The Optum p/b KBS women had 3 riders selected to the US National Team Italy’s Giro Rosa next week, a seven-day stage race from June 30th – July 7th. It is considered one of the most prestigious events on the women’s UCI calendar.
Beginning on Sunday in Giovinazzo, Italy, Janel Holcomb, Lauren Hall and Brianna Walle will begin one of the most arduous races in Europe. The Giro Rosa was born out of the Giro Donna, the biggest stage race in the world for women. The new route travels through eight regions in Italy, including Puglia, Campania, Molise, Marche, Liguria, Piemonte, and finishing in northwest Lombardia, racing over some of the most storied roads and climbs in Italy.
This year’s route changes from the typical mountainous stage race to a more open, sprinter friendly route that allows a chance for the all-arounders to take the general classification prize. With Lauren Hall’s impressive string of podiums in the last few months, as well as Brianna Walle and Janel Holcomb showing excellent form on a multitude of terrains, hopes are high for stage wins from the Optum p/b KBS women on Team USA.
“I am absolutely thrilled and shocked to be here racing for Team USA and representing my country in this way,” Brianna Walle told the Oregonian in a recent interview.
Walle, in her first year racing professionally, is replacing US National Road Champion Jade Wilcoxson after her recent crash in the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Jade is busy recovering from the spill in her hometown of Talent, OR,
2013 Giro Rosa Stages
Start- Sunday, June 30
Stage 1: Giovinazzo – Margherita di Savoia (123.8 km)
Stage 2: Pontecagnano Faiano – Pontecagnano Faiano (99.6 km)
Stage 3: Cerro al Volturno – Cerro al Volturno (111 km)
Stage 4: Monte San Vito – Castelfidardo (137.2 km)
Stage 5: Varraze – Monte Beigua (73 km)
Stage 6: Terema Di Premia – San Domenico (121 km)
Stage 7: Corbetta – Corbetta (120 km)
Stage 8: Cremona Individual Time Trial (16 km)
Check out a report on Brianna in advance of her trip:
The remaining Optum p/b KBS men and women have a brief respite this week until departing for BC Superweek; a 9 day series of races in the Vancouver area, which combines the UCI 1.2 ranked Tour de Delta, 3 mid-week criterium including the infamous Gastown Grand Prix, which Ken Hanson won in 2012, and finally the Tour de White Rock stage race. Then both squads quickly move into Oregon to tackle the 6-day, NRC ranked Cascade Classic in Bend.