Giro Donne 2013

Vos after finishing Stage 3 of the 2013 Giro Rosa - via Giro Rosa Timeline Photos

Vos attacking early, and was out for most of the stage in a 6-rider break that gradually shed rider after rider…  the break never got aboive 2 minutes, and in the last part, only had a gap of 50 seconds or so, when it was just Vos and Tiffany Cromwell left.  Poor Tiffany dropped her chain crashed at 6km to go, but Vos stayed away, hitting the ridiculously steep, narrow, cobbled finishing climb - giving it everything and winning solo!  Amazing!

More photos of the race on the Giro Rosa facebook

On Sunday, the biggest women’s stage race of the year starts - the Giro Rosa! It runs 30th June to 7th July, 8 stages, 1 in every region of Italy. It’s the only women’s race that the UCI allows to run for over a week, and it’s a very big deal, with 50 minutes of coverage on RAI tv every night. We’ll be telling you a lot more about the race over the course of the week, and having daily updates on the Café, but I’ve been wondering…. what do the riders think about the race? So I’ve been asking some of them! Here’s Part 1 of the answers - check back later in the week for more, and don’t forget, if YOU have any questions, the ORICA-AIS riders will answer them, just for the Café!
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What do riders think about the Giro Rosa? Part 1 - Podium Cafe

Annemiek van Vleuten, Marijn de Vries, Ashleigh Moolman, Carmen Small and Lauren Kitchen answer questions about the Giro

The Giro Rosa is the biggest women’s stage race of the year, running 30th June - 7th July 2013, the only race left of the calendar that the UCI allows to run for over a week. Formerly known as the Giro Donne, the race nearly disappeared this year, so although it’s only eight days rather than the usual nine or ten, we’re delighted it’s going ahead. There is so much competition here, whether it’s riders racing for the overall General Classification, or for stage wins and minor jerseys - that just finishing the race is an impressive achievement in itself. So if you want to follow it, here’s my guide to watching it online, following it on twitter, and much more!
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Giro Rosa 2013, stage 1 Giovinazzo - Margherita di Savoia (by Giro Rosa)

Short highlights of the Stage

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Amber Pierce reviews Stage 1 of the 2013 Giro Rosa (by prowomenscycling)

Lots of insight into what it’s like to race and what riders would be thinking

Sprint finish, Stage 1, Giro Rosa 2013

(via Tappa 1 Giro Rosa 2013)

1. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Netherlands National Team, 2:53:55
2. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/giant, s.t.
3. Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini-Giordana, s.t.
4. Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Pasta Zara-Cogeas, s.t.
5. Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) RusVelo, s.t.
6. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank-Liv/giant, s.t.
7. Shelley Olds (USA) Tibco, s.t.
8. Lauren Hall (USA) USA National Team, s.t.
9. Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda, s.t.
10. Anna Trevisi (Ita) Vaiano Fondriest, s.t.

More great photos from Stage 1 on the Giro Rosa

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Giro Rosa 2013 - Marianne Vos: «Concentrazione dal primo all'ultimo metro. Il vento? Sono abituata» (by CiclowebVideo)

Marianne Vos, interviewed in English before the start of Stage 1 of the 2013 Giro Rosa