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Giro Donne: Abbott hunts for another maglia rosa
 
By Imelda March
Date: 6/30/2011
Giro Donne: Abbott hunts for another maglia rosa
 
The start of the 22nd edition of the Giro Donne, the Giro d'Italia for professional women bicycle racers is scheduled from July 1 to July 10. Fifteen teams will line up to contest the multiple stages in Italy. The Donne is the biggest stage race for women in the world.

American and 2010 winner Mara Abbott (Diadora Pasta Zara) will arrive with a new team but intends to defend ‘la maglia rosa’ with equal vigor.

Ready to serve and protect will be:

Claudia Häusler (GER)
Inga Cilvinaite (LTU)
Rachel Neylan (AUS)
Shelley Olds (USA)
Eleonora Patuzzo (ITA)
Amber Pierce (USA)
Olga Zabelinskaya (RUS)

STAGES OF THE GIRO DONNE

Stage: 1 July: Rome - Velletri, 86.00kms
Stage: 3 July: Potenza Picena - Fermo, 104.3kms
Stage: 4 July: Forlimpopoli - Forlì, 68.9kms
Stage: 5 July: Altedo - Verona, 129 kms
Stage: 6 July: Fontanellato - Piacenza, 128kms
Stage: 7 July: Rovato - Grosotto, 122kms
Stage: 8 July: Teglio - Valdidentro, 79.5kms
Stage: 9 July: Agliè - Ceresole Reale, 112kms
Stage: 10 July: San Francesco al Campo ITT, 16kms

For further information regarding the Giro Donne, visit Giro Donne.

AMERICAN WOMEN TO WATCH

♦ Mara Abbott DIADORA-PASTA ZARA
♦ Andrea Dvorak COLAVITA FORNO D'ASOLO
♦ Amanda Miller HTC HIGHROAD WOMEN
♦ Amber Neben HTC HIGHROAD WOMEN
♦ Shelley Olds DIADORA - PASTA ZARA
♦ Amber (Rais) Pierce DIADORA - PASTA ZARA
♦ Theresa Clif-Ryan COLAVITA FORNO D'ASOLO
♦ Ally Stacher HTC HIGHROAD WOMEN
♦ Evelyn Stevens HTC HIGHROAD WOMEN

CATCH THE DAILY COMMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Look out for the 'daily dish’ through the use of multiple social media platforms served up by both teams and riders. Below is a sampling of a few who are active on the issue:

Giro Donne

Manel Lacambra, Team Manager, Diadora Pasta Zara

Amanda Miller (USA)

Shelley Olds (USA)

Amber (Rais) Pierce (USA)

Ally Stacher (USA)

Team Diadora Pasta Zara

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (GER)

Marianne Vos

PAST WINNERS

2010 ABBOTT Mara USA
2009 HÄUSLER Claudia GER
2008 LUPERINI Fabiana ITA
2007 PUCINSKAITE Edita LTU
2006 PUCINSKAITE Edita LTU
2005 BRÄNDLI Nicole SUI
2004 COOKE Nicole GBR
2003 BRÄNDLI Nicole SUI
2002 BOUBNENKOVA Svetlana RUS
2001 BRÄNDLI Nicol SUI
2000 SOMARRIBA ARROLA Joane ESP
1999 SOMARRIBA ARROLA Joane ESP
1998 LUPERINI Fabiana ITA
1997 LUPERINI Fabiana ITA
1996 LUPERINI Fabiana ITA
1995 LUPERINI Fabiana ITA
1994 FANINI Michela ITA
1993 LLAVSKA Lenka SVK
1990 MARSAL Catherine FRA
1989 BONANOMI Roberta ITA
1988 CANINS Maria ITA
Note: The Giro Donne was not held in 1991 or 1992.

VICTORIES PER COUNTRY

Italy 8
Lithuania 2
Russia 2
Spain 2
Switzerland 2
Belarus 1
France 1
Germany 1
Slovakia 1
United Kingdom 1
United States 1


About the author: Imelda March lives in Chicago and is a member of Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder. She reports on women’s cycling issues and general peloton ramblings. Imelda is an experienced racer who also holds an MBA and is a marketing strategy expert.


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