Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Favorites for the Women's Giro d'Italia, GiroDonne 2009


While we await Emma Mackie's next report here is a synopsis of the views of the Italian press on the favorites and riders to watch for the 20th edition of the race which begins Friday.


Lotto Belisol: from Emma Mackie's team Australian Rochelle Gilmore is seen as the likeliest to win stage victories.


Selle Italia Ghezzi: last year's winner Fabiana Luperini will be striving to win her 6th GiroDonne. Among Luperini's teammates are podium finishers in the recent Italian national championships Laura Bozzolo and Silvia Valsecchi.


Cervelo Test Team: will have America's Kristin Armstrong, Germany's Claudia Hausler and Australia's Carla Ryan aiming for the GC, and also launching England's Emma Pooley in the sprint finishes.


Gauss RDZ Ormu Colnago: keep an eye on Tatiana Antoshina in the time trials, two times GiroDonne winner Edita Pucinskaite for GC and Tania Belvederesi for stage victories.


Fenixs Edilsavino: 2002 GiroDonne winner Svetlana Bubnenkova is in great form to challenge for GC.


Columbia High Road Women: considered the strongest squad. Germany's Judith Arndt and American Mara Abott are seen as GC contenders while Chantal Beltman, Ina Yoko Teutenberg and Kimberly Anderson are contenders for stage victories.


Bigla Cycling Team: two time GiroDonne winner Nicole Brandli is among the favorites to win. Noemi Cantele is a favorite for the TTs and Modesta Vzesniauskaite for stage victories.


Michela Fanini Record Rox: high hopes for Monia Baccaille, the new Italian women's road race champion, and rising star Tatiana Guderzo.


Equipe Nurberger: Suzanne De Goede, Regina Schleicher and Amber Neben for stage victories, and possibly Trixi Worrack for GC.


Other notable mentions:
Team Flexpoint: Susanne Ljungskog, Mjriam Melchers Van Poppel and Loes Gunnewijk.
Top Girl Fassa Bortolo: Valentina Carretta, Alessandra D'Ettorre.
Australia National Team: Chloe Hoskings.
Team Cmax: Marta Vilajosana.
Safi Pasta Zara Titanedi: Elena Berlato, Giorgia Bronzini, and Diana Ziliute.

The complete list of the 18 teams and 138 starters:


Selle Italia Ghezzi 1 Fabiana Luperini (Ita)2 Giuseppina Grassi (Mex)3 Kaytee Boyd (NZl)4 Laura Bozzolo (Ita)5 Gloria Presti (Ita)6 Sigrid Corneo (Slo)7 Luisa Tamanini (Ita)8 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita)

Cervelo Test Team 11 Kristin Armstrong (USA)12 Lieselot Decroix (Bel)13 Sandra Dietel (Ger)14 Claudia Hausler (Ger)15 Emma Pooley (GBr)16 Carla Ryan (Aus)17 Patricia Schwager (Swi)18 Kirsten Wild (Ned)

Fenixs Edilsavino 21 Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus)22 Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus)23 Catherine Hare Willianson (GBr)24 Urte Juodvalkyte (Ltu)25 Karin Aune (Swe)26 Erika Vilunaite (Ltu)27 Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)28 Evelyn Yesenia Garcia Marroque (Spa)

Team Flexpoint 31 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe)32 Mjriam Melchers Van Poppel (Ned)33 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned)34 Loes Markerink (Ned)35 Trine Schmidt (Den)36 Iris Slappendel (Ned)37 Saskia Elemans (Ned)38 Elisabeth Braam (Ned)

Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line 41 Valentina Carretta (Ita)42 Serena Danesi (Ita)43 Alessandra D' Ettorre (Ita)44 Maddalena Dinato (Ita)45 Jennifer Fiori (Ita)46 Laura Pisaneschi (Ita)47 Chiara Rozzini (Ita)48 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita)

USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo 51 Clemilda Fernandes Silva (Bra)52 Uenia Fernades Da Souza (Bra)53 Edita Unguryte (Ltu)54 Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr)55 Simona Frapporti (Ita)56 Viktoria Vologdina (Ukr)57 Olena Oliynik (Ukr)58 Tetyana Mykhaylova (Ukr)

Team Columbia Highroad Women 61 Mara Abbott (USA)62 Kimberly Anderson (USA)63 Judith Arndt (Ger)64 Katherine Bates (Aus)65 Chantal Beltman (Ned)66 Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger)67 Linda Melanie Villumsen (Den)68 Alexandra Wrubleski (Can)

Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 71 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr)72 Linn Torp (Nor)73 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus)74 Vera Koedooder (Ned)75 Emma Mackie (Aus)

Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 81 Charlotte Becker (Ger)82 Suzanne De Goede (Ned)83 Lisa Brennauer (Ger)84 Marlen Johrend (Ger)85 Bianca Puratch Knoepfle (Ger)86 Amber Neben (USA)87 Regina Schleicher (Ger)88 Trixi Worrack (Ger)

Australia 91 Carlee Taylor (Aus)92 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus)93 Belinda Goss (Aus)94 Amber Halliday (Aus)95 Lauren Kitchen (Aus)96 Shara Gillon (Aus)97 Chloe Hoskings (Aus)98 Myfanwy Galloway (Aus)

S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 101 Monia Baccaille (Ita)102 Carly Hibberd (Aus)103 Giulia Lazzerini (Ita)104 Flavia Oliveira (Bra)105 Sara Grifi (Ita)106 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita)107 Samantha Galassi (Ita)108 Rosane Kirch (Bra)

Team System Data 121 Deborah Mascelli (Ita)122 Alena Dylko (Blr)123 Marina Vinnikava (Blr)124 Aleaksandra Lohvinova (Blr)125 Silvia Trovellesi (Ita)126 Zaira De Luca (Ita)127 Alessandra Lari (Ita)128 Liz Hatch (USA)

Team Cmax Dila' 111 Marta Vilajosana Andreu (Spa)112 Chiara Vanni (Ita)113 Francesca Faustini (Ita)114 Saneila Biagi (Ita)115 Arien Torsius (RSA)116 Alessia Quarta (Ita)117 Silvia Tirado Marquez (Spa)

Gauss RDZ Ormu - Colnago 131 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus)132 Julia Martisova (Rus)133 Tania Belvederesi (Ita)134 Martina Corazza (Ita)135 Emanuela Azzini (Ita)136 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu)137 Eleonora Suelotto (Ita)138 Alice Donadoni (Ita)

Safi - Pasta Zara Titanedi 141 Alona Andruk (Ukr)142 Elena Berlato (Ita)143 Alessandra Borchi (Ita)144 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita)145 Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu)146 Eneritz Iturriagaetxebarria Mazaga (Spa)147 Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita)148 Diana Ziliute (Ltu)

Bizkaia - Durango - Champion System 151 Cristina Alcalde Huertanos (Spa)152 Mireia Epelde Bikendi (Spa)153 Ana Belen Garcia Antequera (Spa)154 Catrine Josefsson (Swe)155 Ariadna Tudel Cuberes (And)156 Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spa)157 Diana Zamorano (Spa)158 Dorleta Zorrilla Braceras (Spa)

Bigla Cycling Team 161 Nicole Brandli (Swi)162 Noemi Cantele (Ita)163 Jennifer Hohl (Swi)164 Veronica Andreasson (Swe)165 Monica Holler (Swe)166 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu)167 Andrea Graus (Aut)168 Bettina Kuhn (Swi)

US National Team 171 Katharine Carroll (USA)172 Lauren Tamayo (USA)173 Brooke Miller (USA)174 Meredith Miller (USA)175 Megan Guarnier (USA)176 Shelley Olds (USA)


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