Twenty-four professional women's road teams from across the world gathered in Aquileia, Italy to kick off the 18th Giro Rosa.
For those who are unfamiliar, the Giro Rosa is the biggest women's event of the year. It spans over 10 days, beginning with a time-trial event to assign the jerseys and, of course, give the women a brief warm up for to the following nine days of challenging races. Here's the race schedule...
Stage 1: Aquileia – Grado 11.5 km (TTT)
Stage 2: Zoppola – Montereale Valcellina 122.250 km
Stage 3: San Fior – San Vendemiano 100 km
Stage 4: Occhiobello – Occhiobello 118 km
Stage 5: Sant’Elpidio a Mare – Sant’Elpidio a Mare 12.730 km (ITT)
Stage 6: Roseto degli Abruzzi – Roseto degli Abruzzi 116.160 km
Stage 7: Isernia – Baronissi 141.980 km
Stage 8: Baronissi – Palinuro 141.800 km
Stage 9: Palinuro – Polla 122.300 km
Stage 10: Torre del Greco – Torre del Greco 124 km
There are five rider jerseys up for grabs each day...
Pink Jersey (General Classification) – Official Sponsor COLNAGO
Green Jersey (Climbs Classification) – Official Sponsor PURPLE by GLOBALSTOCK
Ciclamino Jersey (Points Classification) – Official Sponsor SELLE SMP
White Jersey (Best Young Riders) – Official Sponsor COLNAGO
Blue Jersey (Italians Classification) – Official Sponsor GSG
Giro Rosa Stage 1: Team Time Trial - Aquileia to Grado
This 11.5km TTT stage began yesterday as an opening round to the Giro Rosa 2017. The route followed along the magnificent Laguna of Grado, where at the end the first jerseys of the 2017 edition were assigned.
Teams set off the start line with 3 minutes between each with Giusfredi Bianchi being the first to hit the road. The last team out from the line was Boels-Dolmans who had to beat a time of 15.36 which had been set previously in the day by Astana.
Canyon//SRAM knocked Astana off the top spot with a time of 15.22, only to be pipped to the top by Orica Scott shortly after with a time of 15.08. Team Sunweb looked to have won the TTT as they crossed the line in a time of 15.05, but immediately after it was the Dutch team, Boels-Dolmans who crossed the line in an incredible time of 14.46.
1 - Boels-Dolmans (14.46)
2 - Team Sunweb (15.05)
3 - Orica Scott (15.08)
“We were hoping to win, but we weren’t expecting to win by such a big margin... I didn’t think we could get more than 10 seconds." - Danny Stam, Boels-Dolmans’ sport director
Here are the assigned jerseys after stage one:
Pink Jersey COLNAGO: Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans)
Cyclamine Jersey SELLE SMP: Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb)
Green Jersey PURPLE by GLOBALSTOCK: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica – Scott)
White Jersey COLNAGO: Amalie Dideriksen (Boels Dolmans)
Blue Jersey GSG: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5)
We'll be bringing you race reports throughout the Giro Rosa so be sure to check back on the TWC Race News section of our website.