10 days in northern Italy



The Giro d’Italia Donne for a long time, the female iteration of the Giro d’Italia The stage race, formerly known as the Giro Rosa, is back this year, but with a downgraded UCI status. However, despite the downgrading of Women’s WorldTour status to a UCI Women’s ProSeries event, it will feature the best women’s teams in the world as many riders use this 10-day stage race as Olympic preparation.

This year’s edition of the Giro Rosa will see 24 teams and 144 riders compete for the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey) over 10 stages and 1,022 kilometers, or 635 miles. Each day, five jerseys will be awarded: Pink for the leader of the General Classification (GC), Cyclamen – purple – for the leader of the General Points, Green for the Queen of the Mountains, White for the best youngster and Blue for the best Italian. to the CG.

History of the Giro d’Italia Donne

In its 32nd edition, the Giro d’Italia Donne is one of the oldest women’s stage races in the world. Formerly known as Giro d’Italia Femminile and Giro Rosa, it started in 1988 and has been held for almost every year. It is one of the only women’s races to actually have 10 racing stages. This is two more stages than the highly anticipated Tour de France Women, scheduled for 2022.

While it has lost WorldTour status for 2021, the organizers are confident that thanks to the new leadership of PMG Sport / Starlight, the race will be back on the WorldTour circuit for 2022. “The UCI’s decision to bring back the Giro d’Italia Donne in the Women’s World Tour in 2022 is excellent news as the Giro, â€said Roberto Ruini, founder of PMG Sport and general manager of Giro d’Italia Donne, in a statement. this year to invest all the means available to give fair value to this great sporting event. He also noted that this year the prize money has doubled, and the safety for runners has been improved.

The road

The Giro d’Italia Donne route will cross four regions of northern Italy: Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia. For those who do not know Italian geography, Piedmont borders France and Switzerland at the foot of the Alps. Nearby, the region of Lombardy includes its capital, Milan, and the famous seaside resort of Lake Como. Veneto, homeland of Venice, lies to the east of Lombardy and stretches from the Dolomites mountain range to the Adriatic Sea. Finally, Friuli-Venezia Giulia is located on the border of Austria and Slovenia and includes some of the Dolomites.

“The high technical quality of the race is guaranteed by the presence of all the most important teams in the world and by a course of medium to high difficulty which is extraordinary from a landscape and naturalistic point of view and which symbolically touches the most important Italian regions. affected. by the first wave of the pandemic “, explains race director Giuseppe Rivolta.” If last year the intention was to be the edition of the restart, this year’s edition will and can be the one rebirth. “

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The Giro d’Italia Donne is divided into 10 stages, covering 1,022 kilometers (635 miles) in total over the 10 days of racing.

Stage 1 – July 2 – Fossano to Cuneo

26.7 kilometers / 16.5 miles

The Giro begins with a relatively flat team time trial that only climbs 100 meters over a 16.5 mile course.

Stage 2 – July 3 – From Boves to Prato Nevoso

100.1 kilometers / 62 miles

Just over 1,000 vertical meters start the race’s mountain stages very early, ending with a massive climb and determining who will be the first rider to wear the coveted pink jersey.

Stage 3 – July 4 – Casale Monferrato to Ovada

135 kilometers / 83 miles

Another mountainous stage, this one punctuated by a few tight and short climbs in the second part of the race.

Stage 4 – July 5 – Formazza Loc. Fondovalle in Riale Di Formazza Cascate Del Toce

11.2 kilometers / 6.96 miles

An individual time trial of only 11.2 kilometers offers no respite for the runners: it is a difficult gradual climb of 500 meters that ends at the highest altitude in the region: 1,714 meters.

Stage 5 – July 6 – Milano to Carugate

120.1 kilometers / 74.6 miles

Milan might be known as the Fashion Capital of the World, but July 5th will also be the start of Stage 5. It’s the flattest stage so far, so be sure to log in for a possible sprint finish.

Stage 6 – July 7 – Colico to Colico

155 kilometers / 96.3 miles

This long, mountainous stage circles Lake Cuomo and is the only stage that ends at the same place it begins. This is the longest stage of the race and it is punctuated with hard climbs after hard climbs, with very few “relaxing” sections.

Stage 7 – July 8 – Soprazocco Di Gavardo in Puegnago Del Garda

109.5 kilometers / 68 miles

This race is made up of six 11 mile circuits with five significant climbs that count towards the Mountain ranking, ending with a top finish.

Stage 8 – July 9 – San Vendemiano to Mortegliano

129.4 kilometers / 80.4 miles

Finally, another flat step. Look for teams to start making moves as the race enters the final stages.

