"Securing the future of the event after much recent uncertainty, the women’s Giro d’Italia has confirmed that Giuseppe Rivolta will organise the next four editions of the Giro Rosa, and that this year’s race will be eight days in length."
— Giro Rosa 2013 announced, race drops to eight days in length
The race is too vital to women’s cycling to disappear. Last year it celebrated its 23rd edition. Emma Pooley (AA Drink) finished behind winner Marianne Vos (Rabobank).
“It would be terrible for women’s cycling if our Giro stopped, it’s the toughest and most glorious stage race we have,” Pooley said.
“I know the organiser Sara Brambilla has done a fantastic job over the last few years to get the race together in tough times, but I don’t think it’s been easy for her. I’m afraid the job of women’s race organisers is made more difficult because the relative lack of media coverage means that it’s very difficult to get sponsors involved.”
— Giro Donne saved | Latest News | Cycling Weekly
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SUCH GOOD NEWS!!!! The Giro Donne is the only women’s Grand Tour left on the calendar, the only race allowed to be over a week long. It was under threat after the organisers withdrew, exhausted after sponsors pulled out in 2011, and it’s been touch-and-go every since. This is excellent news!
"The Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) has promised that the biggest race in women’s racing, the Giro Donne, will “definitely” go ahead next year, despite its organiser deciding to drop the race from its portfolio."
Giro Donne 2013 will go ahead, says Italian Cycling Federation | Latest News | Cycling Weekly
I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!!
Women’s cycling could be set to lose arguably the biggest stage race on its calendar in 2013 as the organiser of the last three editions of the Giro d’Italia Femminile - the Giro Donne - is stepping away, according to wielerrevue.nl. The ten day race, which is as close as the women’s peloton has to a Grand Tour, has been run since 1988 [although there was no race in 1991 or 1992 - ed], with the last two editions won by Marianne Vos.
The Giro Donne itself is owned by the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI), but the organisation is outsourced to an outside organisation. Sovico, Lombardy, based event organiser Epinike has run the race since 2010 - having signed a three year deal with the FCI to do so - but has decided not to apply for any further editions.
“We have had a positive experience, but we are now focusing on other things,” Epinike representative Sara Brambilla told Wieler Revue. “It was felt that there have been some beautiful Giros in recent years, but has been a bit hard for all the women to do.”
Giro Donne 2013 under threat as race organiser steps down - Velonation
So depressing - the Giro is the last Grand Tour for women, the only race allowed to be over a week. Click through for more, but I’m very miserable about this…
Before the Giro Donne started, it looked like it might be less exciting that previous years. One less stage, and no enormous mountain like the Stelvio or the Mortirolo this year. But who needs giant mountains, when you have imaginative race organisers, uphill finishes aplenty, and riders who love to make the racing explosive, whatever the parcours? It was a fantastic race, and below the jump, I’ll tell you my favourite highlights of this year’s Giro - with lots of video and links - and of course, add your own, and see other people’s - in the comments!
I’m going to start with all the dancing teams. Be Pink started it, with their daily dancing at the race sign-ons, then there was Evie Stevens’ Happy Dance after winning Stage 3, and by the end of the race, everyone was at it! Check out the start of this video!
Giro Donne 2012 - The Highlights! - Podium Cafe
I miss the Giro already! But you can see my personal highlights - with video - if you click through
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Amber’s post-Giro stage Q&As have been SO much fun! She’s been racing, getting to the hotel (crazy transfers!) massaging etc, then talking to us online. She’s explained so much, and told some great stories, I’ve really loved them. Thanks Amber & Fuji Bikes, so much!