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Top women’s race Trofeo Binda rerouted mid-race due to serious road traffic collision

Organisers say vehicles involved are not involved in race but crash made route impassable

UCI Women’s ​WorldTour event the Trofeo Binda was neutralised mid-race earlier this afternoon as  emergency services deal with the aftermath of what is described as a “serious” road traffic collision, with organisers rerouting the race away from the scene of the crash.

The race, which takes place around Cittiglio close to Lake Maggiore in Italy’s Lombardy region, had been due to cover 141.8 kilometres but racing was neutralised after 52km had been ridden, with the evolving situation described in a series of tweets from the official Twitter account.

One of the top events on the women’s calendar, past winners of the race include a trio of British riders with two wins apiece – Nicole Cooke, Emma Pooley and Lizzie Deignan, while Marianne Vos of the Netherlands has a joint-record four wins alongside the Italian rider, Maria Canins.

Last year’s race was won by Elisa Longho Borghini, who hails from Verbania, a few kilometres away from Cittiglio on the Piedmont side of Lake Maggiore.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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