Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Giorgia Bronzini sprinted to second place in the Drentse 8 race in Dwingeloo, in the northeastern Netherlands, at the end of a tough race around the windswept course. The two-time World champion was just beaten to the line by current rainbow jersey Marianne Vos (Rabobank-Liv/Giant), with Swedish champion Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) third.
“It was a hard race with a lot of wind, but I felt very strong and on the cobblestones I was always in the front,” Bronzini explained. “I tried to get into a breakaway, but in the end I was able to do a good sprint.
“It was a strange sprint because (Orica-AIS) pulled the group until the last kilometre but then stopped, which allowed everybody to catch up,” she added. “I was in a really bad position but managed to move forward in the last 500 metres, where I was able to sprint.”
Such a strong result for Bronzini in the first of three races in the area augurs well for Saturday’s main event, the Ronde van Drenthe, which will be the first race in the 2013 World Cup.
“Saturday will be even harder, because it is a World Cup, which will be good for me,” she said.