LEUVEN, Belgium, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Elisa Balsamo’s daring dash earned the Italian the ladies’s street race title on the biking world championships forward of triple gold medallist Marianne Vos on Saturday.
Balsamo, 32, benefited from veteran Elisa Longo Borghini’s selfless work within the closing straight and began her effort removed from the road to carry off Dutchwoman Vos, who gained the title in 2006, 2012 and 2013.
Katarzyna Niewadoma of Poland took third place.
Balsamo’s victory capped exceptional group work by Italy, who stayed collectively all day lengthy on the 157.7km course from Antwerp to Leuven.
The Dutch appeared to put on down their rivals by attacking one after one other, together with Demi Vollering after she fought her approach again into the primary group following an premature mechanical.
The strikes, nevertheless, did not disorganise the Italians.
Margarita Victoria Garcia Canellas opened an honest 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 stop additional 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 ultimate dash however the 34-year-old managed to tuck herself in Balsamo’s slipstream.
The 23-year-old monitor biking specialist saved her composure and risked all the pieces by launching her dash removed from the road to present Italy their first girls’s title since Giorgia Bronzini in 2011.
The Netherlands had claimed six of the ten titles since, together with the final 4.
Defending champion Anna van der Breggen was by no means in rivalry in her final race as knowledgeable rider.
Writing by Julien Pretot; Enhancing by Ed Osmond
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