GIRO ROSA 2018, FROM VERBANIA TO FRIULI WITH THE ZONCOLAN

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The first veils of the 29th edition of the Giro Rosa have been taken off this morning in the Garzoni Theatre in Tricesimo (Udine), where the presentation of the first and the last two stages has taken place. Enzo Cainero, President of the Stage Committee of Friuli, and Giorgio Baiutti, Major of Tricesimo, welcomed all the participants.

The Big Start, on Friday 6th July 2018, will take place in Verbania with a Team Time Trial of 15.5 kms along the Lake Maggiore. The successful experiment of the last 30th June from Aquileia to Grado, when the Team Boels Dolmans took the Stage victory and the first Maglia Rosa was for the Canadian Karol-Ann Canuel, will be then repeated.

The 2018 Big Finish will be on the great mountains of the Carnia (Friuli): the Stage 9 will be on Saturday 14th July, from Tricesimo to Monte Zoncolan (104.7 kms): the “Kaiser” will be climbed from Ovaro, on the western side, with the following, “scary” numbers: 11.9 kms length, 1200 meters of heigth difference, 11.9% average slope, 22% of maximal slope. The Zoncolan was already climbed during the Giro Rosa 1997 from Sutrio until the chair lifts, where Fabiana Luperini took the stage victory.

The Overall winner will be crowned on Sunday, 15th July, after the Stage 10 in Cividale del Friuli (120 kms). The route will be around the small, historical town in Friuli until the Torre and Natisone Valleys, close to the Italian – Slovenian border. There will be a final circuit with the short but tough climb in Trivio (4 kms with 10% average slope).

“The big mountains are back as protagonists of the Giro Rosa – declared the Race Director Giuseppe Rivolta – it will be for sure a spectacular race and a sport show on the Italian roads.”

“The Zoncolan from Ovaro to its top is new for the Giro – declared Enzo Cainero – President of the Friuli Stage committee – “and it gives a truly, biggest importance about the quality and power of Women Cycling, which gives very big emotions.”

BOELS DOLMANS DOMINATES THE TEAM TIME TRIAL

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The Dutch Team starts the 2017 edition in the same way of how they ended the race one year ago, dominating the Team Time Trial Stage (Aquileia – Grado, 11.5 km), ended in 14’47”. Second place for Team Sunweb (19” delay), third is Orica-Scott 22”. The Canadian Karol-Ann Canuel, first at the finish for the winning team, wears the Pink Jersey.

Like one year ago, when Leah Kirchmann won the Prologue in Gaiarine, it’s another Canadian as the first overall leader of the Giro Rosa: Karol-Ann Canuel, 29 years old born in Quebec, is also the National Champion of the Time Trial.

The 2016 winner Megan Guarnier is second in the GC, and the World Champion Amalie Dideriksen is third with the same time.

Astana Women Team leaded the provisional classification for long time and the cuban Arlenis Sierra dreamed of wearing the “Maglia Rosa”. Canyon-SRAM and Orica – Scott Team came suddenly with the new best time and they will beated only by the last two teams, Sunweb and Boels Dolmans.

The Stage 1 has Canuel in Pink Jersey, Lucinda Brand Cyclamine Jersey, Amalie Dideriksen in White, Annemiek Van Vleuten in Green and Elisa Longo Borghini in Blue.

Tomorrow the Giro has the first Road stage, (number 2 overall), 124 kms from Zoppola to Montereale Valcellina.

Results Stage 1 (Aquileia – Grado, 11.5 kms):

1. Boels Dolmans Cycling Team     14’47”
2. Team Sunweb                                +19”
3. Orica – Scott                                   +22”

General Classification after Stage 1:

1. Karol-Ann Canuel       14’47”
2. Megan Guarnier               st
3. Amalie Dideriksen            st

The Jerseys of the 2017 Giro Rosa after Stage 1:

Pink Jersey COLNAGO: Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)
Cyclamine Jersey SELLE SMP: Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb)
Green Jersey PURPLE by GLOBALSTOCK: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica – Scott)
White Jersey COLNAGO: Amalie Dideriksen (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)
Blue Jersey GSG: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5)

Photo (c) Flaviano Ossola