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.

Gold, Silver and Bronse in Nationals ITT 26.June

Julie had the godess of time on her side when she won the Danish ITT with 29 hundreds of a second over Vallin. Audrey did not when she took a nice silver in France, but lost the gold with an agonizing 2 seconds. In Norway Cecilie dissapointed herself with the bronze, when Emilie had a good day with 7th place. Sara took a fine 6th in Sweden after being 4th halfway.

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

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Podium for Elisa in Gooik (UCI 1.1) 1.June

Audrey and Elisa were express freighted from success in Plumelec to more success in Belgium the day after. Elisa and Ashleigh got in the descicive break with Emma Johansson (Orica) and Marianne Vos (Rabo). Vos won, Elisa took 3d spot and Ashleigh 5th. To top the good day Chloe won the peloton sprint for 6th. More details you can read here
Team: Elisa Longo Borghini, Chloe Hosking, Audrey Cordon, Miriam Bjørnsrud, Lauren Kitchen, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
Results

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Double Victory in GP de Plumelec (UCI 1.2) 31.May

On a beautiful day in Bretagne we succeeded with our tactics – be patient and attack when the field tired in the hard course. Siri, Tone and Sara did a good job in the first part to reel in the attacks. Sara Olsson did the race of the season and her place in the break was spoiled by a mechanic on a critical time. Audrey and Elisa attacked on the 6th round and managed to get loose from all followers and catched the solo rider Bravard (Futuroscope), only to leave her behind up the hill towards the finish. The duo cruised the last round and finished hand-in-hand – Elisa just taking care so Audrey would win on home soil. The first double UCI win for the team ever.
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Team: Audrey Cordon, Siri Minge, Elisa Longo Borghini, Tone Hatteland Lima, Sara Olsson
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