#FlashBackFriday: The Giro Rosa in Photos
While this isn’t an old blog I’m reposting for your reading pleasure I am flashing back to last month’s Giro Rosa.
The 25th edition of the Giro Rosa covered more than 900kms and started with a night-time prologue in the southern town of Caserta before nine road stages. From southern Italy the race made its way north from Campania through Lazio, Abruzzo, Marche, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Lombardy and Piedmont, before returning to Lombardy for the final stage.
It was a tour dominated by RaboLiv who finished first, second and third on the general classification but the results don’t the full story. Fast, aggressive racing each day provided a fantastic showcase of women’s cycling in amazing countryside. In this photo blog I’ll take you inside this years Giro Rosa with some of the best cycling photos I’ve seen in a long time thanks to Wei Yuet Wong. Hope you enjoy!
The opening prologue of the Giro Rosa started at 8.30 in the evening. With over 150 riders the last rider didn’t roll down the start ramp until after 10pm. You can read my blog here about the 2km race against the clock.
“1km out and 1km back the course was run through the centre of downtown Caserta and on truly horrible roads; the pavé was like Belgian cobbles that had been given growth hormones. Large and lumpy you were thrown from one side to the other and finding a rhythm and maintaining a high power was not easy…”
The first stage was meant to be one for the sprinters, but one look at the profile and I knew better. The race went on to shatter and the general classification changed very little over the next eight stages. My teammates Ashleigh Moolman, Elisa Longo Borghini and Audrey Cordon lit the race on fire with attacks and counter attacks. Elisa finished second behind Marianne Vos. You can read my report here.
The second road stage of the Giro Rosa was one of missed opportunities for myself and my Hitec Products team.
A huge crash, right at the front of the peloton. Like dominos girls just started piling on-top of each other.
The third stage finished in the beautiful town of San Donato Val di Comino, Annemiek van Vlueten won after making the early break and out smarting her breakaway companions to stay away. Here’s my round up of the stage.
We wanted crosswinds but they didn’t come, the fourth stage raced along Adriatica coast before turning inland to finish in the town of Jesi. Here our team director, Marc Bracke, talks about wind direction. Vos went on to win her second stage. Stage recap here.
“In the end the however, the predicted crosswinds were a no show like Wiggo at the Tour this year…”
Stage five was really the last chance for the sprinters and they made the most of it. The stage finished in a mass bunch sprint in the finishing town of Cesenatico. Vos won her third stage. You can read my blog about the tactics of the race here.
Stage six was about the climbs. Here you can see three climbs at 32, 59 and 84kms. When you don’t have the luxury of knowing the parcours little ‘information sheets’ become your lifeline. Read more about the stage here.
You know when pros warm up things are getting serious. Stage seven of the Giro Rosa started directly uphill and while the climb did shatter the peloton the relatively flat last 60km of the stage meant a larger group rode to the line. You can read about my less than enjoyable day on the bicycle here. I labelled the stage my worst day of the 2014 Giro Rosa.
Stage eight. Second last day and the Queen stage of the Giro Rosa.
Nobody got the memo on the final stage that we were meant to ‘piano’ to the finish. It was a fast and aggressive race, just like the entire Giro Rosa. You can read my report here.
The whole Giro was a fantastic showcase of women’s cycling, captured brilliantly by Wei Yuet Wong.