23 Sep Giro dell’Emilia Donne Preview (WE 1.1)
Giro dell’Emilia Internazionale Donne Elite is an UCI ranked one day race held since 2015, its inception edition, in the Italian provinces of Bologna and Ferrara. Organised by Gruppo Sportivo Emilia, an Italian cycling events company that currently organises eight UCI ranked races (two women one-day races), it is part of the newborn pair of one-day races together with Bruno Beghelli Donne.
This will be the second edition of the Giro dell’Emilia Internazionale Donne Elite and the race will be ranked again under UCI 1.1 category. Once again the final climb atop the Sanctuary of Madonna di San Luca will be the main attractive of the race.
Saturday 24th September 2016, Local time: 12:00 pm – 14:35 pm approx (UTC+2)
Course 98.8 kilometres: Via Stalingrado (Bologna) – Madonna di San Luca (San Luca)
With start and finish in Bologna riders will have to cover a 98.8-kilometre loop. At kilometre 64, riders will enter a two-lap circuit, of approximately 6.3 kilometres each, in San Matteo della Decima before heading back to Bologna for the final climb atop San Luca, where the Sanctuary of Madonna di San Luca is. A “Guillén look-alike finale”, a 2.1 kilometres ascent with an average gradient of 10% and maximum of 18%, will decide the winner of the second edition of the race.
Favourites & Outsiders
Katarzyna Niewiadoma, Annemiek van Vleuten, Alena Amialiusik
Emma Johansson, Rasa Leleivyte, Ane Santesteban, Ksenia Tuhai
Edwige Pitel, Małgorzata Jasinska, Clara Koppenburg, Tatiana Guderzo, Elena Cecchini, Asja Paladin
Our favourite: Elisa Longo Borghini
Our outsider: Edwige Pitel
Italian rider Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) won the first edition of Giro dell’Emilia Internazionale Donne ahead of South African rider Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Bigla). American rider Amber Neben (Bepink LaClassica) completed the podium.
Video-highlights of 2015 Giro dell’Emilia Donne
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
*Once the final/complete startlist is released our favourites & outsiders list may suffer changes.