Movistar Ready To Defend Title

The Telefónica-backed Movistar Team is ready to defend the title at the 2023 edition of the Giro d’Italia Donne. The squad includes last year’s winner Annemiek Van Vleuten, along with Liane Lippert as two of the biggest names in a strong roster for this Italian Grand Tour. The 9-stage race runs  from Friday 30th June – Sunday 9th July.

The early days of July bring a dual Grand Tour challenge for this Movistar Team. Together with the men’s Tour de France, which starts from Bilbao on Saturday, comes this 34th edition of the Giro d’Italia Donne (UCI WWT), departing on Friday from Chianciano Terme (Siena, Tuscany) with an individual time trial.

Three-time winner and 2022 title holder Annemiek van Vleuten spearheads a strong Blue lineup, backed up by Liane Lippert, Paula Patiño, Floortje Mackaij, Sara Martín, Aude Biannic and Sheyla Gutiérrez. Jorge Sanz and Jürgen Roelandts will be the sports directors.

With no long, combined ascents, yet consistently tough terrain, the Giro Donne 2023 will offer, together with the short ITT opener (4km) in Chianciano, four decisive, mid-mountain stages. Saturday 1st July (stage two) will see the riders take on the Passo della Colla (Cat-2) before the finish in Marradi; on Tuesday 4th (stage five), 2,500 meters of elevation gain will be covered in just 105km; and on the 5th and 6th (stages six / seven), two consecutive hill-top finishes to Canelli and Alassio will decide the GC outcome.

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