Annemiek van Vleuten cools down after an emphatic stage win, taking over a minute on all of her competitors and the Maglia Rosa off the shoulders of Longo Borghini.

Giro Rosa Gallery: The shots that tell the story

by Abby Mickey

After much shuffling of the calendar and a general sense of uncertainty, the 2020 Giro Rosa hit the roads of Italy on September 10th. For nine days the peloton withstood surprise climbs, mid-race route changes, challenging finishes, crashes, heartbreak, and legendary victories.

One of the most controversial races in cycling, but also one of the most beautiful, the 2020 Giro Rosa started in Grosetto and slowly made it’s way south, then west, through mountains and rolling hills. Passing by minuscule Italian towns, decked in pink.

The pink jersey changed hands four times, starting off on the shoulders of Elisa Longo Borghini, a proud Italian racing for Trek-Segafredo, the first Italian to wear the jersey in twelve years. The second stage of the race World Champion Annemiek van Vleuten of Mitchelton-Scott took the lead, with a strong performance on gravel, while Longo Borghini plummeted down the general classification.

In a devastating turn of events, Van Vleuten was forced to abandon the Giro Rosa after stage seven, where she went down in the final kilometer. A broken left wrist made it impossible for her to start the next day, and thus the jersey passed to second place, Canyon//SRAM’s Kasia Niewiadoma. Niewiadoma only wore pink for one day, when Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team rider Anna van der Breggen was victorious on the most challenging finish of this edition of the event. The Dutch national champion successfully defended the title to the end, holding off Niewiadoma and Longo Borghini, who impressively clawed back minutes to land herself on the final podium.

New faces emerged, and riders who have yet to win races did so. Elisa Longo Borghini took her first Giro Rosa stage victory in nine editions of the race. Young riders Mikayla Harvey, Niamh Fisher-Black and Évita Muzic made their names known. Marianne Vos walked away with three out of nine stage victories. All in all, it was an emotional edition of the Giro Rosa.

David Powell, our photographer on the ground at the race, compiled a collection of his favorite shots. Moments that defined the race. From beautiful Italian climbs to finish line emotions, all the action over the nine days of the Giro Rosa can be glimpsed here, because we can’t be the only ones experiencing the post-Giro blues.

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