Bronzini retains world championship title

Sat, 24 Sep 16:29:00 2011

Italian Giorgia Bronzini retained her world title when she once again denied Dutchwoman Marianne Vos with a perfectly timed surge in the final stretch in the 140km road race in Denmark.

World Champion Italy's Giorgia Bronzini, center, celebrates as she crosses the finish line ahead of Marianne Vos of The Netherlands, left, to win the elite women road race over 140 kilometers (87 miles) with start and finish in Holte, north of Copenhagen, - 0

Bronzini (pictured, right) launched her sprint with 150 metres to go with Vos (pictured, left) unable to catch her on the line as Italy won their fourth women's title in the last five years.

German Ina-Yoko Teutenberg finished third ahead of Britain's Nicole Cooke, who produced her effort too late to repeat her 2008 success.

Britain's Lizzie Armitstead also missed out on a medal, finishing seventh.

Bronzini was left delighted with her win.

"I believed in my chances, a podium, but I thought that the victory would not be possible," she said.

"I didn't have a great season. Last year I was not the team's first option while this year I was. I had more pressure and it makes victory even sweeter."

It was Vos's fifth second place in succession and her 2006 victory is a distant memory.

"I couldn't believe it could be possible to get silver five times in a row," said Vos, who broke into tears on the podium.

"I left it too late and when I started my sprint it was close, but not close enough."

Canadian Clara Hughes, who won two bronze medals in the 1996 Olympics in road cycling and four medals in long track speed skating, including one gold, over the last three Winter Games, briefly looked set for a stunning win when she broke away with more than 30 kms left.

But she was reeled in after the Dutch team increased the pace at the head of the bunch and set up a massive sprint that Bronzini won in a carbon copy of last year's finish.

Results

 1. Giorgia Bronzini ( Italy) 3: 21.28

2. Marianne Vos (Netherlands) "

3. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Germany) "

4. Nicole Cooke (Great Britain) "

5. Yulia Martissova (Russia) "

6. Chloe Hosking (Australia) "

7. Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) "

8. Ludivine Henrion (Belgium) "

9. Rasa Leleivyte (Lithuania) "

10. Aude Biannic (France) "

Bronzini retains title

Reuters

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