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Video: Giro Rosa riders labour up 30 per cent climb during time trial

Annemiek van Vleuten quickest over tough course

The riders taking part in the 10-stage Giro Rosa were today greeted with a challenging 12.7km time trial course which took in the 30 per cent Muro di Cocciari.

One of the main races in women's road cycling, the Giro Rosa runs until July 9.

The stage five profile looked like this:

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However, La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Mattia Bazzoni posted the following video:

According to the race organisers, the 400m stretch at one point hits 30 per cent.

Annemiek van Vleuten was quickest on the day, followed by fellow Dutch rider, Anna van der Breggen, who retained the overall lead. Van der Breggen, the Olympic road race champion, also won all three of the Ardennes Classics earlier this year.

Earlier in the Giro Rosa, Hannah Barnes won stage three – her first Women's World Tour stage victory – while fellow Britons Nikki Brammeier and Lizzie Deignan were among the Boels-Dolmans riders who won the opening team time trial.

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dottigirl | 6 years ago
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Abbie | 6 years ago
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Well the ladies are strong enough for a 30%. The last cyclist up in that footage was in the drops! Never tried that, might have to give it a go, but imagining it ain't easy. Would love proper coverage, back to my imagining, Hmmm..

 

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Al__S | 6 years ago
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peted76 | 6 years ago
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Brill, we all like to see other people suffering on climbs! 

The laughable thing is the stage 5 profile, it looks like someone just made it up!  

Route designer: 'I can't be arsed to look at the gradients for a mere eight miles, no one will notice until it's too late anyway.. put a bit of a bump in.. yeah that'll do.. right to the pub!'

 

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Al__S | 6 years ago
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in the 2013 Tirreno-Adriatico this was the climb in Stage 6 that some of the men put 30+tooth sprockets on for and up which much of the peloton walked. There's a bit of footage on the David Millar Project* youtue page of Phinney strugling up the 3rd time, off the back of the race but still on his bike. He finished OTL that day.  Admittedly it was a 200k+ road stage and they had to do the steep bit three times, but puts in serious perspective the insanity of sending a TT up it.

 

*sidetrack: I guess this died? It wasn't looking too clever after the whole "not picked for the final TdF" fiasco

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Jackson replied to Al__S | 6 years ago
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Al__S wrote:

 the David Millar Project* 

*sidetrack: I guess this died? It wasn't looking too clever after the whole "not picked for the final TdF" fiasco

He refused to compromise on the release title 'David Millar: I used to be really good until I stopped taking drugs (which wasn't my fault by the way), have I mentioned I have a Maserati?' or edit it down from 6 hours. 

 

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Accessibility f... | 6 years ago
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This is what I imagine London cyclists think Box Hill is.  Anyone, though, who lives anywhere near proper hills, is looking at this footage and thinking "what's so special about that?"

Fair play to them though, big hills like that are always good fun.

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Beecho replied to Accessibility for all | 6 years ago
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Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:

This is what I imagine London cyclists think Box Hill is.  Anyone, though, who lives anywhere near proper hills...

Cardboard box! We used to dream of a cardboard box.

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Carton | 6 years ago
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A little bit of an actual (since the highlights haven't yet been posted) spoiler, but it was a time trial anyway, an this is a news site...

In any case, I think once you go past 25% it gets a little ridiculous, even the pro's are riding up at a walking pace.

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Awavey replied to Carton | 6 years ago
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Carton wrote:

A little bit of an actual (since the highlights haven't yet been posted) spoiler, but it was a time trial anyway, an this is a news site...

In any case, I think once you go past 25% it gets a little ridiculous, even the pro's are riding up at a walking pace.

hey Im just happy theyve noticed there is a Women's world tour bike race on for a change, when we get to a similar amount of daily stage updates and multiple articles about the days racing, then we can complain about spoilers  1

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Carton replied to Awavey | 6 years ago
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Carton wrote:

A little bit of an actual (since the highlights haven't yet been posted) spoiler, but it was a time trial anyway, an this is a news site...

In any case, I think once you go past 25% it gets a little ridiculous, even the pro's are riding up at a walking pace.

hey Im just happy theyve noticed there is a Women's world tour bike race on for a change, when we get to a similar amount of daily stage updates and multiple articles about the days racing, then we can complain about spoilers  1

Sure. I wasn't complaining, just to clarify, if it did come out that way.

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handlebarcam | 6 years ago
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Giro Rosa riders labour up 30 per cent

Did Mario Cipollini attend the women's race at the world championships back in October?

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