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« on: June 09, 2016, 11:52 »
For years now, the Giro Rosa has been the biggest stage race for the women. Every year all the biggest riders of the peloton come to compete here. For former winners such as Fabiana Luperini, Nicole Cooke and Marianne Vos, this ranks amongst their biggest wins. This year offers another opportunity - while simultaneously providing some good preparation for that other big prize of this summer, the Olympics. There is only the small matter of completing the 857,6 km parcours that's in the way between the riders and eternal glory...

The parcours
The race starts with a prologue in Gaiarine, Veneto. Exceptionally short at 2 km, this will require the riders to go full sprint from the start. Last year we had a similar prologue, which featured a top-5 consisting exclusively of Dutch riders: Van Vleuten, Brand, Knetemann, Van der Breggen and Van Dijk. Whoever wins though, time gaps will be small in such a short stage.


Stage 1 is between Gaiarine and San Fior. The stage is 104 km, but basically completely flat. That is, until 17 km before the finish: a hill of 1,9 km at an average of 9,6% will provide an excellent launchpad for those looking to spoil the sprinters' party. Because there will still be a long way to go until the finish at that point, anyone looking to attack here will require either some allies, or excellent time trialling skills. Yet the stage provides an excellent opportunity for someone who missed out in the prologue to take the pink. Perhaps something for Ellen van Dijk?


Stage 2, between Tarcento and Montenars is also mostly flat, but with an uphill finish. The climb to Montenars may not be steep at 4,7%, but with 5,8 km long it will challenge the riders. There is also a smaller climb just before it. All this means that if a sprinting or TT'ing type of rider has the pink at this point, it's likely to change hands here, meaning we could realistically have three different leaders in the first three days. An uphill finish, but sprinting ability required - sounds right up the alley for Lizzie Armitstead.


Stage 3could barely be any flatter: bunch sprint written all over it. Interestingly, the Italian sprint cannon Giorgia Bronzini - double road race champion - is competing again here before retiring after the Worlds later this year. She will definitely hope to say goodbye to her home race with a stage win, and today could be an excellent opportunity for her.


Next up is stage 4: again, mostly flat. Some minor hills, but another chance for the sprinters to show their worth. Sprinters such as former track star Cucinotta, Canyon's Guarischi and allrounder Lucinda Brand all won sprints last year and will hope to repeat.


The next stage is a big one. In a short 77,5 km between Grosio and Tirano, the women of the peloton have to conquer one of the toughest climbs in the world: the Mortirolo. 12,4 km at 10,5% will make this short stage one of the decisive ones of this Giro. Interestingly though, the top of the Mortirolo is roughly halfway through the stage. A mostly flat plateau and a descent make up the remaining 34 km until the finish. Normally it would be hard to beat American top climber Mara Abbott on such a difficult climb, but can she hold on in the second half of the stage? Perhaps someone like Elisa Longo Borghini, Evelyn Stevens or Lizzie Armitstead can catch up to Abbott and take the stage in a small group sprint?


Stage 6 may not have a climb as tough as the Mortirolo, it does have more climbs. The Passo del Ginestro, Colle di Nava and the Passo Caprauna are all in the first half of the stage. The second half is flat until the uphill finish at the Madonna della Guardia. This final climb is 7,4 km at 7,7% but ends with a section of 13,5% for over nearly 2 km. Another one for the climbers thus.


A 21,9 km flat time trial is the next hurdle for the riders. Last year, Anna van der Breggen won a similar time trial with a difference of over a minute on the runner-up, Guarnier. She will face competition from the likes of Van Dijk and Brennauer though.


Stage 8 is again flat and seems destined to end in a bunch sprint. Although after such a hard couple of days, the peloton may also take it easy and let a breakaway take the win.


The final stage features one last chance to shake up the GC. The stage may not be the hardest, but a climb at just 1 km before the finish provides a good opportunity for attacks. If defending champion Van der Breggen is not leading the race by now, this could be a great opportunity for her. But the strong finisher - and American national champion - Megan Guarnier will also want to have a say in this. A promising finale for this biggest of stage races.


Teams & riders
A startlist has been kept up-to-date by cyclingfever here. As for the favourites, this is always hard to call. A couple of big contenders are conspicuously absent: Marianne Vos, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Emma Johansson are all nowhere to be found, unfortunately. But there are plenty of others left. Defending champion Anna van der Breggen will definitely try her hardest to keep the title, while 2010 and 2013 winner Mara Abbott will want to regain her title. The American is probably the best pure climber in the peloton, but faces competition from allrounders such as last year's third place Megan Guarnier, British favourite Lizzie Armitstead and Italy's hope Elisa Longo Borghini.

