Giro Donne 2021: everything you need to know

Formally the Giro Rosa, the revamped race goes into its 32nd year and will have live coverage as well as two massive summit finishes

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The Giro Donne (July 2-11) has, for many years, been the longest stage race the women's peloton has to contend with. But they will be joined on the top step due to the arrival of the 10-day Battle of the North in 2022, so the organisers have pulled out all the stops to ensure an explosive race.

The race has been included within the UCI Women's World Tour calendar since its inaugural year in 2016, but the UCI has knocked the race down for its 32nd year to the next division after the organisers failed to produce live images of the races, despite demand for them being high.

Although, the race has now come under a new organisation, hence the name change, and there will be an hours worth of live coverage from each stage. It could be a bit unreliable though as the race is using 4G to broadcast and as we saw on the Passo Giau in the men's Giro d'Italia, that doesn't work very well.

The organiser's insistence on ensuring the Giro Rosa's dates coincide with the Tour de France means that in the past the race has been overlooked and incredibly hard to follow.

However, last year, following on from Trek bikes and Voxwomen collaboration to bring daily highlights in 2019, Eurosport showed highlights every evening - except in Italy where RAI holds the rights. This then laid the path for the live coverage this year which will, fingers crossed, be reliable.

Giro Donne 2021: stages

The route for 2021 has now been announced with ten stages around Italy starting with an individual time trial. 

The race then has one of its hardest stages when they head up the brutal Prato Nevoso. A mountain time trial comes on stage four. A few hilly and sprint stages will be taken on before another massive summit finish on Monte Matajur before the final hilly stage to finish off the race.

StageRouteLength
Stage one, Friday July 2Fossano to Cuneo (TTT)26.7km
Stage two, Saturday July 3Boves to Prato Nevoso100.1km
Stage three, Sunday July 4Casale Monferrato to Ovada135km
Stage four, Monday July 5Formazza Loc. Fondovalle to Riale di Formazza Cascate del Toce ITT11.2km
Stage five, Tuesday July 6Milan to Carugate120.1km
Stage six, Wednesday July 7Colico to Colico155km
Stage seven, Thursday July 8Soprazocco di Gavardo to Puengnado del Garda109.5km
Stage eight, Friday July 9San Vendemiano to Mortegliano129.4km
Stage nine, Saturday July 10Feletto-Umberto to Monte Matajur122.6km
Stage ten, Sunday July 11Capriva del Friuli to Cormons113km

Giro Donne 2021 contenders

Anna van der Breggen wins the 2020 Giro Rosa (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)
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The two-time winner Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) was a force to be reckoned with at the start of last years race, winning one stage before crashing out and seeing the title go to Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx) who took the win by 1-14 over Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-Sram)

Van der Breggen will be riding to defend her title as out and out favourite but her main rival, Van Vleuten, will not be making a return as she skips the race to focus on the Olympics

Trek-Segafredo, as usual, have one of the strongest teams in the race with their trident of climbers in Ruth Winder, Elisa Longo-Borghini and Lizzie Deignan, not to mention the stars of Taylor Wiles, Lucinda Brand and Ellen van Dijk all in the team.

Amanda Spratt (BikeExchange) is expected to be the main leader for the Aussie team now that Van Vleuten has joined Movistar. Although, the Australian team do have Grace Brown as a possible option too. 

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) is likely to ride and aim to add to her vast tally of 28 stage wins and three overall victories. But, the mountainous days could prove to be a bit too much for the superstar Dutch rider.

Indoor racing world champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (SD Worx) will be hoping to add another string to the bow for the Dutch team in the battle for GC. She could be one of several riders in with a chance at SD Worx as they bring their usual strong line-up.

Niamh Fisher-Black (SD Worx) led the Vuelta a Burgos before slipping down the standings on the final mountain stage, but she could be a key rider this year as the 20-year-old continues to develop into a great rider.

Canyon-Sram is bringing not Kasia Niewiadoma as their leader this year as she also, much like Van Vleuten, focuses on the Olympics. So the likely focus for the climbs will be on Kiwi climber, Mikayla Harvey, who won the youth classification in 2020 as well as fifth overall.

Cecile Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) is likely down as leader for the French team but former Italian champion Marta Cavalli and current French champion Évita Muzic as also likely to put in a good showing too.

The list of star riders with a chance is long with the sprinters list also being quite extensive too, but the standout names are Emma Norsgaard (Movistar), Lorena Wiebes (DSM), Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT) and, of course, the previously mentioned Vos.

Giro Donne 2021: stage profiles

Here are all the stage profiles for each stage of this year's renamed race.

Giro Donne 2021 stage one, Fossano to Cuneo (26.7km TTT)

Stage one of the Giro Donne 2021

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Giro Donne 2021 stage two, Boves to Prato Nevoso (100.1km)

Stage two of the Giro Donne 2021

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Giro Donne 2021 stage three, Casale Monferrato to Ovada (135km)

Stage three of the Giro Donne 2021

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Giro Donne 2021 stage four, Formazza Loc. Fondovalle to Riale di Formazza Cascate del Toce (11.2km ITT)

Stage four of the Giro Donne 2021

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Giro Donne 2021 stage five, Milan to Carugate (120.1km)

Stage five of the Giro Donne 2021

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Giro Donne 2021 stage six, Colico to Colico (120.1km)

Stage six of the Giro Donne 2021

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Giro Donne 2021 stage seven, Soprazocco di Gavardo to Puengnago del Garda (109.5km)

Stage seven of the Giro Donne 2021

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Giro Donne 2021 stage eight, San Vendemiano to Mortegliano (129.4km)

Stage eight of the Giro Donne 2021

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Giro Donne 2021 stage nine, Feletto-Umberto to Monte Matajur (122.6km)

Stage nine of the Giro Donne 2021

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Giro Donne 2021 stage 10, Capriva de Friuli to Cormons (113km)

Stage 10 of the Giro Donne 2021

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Giro Rosa 2021 startlist: teams and riders

The full start list has yet to be confirmed, but here is the list of riders down to ride...

