Gallery from the Giro Rosa – By Wei Yuet Wong

We take a break from the Tour de France to bring you a collection of images by Wei Yuet Wong from the Giro Rosa, won by world champion Marianne Vos last weekend. The professional women’s peloton will soon wind its way around a circuit on the Champs-Elysées in Paris in advance of the Tour’s arrival in the French capital. La Course by Le Tour de France makes its debut in 2014 and it’s another reminder of the growing interest in this aspect of our sport…

 

  • Stage 5 finished in Cesenatico, and Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) again won the bunch gallop.

  • Iris Slappendel (Rabo Liv) finishing her ITT. Most of the riders finished under darkness. Rabo Liv dominated the prologue, finishing 1, 2, and 3, with Annemiek van Vluten taking the first pink jersey.

  • The Giro Rosa starts with an evening prologue in the streets of Caserta, near Naples. It was a short 2.05km out and back course over bumpy and slippery flagstones. Evelyn Stevens (Specialize Lululemon) is warming up.

  • Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) sets off in her ITT. The road was lit by nothing more than the standard street lamps. Visibility was poor, and a tad scary sometimes.

  • Stage 1 was a circuit course in the town of Santa Maria a Vico, also near Naples. It included a climb around the back of the town, that was easier than it looks.

  • There were a few nasty crashes on the twisty circuit. This is Belarusian Champion Alena Amialiusik (Astana BePink)\\\'s elbow after Stage 1.

  • Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) showed her biking handling skills by escaping and holding off the bunch on the last few technical turns in Stage 1.

  • Stage 2 was also an urban circuit near Naples, in the town of Frattamaggiore. It was a longer circuit and flatter that Stage 1. However it was still narrow, bumpy, and technical.

  • Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) won the bunch gallop on Stage 2. It was a popular and emotional win.

  • Riders cooling off in the scorching heat. The weather in southern Italy was quite hot, and that made the racing tough.

  • The urban circuit was also narrow, and twisty. Added to the scorching weather, and it was a much more difficult stage than it looked on the course book.

  • Annemiek van Vluten (Rabo Liv) won the summit finish in San Donato Val di Comino. She showed that she is back to her best after some health issues in the past years.

  • Martina Ritter (Btc City Ljubljana) cleans her shoes before Stage 4, from Alba Adriatica to Jesi.

  • Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle Honda) impressed, and was the only Asian rider at the Giro Rosa.

  • Stage 4 was a beautiful stage, running along the Adriatic coast.

  • Lucinda Brand (Rabo Liv) looked to have won, but celebrated too early. However, her teammate, Marianne Vos was on hand to make sure that Rabo Liv got another stage win.

  • When stages finish and start in the same town, it helps the crowd, and the town to be decked out to watch the race. Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus Velo) steals a look behind at the start of Stage 5, from Jesi to Cesenatico.

  • Stage 6 from Gaiarine to San Fior was the first real day for the climbers, and Emma Pooley (Lotto Belisol) escaped solo for the stage win.

  • It was clear that Rabo Liv were the strongest team, and Marianne Vos was slowly building her lead, sprinting well.

  • In the GC battle, Mara Abbott (United Heathcare) leads the group of favourites, including Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv), Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products), and Claudia Hausler (Giant-Shimano). Marianne Vos would keep her lead on GC.

  • It was raining on top of the San Domenico di Varzo Ski Resort during Stage 8.

  • Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) was consistent on CG and kept hold of the Blue Jersey for best Italian rider in the GC for the whole race. Last year, she had an accident, and had to watch the Giro from a wheelchair.

  • In Stage 6, the race moves to the Dolomites, from Aprica to Chiavenna.

  • Emma Pooley (Lotto Belisol), Mara Abbott (United Healthcare), and Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv) in the lead group within the final kilometer of the finish. Pooley and Abbott showed that they were the strongest climbers of the race, but ran out of mountain road to take back more time on GC.

  • Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) was put in difficulty on the climb to San Domenico di Varzo Ski Resort. But, she motored on and retained her lead on GC.

  • Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) had lots of support on home roads, but lost some time on GC.

  • Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) celebrates her Giro Rosa win. Rabo Liv would sweep the podium, with Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, and Anna van der Breggen.

  • Another summit finish, and another win for Emma Pooley (Lotto Belisol).

  • Marianne Vos hoists the trophy of the 25th Edition of the Giro Rosa. Rabo Liv held the Pink Jersey during the whole race, and was an impressive team performance.

 

 

Here the photo above to begin the slideshow of Wei Yuet’s images from the 2014 Giro Rosa…

 

Mention cycling in July and most people, even the casual cyclists, will know about Le Tour. It has become so massive that the attention for cycling peaks in July. That can be a good thing, or a bad thing. The Giro Ciclistico d’Italia Femminile, or Giro Rosa, also takes place in July. It runs for 10 stages, and starts almost the same time as Le Tour. At this time, most of the media attention, and the spectator attention is on Le Tour. Little wonder that not many know about the Giro Rosa.

The 2014 edition is the 25th edition, and marks a quarter-century milestone. It is an exciting time for women’s cycling, and with La Course at Le Tour this year, and the Women’s Cycling Week initiative, hopefully more women’s racing will be seen.

 

– Photos, intro and captions by Wei Yuet Wong

 

 

Author: rob@ride

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