No Jerseys in the National Road Races

In Denmark Julie road a perfect race but missed a gear in the final sprint. She had to settle for third. In France Audrey missed the break and had to settle for the peloton sprint 9th. The Italians decided to remove some climbs because of the weather – Elisa was 6th. In Norway we basically failed to pull back a early breakaway, Reacted to slow and Cecilie was 25 seconds too late to defend her jersey. In Sweden Sara was 12th after a frustrating race.

Results Norway

Results France

Results Italy

Results Sweden

Results Denmark

Giro Rosa Preview

Like the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, also known as the Giro Rosa is the marquee race of the cycling season. Held from July 4-13, while the men tackle the climbs of the Pyrenees the women will tackle the unforgiving climbs of northern Italy.
Raced over ten stages – a prologue individual time trial and nine road stages – and 953km the race, now in it’s 25th edition, starts in the southern Italian town of Caserta before finishing on a climb made famous by the Giro di Lombardia, Madonna del Ghisallo more than a week later.
Hitec Products Sports Director, Marc Bracke believes this edition of the Giro Rosa is one of the hardest in years.
“I looked at the parcours and it’s a difficult Giro Rosa this year, there are a variety of stages like flat and mountain stages but importantly there are three mountain top finishes,” Bracke said.
The eight Hitec Products riders headed to Caserta for the opening prologue are: Elisa Longo Borghini, Ashleigh Moolman, Audrey Cordon, Chloe Hosking, Lauren Kitchen, Julie Leth, Emilie Moberg and Cecile Gotaas Johnsen.
“I’ve selected a team of riders that I think can win on a variety of terrain,” Bracke said.
“We have riders who can win a stage like Chloe (Hosking), Audrey (Cordon) and Ashleigh (Moolman) and we have our strong Italian Elisa Longo Borghini who can really challenge for the general classification, and in her home country,” he said.
“We’ve also got great support riders who can really help our leaders. Julie Leth just won the Danish time-trial championships and she will be there to help the in the stages as will Lauren, Cecilie and Emilie,”
“I won’t lie about this, I hope that we can win one or two stages and have Elisa in the top three for general classification,”
“I believe that we have the riders to achieve these results. The helpers believe in the team so why not believe that we can beat the bigger teams,”
The biggest small team in the world of women’s cycling will be in action tomorrow evening, beginning the ten day stage race with a 2km prologue which starts at 8.30pm CET.

Ashleigh 4th in Bira (UCI 2.1) 13.-16th June

The 6 girl team was gradually reduced to 3 after stomech problems by Elisa, Headache by Miriam, and dry-out by Sara in the heat. Ashleigh kept her cool and finished 4th overall, behind a full podium of dominating Rabo Women. Audrey and Chloe remained the steady domestics, especially Chloe impressed because the course normally dont suit her. Still she finished 15th in a stage.
Team: Chloe Hosking, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Sara Olsson, Miriam Bjørnsrud, Elisa Longo Borghini, Audrey Cordon
Results

Elisa Italian Champion ITT

Elisa Longo Borghini crowned a fantastic week of team racing today with her first national title – she is the new Italian TT Champion. She beat Elena Berlato (Ale Cippolini) with 1 minute in the 23,8 km course. Her average speed was almost 46 km/h.
Results:
1. Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) 31:04:51
2. Elena Berlato (Ale Cippolini)  +01:00:00
3. Vittoria Bussi (Michela Fanini) +01:03:45

Elisa Longo Borghini