Two hours of live broadcasting in over 200 countries in the world for a 33rd Edition crossing 10 stages along Sardinia, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto

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-2 days to the most important cycling event for women: Giro Donne kick-starts on Thursday 30th June 2022 from Cagliari. This great sporting competition in 10 stages will bring 144 athletes from the best 24 teams world-wide on Italian roads for 10 days with its grand finale in Padua. A long, exciting journey across 1000 km through Sardinia, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto.

Giro d’Italia Donne 2021 – 32th Edition – 7 Stage – Soprazocco di Gavardo – Puegnago del Garda Km 106,9 – 08/07/2021 – – photo PMGSport/Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto©2021

The 33rd Edition witnesses the return of this historical race into the UCI Women’s World Tour circuit, with an overall prize pool increased to 250.000 €, 50.000 € of which going to the winner. All thanks to PMG Sport/Starlight, forever committed to empower the synergy between women and sports. Broad media visibility is guaranteed by a production of a daily 2-hour live broadcasting, globally distributed thanks to agreements with the Discovery/Eurosport network (for all Europe and 16 Asian countries) and with Global Cycling Network (GCN+), for a total coverage of over 200 countries in the 5 continents. In Italy, the show is aired on Rai2 starting at 2 pm, Rai Sport HD, Eurosport 1 (with DAZN Italy involved in the circuit) and on Discovery+ (Live Digital Feed), as well as on and on Giro Donne’s social media channels.

At the starting line, the race will be featuring the greatest female champions of today’s cycling such as Elisa Balsamo, Annemiek van Vleuten, Marta Cavalli, Elisa Longo Borghini, Marianne Vos, Lotte Kopecky, Martina Alzini, Niamh Fisher-Black (winner of the White Jersey at Giro 2021), Elena Cecchini, Elise Chabbey, Soraya Paladin, Lucinda Brand (last year’s Green Jersey), Sofia Bertizzolo, Juliette Labous, Erica Magnaldi, Chiara Consonni, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Martina Fidanza, Jelena Erić, Silvia Persico, Amanda Spratt, Marta Bastianelli, Marta Lach, Gaia Realini. A total of 144 athletes from the best 24 teams in the world, 13 of them hailing from UCI Women’s WorldTeam, as well as from Italy, Australia, Columbia, United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. The cyclists will compete to succeed to the throne after Anna van der Breggen, winner of the prestigious Pink Jersey in 2021. The jersey will be assigned to the first place for the Individual Time-based General Classification.

A “special” Pink Jersey was donated for this year by UNHCR to PMG Sport. An act in the name of peace and solidarity expressing the support of the organization to the humanitarian activities managed by the UN Refugee Agency.  Moreover, the Together #WithRefugees campaign will be promoted during the whole Giro Donne, in order to gather funds for all the refugees in the world. Each stage will therefore feature UNHCR’s fundraisers to promote regular subscriptions allowing benefactors to become “Angels for Refugees”.

Besides the Pink Jersey, other 4 jerseys will be assigned each day of the competition: the Cyclamen Jersey / Fastweb for the first place in the General Point-based Individual Classification; the Green Jersey / Discovery+ for the first ranking cyclist of the GPM (Mountain Grand Prix); the White Jersey / Eurosport for the best contestant in the General Time-based Individual Classification for Young Athletes; the Blue Jersey / Il Messaggero for the best Italian athlete in the General Time-based Individual Classification.

The high technical level of the athletes and a balanced, carefully crafted route (with the involvement of Paolo Sangalli, Technical Commissioner for the Italian Women’s national team) will ensure an electrifying race along the beauties of 5 Italian Regions, across the sea, mountains, hills, lakes, rivers and art cities.

The race opens in Sardinia with an individual time trial of 4.75 km in Cagliari (30th June), then continues along the east coast of the island, first with an uneven stage of 106.6 km from Villasimius to Tortolì with a Fourth-category Mountain grand Prix(1st July) concluding with a 113.4-km long stage for sprinters from Dorgali (Cala Gonone) to Olbia (2nd July). After a rest day for the athletes to move to the mainland, the competition resumes on 4th July in Emilia Romagna on an uneven stage of 120.9 km with Cesena as the starting and arrival point, featuring two Third-category and one Second-category Mountain Grand Prix. The athletes will then continue on 5th July with a stage for sprinters of 126.1 km from Carpi to Reggio Emilia touching the hills on the slopes of the Apennines.

For the following two challenges, Giro Donne travels to Lombardy: the first one is an uneven stage of 114.7 km with 5 Mountain Grand Prix, which will see the teams starting from the shores of Lake Iseo in the municipality of Sarnico, passing through Bergamo Alta and then arriving in the city centre (6th July), while the second will test the resistance of the cyclists with a stage of 112.9 km beginning in the municipality of Prevalle at an altitude of 190 metres, then entering the city of Brescia and climbing the Alps up to Passo del Maniva at 1.742 metres above sea level, the highest point reached in this edition, ranking First-category in the Mountain Grand Prix (7th July). The next two trials will take place in the Autonomous Province of Trento: the first part featuring an uneven stage of 104.7 km up the Adige river from Rovereto to Aldeno with two Second-category Mountain Grand Prix (8th July). The second part unites San Michele all’Adige and San Lorenzo Dorsino with a 112.8-km ride, right on the eastern slopes of the Brenta Dolomites, a true challenge for climbers who will face two Second-category and one First-category Mountain Grand Prix, reaching this year’s Cima Coppi (Passo Daone) at 1291 metres above sea level (9th July). The grand finale will take place on 10th July in Veneto starting from Abano Terme and, through the Euganean Hills with a Third-category Mountain Grand Prix, arriving in Prato della Valle in Padua, after a 90.5 km route especially enhancing the sprinters’ skills and eventually decreeing the Pink Jersey for Giro Donne 2022.

