Preview: the Giro Rosa

Giro Rosa
The week-long Giro Rosa – the women’s Tour of Italy – takes place from 30 June to 7 July this year.
It’s bound to be overshadowed in the media by the men’s Tour de France, but we think it’s well worth following.

This year there are eight stages covering a total of 803km, including two high mountain finishes. The final stage mirrors the men’s Giro d’Italia – a 13.3km individual time trial ending in Cremona which could prove decisive.

The contenders

The starting line up includes some of the greats in women’s road cycling, including two-time defending champion Marianne Vos from the Netherlands. Vos pipped Great Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead to gold at the London 2012 road race, and will be keen to make it three in a row in Italy.

Another one to watch is 2010 and 2011 world road race champion Giorgia Bronzini, riding for the Wiggle Honda team. Bronzini will be hoping to make the most of home advantage as she races in front of an Italian crowd.

Nineteen teams will take part in the race, each with eight riders. British interest is spread across several teams: Emma Trott and Lucy Martin for Boels-Dolmans; Sharon Laws for Lotto Belisol; Laura Trott for Wiggle Honda; and Katie Colclough for Specialized-Lululemon. Good luck to them all!

The race stages

Stage 1 – Giovinazzo to Margherita di Savoia, 124.3km
Stage 2 – Pontecagnano Faiano to Pontecagnano Faiano, 99.6km
Stage 3 – Cerro al Volturno to Cerro al Volturno, 111.6km
Stage 4 – Monte San Vito to Castel Fidardo, 137.2km
Stage 5 – Varazze to Monte Beigua, 73.3km
Stage 6 – Terme di Premia to San Domenico, 121km
Stage 7 – Corbetta to Corbetta, 120km
Stage 8 – Cremona Time Trial, 13.3km

Find out more about the race.