Giro Rosa 2016 Q&As – Leah Kirchmann, Thalita de Jong, Kasia Niewiadoma, Elena Cecchini and Audrey Cordon-Ragot
I’m always fascinated to find out how the Giro Rosa was for riders – so I asked some of the riders from this year’s race. Big thanks to stage winners Leah Kirchmann and Thalita de Jong, Best Young Rider Kasia Niewiadoma, and super-domestiques Elena Cecchini and Audrey Cordon-Ragot for answering my questions.
Kirchmann is a Canadian rider who’s having a fantastic 2016 with Liv-Plantur, and part of that has been racing the Giro, where she came 8th overall after winning the Prologue – all the more impressive when we think it’s her first ever Giro!
ProWomensCycling: You won the first stage of your your first ever Giro! How did that feel?
Leah Kirchmann: It was an incredible feeling to win the first stage of my first ever Giro! I had high expectations for the race, but I didn’t necessarily expect it to start off so well.
PWC: What had you been told about the Giro before you started? And how was it different in real life?
This week we catch up on all of the remaining stages from the 2016 Giro Rosa including the infamous Mortirolo stage. There’s drama, there’s intrigue, there’s a few questions about what the hell actually happened. In the end though, we get a winner and a race that truly ticked all the boxes. There’s a huge amount of other things we manage to briefly mention, but as always, hit the post on our website to get all the videos and stories from the week of women’s cycling! (1:26:04 MIN / 78.81 MB)
We didn’t get around to talking about all the other news and racing we saw this week – so in the post below, we’ve got a collections of videos, articles, news and more things we saw this week.
Things we talked about
This week’s racing
Videos and other media from Stage 5; Stage 6; Stage 7; Stage 8; Stage 9 – and last week’s podcast, covering the first five stages (and that week’s women’s cycling news!) with the usual ton of links, is here.
Sarah’s collection of videos, photos and media – and we’ve just seen the helmetcam from Rachel Atherton’s winning run:
Sarah really likes these race videos:
The MTB circus continues to Switzerland, and the Lenzerheide round of the MTB World Cup – both Downhill and Cross Country this week – and I’ve got videos, media and photos from the women’s races to share with you!
Let’s do it chronologically…
Stage 9 of the Giro Rosa was always going to be beautiful, running around the shores of Lago Maggiore in northern Italy (check out the video recon on the race facebook), but we also knew it was going to be a tough way to finish the race. Hardened Giro Rosa-watchers know that even though the profile looks like this…
The actual roads will be anything but benign! An early breakaway group of 9: Charlotte Bravard (Poitou Charentes Futuroscope.86), Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Lensworld-Zannata), Ingrid Drexel (Astana), Sheyla Guitierrez Ruíz (Cylance), Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle-High5), Thalita de Jong (Rabo-liv), Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products), Riejanne Markus (Liv-Plantur) and Ane Santeseteban Gonzalez (Alé Cipollini)
The break were allowed to spend 2 laps out together, as they had no GC threats – but with the GPM approaching, the bunch behind started to speed up, and their lead of around 5 minutes began dropping fast – so break riders started to attack. Would the break survive? And would any GC contenders try to attack?
Videos, photos and race reports from the stage below – as always, I’ll be editing more things in as I see them, so do leave me a comment, or tweet me, if there’s anything I’ve missed.
More Italian video – 15 mins on the race facebook.
It’s been a tough few days for the sprinters, with all those mountains and then a climbing ITT – but today’s Stage 8 was flat, and perfect for the sprint teams… on paper! It ended with a small loop, and a technical finish – Felix Mattis rode the finishing run-in with a camera on his bike – watch it on facebook.
And in that typically women’s cycling style, just because it suited sprint teams on paper, doesn’t mean the peloton were going to let it play out for them. Even though it was a very fast day, with lots of attacks that were caught, a group of nine got away before the midpoint GPM – Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM), Lauren Kitchen (Hitec), Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Wiggle High5), Lex Albrecht (BePink), Małgorzata Jasińska (Alé Cipollini), Anna Ceoloni (Servetto-Footon), Ana Maria Covrig (Astana), Riejanne Markus (Liv-Plantur) and maybe 1 more rider (it was that kind of live-tweeting day).
With no riders from Rabo-liv, Lotto Soudal and Boels-Dolmans, there were big names to chase… but with no one anywhere near a threat, Boels weren’t bothered… so the group got tantalisingly close to the line, especially when Jasinska, Covrig and Ceoloni escaped with Rozanne Slik or Liv and it to less than 5k to go – could they make it all the way?
Find out in the videos, photos and other media from the stage – and I’ll be editing in more media as I see it – tweet me, or leave a comment if you find things I’ve missed. You can find my previous collections of videos from the race under my Giro Rosa 2016 tag.
Video highlights on the race website – and here’s what RAI gave us:
After two stages of tough climbing in the Italian heat, it was another day to shake up the Giro Rosa General Classification. 21km, with some technical details – here’s a little video preview on the race facebook, and some details:
And it didn’t disappoint! It was a thrilling ITT, nail-biting right up to the wire. Everything to race for, and some amazing results. Check out the videos, photos and other media – and I’ll be editing in more media as I see it – tweet me, or leave a comment if you find things I’ve missed. You can find my previous collections of videos from the race under my Giro Rosa 2016 tag.
Short highlights video on the race facebook – and here’s the RAI coverage:
We may have had the Cross Country MTB World Championships last week, but the World Cup is still in full flight. This weekend it’s XCo AND downhill, and as always, we can watch live, thanks to Red Bull TV:
- Women’s and men’s Downhill – Saturday 9th July, 14:30 Euro CEST (1:30pm UK BST; 8:30am EDT; 10:30pm Aussie AEST)
- Women’s Cross Country, Sunday 10th July, 11:00 CEST (10am BST; 5am EDT; 7pm AEST)
- Men’s Cross Country, 10th July, 14:00 Euro CEST (1pm UK BST; 8am EDT; 10pm AEST)
As always, there’s some great pre-race media from the Downhill…
- Claudio Caluori and Steve Peat’s helmetcam course preview on Red Bull Bike
- Race previews on Red Bull Bike and PinkBike – and Dirt MTB interview with Rachel Atherton
- Track walk slide show of photos and interviews on Vital MTB, and photo galleries on Dirt MTB and PinkBike
- Practice video on Red Bull Bike and on Dirt, slideshow on Vital MTB, and photo galleries on Pinkbike and Dirt
- Qualifying video on Red Bull Bike (with photos below), slideshow on Vital MTB, and photo galleries on Dirt and Pinkbike.
I’ll edit more pre-race media in as I see it – and of course, I’ll put a post of race media after the weekend.