Giorgia Bronzini Wins Elite Women's Road Race at 2010 UCI Road Cycling World Championships
Giorgia Bronzini wins elite women's road race at 2010 UCI Road Cycling World Championships ahead of Marianne Vos (Netherlands) and Sweden's Emma Johansson. Giorgia Bronzini is the new World Champion.
Giorgia Bronzini prevailed in a thrilling sprint finish to win the women's road race at the World Road Cycling Championships on Saturday, giving Italy back-to-back victories in the event.
Bronzini edged 2006 world champion and perennial runner-up Marianne Vos of the Netherlands, with Emma Johansson of Sweden taking bronze in the 127.2km race at Geelong in Victoria State.
Tatiana Guderzo won last year's world championship for Italy and was prominent Saturday, featuring in a late attack before Bronzini asserted her dominance.
Bronzini described her sprint finish as the best of her career and paid tribute to her manager Franco Ballerini who was killed in a rallying accident earlier this year.
"We are a very strong team," Bronzini said. "We are the best."
Britain's Nicole Cooke, the 2008 world champion, led the first critical attack, opening a small margin as the field crossed the Barwon River, but she was caught soon after.
Guderzo then attacked with a small group which included Cooke and Germany's Judith Arndt, who finished second in Wednesday's time trial.
Arndt sprinted first with about 500 meters to go, with Cooke on her wheel but both were caught and passed by the top three within 200 meters of the finish.
Cooke finished fourth and Arndt, who won the road race in 2004, held on for fifth.
Vos has now finished second four years in a row.
The 2010 Cycling World Championships run until Sunday, culminating in the pro men's 262.7 kilometer road race. More than 500 cyclists from 53 nations are competing.
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