SD Worx

VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
VOLLERING Demi
MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh
VAN DEN BROEK-BLAAK Chantal
CECCHINI Elena
FISHER-BLACK Niamh

Trek-Segafredo

LONGO-BORGHINI Elisa
DEIGNAN Lizzie
WINDER Ruth
VAN DIJK Ellen
WILES Taylor
BRAND Lucinda

Canyon-SRAM Racing

HARVEY Mikayla
BARNES Hannah
CROMWELL Tiffany
CHABBEY Elise
RYAN Alexis
AMIALIUSIK Alena

Movistar Team

NORSGAARD Emma
BIANNIC Aude
GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla
MARTIN Sara
THOMAS Leah
AALERUS Katrine

Team DSM

LIPPER Liane
WIEBES Lorena
LABOUS Juliette
RIVERA Coryn
MACKAIJ Floortje
KIRCHMANN Leah

Team BikeExchange

SPRATT Amanda
BROWN Grace
ENSING Janneke
ROY Sarah
SANTESTEBAN Ane
WILLIAMS Georgia

FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope

LUDWIG Cecile Uttrup
CAVALLI Marta
MUZIC Évita
GROSSETÊTE Maëlle

Team Jumbo-Visma

VOS Marianne
KOSTER Anouska
MARKUS Riejanne
VAN DE VELDE Julie
VAN DER BURG Nancy
BEEKHUIS Teuntje

Alé-BTC-Ljubljana

GARCÍA Mavi
BUJAK Eugenia
TREVISI Anna

Lotto-Soudal

VANDENBULCKE Jesse
PARKINSON Abby-Mae
SMULDERS Silke

Liv Racing

PALADIN Soraya
STULTIENS Sabrina
KOREVAAR Jeanne
BERTIZZOLO Sofia
ROOIJAKKERS Pauliena
JASKULSKA Marta

A.R. Monex

SIERRA Arlenis
MERINO Eider
NOVOLODSKAIA Maria
RAMIREZ Andrea
SPEROTTO Maria Vittoria
GUTIERREZ Ariadna

Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling

BRENNAUER Lisa
VIECELI Lara
CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia
LACH Marta
HAMMES Kathrin
MAGNALDI Eirca

BePink

DRUMMOND Michaela
ALESSIO Camilla
VALSECCHI Silvia
VITILLO Matilde
ZANARDI Silvia
QUAGLIOTTO Nadia

Team Arkéa

JOURNIER Lucie
CURINIER Lea
ALLIN Pauline
RICHIOUD Greta
FOUQUENET Amandine
LAURANCE Typhaine

Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano

BORGHESI Letizia
SCANDOLARA Valentina

Bizkaia Durango

HOLDEN Elizabeth
FORTIN Emilie
ALONSO Sandra
BLANCO Iurani
GILABERT Ariana
GONZÁLEZ Lucía

Valcar-Travel & Service

CONSONNI Chiara
GASPARRINI Eleonora Camilla
MALCOTTI Barbara
ARZUFFI Alice Maria

Rally Cycling

BRECK Holly
POIDEVIN Sara
KOPPENBUURG Clara
FRANZ Heidi
CLOUSE Katie
DOEBEL-KICKOK Kristabel

Born To Win-G20-Ambedo

KRÄHEMANN Lara
BALDUCCI Francesca
STUDENIKINA Natalia
PALAZZI Alice
CARBONARI Anstasia
CONSENTINO Caris

Top Girls-Fassa Bortolo 

DALLA VALLE Elisa
VETTORELLO Giorgia
BARIANI Giorgia
SILVESTRI Debora
BALDUCCI Michela
MARTURANO Greta

Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria

GASPARINI Alice
FIDANZA Martina

Team TIBCO-SVB

STEPHENS Lauren
DIXON Leah
FAULKNER Kristen
PEÑUELA Diana
NEWSOM Emily
HONSINGER Clara

Servetto-Makhymo-Beltrami TSA

ZONTONE Asia
CASASOLA Sara

Giro Rosa: Recent winners

2010: Mara Abbott (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12
2011: Marianne Vos (NED) Nederland Bloeit
2012: Marianne Vos (NED) Rabobank Women Team
2013: Mara Abbott (USA) Exergy Twenty16
2014: Marianne Vos (NED) Rabobank-Liv Women Cycling Team
2015: Anna van der Breggen (NED) Rabobank-Liv Women Cycling Team
2016: Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team
2017: Anna van der Breggen (NED) Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team
2018: Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) Mitchelton-Scott
2019: Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) Mitchelton-Scott
2020: Anna van der Breggen (NED) Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team

Tim Bonville-Ginn
Tim Bonville-Ginn

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