It was a day to remember for 24 year old Coryn Rivera as she sprinted to victory at Trofeo Alfredo Binda, taking the biggest win of her career and her first women’s WorldTour win.
The 132km Trofeo Alfredo Binda was punctuated by multiple breakaway attempts throughout the day although one were to prevail and the peloton remained bunched for the majority of the day. As a lone leader attacked, Team Sunweb were active at the front as Sabrina Stultiens launched a counter attack in attempt to bridge across. The move was not to stick and both riders were brought back to the peloton. Ellen van Dijk worked hard at the front of the bunch marking all of the further breakaway attempts. On the final lap a group of 6 managed to breakaway and the team were represented by Coryn Rivera. The peloton were hot on their tails and they were reeled back in, in time for a bunch sprint. The team were together and riding strong in the finale to lead out Coryn for the sprint. Coryn’s power was a forced to be reckoned with and her explosive sprint proved too much for her opponents as she crossed the line to take the victory.
After her victory Coryn said: “We had a couple of different cards to play today. Both myself and my team mates tried our luck in getting in any potential race deciding moves but it turned out that the race stayed together for a bunch sprint. We kept fighting to stay in the front group and it payed off. I was really thankful to have the support of my team and especially Ellen [van Dijk] there with me, she came back over to me at the last climb and stayed with me through to the end. She was instrumental in the finale and I couldn’t have taken the victory without my team mates.”
“All of our riders were still in the front in the last laps of the local circuit which was perfect,” said Team Sunweb coach Dirk Reuling. “On the last lap there was an attack from a couple of the race favourites and Coryn managed to follow that group, this was a good sign that she was feeling good at that stage of the race. More of us were up at the front of the bunch, which was great for how we wanted the race to go. Our plan was to lead Coryn out through the last corner and the team executed that perfectly, with the team delivering Coryn into the perfect position. It was a great job from everyone today and we are all really pleased to take the victory.”