere, I used to be wanting ahead to racing on the street once more, however I assumed I wanted a number of races to get into a superb kind. I wished to make use of these races to get into form in direction of the Ardennes. I hoped to possibly go for a win someplace in the course of the season. I wished to show I had the identical kind as final 12 months, however to win already within the second race is one thing I couldn’t have imagined.”
At Danilith Nokere Koerse on Wednesday Van Anrooij completed twenty seventh as she began the season by racing in help of Balsamo. At Trofeo Alfredo Binda, not surprisingly, backing the defending champion was once more excessive on the agenda.
“I hoped to possibly go for a win someplace in the course of the season,” stated Anrooij. “I wished to show I had the identical kind as final 12 months, however to win already within the second race is one thing I couldn’t have imagined.”
“Earlier than the race, we had the plan to attempt to get somebody in a break or in an assault and in any other case go for the dash for Balsamo,” she defined, and this was precisely how the race performed out when Van Anrooij attacked on the Orino climb.
“Gaia Realini was using on the entrance at a tough tempo, the entire peloton was stretched. Balsamo was on my wheel, however she instructed me, ‘okay, now could be the time to attempt to go and assault’. [Kasia] Niewiadoma went, I may really feel I had one thing extra left, and there was a downhill coming, so I simply tried to go all out.
“I may get a number of seconds due to some technical abilities within the descent from cyclo-cross. The hole stayed at ten seconds for such a very long time, however everybody from the group stored telling me that I wanted to maintain pushing. Ultimately, if they’d catch me again, we might have Elisa for the dash, so it was an ideal situation.”
Throughout the winter, Van Anrooij had a profitable cyclo-cross marketing campaign with seven victories in a stacked discipline, the final of which was the U23 World Championships. With such a palmarès off the street, ideas of turning her focus purely to the street are removed from the Trek-Segafredo rider’s thoughts.
“I like each disciplines and assume they make one another stronger, and I take advantage of them each to turn into a greater rider. I believe I confirmed at this time that it’s good to mix it. I had ‘Cross Worlds, then two weeks off, two weeks on the bike, and now began racing on the street, and I’m in a very good condition already. With Van der Poel profitable Sanremo yesterday, we did present that cyclocross can be a superb preparation for the street,” Van Anrooij stated with a chuckle.