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Editors’ Picks: Who will win Alfredo Binda?

Here are our rapid-fire predictions for the season’s third Women’s WorldTour race, Sunday’s Trofeo Alfredo Binda. The VeloNews editorial staff will make predictions for major races throughout the season.

John Bradley, editor in chief
Pick: Elizabeth Armitstead

Elizabeth Armitsted has been the point of reference for the women’s field stretching into last season. She picked up right where she left off by winning the first-ever Women’s WorldTour race (Strade Bianche) in the world champion’s stripes. She also won this race last year and was second in 2014. She’ll be in the finale.

Spencer Powlison, news director
Pick: Mara Abbott

Although she’s only raced once this year, I think Mara Abbott will surprise the women’s peloton at Alfredo Binda. It’s a climber’s course, and that’s Abbott’s forte. Plus, Wiggle – High5 has a strong team — they are bound to crack the Boels-Dolmans stranglehold on the WWT.

Chris Case, managing editor
Pick: Elizabeth Armitstead

Armistead is unstoppable right now, and everyone else doesn’t seem to be quite on their game yet.

Andrew Hood, European correspondent
Pick: Elizabeth Armitstead

Armitstead won two out of three in major races so far this season. No curse with that rainbow jersey.

Caley Fretz, senior editor
Pick: Anna van der Breggen

Third here last year, fifth at Strade Bianche this year, and then fourth at Drenthe. A win is coming.

Dan Cavallari, tech editor
Pick: Elizabeth Armitstead

Armitstead. She’ll defend her title from last year, and this won’t be a bunch sprint. It will come down to Armitstead and Anna van der Breggen, though Abbott and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot could be wild cards here. Ferrand-Prevot may need more time before she’s at the top of her game after injury, though.

Gregor Brown, reporter
Pick: Elizabeth Armitstead

World champion Armitstead is on roll with her Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Strade Bianche wins. It’s hard to bet against her.

Kristen Legan, associate editor
Pick: Elizabeth Armitstead

As much as I want to root for an underdog, Armitstead is just so good right now. Plus she has an incredibly deep Boels – Dolmans squad behind her on the day. Each of her teammates for Alfredo Binda — Evie Stevens, Chantal Blaak, Ellen Van Dijk, Karol-Ann Canuel, and Megan Guarnier are capable of winning the race in their own right. But with the punchy course, watch for Stevens and Guarnier to set Armitstead up perfectly for a small group sprint across the line.

Dane Cash, web editor and reporter
Pick: Elizabeth Armitstead

The way Armitstead has ridden since February of 2015, it seems like the 27-year-old has been on peak form for more than a year. Good luck keeping her in check at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda. Assuming she has recovered from the illness that forced her out of last weekend’s Ronde van Drenthe, the defending champ should have plenty of opportunities to leave her rivals behind on the race’s up-and-down parcours.