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‘When a sprinter smells victory it’s like a regeneration’ – Tough Trofeo Alfredo Binda boosts Balsamo’s win satisfaction

'When a sprinter smells victory it’s like a regeneration' – Tough Trofeo Alfredo Binda boosts Balsamo's win satisfaction

Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio may have been a race Lidl-Trek entered with a three-year winning streak, but taking a fourth victory was never going to be easy. There was not only an extra lap, and therefore another ascent of the tough finishing climb thrown in to amp up the challenge for sprinter Elisa Balsamo, but the dominant SD Worx-Protime also delivered a formidable late addition to the roster, world champion Lotte Kopecky.

The Belgian may not have come in with much warning but made a fearsome addition for the race nonetheless, given her combined ability on the climbs and in a fast finish. The power-packed Lidl-Trek, however, have never been a team to bow to the dominance of SD Worx-Protime and it was clear from the moment the racing got underway that it was going all in to clinch its first Women’s WorldTour victory of the year at the Italian race.

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