2016 Giro Rosa: Prologue preparation
Despite coming into the Giro Rosa with a number of favorites for the race, Boels – Dolmans didn’t seem to be feeing the pressure as prepartions for the prologue got underway in Gaiarine. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Prologue
As the sun began to set in Gaiarine, riders took the streets for the two-kilometer prologue. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Boels prologue
It was an impressive start to the Giro Rosa for Boels – Dolmans, placing five riders in the top 15. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Kirchmann podium
Leah Kirchmann (Liv – Plantur) celebrated the biggest win of her career to date in the prologue on Canada Day. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Tagliaferro solo
Marta Tagliaferro of Alé Cipollini attacked early on stage 1, staying solo until the the climbs in the final third of the race. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Bronzini waits
The climbs in the final section of the stage left a reduced sprint for stage 1. Giorgia Bronzini held off making her attack for the line until the last possible moment to take the stage win. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Guarnier podium
Megan Guarnier’s second-place finish on stage 1 was enough to see her take the race lead. By coincidence, it was the same town that Guarnier donned the pink jersey for the first time in 2015. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Bulldog
Despite Tarcento being packed with the best female cyclists in women’s cycling, it was Elena Cecchini’s French Bulldog that stole the show. Lapping up the attention as riders prepared for stage 2. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Peloton
Stage 2 saw the peloton speed through the Udine province with the mountains on the horizon, a constant reminder of what was to come at the end of the stage with a tough climb to Montenars. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Peloton
As the final climb to Montenars got closer, Boels – Dolmans came to the front to control the race. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Climb to Montenars
On the climb to Montenars, the pace set by Lizzie Armitstead tore the peloton to shreds. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Guarnier climbs
With 400 meters to go on the climb to Montenars, race leader Guarnier could only watch as elite group pulled away from her on the steepest part of the climb. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Cecchini climbs
Elena Cecchini battled up the climb on her home roads during Stage 2 at the Giro Rosa. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Stevens
Stage 2 winner, Evelyn Stevens took the leader’s jersey from her Boels – Dolmans teammate in Montenars. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Hairpin descent
Descending through the hairpins on stage 3. Boels – Dolmans defended the jersey by setting a high pace on a stage for the sprinters. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Roadside fans
Roadside spectators welcomed the riders as they sped though Lendinara. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Hosking sprint
With 100 meters to go on stage 3, Chloe Hosking of Wiggle – High 5 took control of the sprint finish. Going on to win the stage. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Peloton
The peloton weaved through the Bergamo countryside on stage 4, another day earmarked for the sprinters. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Cromwell podium
Tiffany Cromwell of Canyon – SRAM Racing celebrated her stage win on stage 4 in Lovere. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Mortirolo
The Mortirolo was the featured climb on stage 5, as the race headed into the mountains. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Abbott climbs
While other riders fought their way up the infamous Mortirolo, further up the road, Mara Abbott was in her element. Building a commanding lead. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Abbott descends
With a lead of around five minutes at the top of Mortirolo, Mara Abbott descended to victory and into the pink jersey. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Cooling off
As the race reached day seven, the temperatures soared. Roxane Knetemann of Rabo – Liv waited in the shade until the last possible moment before taking to the start line for stage 6. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Niewiadoma attack
Kasia Niewiadoma of Rabo – Liv attacked early on another day in the mountains on stage 6 but was joined by race leader, Mara Abbott and Evelyn Stevens by the halfway point in the stage. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Boels – Dolmans on the front
As the race approached the climb final climb to Madonna della Guardia on stage 6, Boels – Dolmans took control. Setting a high pace into the foot of the climb. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Stevens wins
Evelyn Stevens earned her second stage win of the Giro Rosa at Madonna della Guardia, attacking in the final kilometers to the summit finish. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Guarnier in pink
Megan Guarnier’s second-place finish on stage 6 was enough to see her regain the race lead. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Giro fans
Locals were waiting to greet the riders in the hilltop town of San Martino during the stage 7 time trial. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Van der Breggen TT
Anna van der Breggen had lost time in the opening week of the Giro Rosa as she endeavored to defend her 2015 title. The challenging time trial was her opportunity to catch up some of that lost ground. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Stevens TT
Evelyn Stevens put in an impressive performance during the time trial to earn her third stage win at the Giro Rosa this year. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Guarnier podium
With one stage to go, Megan Guarnier’s lead in the race for pink seemed secure. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Hydration
The last trip to collect precious water supplies on the final day of this year’s Giro Rosa. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Markus
Riejanne Markus of Liv – Plantur worked hard to form the early break on the final stage around Verbania. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Peloton
The peloton was content to see the break go up the road as it weaved through villages on the northern shore of Lago Maggiore. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Gutierrez in the break
Sheyla Gutierrez of Cylance Pro Cycling and her breakaway companions worked well together, building a lead of six minutes. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: De Jong solo
On the final climb Thalita de Jong of Rabo – Liv attacked. Going solo over the final GPM of the Giro Rosa 2016. It was a downhill all the way for the Dutchwoman’s first stage win at the Giro Rosa. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: De Jong
Stage 9 winner, Thalita de Jong waited patiently backstage for her moment on the podium in Verbania. Photo: Velofocus
2016 Giro Rosa: Guarnier wins Giro Rosa
Job done. Megan Guarnier finished comfortably in the bunch to secure the Giro Rosa 2016 title. Photo: Velofocus