Annemiek van Vleuten ready to defend Giro Rosa title
Jul 02 2019 01:13 am CET

Annemiek van Vleuten ready to defend Giro Rosa title
Annemiek van Vleuten ready to defend Giro Rosa title
Annemiek van Vleuten by Mitchelton-Scott

Annemiek van Vleuten is set to lead Mitchelton-Scott in the Giro Rosa. The Dutch rider returns to the race with a strong team to defend the title that she got in 2018.

The newly crowned time trial Dutch national champion knows what it takes to take the win in the Italian grand tour. She will lead a strong roster that includes climbers Amanda Spratt -who finished in the third place in the 2018 edition of the race- and Lucy Kennedy -who recently won Durango-Durango.

"I'm super excited, I really love the Giro-Rosa, it is the biggest stage race and it is a super beautiful team goal to do it together," said Van Vleuten. "It is really a team effort, not just the riders but all the staff and everybody is preparing for it a lot, doing recon and even between the girls, it feels like everybody wants to be in the team.

"I think I have prepared optimally for it, I know altitude works well for me. It was train, eat, rest, repeat for three-weeks, so I have worked very hard for this. I was also together with Amanda and Lucy at altitude and before at Bira, Spratt showed she is in super good form with a stage win and also for Lucy Kennedy to win in Durango, we came home from that race with a good team spirit. I think we are coming in with some a really good team also with some horsepower with Moniek, Sarah and Grace."

The Dutch rider knows what to expect in the Italian race. "With two summit finishes it is epic, also with an uphill team time trial and individual time trial and a few more stage finishes slightly uphill, they designed a really hard Giro this year," she explained.

"I really love that they put in a famous climb like the Gavia so people back home can understand what we are doing in the Giro and that there are really hard climbs."

Van Vleuten will have some strong competition for the Giro Rosa. "I have the feeling that more girls are targeting the race this year, I've seen many girls climbing better, it will be a good battle and that makes it nice that all the climbers will there this year," she affirmed.

"It will be good to have Anna van der Breggen there this year, Katie Hall is also good climber but wasn't at the race in 2018, and I expected Boels-Dolmans to bring many other strong climbers that can target the GC that weren't there last year, so that will for sure be a factor. The harder the battle the better."

Mitchelton-Scott's roster for the Giro Rosa (5th to 15th of July):

Grace Brown
Lucy Kennedy
Sarah Roy
Amanda Spratt
Moniek Tenniglo
Annemiek van Vleuten




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