The 167 competing athletes will include Annemiek Van Vleuten and Lorena Wiebes at the starting line
Chianciano Terme, 30th June 2023
Yesterday Acquasanta park in piazza Martiri Perugini hosted the grand presentation of the teams participating in Giro d’Italia Donne. The Italian stage race scheduled from 30 June to 9 July is organised by Starlight ASD for the third consecutive year. Last night the 24 participating teams took turns on stage for a meet & greet, a great opportunity for fans and enthusiasts to encounter the best athletes on the international scene.
The athletes at the start are 167 in total, 24 teams including 15 belonging to the UCI Women’s World Tour category. Among the names at the starting line, those who certainly stand out are the world champion Annemiek Van Vleuten (Movistar team), outgoing winner of Giro Donne and the European champion Lorena Wiebes (Sd worx).
Given the path free of major roughness, the twofold challenge for the stage victory and for the overall ranking will be very interesting to watch.
Annemiek Van Vleuten- world champion, winner of Giro Donne in 2018, 2019, 2022:
«It is a great emotion for me and an honour to be at Giro, it is my twelfth time, but it feels as if it was the first. Italy has something magical for me, when I arrive it feels like I am at home, I couldn’t tell why exactly, maybe because of the environment and the fans, this country is able to give me something really special. Some athletes have declared not to aim for Giro Donne and to participate in preparation for the Tour de France, but I am here in my best form and cannot wait to give battle. I spent the last few weeks in Livigno and I think I’ve best prepared myself. It’s a very strange path because there are no big climbs and that’s why it’s hard to interpret, I must never lose concentration. This will be my last Giro and I want to honour it to the fullest».
Lorena Wiebes- European champion:
«I am so glad to be here at Giro Donne, it is a bit of a magical race to me. I remember the first time I came here was 2021 and on that occasion I had won two stages, it was a wonderful feeling. This year I returned to
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the pink race with the aim of winning a stage, but also trying to win the prologue, it is a short time trial that requires explosiveness and I think I can express myself better. I feel good and I’m really satisfied with how the season is going, I increased the workload especially to improve uphill. I have a phenomenal team backing me up and I hope to bring home a great victory».