|Top-10 teams to Giro Donne |
|Top-10 teams to Giro Donne |
|All the best cyclists in the world will be at 2012 Women International Tour of Italy start.
The 16 strongest teams are going to line up their 8 top athletes to achieve a dream called pink jersey.
As every year numerous participation requests have reached the organization headed by Sara Brambilla, because from June 29 to July 7 every rider wants to compete in the women season longest and most prestigious stage race.
In Naples we will find of course UCI World Ranking top ten teams: Stichting Rabobank (Netherlands), Specialized Lululemon (Germany), AA Drink Leontien (Netherlands), GreenEdge AIS (Australia), Hitec Products Mistral Home (Norway), Diadora Pasta Zara (Italy), Be Pink (Italy), Faren Honda (Italy), Rusvelo (Russia) and Lotto Belisol (Belgium). At the start also the strong National Dutch Team. The organization invited five Italian teams more because of their athletes quality and their effort in developing Italian cycling. This the teams that recived a wild card: Giusfredi Verinlegno, MCipollini Giambenini, Vaiano Tepso, Fassa Bortolo Servetto and Michela Fanini Rox.
The details of this special starting list will be revealed a few days before the start, but for sure as previously announced is going to list important names like the one of World Champion Giorgia Bronzini (Diadora Pasta Zara), 2011 Pink Jersey Marianne Vos (Rabobank) and Italian Champion Noemi Cantele (Be Pink).
For the overall classification apart from the Dutch superwoman who won GiroDonne 22nd edition winning 5 of the 10 stages, the 2nd and 3rd classified in 2011 Emma Pooley (AA Drink) and the time trial World Champion Judith Ardt (GreenEdge) will be present, as well as the best Italian Tatiana Guderzo (MCipollini Giambenini), which last year ended 4th in her blue jersey.
For the points classification in addition to super Vos, who can virtually fight for all the jerseys at stake, are expected extraordinary sprinters like Bronzini and Monia Baccaile (Mcipollini Giambenini), the German Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Specialized Lululemon), that will aim to repeat the two stages won in the past edition, the Swedish Emma Johansson (Hitec Products) and the Australian Rochelle Gilmore (Faren Honda), that after last year bad fall wants to redeem herself with a stage victory.
Among the climbers in addition to the girs that aim to dress the pink jersey, we will have to pay attention to Annemiek Van Vleuten (Rabobank), Carla Ryan (AA Drink) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol).
The 2011 best young rider Elena Berlato (Fassa Bortolo Servetto) won't be able to compete for the white jersey because she's born in 1988, but despite the recently shoulder injury she has ensured her participation in the Giro. To play for the title, however, other Italian talent riders including Rossella Ratto (Giusfredi Verinlegno), Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) and Valentina Scandolara (Michela Fanini Rox), who will have to face the Dutch Lucinda Brand (AA Drink), the French Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabobank), the Belarusian Alena Amialiusik (Be Pink) and other surprising ladies that we will discover during 2012 GiroDonne.
TOP TEAMS Giro d'Italia Femminile (UCI 2.1) June 29th-July 7th,
Stichting Rabobank (Netherlands)|
AA Drink-Leontien.nl (Netherlands)
Hitec Products-Mistral Home (Norway)
Diadora-Pasta Zara (Italy)
Be Pink (Italy)
Lotto Belisol (Belgium)
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