There’s only one Grand Tour for women, only one race allowed to run for over a week, and only one race that really gets into the Italian mountains, and it’s almost time…. are you ready for the Giro Rosa?
The race starts with a 2km evening prologue on Friday 3rd July in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and finishes with a Queen Stage from Verbania to San Domenico on Sunday 12th.
UPDATE! The team presentation on Thursday 2nd July will be streamed on livestream from 19:00 Euro CEST (6pm UK BST, 1pm North American EDT, 4am Aussie AEDT) – and maybe more from the first 2 stages in Slovenia will be shown there too? UPDATE! There’s not, but if you missed the team presentation, it’s still there at that link. I saw that via Yolanda Álvarez, thank you!
The prologue will be streamed live, at 19:30 Euro CEST (6:30pm UK BST, 1:30pm North American EDT, 4:30am Saturday Australian AEDT)
UPDATE! While the prologue was scheduled to be live, as of today (Friday) it’s off the schedule again, and we’ll get highlights only, at 22:35 Euro CEST (9:35pm UK BST; 4:35pm North American EDT, 6:35am Saturday Aussie AEDT) on Italian tv station RAI Sport 2 (different link here), which is geo-restricted, but there’s streaming on Cycling Fans, and you can watch with your favourite VPN solution (you can use something like Tunnelbear set to Italy, or buy a VPN like WiTopia for just $5.99 a month). Many apologies if you, like me, were looking forward to seeing it live, but the moral of the story is keep a very close eye on the schedules….
Then, the rest of the race has hour-long highlights every day on RAI Sport 2. The times change, so check out the RAI TV guide (scroll down to RAI Sport 2 on the left hand side) – times are in CEST, so BST +1, EDT + 6, AEDT -8 . The videos tend to appear on Youtube, and there are usually short highlights on the Giro Rosa’s youtube – and I’ll put up daily posts with all the videos I find, if you want to catch up, and put them into my 2015 Giro Rosa playlist (here’s the one I made last year).
If you want to follow the racing action live, there are various ways to do it – UPDATE and we’ll have live updated results from the Stage 8 ITT
Start with twitter – the Giro Rosa have a great twitter account, and they’re telling everyone to use the #GiroRosa2015 hashtag. I’ve also got my usual twitter list bringing together all the accounts I can find that live-tweet races. Want to know what riders are thinking about the race? Check out my 2015 Giro twitter list, and Chloe Hosking has a great list of riders who blog, if you want to see what riders say about it. Do bear in mind the wifi can be patchy for this race, and it’s hard racing, so don’t expect every day updates!
UPDATE! The Stage 8 ITT will have results updated live as they happen here, from 12:30 CEST (11:30 BST, 6:30am EDT; 8:30pm AEDT)
Find out more
Want more? The race website has tons of information, including the stage information, and their facebook updates with photos. There are also stage previews from the awesome Velofocus, who’ll be out there tweeting and posting daily photo galleries, preview on Cycling Tips Ella, the preview and discussion thread on Velorooms, and there’s a preview on Cyclingnews too. And from team points of view, here are previews from Velocio-SRAM, ORICA-AIS, Wiggle Honda, Bigla, Boels-Dolmans and Alé-Cipollini. And video preview from Lotto Soudal
The full startlist will probably be available on Friday, but here’s the provisional startlist on Velofocus.
UPDATE! And Dan and I preview the race on our latest podcast
Add anything else you see to the comments, or tell me on twitter, and I’ll update. I hope you love the race as much as I do!
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