Barbara Guarischi wins Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix and UCI World Cup Sparkassen Giro within 24 hours.
It was an epic weekend of women's cycling and particularly for Italian rider, Barbara Guarischi (Velocio-SRAM) who having won the RideLondon Grand Prix on Saturday, boarded a private jet to Germany to go on and sprint to glory at the Sparkassen Giro, the seventh round of the women's UCI World Cup, the next day.
On the subject of her incredible 24 hour turnaround, Guarischi said,
“After we travelled from Ride London race last night and this morning, I didn't feel good in the first lap. I went to our road captain Trixi [Worrack] and told her but she just told me to be patient and wait until the middle of the race see what happens. But still in the middle of the race I didn't feel good!"
Despite not feeling good in parts, Guarischi held it together and threw herself across the finish line to beat Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv) and Emilie Moberg (Hitec Products).
Lizzie Armitstead still leader of the UCI Womens World Cup
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) remains in the overall lead in the World Cup, after finishing 11th on the day. Although attacking in the final 40km and breaking away, it wasn’t enough to hold off the other teams. Elisa Longo-Borghini (Wiggle Honda) is in second overall and Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) in third.
Pierobon remembered by minute’s silence
Chiara Pierobon, who rode for Top Girls Fassa Bartolo tragically died aged 22yrs on the way to the event after feeling unwell and reportedly suffering a pulmonary embolism. She was remembered by her team mates and all the riders by a minute’s silence at the start of the race.
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The UCI Women Road World Cup continues...
August 21 - Team time trial (round 8)
August 23 - Road race (round 9)