Giro d'Italia Donne on the horizon for Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank
June 29, 2021
Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank is gearing up for the biggest stage race of the year - the Giro d'Italia Donne (2.Pro), formally known as the Giro Rosa. The prestigious 10-stage event is the longest and most arduous on the Women's UCI calendar, and is guaranteed to be a memorable week and a half of racing.
Kristen Faulkner and Clara Honsinger head through the feed zone at La Course. Photo/Twila Muzzi
After studying the race route, team director Rachel Hedderman said the squad would be pursuing stage victories - and there will be plenty of opportunities to do so this year.
"It looks like it could be a race where the GC is whittled down early in the race, with a TTT on stage 1, an individual TT on stage 4, and a summit finish on stage 2," Hedderman said. "That'll give excellent opportunities for breakaways, and we will be chasing stage wins. Stages 5 and 8 look like flat stages, destined for bunch sprints, but stages 3, 6, 7, and 10 all look like great stages for breaks to take their chances, and we will be looking to race aggressively and get stuck into the action on these stages especially."
Lauren Stephens wore her stars and stripes jersey for the first time at La Course last weekend. Photo/Twila Muzzi
After helping Lauren Stephens win the US national road title a few weeks ago, Clara Honsinger is looking forward to the Italian experience for the first time.
"Oh my, what a week ahead!" Honsinger said. "This is going to be the first time racing the Giro for five of us, so we will be looking to Rachel and Lauren for guidance on how to attack each stage. Personally, I think I do well over enduring events and will keep steady as others begin to fatigue through the week. I'm excited to work hard for the team, learn lots, and earn us a good result."
Stephens and Honsinger will join Kristen Faulker (USA), recently 21st at La Course by the Tour de France, Diana Penuela (COL), Emily Joy Newsom (USA), and Leah Dixon (GBR) in Fossano for the start of the Giro where a 26.7km team time trial will kick off proceedings.
With the Tokyo Olympics fast approaching, Eri Yonamine (JPN) and Sarah Gigante (AUS) have both opted to turn their full attention on their upcoming participation. The Olympic women's road race is scheduled for July 25 and time trial is July 28.
GCN and Eurosport Player plan to stream the event in all territories. Check the websites for details on times in your area. Live updates will be posted via the official hashtag is #GiroDonne, and the Giro's Twitter account is @SportPmg. PMG Sport also plans stream live coverage on their YouTube Channel. As always, those details are subject to change. We'll keep you updated with the most current details our TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank social channels.
Giro Rosa Stages:
Stage 1: TTT Fossano - Cuneo (26.7km)
Stage 2: Boves - Prato Nevoso (100km)
Stage 3: Casale Monferrato - Ovada (135km)
Stage 4: Formazza - Cascate del Toce ITT (11km)
Stage 5: Milano - Carugate (120km)
Stage 6: Colico - Colico (155km)
Stage 7: Soprazzocco di Gavardo - Puegnago del Garda (109.6km)
Stage 8: San Vendemiano - Mortegliano (129.4km)
Stage 9: Tavagnacco - Matajur (122.6km)
Stage 10: Capriva del Friuli - Cormons (113km)