Last year brought about some big changes for women’s cycling, as it was taken under the umbrella of the UCI Women’s WorldTour moniker and traded in its once somewhat disparate nature for a more media-savvy, equality-promoting edge, which we want to celebrate with our photo gallery from the Trofeo Alfredo Binda.

With 21 WorldTour-classed races over the course of the season, the pro peloton is now fresh from the second of the batch, which played out in Cittiglio, Northern Italy on Sunday.

The Trofeo Alfredo Binda takes the riders from Taino to Cittiglio, where it’s then rounded off with a number of hotly fought laps. This undulating 131km route is a staple on the women’s circuit, now in its 19th year. In 2008 it was the stage for the UCI World Road Cycling Championships and the Trofeo Binda’s roster of winners reads like a who’s who of the past two decades. In short: it’s a race that everyone wants to win.

The attacks are frequent, the chases are aggressive and the breaks are meticulously brought back under control. With sinuous bends, fresh tarmac in places and the villages in full bloom, it was a sure sign of cycling’s spring uprising.

Words & Photos: Emmie Collinge