26.06.2023 World-Tour, News, Race news
AN ALL-ROUNDER ROSTER FOR GIRO D'ITALIA DONNE
CANYON//SRAM Racing lines up for the 34th edition of the Giro d’Italia Donne with a strong roster of all-rounders. Fresh from national titles on the road and time trial, Chloé Dygert will join Australian rider Neve Bradbury, who last year finished tenth on the general classification. The pair will race alongside the experience of Soraya Paladin, Pauliena Rooijakkers and Sarah Roy, and the 20-year-old rising star Antonia Niedermaier, who makes her Giro debut. The 7-rider squad is led by road captain Tiffany Cromwell, herself a three-time stage winner in 2012, 2016 and 2019.
This year’s edition covers a mix of terrain in nine stages over ten days, starting with a short 4km ITT stage in Chianciano Terme on Friday, 30 June. With undulating stages and a blend of sprint and uphill finishes, the general classification will be battled out every day from Toscana to Sardegna. The queen stage, on paper, is the fifth stage, with the peloton racing up Pian del Lupo, titled the Cima Coppi (highest peak of the Giro). The category one climb comes early in the stage, with still close to 80km to the finish line. Stage 7 in Liguria is set to also light up the eyes of the climbers with over 2000m of elevation for the 110km, including an uphill finish in Alassio.
Tiffany says, “I’m looking forward to my 14th Giro. It wasn’t on my calendar last year, which was one of the first times in my career I haven’t raced in Italy in July. Racing in Sardinia for the last two stages will be new territory for me, and I’m excited to see what it’s like. As a team, we’re looking forward to the different opportunities each stage brings and taking chances when they are there. We have a strong team for all types of terrain, and I think we can challenge on every stage for victories and for the overall GC.”
Chloé says, “I’m excited to race my first Giro! I feel blessed to have won both national titles, and I’m looking forward to wearing the new stars and stripe kit this week in Italy. My main focus is on preparing as best I can for the world championships in August, and the Giro is going to help me do that. We have a strong team here, with a mix of strengths, and we aim to win stages and go for the GC.”
HOW TO WATCH
The nine stages of Giro d’Italia Donne can be followed on Twitter with #GiroDonne23 and #UCIWWT. A broadcast on RAI Sport, GCN and Eurosport is expected daily at 14:00.
Stage 1 | Chianciano Terme | 30 June | 4.4km ITT | First rider 12:50CEST | Broadcast 14:00CEST
Stage 2 | Bagno a Ripoli – Marradi | 1 July | 102km | Start 12:00CEST | Broadcast 14:00CEST
Stage 3 | Formigine – Modena | 2 July | 118km | Start 11:40CEST | Broadcast 14:00CEST
Stage 4 | Fidenza – Borgo Val di Taro | 3 July | 134km | Start 11:00CEST | Broadcast 14:00CEST
Stage 5 | Salassa – Ceres | 4 July | 103km | Start 11:20CEST | Broadcast 14:00CEST
Stage 6 | Canelli | 5 July | 104km | Start 12:00CEST | Broadcast 14:00CEST
Stage 7 | Albenga – Alassio | 6 July | 109km | Start 11:40CEST | Broadcast 14:00CEST
Stage 8 | Nuoro – Sassari | 8 July | 125km | Start 11:35CEST | Broadcast 14:00CEST
Stage 9 | Sassari – Olbia | 9 July | 126km | Start 11:25CEST | Broadcast 14:00CEST