Stage 9 – July 10 – Feletto-Umberto to Monte Matajur

122.6 kilometers / 76.1 miles

This mountain stage presents the greatest difference in altitude from start to finish, with a finish at the top of Mount Matajur which is 1,124 meters above the start.

Stage 10 – July 11 – Capriva del Friuli in Cormons

113 kilometers / 70.2 miles

The last stage, yet another mountain stage, will end in Cormons. Four major climbs for mountain points are separated over 70 miles, with a slight descent leading to an exciting finish.

Who are the runners to watch?

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Because the race only takes place a few weeks before Olympic Games, it could be very different from the races of the previous season. Runners who use it as preparation for the Olympics will focus on performing well but try to avoid burnout or injury before Tokyo. Some runners who are usually podium favorites, such as multiple time world champion and two time race winner Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) —will not be present during the preparations for the Games. Meanwhile, runners who weren’t on their country’s Olympic team will be thirsty for redemption, so there could be some upheaval on the podium.

Runners to watch include Anna van der breggen (SD Worx), Amanda Spratt (BikeExchange), Lucinda Brand (Trek Segafredo), Marianne Vos (Lotto Jumbo) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek Segafredo). You can consult the complete start list here.

Vos and Van der Breggen have both won the Giro d’Italia Donne three times in their careers, with Van der Breggen winning the 2020 iteration which took place last September (postponed from the usual July date due to COVID). Vos hasn’t won the race since 2014, but has had a great start to the 2021 season, including a victory at the Amstel Gold Race in April and a podium at La Course last weekend, finishing just ahead of Van der Breggen. And Van der Breggen has had an excellent stage racing season so far, winning the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas in May and the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in February.

However, Spratt and Longo Borghini are no strangers to the podium either: Spratt has finished third overall twice, and Longo Borghini has finished second in 2017 and third in 2020.

This race is filled with American riders as well as: Tayler Wiles and Ruth winder from Trek-Segafredo; Alexis Ryan on Canyon-SRAM; Leah Thomas on Movistar; Coryn Rivera on the DSM team; Kristen Faulkner, Lauren Stephens, Emily Newsom and Clara Honsinger in the TIBCO-SVB team; and Heidi Franz, Holly Breck, Katie Clouse and Krista Doebel-Hickock from Rally Cycling. Some of these athletes, including Kristen Faulkner and Tayler Wiles, openly discussed and contested USA Cycling’s Olympic selection process and will likely be racing with a fire revived as a result.

Where can I watch the race?

Unfortunately, part of the reason this stage race was downgraded from its old ranking is because the organizers failed to provide the required TV coverage last year. But organizers have promised an hour of content on each stage, covering the final 15 kilometers of the race followed by interviews with top finishers and coverage of the podium ceremony.

“Last year we reached a global audience of over six million users,†says Ruini. “This year, we have dramatically expanded the potential user base, through a worldwide distribution of never-before-seen domestic and international broadcasters and streaming media … For the first time, we are broadcasting live the last 15 kilometers of the race, an additional productive effort to pursue the objective, shared with the FCI (Federazione Ciclistica Italiana) and the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale), of giving maximum importance to a historic sporting event and to all its protagonists. “

Most of the time, the live broadcast begins between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. EST on the race YouTube channel, and can also be taken on GCN Race Pass (available in some territories). Cycling fans around the world can help advocate for better coverage of women’s races by tapping in each day to watch the race end.


  • Jumbo Visma Women’s Team (Netherlands)
  • Alé BTC Ljubljana (Italy)
  • Canyon / SRAM Racing (Germany)
  • FDJ New – Futuroscope Aquitaine (France)
  • LIV Racing (Netherlands)
  • Movistar Women’s Team (Spain)
  • DSM team (Germany)
  • Trek-Segafredo (UNITED STATES)
  • AR Monex women’s professional cycling team (Italy)
  • Team BikeExchange (Australia)
  • SD Worx team (Netherlands)
  • Cycling rally (UNITED STATES)
  • Arkea Pro cycling team (France)
  • Bepink (Italy)
  • Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano (Italy)
  • Biscay-Durango (Spain)
  • Born to win the G20 Ambedo (Italy)
  • Ceratizit – WNT Pro Cycling Team (Germany)
  • Isolman-Premac-Vittoria (Italy)
  • Lotto Soudal Dames (Belgium)
  • Top Girls Fassa Bortolo (Italy)
  • Servetto-Makhymo-Beltrami (Italy)
  • TIBCO Team – Silicon Valley Bank (USA) CTW
  • Valcar – Travel and Service (Italy)

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