17 Jun Giro del Trentino Alto Adige Preview (WE 1.1)
After getting back in 2016 to its previous format of a stage race with three stages in two competition days, Giro del Trentino Alto Adige gets once again to the one-day race format for the 2017 edition. The final climb to Faedo-Pineta will be the main difficulty of the 93-kilometre race course (mostly flat) for the 24th edition of the race.
Despite the fact that the race doesn’t clash with any other women’s races, no teams ranked in the UCI top-5 will participate in the Italian one-day race, an important setback for one the of the well-established races in the UCI calendar. Italian rider Fabiana Luperini is the record holder of the Italian race with six victories overall (1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2008).
Saturday, 17 June 2017, local time from 14:30 to 17:15 pm approx (UTC+2)
Route 93.3km: Nago Torbole – Faedo-Pineta
Different race course as in the previous editions of the race. Riders will have to cover a roughly 80-kilometre flat segment before entering the decisive final kilometres of the race with the irregular climb to Faedo. After covering the first 5 kilometres of the climb riders will face a short descent before entering the final three kilometres of the climb, where gradients are more steady. The last kilometre of the climb will be toughest part of the climb as gradients don’t go below the two digits. A race that will likely end with a solo-rider crossing the finish line atop Faedo.
Favourites & Outsiders
Rasa Leleivyte, Pauline Rooijakkers, Ane Santesteban, Kristabel Doebel-Hickok
Susanna Zorzi, Nikola Noskova, Tatiana Guderzo, Janneke Ensing, Eugenia Bujak
Sofia Beggin, Sophie de Boer, Sofia Bertizzolo, Malgorzta Jasinska, Carlee Taylor, Olena Pavlukhina
Our favourite: Ane Santesteban
Our outsider: Sofia Beggin
Ane Santesteban (Alé Cipollini) will be our only Spanish representative at the 2017 edition of Giro del Trentino.
Dutch team Rabobank Liv made a clean sweep at the previous edition of Giro del Trentino Alto Adige – Südtirol, winning all three stages. Polish rider Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabobank Liv) claimed the overall victory at Italian stage race ahead of German rider Claudia Lichtenberg (Lotto Soudal) and Italian rider Soraya Paladin (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo), who completed the podium in second and third place respectively.
How to follow the race
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: