The Giro Donne starts on Monday for German climber Koppenburg

The Cofidis rider is looking to banish nerves after returning from a serious crash at last year’s race

Clara Koppenburg (Cofidis) during stage two of the 2022 Giro Donne
Clara Koppenburg (Cofidis) during stage two of the 2022 Giro Donne
(Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty)

At some point in the race the Giro Donne is about survival for every rider, and having survived the opening three stages the race starts on Monday for Clara Koppenburg.

It’s not as if the opening three stages suited the German rider’s skills. A short, fast opening time trial and two flat sprinter’s days were always ones where one of the world’s best pure climbers needed to survive rather than make an impact.

Though rarely thought of as a GC favourite, Koppenburg’s form is on the way up and a top five finish in Italy is a distinct possibility,

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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.