Longest stagerace in the UCI Women's WorldTour
Aalerud, Patiño to chase GC result as part of young, yet reliable roster, with Biannic, Guarischi, Rodríguez, Erić all carrying years of experience in the race.
2020 GIRO ROSA GUIDE | All info on the Italian event
For the third year on a row, the Movistar Team will be lining up, Friday 11th – Saturday 19th September, in the longest, most demanding stagerace in women’s cycling, the Giro Rosa (UCI WWT).
Pablo Lastras will conduct an international, six-woman roster that combines up-and-coming talents with much-respected stalwarts. Katrine Aalerud (NOR, 25), Aude Biannic (FRA, 29), Jelena Erić (SRB, 24), Barbara Guarischi (ITA, 29), Paula Patiño (COL, 23) and Gloria Rodríguez (ESP, 28) will represent the Blues in Italy.
“It’s *the* race of the season for most of them,” underlines Lastras. “I think the route is more balanced in 2020 – with the big mountains in previous years’ routes, the difference between Van Vleuten, Van der Breggen and their rivals was huge. The strategic aspect of the race, the work by the sports directors and how the riders act at certain points of the stages, will be even more important than before. And those who are able to follow the race will find it more interesting.”
“We’re in this Giro Rosa with an aim of getting close to the top GC contenders with Paula and Katrine; considering how young they are, getting a top-ten finish would be fantastic for any of them. However, we won’t lose sight of the chances we have with Barbara, who will be our ‘road captain’, and Aude, whose class could shine in the routes we will find during the race, many tricky finishes that could see her battling for stage wins.”
“It’s my third Giro Rosa alongside the Movistar Team, and it’s always a pleasure to support our women and help them with my experience. My goal has always been to help them feel safer on the road, which is crucial for them to go faster and chase for any result they hope for.”