'I should be doing my final exams but instead I’m riding the Giro!': The amateur team riding the Giro Donne

Cycling Weekly meets Team Mendelspeck, one of the amateur teams riding the Giro Donne

Team Medelspeck at the 2022 Giro Donne team presentation
(Image credit: Bario Belingheri/Getty)

There’s no bus for Team Mendelspeck. While the WorldTeams shelter from the sun in air conditioned comfort, the six riders of the amateur team get ready for stage six of the Giro Donne under a gazebo, team mechanics woking close by.

Mendelspeck is an Italian cured meats company and their branding is on the outside of the shelter, but the riders get changed almost in the public glare. Team manager, Renato Pirrone gives his pre-race briefing on a camping table using the road book, there are no slide down TV screens in this car park.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.