Giro Rosa 2013

The Giro Rosa is the biggest stage race of the year, the only women's race that's allowed to be over a week long by the UCI - and 2013 is very special. It used the be called the Giro Donne (and you can read my highlights of the 2012 race) and it was very nearly cancelled forever earlier this year, but like a phoenix from the ashes, it's back with a new organiser and route! We'll have pre-race previews, rider opinions about the race, daily posts with video links and lots of analysis of the race, so bookmark the storystream, and join us for some truly fantastic racing!

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Anton Vos' slideshow of Giro Rosa photos

Giro Rosa 2013 from Anton Vos on Vimeo.

I am still missing the Giro Rosa, so I was very happy to see this, a slideshow of photos Anton Vos took of the race. Can't wait for next year's race! (Click on the Giro Rosa storystream for all the reports and interviews with riders before, during and after the race)

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Giro Rosa: Spratty's last Q&A & more riders talk

Throughout the Giro Rosa, I had daily Q&As with ORICA-AIS riders Amanda Spratt and Jessie Maclean - so of course I had to have one last chat with Spratty to find out how she was feeling after the race! And I've been asking other riders for their post-race thoughts - read on, too, for Q&As with Marijn de Vries, Martine Bras and Emily Collins

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Giro Rosa rider reactions - Marianne Vos & more!

Now the dust has settled on the Giro Rosa, I've been asking riders how it went for them. Here's Part 1, with Marianne Vos, Lucinda Brand, Valentina Scandolara, Lauren Hall and Loren Rowney - and come back tomorrow for more!

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Giro Rosa 2013 - five highlights

And so the Giro Rosa is over for another year... Such brilliant racing and excellent times - so I've been wondering, what were your favourite moments? Here are five of mine, with videos and links, and highlights from people on twitter - add yours into the comments, too!

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Van Dijk crushes the ITT & Abbott wins the Giro

The Giro Rosa was over too soon! With the General Classification all tied up, the final ITT was all about the Very Fast Women - and all eyes were on Specialized-lululemon. They hadn't had much luck in this tour, but the final stage gave them a chance to shine - and they seized that with both hands!

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Jessie & Elisa: Giro Rosa Stage 7 Rider Reactions

Every day during the Giro Rosa I've been having daily Q&As with ORICA-AIS riders. After the final road stage, Jessie Maclean told me about celebrating team birthdays, sprinting and more - while Elisa Longo Borghini answered some questions about her recovery, Amber Pierce video-reviewed the stage and once more, riders were very funny on twitter....

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Vos' revenge - Giro Rosa Stage 7

The penultimate stage of the Giro Rosa - and last road race stage before the final ITT - was the flattest of them all, an 8-lap circuit race that would, after two days in the mountains, finally give the sprinters a chance. It was never going to be a straightforward stage, with so many different storylines happening at the same time - but it gave us a master-class in how to manage a sprint finish.

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Spratty in the mountains! Giro Rosa St 6 reactions

Throughout the race I'm having daily Q&As with ORICA-AIS riders, and after the mountainous Stage 6 it was Amanda Spratt's turn agian! I also have a round-up of the best post-climbing rider tweets, and will have a video review of the stage from pro-rider Amber Pierce. Remember, if you have questions for ORICA, ask me and I'll pass them on!

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Mara Abbott wins Giro Rosa St 6, with drama & a DQ

On another hot and beautiful day in spectacular scenery, the Giro Rosa entered the final mountain day, where Mara Abbott of the USA National Team would fight to keep the maglia rosa, while the rest of the General Classification contenders would try to stop her. Once more, the best climbers in the world were demonstrating their abilities, but there was a different kind of shuffle in the GC, with a surprise disqualification at the end of the stage - while the middle of the race brought the most touching moment of the Giro so far.

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Giro Rosa St5 Rider Reactions: JMac & the grupetto

Throughout the Giro Rosa, I've been having Q&As with ORICA-AIS riders Jessie Maclean and Amanda Spratt - and today's it's Jessie's turn to talk about what it's like as a non-climber to face a huge climbing day in the grupetto. Then, in her latest video Amber Pierce talks about the tactics from the stage and what it was like when she rode grupetto in previous Giros. And because one of the best things that happens when the women's peloton hits the mountains is the after-stage tweets, I've got a little round-up of some of my favourites...

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Abbott's 4th of July comeback - Giro Rosa Stage 5

It looks like a tradition might be starting: Americans winning Giro Donne stages on the Four of July! Last year it was the sprinting fireworks of Shelley Olds on Stage 6 - this year it was a very different kind of day, with Mara Abbott demonstrating her return to the European peloton on the huge finishing climb. As the race entered the mountains, everything about the race changed - but it's not over yet.

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Giro Rosa Stage 4 rider reactions, with smurfs...

Every day I'm having post-race Q&As with ORICA-AIS riders Amanda Spratt and Jessie Maclean - and after Stage 4, Spratty told me about the race, being the token short person in the team, team secrets and more! I also caught up with Specialized-lululemon's Loren Rowney, on how her first ever Giro is going - while Amber Pierce video-reviews the stage for us, from a tactical perspective. Remember, if you ask questions, I'll pass them on to the riders!

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Three days to win the Giro Rosa

Things got real at the third stage of the Giro with Marianne Vos taking advantage of the hilly terrain to take a stagewin and start building an advantage in the General Classification. The stage also thinned the herd of possible Top 10 candidates considerably as most of the peloton ended up in one of the grupettos that came home long after the leaders. The race will now be decided in the three big stages of this tour, the two mountaintop finishes on stages 5 & 6 and the final day timetrial in Cremona.