Two teams look exceptionally dangerous here: Rabobank and Boels Dolmans. The former team includes Van der Breggen, but also last year's top-10 finishers Shara Gillow and Katarzyna Niewiadoma, and the ever strong Brand, Kneteman and De Jong. Boels Dolmans has three potential winners in the line-up with Armitstead, Stevens and Guarnier. Another team to watch is Wiggle Highs, with Abbott and Longo Borghini, but also the French talent Audrey Cordon.

Other years
Previous winners
2015   VAN DER BREGGEN Anna *nl
2014   VOS Marianne *nl   
2013   ABBOTT Mara *usa   
2012   VOS Marianne *nl   
2011   VOS Marianne *nl   
2010   ABBOTT Mara *usa   
2009   LICHTENBERG-HÄUSLER Claudia *de   
2008   LUPERINI Fabiana *it    
2007   PUCINSKAITE Edita *lt   
2006   PUCINSKAITE Edita *lt

Some interesting stuff from last year:
  • The Velorooms thread with a preview from JSG and a lot of results, videos, and links.
  • Some excellent pictures from Velofocus.
And last year's final GC:
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    Re: Giro Rosa
    « Reply #10 on: July 01, 2016, 12:25 »
    This is one of those moments when I quietly wish there were more top-flight women's teams and more stage races in addition to single day events.

    So much talent crammed into too few teams. #boels will have Guarnier and Armitstead trying to find a comforable way to share leadership duties, while #raboliv will probably have to get behind Van Der Breggen despite Gillow being a solid (and rather overlooked) stage racer and Niewiadoma being a better climber.

    Women don't get to test themselves enough in multi-day efforts and few races are run off in the high mountains. To be the best in the bigs as a female pro means having to be the best all-rounder. So while the calendar exposes the most complete athletes, it does tend to hide those personalities who can shine in different conditions, the ones who would give us a more complex and fascinating sporting narrative.

    The Giro Rosa is hard and prestigious, probably the highlight of the year for a lot of the riders, and it's one of the too-few opportunities to see the real depth and strength of our familiar favourites.
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    Re: Giro Rosa
    « Reply #12 on: July 01, 2016, 17:43 »
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    Re: Giro Rosa
    « Reply #13 on: July 01, 2016, 19:19 »
    This is one of those moments when I quietly wish there were more top-flight women's teams and more stage races in addition to single day events.

    So much talent crammed into too few teams. #boels will have Guarnier and Armitstead trying to find a comforable way to share leadership duties, while #raboliv will probably have to get behind Van Der Breggen despite Gillow being a solid (and rather overlooked) stage racer and Niewiadoma being a better climber.

    Women don't get to test themselves enough in multi-day efforts and few races are run off in the high mountains. To be the best in the bigs as a female pro means having to be the best all-rounder. So while the calendar exposes the most complete athletes, it does tend to hide those personalities who can shine in different conditions, the ones who would give us a more complex and fascinating sporting narrative.

    The Giro Rosa is hard and prestigious, probably the highlight of the year for a lot of the riders, and it's one of the too-few opportunities to see the real depth and strength of our familiar favourites.

    I do agree we could use more top teams and harder stage races. It's quite amazing that the Giro often shows us new climbing talent, purely because it's the only big race with these big climbs!

    On Boels: Lizzie is an interesting case. She has been dominant yes, but like you said, the calendar tends to show the best allrounder. Lizzie has never proven herself on terrain like this. With Rio also being held on a course like this, it will be fascinating to see how Lizzie does. Maybe she adjusts as well to climbing as Vos did in the Giro of 2011. Or maybe not. That said; both the Mortirolo stage here, and Rio, have big descents after the hardest climb. That plays well into the hands of a rider like Armitstead. She could get to the top a minute behind and still come back.

