Giorgia Bronzini Renews Women's Road Race World Champion Title in Denmark

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09/24/2011| 0 comments
by Reuters and Roadcycling.com
Giorgia Bronzini renews world champion title in Rudersdal, Denmark ahead of Marianne Vos who takes her 5th silver medal. Germany's Ina Teutenberg wins bronze. Britain's Lizzie Armitstead finished 7th. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Giorgia Bronzini renews world champion title in Rudersdal, Denmark ahead of Marianne Vos who takes her 5th silver medal. Germany's Ina Teutenberg wins bronze. Britain's Lizzie Armitstead finished 7th. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Giorgia Bronzini Renews Women's Road Race World Champion Title in Denmark

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 140-km road race on Saturday.

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 140-km road race on Saturday.

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

"I believed in my chances, a podium, but I thought that the victory would not be possible," Bronzini told at a news conference after the race.

"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."

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

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.

You'll find video highlights from the 2011 UCI road cycling world championships in Copenhagen in our video section .

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