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Once more, Marianne Vos - Giro Rosa Stage 4

After yesterday's lumpy stage and brutal finish, Stage 4 of the 2013 Giro Rosa was the longest of the race - 137km, longer than the UCI's usual limit for stages - finishing with a sharp uphill finish. It was another chance for Marianne Vos to do all she can to try to increase her overall lead before the race hits the mountains... and for the other 12 GC contenders to do all they could to try to stop her! Keep reading for stage videos, links and results

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Giro Rosa Stage 3 Q&A - Maclean, Walle & Pierce

In the Stage 3 Rider Reactions I've got more ORICA-AIS Q&A with Jessie Maclean, a short Q&A with Brianna Walle, who's not only racing the Giro for the first time, but has never raced in Europe before, a video with Amber Pierce, and one of the nicest rider tweets I've seen. Read on to find out more - and remember, if you have questions for riders, add them to the comments!

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Why Vos rules the roads: Giro Rosa Stage 3

After two stages that ended in sprints, Stage 3 of the Giro Rosa was where the competition for the maglia rosa of General Classification leader would really kick off. A lumpy stage, that was last used in the race in 2009, the route was full of hairpin descents, windy climbs, and ending on a vicious steep little cobbled climb that reached 19% gradient.

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Giro Rosa rider reactions: Amanda Spratt on St 2

Throughout the Giro Rosa, I'm having Q&As with Jessie Mclean and Amanda Spratt from ORICA-AIS, asking them about each day's Giro Stage, life as a cyclist and more. Yesterday it was Jessie, today it's Spratty's turn - and remember, if you have any questions you'd like me to ask, let me know in the comments or on twitter!

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Bronzini's revenge: Giro Rosa Stage 2

After yesterday's flat day, Stage 2 of the Giro Rosa could have gone any way. A circuit race starting and finishing in Pontecagnano Faiano, with the riders racing four laps of a 25km course that included a short climb with a 1,200m ascent at up to 15% gradient, it was a battle between the breakaway artists and the sprint teams - with more valuable General Classification time to be won from the intermediate sprint. The stage started with attacks and ended with some of the best bike handling we've seen for a long time - typical Giro excitement!

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Giro Stage 1 Q&As: Jessie Maclean & Amber Pierce

This year the Café has some extra special help with our Giro Rosa coverage - I'll be talking to Jessie Maclean and Amanda Spratt from ORICA-AIS and they'll answer Café Q&As after each stage from the various hotels around Italy, and Pasta Zara-Cogeas rider, Amber Pierce, will give us regular video reviews of the race from her home in Austria. On top of that, we'll be publishing Marijn de Vries' blogs in English, and asking various riders questions at key points in the race - so if you have any questions for real-live riders, about the race in general or specific tactics, ask in the comments!

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Kirsten Wild is back! Giro Rosa Stage 1

The Giro Rosa opened with a flat stage - wide, smooth roads, perfect for giving a sprinter the chance to start the race in the maglia rosa. On the start-line, such super-sprinters as two-times road World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini, the Australian star Chloe Hosking, the winner of the last two Giros (and everything else on the road!) Marianne Vos - and only just back on the road after fracturing her shoulder in the Omloop van Borsele, the queen of Dutch sprinting, Kirsten Wild...

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What do riders think about the Giro Rosa? Part 4

The Giro Rosa starts ton 30th June! And in the final set of rider Q&As about what they are hoping for the race, and advice for first-time riders, we have a two multiple World Champions and three current National Champions - one of whom is facing the Giro for the very first time...

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How to follow the 2013 Giro Rosa

The Giro Rosa is the biggest women's stage race of the year, running 30th June - 7th July 2013, the only race left of the calendar that the UCI allows to run for over a week. Formerly known as the Giro Donne, the race nearly disappeared this year, so although it's only eight days rather than the usual nine or ten, we're delighted it's going ahead. There is so much competition here, whether it's riders racing for the overall General Classification, or for stage wins and minor jerseys - that just finishing the race is an impressive achievement in itself. So if you want to follow it, here's my guide to watching it online, following it on twitter, and much more!

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What do riders think about the Giro Rosa? Part 3

With the biggest women's stage race of the year, the Giro Rosa, starting on Sunday, I've been asking riders their thoughts about the race. We've had great answers inpart 1 and Part 2 (which included superstar Marianne Vos!) - but in part 3 we hear about fears the grupetto will turn into "Lord of the Flies" and much more! Check back tomorrow for even more!

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What do riders think about the Giro Rosa? Part 2

I've been asking riders some short questions about the biggest women's stage race of the year, the Giro Rosa. Eight stages, starting on 30th June, and one everyone is looking forward to. We had some fantastic answers in yesterday's part 1 - so read on for more, starting with the 2011 and 2012 winner, Marianne Vos. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for Part 3, and more riders' answers!

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What do riders think about the Giro Rosa? Part 1

On Sunday, the biggest women's stage race of the year starts - the Giro Rosa! It runs 30th June to 7th July, 8 stages, 1 in every region of Italy. It's the only women's race that the UCI allows to run for over a week, and it's a very big deal, with 50 minutes of coverage on RAI tv every night.

We'll be telling you a lot more about the race over the course of the week, and having daily updates on the Café, but I've been wondering.... what do the riders think about the race? So I've been asking some of them! Here's Part 1 of the answers - check back later in the week for more, and don't forget, if YOU have any questions, the ORICA-AIS riders will answer them, just for the Café!

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