By Andrew Hood
Dutch racer Mirjam Melchers (Farm Frites-Hartol) won the 118km Primavera Rosa, winning a three-up sprint. The win puts her into second place overall in the women’s World Cup, 32 points behind Germany’s Petra Rossner.
The race, the third in the nine-race World Cup, basically followed the final half of the men’s route of the Milan-San Remo. Melchers pulled away late in the race with Diana Ziliute (Acca Due) and Chantal Beltman (Acca Due) and beat the teammates in the sprint.
Primavera Rosa Women’s World Cup;
1. Mirjam Melchers (Nl), 1118km in 2:55:31; 2. Diana Ziliute (Lit); 3. Chantal Beltman (Nl), both s.t.; 4. Virginie Moinard (F), at 0:02; 5. Andrea Bosman (Nl); 6. Luisa Tamanini (I); 7. Vera Carrara (I); 8. Tanja Schmidt-Hennes (G); 9. Nicole Braendli (Swi), all s.t.; 10. Susanne Ljungskog (Swe), at 0:09.