New 10-day Battle of North set to equal Giro Rosa as longest women’s race

Set to launch in 2021 the Scandinavian event will visit Denmark, Sweden and Norway

Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) wins stage two. Image: Luc Claessen/ Getty Images

(Image credit: Luc Claessen/ Getty Images)

The women’s elite race calendar is set for a shake up in 2021 with the launch of the new, 10-day Battle of North. The race will equal the Giro Rosa in length and will see WorldTour events in Sweden and Norway merge into one entity, with the Danish Cycle Union also stepping in.

The Giro Rosa currently dominates the women’s summer calendar, but runs concurrently with the Tour de France, restricting coverage. With the new race slated for August, the Battle of North will have less competition for coverage and could well usurp its Italian counterpart as the pre-eminent race for women.

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