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by Shane Stokes
June 28, 2017
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The Canyon/SRAM Racing team has announced a seven-woman lineup for the Giro Rosa, which gets underway this Friday with a team time trial in Aquialeia. Italians Elena Cecchini and Barbara Guarischi will lead the squad, while Australian all-rounder Tiffany Cromwell will be aiming to notch up another victory following a sprint stage success last year plus a solo stage win in 2012.
They will be joined by Hannah Barnes, American duo Alexis Ryan and Leah Thorvilson, and Trixi Worrack.
“The Giro Rosa has always been an important stage race on the women’s calendar. It’s the closest thing we have to a Grand Tour and with that it’s held in high regard and prestige,” said Cromwell. “Many riders dream of winning this race and having the iconic Maglia Rosa on their shoulders.”
Although the race has been described by some as one for the sprinters due to a lack of high mountains, 2015 stage winner Guarischi feels this is misleading. “It will be still very hard because there are a lot of stages up and down. Stage two at Montereale Valcellina I’m confident is a bunch sprint, but many of the other stages have climbs in the middle that can split the peloton and it’s up to how hard we make the race.”
Cromwell said that taking the Maglia Rosa in the opening TTT will be a big goal, but that the team can chase success elsewhere. “We have a mixed team this year for the Giro Rosa. A mix of great experience and previous stage winners, combined with fresh faces. Losing Alena Amialiusik to a broken pelvis at the OVO Energy Women’s Tour has put a hole in our GC ambitions but, that being said, someone like Elena can step up to the challenge for GC. I believe the course suits her better than previous years.”