Sarah interviews… Elena Cecchini, on her first ever Giro Rosa & more

Podcast interview logoElena Cecchini became one of the latest young Italian rider to join a more international team this year, joining Lotto-Soudal, and proceeding to animate the races throughout the Spring Classics, then winning a stage at the prestigious Festival Elsy Jacobs.  Last year she’d won the Italian National Road Championships, one of the very hardest of the road champs, and in June she became one of a very select set of riders to win twice in a row, which she followed by racing the Giro Rosa for the first time, and coming home with two podium places, and four stitches in her chin.    I talked to her about all this and more, including the secrets of her season, and her advice to future first-time riders, and much more.  She’s a really interesting rider, with a lot to say, so settle in, and either listen to her talk, or read the transcript below.

 

 

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You’ve just come back from finishing the Giro – how do you feel?

It’s quite nice when you finish a hard race, and you know that it’s all about recovery, so I’m just enjoying some rest days at home.  I was missing my family so much, and my cat, and my grandmother and grandfather, so today I did a small training on my bike, just to restart, because next week I will race the BeNe Ladies Tour, and I have to be in form.  It’s really strange to go slowly, because we had really fast and furious stages at the Giro, so it’s nice to be home and just wake up in the morning and have nothing to do!

And it was your first ever Giro!

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Podcast 2015 Episode 16 – Giro Rosa 1

Podcast logoSarah and Dan quickly catch up on the big weekend of the national championships before getting stuck into a good long look at the Giro Rosa. We’ve had the prologue and first stage but there’s a week of epic racing to come! Join us for all the discussion of teams, profiles, stages and excitement. (56:16 MIN / 54.02 MB)

To stream the rosiest of rosa podcasts this week, click here (click to download).

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View all the videos from the big national championships weekend in Sarah’s post here.

Get the full rundown on everything Giro Rosa in this post here. And all the videos from the prologue here.