“Organizing this year’s Giro Donne, with all the extraordinary results obtained by our athletes and the increasing interest towards women’s cycling, fills us both with great joy and strong sense of responsibility” Roberto Ruini declares (founder of PMG Sport and General Manager for the race).

“Bringing back the Giro Donne in the circuit of UCI Women’s World Tour was the primary goal of the past edition. We succeeded in doing so, thanks to the high qualitative standard of the organization and to the essential participation of all the athletes and teams. My gratitude goes first and foremost to them. This year, all our effort is focused on empowering one of the most important competitions of international female cycling to the best of our abilities. I sincerely thank the Regions, Municipalities and all the local institutions who chose to partake in this opportunity and be by our side in the endeavour. Last but not least, I thank the Italian Cycling Federation as well as UCI for their trust and support. Happy Giro Donne 2022 to you all, I am sure it will be an unforgettable event!”.

The first official date with Giro d’Italia Donne 2022 will be in Cagliari, on Wednesday 29th June at 6.30 pm, with the showcase of the 24 competing teams.

Giro Donne 2022, an Italian Cycling Federation race, this year boasts an important collaboration and support of the institutions joining the project and involving their territory in the event: Regione Sardegna, Regione Emilia-Romagna, Regione Lombardia, Regione Veneto, Trentino Marketing alongside their Municipalities of Cagliari, Villasimius, Tortolì, Dorgali (Cala Gonone), Olbia, Cesena, Carpi, Reggio Emilia, Sarnico, Bergamo, Prevalle, Collio, Rovereto, Aldeno, San Michele all’Adige, San Lorenzo Dorsino, Abano Terme and Padua.

Teams participating to Giro Donne 2022: Canyon // SRAM Racing, EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Liv Racing Xstra, Movistar Team Women, Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad, Team BikeExchange-Jayco, Team DSM, Team Jumbo-Visma, Team SD Worx, Trek-Segafredo, UAE Team ADQ, Uno-X Pro Cycling Team, Valcar – Travel & Service, Ceratizit–WNT Pro Cycling Team, Bizkaia–Durango, Cofidis Women Team, Isolmant – Premac – Vittoria, Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW Shimano, Team Mendelspeck, Servetto – Makhymo- Beltrami TSA, Top Girls Fassa Bortolo, Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano, BePink.


1st Stage – 30th June 2022                     

Cagliari | Cagliari; Individual time trial 4.75 km

Start time h 12:50 pm; Estimated end time h 3.30 pm; Live broadcasting from h 2:00 pm

2nd Stage – 1st July 2022            

Villasimius | Tortolì; 106,6 km, uneven stage

Departure time h 12:40 pm; Arrival time h 3:30 pm; Live broadcasting from h 1:45 pm

3rd Stage – 2nd July 2022                       

Dorgali (Cala Gonone) | Olbia; 113,4 km, stage for sprinters

Departure time h 10:45 am; Arrival time 2:15 pm; Live broadcasting from h 12:45 pm

4th Stage – 4th July 2022                        

Cesena | Cesena; 120,9 km, uneven stage

Departure time h 12:00 pm; Arrival time h 3:30 pm; Live broadcasting from h 2:00 pm 

5th Stage – 5th July 2022                        

Carpi | Reggio Emilia; 126,1 km, stage for sprinters

Departure time 11:00 am; Arrival time h 2:15 pm; Live broadcasting from h 12:45 pm

6th Stage – 6th July 2022                        

Sarnico | Bergamo; km 114,7 uneven stage passing through Bergamo Alta and arriving to Bergamo’s city centre

Departure time h 10:55 am; Arrival time h 2:15 pm; Live broadcasting from h 12:45 pm

7th Stage – 7th July 2022                        

Prevalle | Passo del Maniva (Collio): 112.9 km, uphill stage for climbers reaching above 1.600 metres (highest altitude for this year)

Departure time 10:55 am; Arrival time h 2:15 pm; Live broadcasting from h 12:45 pm

8th Stage – 8th July 2022            

Rovereto | Aldeno; km 104,7 uneven stage

Departure time h 11:05 am; Arrival time h 2:15 pm; Live broadcasting from h 12:45 pm

9th Stage – 9th July 2022                        

San Michele all’Adige | San Lorenzo in Dorsino; 112.8 km, hardcore mountain stage, Cima Coppi for this year’s edition (Passo Daone)

Departure time h 10.55 am; Arrival time h 2:15 pm; Live broadcasting from h 12:45 pm

10th Stage – 10th July 2022                    

Abano Terme | Padova; 90,5 km, stage for sprinters

Departure time h 11:50 am; Arrival time h 2:15 pm; Live broadcasting from h 12:45 pm

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