The Giro Rosa organisers have confirmed an Italian-heavy line up for the race this year. The 24 teams announced are Alè Cipollini, Aromitalia Vaiano, Bepink, Team Inpa Bianchi, Servetto Footon, S.C. Michela Fanini, Top Girls Fassa Bortolo, Boels Dolmans, RaboLiv, Liv Plantur, Canyon-SRAM, Cervelo Bigla, Cylance, HB Supermint, Lensworld Zannata Etixx, Lotto Soudal Ladies, Bizkaia-Durango, Lointek, BTC City Ljubljana, Wiggle High5, Astana, Hitec, PC Futuroscope 86 and Xirayas de San Luis. Orica AIS declined their invitation due to a clash with their riders’ Rio 2016 preparations, according to journalist Owen Rogers. There will likely be long highlights of each stage on Rai.
The Amgen Tour of California starts on the 19th of May, although only Hitec, RaboLiv, BePink, Boels Dolman, Podium Ambition and Shimano Ladies Power have confirmed their teams. A provisional line up was tweeted by the UCIWomen account yesterday, which is also on the official tour tracker. RaboLiv are taking Marianne Vos and not Kasia Niewiadoma, declaring their intention for the overall rather than stage wins. Preview will be up as soon as the rest are confirmed.
Canyon SRAM’s Trixi Worrack was last year’s Amgen winner, but is currently recovering from a terrible accident at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda race in Italy earlier this year that led to a loss of a kidney. Her team posted a short interview on their Facebook page that she was looking to return to racing this year, and even go to Rio 2016 (probably not realistic that last one).
Some recent results from smaller races, Elena Kuchinskaya (Team Russia) took the GC at the Tour of Zhoushan Island. BePink’s Olga Zabelinskaya was second with Nicole Brandli of Servetto Footon third. Roxane Fournier (PC Futuroscope 86) and Arianna Fidanza (Astana) both picked up stage wins. At the 4th International Women’s Stage Race in Finland (aka 4 NEA) Vita Heine of Hitec won the overall, with Sari Aaarelainen of SC Michela Fanini second and Israeli rider Shani Bloch third. NB Most riders were not in their trade teams for this race. Anna Sanchis (Wiggle H5) and Flavia Oliveira (Lensworld Zannata Etixx) got onto the podium in the last stage but apart from Pia Pensaari winning stage 1b (3rd stage) the race was dominated by the eventual top three. There was meant to be live streaming of all the stages but it looks like there were technical issues. However two of them were shown, and you and watch them here. Venezuela had a knackering 4 races within 5 days. They were the Copa Federacion Venezolana de Ciclismo (top 3 Janildes Fernandes Silva of Brazil, Ingrid Drexel of Astana, Wilmarys Moreno of Venezuela ), Clasico FV Ciclismo Corre Por la Vida (Danielys del Valle Garcia of Venezuela, Sofia Arreola of Twenty 16 and Miryan Nunez of Ecudor ), Gran Premio de Venezuela (Paola Munoz of Xirayas de San Luis, Clemida Fernandes of Brazil and Jennifer Cesar of Venezuela ) and Grand Prix de Venezuela ( Clemilda Fernandes, Jennifer Cesar and Ingrid Drexel).
Interesting short read, Kasia Niewiadoma spoke to rp.pl briefly about RaboLiv’s tactics for the recent Elsy Jacobs race.