    On Rabo: Gillow is a solid stage racer yes, and on a smaller team would be a team leader. But in a top team, solid doesn't cut it to be the team leader. Also, thinking Rabo gets behind one rider, you haven't been paying attention. They rarely bet on one horse. Heck, in 2014 they had 3 team leaders, they ended up taking out the entire podium. Pretty sure both Anna and Kasia will be the protected riders this time. And you might be selling Anna a bit short there, and not just you, I've read in the cyclingnews preview that Anna would prefer the flatter course this year? What the hell. She finished 2nd behind Abbott in the hardest climbing stage last year. If you don't remember:



    Sure, it's a new year, and we don't know what shape Anna is in at the moment. But if she's in top shape? I wouldn't say Kasia is a better climber. But that's the thing really, the differences between the top climbers aren't that big. It all comes down to the shape of the moment or even the shape of the day.
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    Re: Giro Rosa
    « Reply #14 on: July 01, 2016, 22:05 »
    Surprising winner for the prologue: Lea Kirchmann (Liv - Plantur). Thalita de Jong and Anna van der Breggen (both Rabo) were second and third.
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    Re: Giro Rosa
    « Reply #16 on: July 02, 2016, 05:41 »
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    Re: Giro Rosa
    « Reply #17 on: July 02, 2016, 13:59 »
    Stage 1 of the Giro Rosa is underway and nearing the finish. You can follow the live-updates on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/_pigeons_/lists/women-s-race-tweeting

    The small climb before the finish caused an elite group to go clear: Longo Borghini, Stevens, Guarnier and Niewiadoma.
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    Re: Giro Rosa
    « Reply #18 on: July 02, 2016, 14:32 »
    Stage 1 of the Giro Rosa 2016 was won by Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle High5) in a sprint of a lead group of 9. Megan Guarnier (Boels - Dolmans) was second and takes over the pink jersey.

    A long breakaway by Marta Tagliaferro (Alé Cipollini) was neutralised just before the little climb at 18 km to go. This climb of of 1,9 km at an average of 9,6% proved decisive, as expected. It was Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) who topped the climb first and will wear the climbers' jersey tomorrow. She was joined by Megan Guarnier, Evelyn Stevens and Katarzyna Niewiadoma; the four formed a lead group that cooperated well. They quickly extended their lead, and had a decent lead of 49 seconds at just 15 km to go. They were chased by a group including Guderzo, Bronzini, Abbott and Lichtenberg.

    The two groups merged just a few kilometers before the finish, to give a lead group of 9 riders. Interestingly, both defending champion Van der Breggen and pink jersey Kirchmann were not present. The group headed for a sprint. It was Giorgia Bronzini  who won the stage, ahead of Megan Guarnier and Rasa Leleivyte. Due to her good result in the prologue, Guarnier will wear the pink jersey on tomorrow's stage.

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    Re: Giro Rosa
    « Reply #19 on: July 03, 2016, 11:00 »


    Apparently this is all the highlights we get..

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    Re: Giro Rosa
    « Reply #20 on: July 03, 2016, 14:39 »
    Evelyn Stevens won stage 2! The race mostly stayed together until the uphill finish, in which Stevens was faster than Longo Borghini, Niewiadoma and Abbott. At a small distance, Guarnier was third. Same four as those who were up front yesterday, so are they the best climbers currently in the race?

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    « Reply #21 on: July 03, 2016, 21:26 »
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    Re: Giro Rosa
    « Reply #22 on: July 04, 2016, 09:25 »
    Evelyn Stevens won stage 2! The race mostly stayed together until the uphill finish, in which Stevens was faster than Longo Borghini, Niewiadoma and Abbott. At a small distance, Guarnier was third. Same four as those who were up front yesterday, so are they the best climbers currently in the race?



    Good result for Stevens. Surprised that VDB isn't up there but otherwise we're seeing most of the expected names. Go Kasia! :P
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    « Reply #23 on: July 04, 2016, 09:30 »
    Good result for Stevens. Surprised that VDB isn't up there but otherwise we're seeing most of the expected names. Go Kasia! :P

    So good seeing Evie up there I think she can win this
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    Re: Giro Rosa
    « Reply #24 on: July 04, 2016, 14:28 »
    It's not often you have a Velorooms member winning a grand tour stage. Congratulations to VR Q&A alumni Chloe Hosking!

    Hosking outsprinted Bastianelli and Bronzini after a completely flat stage 3 of the Giro Rosa.

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    « Reply #25 on: July 04, 2016, 20:37 »
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    Re: Giro Rosa
    « Reply #26 on: July 05, 2016, 13:52 »
    was all together the whole stage AFAIK but info was scarce



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    Re: Giro Rosa
    « Reply #27 on: July 05, 2016, 21:06 »
    A. nice short stage tomorrow just 77.5km, just that bloody big mountain to get over that's the problem

    VDB got to find 1.14 somehow. Go Anna..
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    Re: Giro Rosa
    « Reply #28 on: July 06, 2016, 06:03 »
    I Evie and Abbott will be looking forward to it I think as well
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