Giro Rosa 2014

It's time for the biggest women's stage race of the year, and the only Grand Tour for women left on the calendar - the Giro Rosa. The race runs from 4th-13th July, and the race website, race twitter and #GiroRosa hashtag. If you want to follow it live and on tv or streams, here's my guide on prowomenscycling.

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Five highlights from the 2014 Giro Rosa

Now that we're in a bit of a women's cycling lull, waiting for La Course by Le Tour de France and the Sparkassen Giro World Cup, it's a good time to look back at how the only 10-day Grand Tour the women are allowed to race went, and what stood out. These are my highlights - and I would love to know yours, please do add them into the comments, or tell me on twitter.

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Koos Moerenhout on Giro Rosa polemica and Rabo-Liv

One of the big talking points from this year's Giro Rosa was the final climb on Stage 9, the Madonna del Ghisallo - and whether, when Emma Pooley was up the road, and Rabobank-Liv riders (and top 3 on GC) Marianne Vos, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Anna van der Breggen were playing fair with defending champion Mara Abbott, who was around 1:30 back on GC. You can watch the video of the climb and decide for yourself (the full climbs starts at 18:16) - but I talked to Rabo's DS Koos Moerenhout, to ask him about the controversy, how it feels to head a team that gets an unprecedented three rider onto the final GC podium at the biggest women's race of the year, and what the next goals are.

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The big Emma Pooley post-Giro Rosa interview

Lotto-Belisol's climbing star Dr Emma Pooley had the most amazing underdog story in the 2014 Giro Rosa - going from a horrible nosebleed & asthma attack in Stage 1 that dashed her GC hopes to winning 3 mountain stages in different, exciting ways, and taking home the Mountains jersey. She told us all about all that, team-work, learning to love descending & much more.

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A good day for Hat-tricks - Giro Rosa 2014 Stage 9

The final stage of the 2014 Giro Rosa, and the shortest road stage at 80km, with everything - including the General Classification - coming down to the famous last climb, the "Madonna del Ghisallo". True, the top three on GC were all Rabobank-Liv - Marianne Vos in the maglia rosa, with Pauline Ferrand-Prévot just 17" behind her, and Anna van der Breggen at 1:16 - but their rivals were hovering, mountain goat and 2-times Giro winner Mara Abbott at 1:39, and the very clever Elisa Longo Borghini at 1:46. Then there were all the riders out of GC looking for glory.... it was going to be exciting racing, to match the gorgeous stage! And is that a whiff of polemica to discuss in the comments?

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Giro Rosa St8 Q and A: Pooley, Guarnier and Barnes

Giro Rosa Stage 8 was the Queen stage with enormous climbs - and I caught up with the winner, Emma Pooley, of Lotto Belisol, Megan Guarnier of Boels-Dolmans, who was attacking up the climb and ended fifth, and first-time Giro rider Hannah Barnes of UnitedHealthcare, who all answered some questions for us about how it went.

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Queen stage mountains and rain - Giro Rosa Stage 8

The penultimate stage of the women's Grand Tour was 90.3km and ended with a huge climb up to San Domenico di Varzo - 1,000m over 13km, with an average gradient of 8%, but some much steeper sections. This really would tell us who the best climber in the women's peloton is! We'll add the videos, blogs and links as they come - and please do share anything you've liked in the comments!

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Giro Rosa Stage 7 - guess what happened?

Another day, another way for Rabo-Liv to assert their dominance

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Giro Rosa St 6 QandA - Pooley, Spratty & D'Hoore

After a really bad start to the Giro Rosa, Emma Pooley won Stage 6 with a fantastic, nail-biting ride - solo attacks, caught by a chase group, then racing solo up and down a mountain, with a super-strong group of GC riders so nearly catching her on the line! She answers some questions for us at the Café to tell us what it was like! And throughout the Giro Rosa, we're catching up with ORICA-AIS riders Amanda Spratt and Valentina Scandolara. Today it was Spratty's turn to tell us what it was like on the first big mountain day - and if that's not enough we also have some Q&A from Pooley's Lotto-Belisol team-mate Jolien D'Hoore on how her first Giro's going.

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The Doctor is in! Giro Rosa Stage 6

It was the first of four days with big mountains, and after Rabobank-Liv domination, would the script change? Truth be told, the stage looked perfect for them - but could they make it? OK, OK, the cover photo probably gives it away, but read all about it - with lots of videos!

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Vale Scandolara Q and A on Giro Rosa Stage 5

Througout this year's Giro Rosa, we're catching up with ORICA-AIS riders Valentina Scandolara and Amanda Spratt. After Stage 5 there as no wifi, but this morning Vale found time to answer some more Q&A, on the stage, the transfers, studying on Tour and whether it's possible for her to march in line....

