marta bastianelli becomes european road cycling champion

17:00    06 Aug 2018

Marta Bastianelli of Italy wins the Women's Road race at the Glasgow 2018 European Road Cycling Championships, Glasgow, Britain, 05 August 2018. EPA/GERRY PENNY
Italian cyclist Marta Bastianelli won Women’s Elite Road title at European Cycling Union (UEC)'s 2018 Road Cycling Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday.

The 2007 world champion beat the current champion, the Dutch rider Marianne Vos and the German Anna Brennauer.

The race (9 laps of a 14.4 kilometres circuit in Glasgow city centre) was very fast paced and many attacks were made especially by the Dutch, British, German and Italian riders, UEC said on their official website.

The biggest breakaway was lead by Sophie Wright (Great Britain) who lead the race alone for almost forty kilometres before being caught up by the peloton about 5 laps from the finish.

In the last two laps, the Dutch national team imposed a good pace, especially the World Champion Chantal Blaak who attacked immediately after the group had caught up Wright, together with Elena Cecchini (Italy) and Alice Barnes (Great Britain).

The peloton reacted and nearly twenty kilometres from the finish the Olympic Champion winner of the first Elite European title in 2016, Anna Van der Breggen (Netherlands) broke away with the Olympic bronze medallist Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy), caught up shortly after by the former Team Pursuit Olympic Champion (London 2012), the Briton Danielle Rowe.

In the final, only Van der Breggen and Longo Borghini stayed in the lead, but they were caught up by the group of chasers approximately one kilometre from the finish.

The race was won in a closely fought out sprint with a very compact Dutch national team which broke away with the current Champion Marianne Vos, who was unable to overcome Marta Bastianelli, who easily beat Vos and the German Lisa Brennauer, winner yesterday evening at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome of the Individual Pursuit gold medal.

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