Rosa Victory for van der Breggen
Last weekend, Olympic gold medalist and European champion, Anna van der Breggen of Boels Dolmans Pro Cycling won the 28th edition of the Giro Rosa. This 10-stage race, more formally known as the Giro d'Italia Femminile, is the only remaining Grand Tour in women’s cycling and is the most prestigious competition in the category.
Anna van der Breggen’s Sunday victory marked the second time the Dutch cyclist has won in the last three years (she finished third last year). Van der Breggen was able to secure this year’s win by capturing the pink overall leader’s jersey on the second stage and holding tight for the eight remaining stages.
At the close of the final stage, van der Breggen’s overall time was 1’03” faster than the tour’s second place Italian rider, Elisa Longo Borghini, and 1’30” ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten.
Thanks to the help of Boels-Dolmans teammates Megan Guarnier and Karol-Ann Canuel, who finished in fourth and eighth place on the final general classification respectively, van der Breggen is now seated at the top of the UCI Women's World Tour standings. As for their bikes, the Boels-Dolmans team is racing aboard Specialized S-Works Amira frames fitted with Zipp bars, stems, and seatposts. The Zipp 303 was her wheel of choice for most stages. SRAM RED eTap componentry and a Quarq D-Zero power meter round out the drivetrain of Anna’s bike. The team, led by van der Breggen, now looks ahead towards their next event, the “BeNe Ladies Tour,” beginning July 13.
All photo credits: Tim de Waele / TDW Sport