UCI Women's WorldTour
Telefónica-backed squad into longest stagerace of the calendar for second consecutive year; ten-day event (July 5-14) includes the legendary Passo Gavia climb on stage five.
The Movistar Team confirmed on Tuesday its roster for the 30th Giro Rosa, the longest race of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, which starts on Friday 5th with a tough team time trial towards Castellania and will end, after ten exhausting stages, in Udine on Sunday 14th. Coordinated by Sebastián Unzué (manager), Jorge Sanz and Pablo Lastras (sports directors), the Blues will be lining up in Italy with Eider Merino, Sheyla Gutiérrez, Gloria Rodríguez, Aude Biannic, Malgorzata Jasinska and Paula Patiño.
A couple of lumpy stages in the opening weekend will preceed the tough two mountain-top finishes of the race: the Passo Gavia (2652m above sea level), on Tuesday 9th, and the Malga Montasio (12km at 9%), on Saturday 13th. Between them, a demanding ITT from Chiuro and Teglio, on Wednesday 10th, will also help shape the overall result of a race with enormous competitive level, stress and exigence.
MOVISTAR TEAM AT THE 2019 GIRO ROSA
- 2nd appearance. 2018: 8th and 11th in the individual overall classification with Eider Merino y Mavi García; second at the team GC.
- Six-woman teams; one less rider than in 2018 by regulation.
- All info on the event – 2019 Giro Rosa x Movistar Team
– Eider Merino (Balmaseda, ESP; 1994)
Comes into her favourite terrain, the big mountains, after a 9th place overall in last May’s Emakumeen Bira and some good legs in the Spanish Championships, 4th at both the road race and the time trial. A feather light climber at just 40kg, she will be the Telefónica-backed squad’s main threat for the toughest stages in the Giro Rosa – she already finished 4th last year atop the Monte Zoncolan and a team-best 8th overall.
– Sheyla Gutiérrez (Varea, ESP; 1994)
The newly crowned Spanish individual time trial champion in Yecla last Friday, she’s also the last Spanish stage winner to date in the Giro Rosa -notched it up in 2017-. Will take the start in optimal form, as shown in Plumelec (3rd) and the Emakumeen Bira (4th at two stages) as well as the Nationals. No matter if it’s a break, a bunch sprint, even some mid mountains – there’s plenty of terrain where this intelligent, combative Spaniard can shine.
– Gloria Rodríguez (Torre Pacheco, ESP; 1992)
A powerhouse for flat courses who is steadily improving her performance in all other terrains. A catalyst of stability for the group, both in and out of the race. Bronze-medal finisher in the recent ITT Nationals, as well as remarkable in teamwork duties at the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, where she contributed decisively to a world-class GC podium for current Spanish champion Lourdes Oyarbide. It’s the Murcian’s third Giro Rosa appeanrace.
– Aude Biannic (Rennes, FRA; 1991)
High morale and great form for the ‘Brétonne’ at the moment, having fought really hard, and nearly succeeded, to retain her French road race champion jersey last Saturday, coming in 3rd place after facing huge opposition from the strongest local squads. An allrounder who is taking huge steps forward at the toughest races. Fourth consecutive appearance in Italy, the fifth of her career.
– Malgorzata Jasinska (Barczewo, POL; 1984)
The most veteran rider the Movistar Team will bring to Italia, and the most expert competitor in the Giro Rosa with eight consecutive appearances since her debut in 2011. Following a rough start to her 2019 season, she’s finally got to shine at a similar level from her fantastic 2018 season during the month of June, by claiming a coveted GC top-ten result in the The Women’s Tour and a silver medal at the ITT Nationals. Courageous, consistent, committed.
– Paula Patiño (La Ceja, COL; 1997)
The Antioquia native debuts in the Giro Rosa at 22 years of age. She’s been making big headlines for the Movistar Team for most of the 2019 season, a progression which leads to optimism about her chances in this race. Shone in Thüringen and the Emakumeen Bira, and also came close to victory several times in Spanish national races this year, including a 3rd place at the recent Estella round of the Copa de España. She’s not your usual Colombian-style climber: she can do well at almost every terrain.