As the Giro Rosa 2017 starts this Friday we thought we’d take a wander down memory lane at last year’s Giro. Personally it was a nightmare ten days, in which we broke a camera, lost another and then had everything we weren’t wearing stolen on the penultimate stage! But amongst all the trips to camera shops and visits to the police station there was some great racing! So grab a drink and enjoy some of the highlights from the Giro Rosa 2016.
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Fun times at the Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team before the Giro Rosa 2016 Prologue.
Ana Covrig speeds through Gaiarine as the sun sets behind the buildings during the Giro Rosa 2016 Prologue.
Team hugs. Liv-Plantur celebrate Leah Kirchmann’s win at the Giro Rosa 2016 Prologue.
Leah Kirchmann and her Liv-Plantur teammates make their way to sign on for Stage 1.
Marta Tagliaferro makes an early solo move, staying away until after the halfway point on Stage 1 of the Giro Rosa 2016.
Kasia Niewiadoma battles up the main climb of the day on Stage 1.
Giorgia Bronzini wins the sprint finish on Stage 1 from a reduced group. Whilst Megan Guarnier’s second place is enough to see her don the the Maglia Rosa.
Giorgia Bronzini celebrates her stage win in San Fior on Stage 1.
Valentina Scandolara shares a joke with one of the Giro Rosa staff before the start of Stage 2 in Tarcento.
Speeding by sunflowers as the clouds that threatened rain at the start roll over the mountains on Stage 2.
Lizzie Armitstead leads to the foot of the Montenars climb on Stage 2.
Anna van der Breggen’s Giro Rosa defence starts to look in doubt as she loses time on the final climb on Stage 2.
Evelyn Stevens Stage 2 and rides into the pink jersey, taking it from the shoulders of her teammate, Megan Guarnier.
A tired but very happy winner, Evelyn Stevens after Stage 2.
Megan Guarnier leads race leader and teammate, Evelyn Stevens through the hairpins on Stage 3. A day for the sprinters.
Chloe Hosking gets the win on Stage 3 whilst Evelyn Stevens stays in pink.
Weaving through the foothills at on Stage 4. The stage was set to be a stunning loop around Lago d’Iseo but a landslide meant a change of course and hours riding through industrial estates instead!
A small break forms lead by Roxane Knetemann as the race returns to the lakeside on Stage 4
Tiffany Cromwell finds space in a chaotic sprint finish to win Stage 4.
Tiffany Cromwell celebrates her stage win and drowns us in prosecco in the process.
Stage 5 was very short but was sure to shake up the GC as the race took on the Mortirolo. Emma Pooley was in her element.
The chasing group approaching the top of the Mortirolo in pursuit of Mara Abbott and Emma Pooley.
Mara Abbott descending to victory on Stage 5 but the American had troubles on the descent including taking a tumble on the way down.
Karol-Ann Canuel looks for a cold drink after Stage 5.
Katia Ragusa tries to cool down after finishing Stage 5.
A fan is clearly delighted with his Anna van der Breggen autograph ahead of Stage 6.
Leah Kirchmann tries to cool down in the Summer heat on Stage 6.
A hard day for Kasia Niewiadoma spending much of the first half of the race out solo on Stage 6.
After being caught and dropped on the penultimate climb Kasia Niewiadoma catches back to Evelyn Stevens and Mara Abbott on the descent.
Anna van der Breggen in pursuit of the leaders on Stage 6.
The race is all back together before the final climb in Alassio. Lizzie Armitstead drives the pace on the approach to the foot of the climb.
Stage winner, Evelyn Stevens celebrates her second stage win this year on Stage 6.
Elena Cecchini showing the signs of her efforts after Stage 6.
Megan Guarnier is back in pink with three stages to go.
Nina Kessler speeds through San Martino during the Stage 7 time trial.
Leah Kirchmann digs deep near the top of the second climb during the Stage 7 time trial.
Evelyn Stevens on her way to a third stage win at this year’s Giro Rosa in the Stage 7 time trial.
Tiffany Cromwell is excited for the penultimate stage.
Over and under. The peloton weave through the concrete jungle of Rescaldina on Stage 8.
Giorgia Bronzini gets her second stage win of the Giro Rosa 2016 in a close sprint finish.
Ingrid Drexel wasn’t the only tired looking face at the finish of Stage 8. Just one more day to go on the longest race on the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar.
INPA Bianchi talk about the day ahead of the final stage of the Giro Rosa 2016.
Pressure is on for the start, here Riejanne Markus (Liv Plantur) is working to force the break on the final stage of the Giro Rosa 2016.
Thalita de Jong (Rabo Liv) approaches the top of the final climb alone, as she solos to victory at the final stage.
A little gelato treat for race winner Megan Guarnier.
Megan Guarnier wins the Giro Rosa 2016 after finishing comfortably in the main bunch on the final stage.
I bow to thee my domestique. Boels Dolmans enjoying their time on the podium.
The race is over for another year but who’ll be covered in prosecco and confetti in 2017?
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