Uttrup Ludwig setzt die Konstanz der World Tour in Trofeo Binda fort
The third event in the UCI Women’s World Tour series took place in Italy on Sunday. Trofeo Binda took place in rainy conditions which haven’t been unfamiliar this season.
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig continued her consistent start to the season by placing seventh. The result is her second top 10 in two World Tour starts. Kasia Niewiadoma won the race solo, Uttrup Ludwig contested the sprint from a group of 11 riders looking for podium positions.
“I wanted to be in the front in the last corner so I went through it first and I opened the sprint first with 300m to go,” Uttrup Ludwig explained. “It was way too early and they passed me in the last 50 metres. I feel like I had to power to fight for the World Tour podium but I was too eager in the sprint and started too early. We’re a team that analysis everything and work on development so that’s a mistake I won’t make again. I’ll learn from it.”
The team started with only four riders due to illness and injury. Marie Vilmann made a welcomed return after 10 months of no racing due to an Achilles injury.
Uttrup Ludwig commented on the team’s performance. “We were four riders and we tried to help each other as much as we could. The girls were really good protecting me and getting me to the front. It was so nice to have Marie racing. She was flying. It was so good to see her back in the peloton and in the beginning, she was always in the front. That motivated me for the end. She did an incredible job today.”
“We had a good plan. With only four riders, we knew we had to be conservative and save energy as much as we could. Going into the laps, we knew that’s when the fireworks would start. The last two laps were hectic. A podium would have been nice, but we leave the race learning and we’ll come back even stronger,” last year’s winner of the youth category in the World Tour concluded.
Vilmann was expectedly ecstatic to be back. “It was incredible. I was really excited and nervous. When Cille and I were sitting in the room pinning on our numbers, I started to cry. I’ve been waiting for this moment so long and dreaming about it, so it was very emotional for me to be in the start line again.”
“It was hard as the first race back which is expected after so many months but it’s so good to be back with the team. It was also nice for riders in the peloton to say hi and feel like you’ve been missed. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I am positive and it’s worth fighting for,” Vilmann continued.