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Giro Rosa Stage 5 - last day before the mountains

This stage was always going to be the most predictable of the race - completely flat, with a small climb in the middle, and nice, wide roads for a sprint finish. The only thing we wondered was what would the wind do... All the results from the hot day on the coast - and we look ahead to tomorrow, and the first big climbing day - what do you think will happen? Video and photos to follow later

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Giro Rosa St4 Q andA: the Scratty Twins and Cordon

Every day we're catching up with ORICA-AIS riders Amanda Spratt and the Giro's current Queen of the Mountains Valentina Scandolara to ask them how the Giro Rosa is going - and after Stage 4 we also had some Q&A from first time Giro rider, Audrey Cordon of Hitec.

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All Rabo all the time - Vos wins again

Stage 4 of the Giro Rosa provided a lot of flat and then a sharp climb and a descent into the finish in Jesi. Somewhat predictably this offered the perfect launchpad for Marianne Vos to take her second stage win and hold on to her overall lead .

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Amanda Spratt and Vale Scandolara on Giro Rosa St3

Every day of the Giro Rosa, wifi permitting, Podium Café will be talking to ORICA-AIS riders Amanda Spratt and Valentina Scandolara. Today it's Spratty's turn to tell us about bouncing off walls, surprise climbs, and how the stage went - and we caught up with Vale to ask about her day in the break, and ending up in the Queen of the Mountains jersey.

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Escaping to glory, Van Vleuten wins Giro Rosa St 3

It's hardly been an easy Giro Rosa so far, but today the peloton was ready for the first big climbing day, and it was another hot one. It was meant to be the day the General Classification was all shaken up, but would that be the case? Videos, photos, results and rider blogs - with some words just for Podium Café from our winner!

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Valentina Scandolara on Stage 2 of the Giro Rosa

Every day through the Giro Rosa, wifi permitting, ORICA-AIS riders Valentina Scandolara and Amanda Spratt will be answering some questions about how the race is going. Still today was a flat stage, we're starting with Vale - and if you have any questions for either of them, please do ask in the comments!

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Vai Italia! Giorgia Bronzini wins Giro Rosa St 2

After the race started with a bang, with night-time cobbles and an "easy" stage that was anything but, Stage 2 was promised as definitely flat, and billed as one for the sprinters, with 6 20km laps.... but it was anything but easy! Lots of videos, photos, blogs, and of course, the full results, all below....

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What do riders think about the Giro Rosa? Part 4

Last week I was asking riders for some questions about the Giro Rosa, the biggest women's stage race of the year - and here's the final part, with answers from one of the big favourites, Elisa Longo Borghini, 2-time stage winner Shelley Olds and young American Tayler Wiles, racing her second Giro.

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Rabo continue to dominate, Vos wins Giro Rosa St 1

"Stage 1 is for sprinters"... what were we all thinking? After a prologue raced on flagstones in the dark, it was time for 11 laps of a super-tough little course - and as you can imagine, the action was explosive! Videos and photos to come - if you see anything fun, add it to the comments!

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Van Vleuten wins Giro Rosa prologue, Rabo smash!

The biggest women's cycling stage race of the year started tonight, with a 2.05km prologue in flagstones in the dark. And we knew Rabobank-Liv was going to do well... but this was spectacular!

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What do riders think about the 2014 Giro Rosa? #3

All week we've been talking about the Giro Rosa women's Grand Tour, which starts tomorrow, and finding out what riders like Marianne Vos, Emma Johansson, Asleigh Moolman-Pasio, Chloe Hosking and Tiffany Cromwell think about this year's race. In Part 3, we have one of the big GC contenders, Evelyn Stevens, ITT World Champion Ellen van Dijk, first-time riders Audrey Cordon and Hannah Barnes - and Italian Champion Elena Cecchini, on why she's not riding.

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What do riders think about the 2014 Giro Rosa? #2

With the 25th edition of the only women's Grand Tour starting on Friday, various riders have been very kindly answering questions about what the race will be like - and Part 2 includes a rider who should know a lot about it, Marianne Vos, along with World Number 1 Emma Johansson, climbers Alena Amialiusik & Sharon Laws, and sprinters Chloe Hosking and Jessie Maclean.

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What do riders think about the 2014 Giro Rosa? #1

It's nearly time for the Giro Rosa - the only women's race allowed to run for 10 days by the UCI, with some beautiful mountain stages and the biggest teams in the world. It starts on 4th July and runs to the 13th, and just like last year I've been asking a lot of different riders some questions about the race. Here's Part 1, and don't forget to read my longer interview with Emma Pooley about the Giro and more - and come back all week for more!

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Interview: Emma Pooley on 2014 Giro Rosa & more

On Thursday 2010 ITT World Champion Emma Pooley showed that she's still definitely got the speed, winning the British National ITT Champs, and I caught up with her afterwards for a quick chat about what's next for her and her Lotto-Belisol team-mates - the biggest women's stage race of the year, and the only remaining Grand Tour for women, the Giro Rosa! She told me her plans, what it was like in a break with 4 riders from Rabobank-Liv at the Emakumeen Bira, and a lot more

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