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Giro Donne 2005

1st July - 10th July

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Preview Overview Prologue Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9


Race Overview       

The 16th Giro Donne takes place from 1 July - 10 July. It is the premier stage race on the women's calendar and competition will be fierce.  The 2005 race is based in the north of Italy. The format is a couple of days in an area, then a 'transfer stage' to another area, another couple of days and then moving on again. 

There will be riders dreading stages 7 and 8 - these are mountainous stages. Stage 7 is an individual time trial in the Swiss Alps, whilst Stage 8 brings the riders back to Italy over mountain passes. The remainder of the race is relatively flat, although there are category 2 and 3 climbs included early on to kick-off the climber's jersey competition. 

With 2004 defending Champion (Nicole Cooke) and her team withdrawn from the race, (see preview), the race is wide open for a new 'maglia rosa' to be crowned.


Race Programme

Stage start times are local - Central European, which is 1 hour ahead of UK, 9 - 11 hours ahead of USA and 8 hours behind Australia

Prologue - Friday 1 July - 20:00hrs

San Vendemiano  - Individual time trial  1.7km 


The riders will start outside of the Mayoral offices in San Vendemiano. The course is a rectangular shape, with 4 right-hand corners to negotiate. There is a slight rise on this otherwise flat course before the second corner. 


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Stage 1  - Saturday 2 July - 12:00hrs 

San Vendemiano - Caerano Di San Marco   100.8km  


The stage runs through flatlands for the first 30km, before touching on the false-flats of the Montello, on a small circuit of 7.5km, which is covered 4 times. Then comes a final tour of the area, 35km long, which includes the 3km climb of the Col Mostaccin - which is only 6km from the finish.


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Stage 2 - Sunday 3 July - 12:00hrs

Caerano Di San Marco - Melara   122km


Listed by the organisers as a "transfer stage" the whole day is flat and heads Southwest to Melara, which is the race's home for the next 3 days.


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Stage 3 - Monday 4 July -  11:30hrs

Bergantino - Chiogga    129.4km


This stage heads Northeast, again along the flat. The stage finish is at coastal Chiogga


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Stage 4  - Tuesday 5 July - 12:00hrs

Castelmassa - Ceneselli    118.2km


A strange stage - the start ad finish are just 5km apart....  the stage distance is 118km - in a huge, flat loop along the banks of the river. Another flat stage, apart from a couple of small rises. 


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Stage 5  - Wednesday 6 July -  12:00hrs

Castiglione D/S - Castiglione D/S   111km


Three laps of a 37km course will introduce the riders to some small climbs in the l'Alto Mantovano region


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Stage 6  - Thursday 7 July - 12:00hrs

Ciriť - San Francesco Al Campo   94.2km


There will be some nervous riders today - the race faces its first real climbs of any significance. On a small 16.7km circuit which is covered twice, there are 2 third category climbs, then the race covers a 30.4km circuit twice, which includes a third category climb and a second category climb. 



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Stage 7 - Friday 8 July - 13:30hrs

Naters - Blaten  7.6km   Individual time trial    (Switzerland)


A 7.6km climb against the clock. The riders will start at minute intervals, until the final 10, which will start at 2 minutes apart. Starting order will be reverse GC. The average gradient for the climb is 6%. This stage is held entirely in Switzerland.


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Stage 8  - Saturday 9 July - 11:30hrs

Brig - Domodossola    69.6km  


A return to Italy - over the roads which climb for 23km at an average of 9%. A first category climb is included on the stage. Domodossola lies at the end of a descent which is about 20km long.


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Stage 9  - Sunday 10 July - 12:00hrs

Varese - Milano   103.8km


The finale - a flat ride from the popular lakeside town of Varese into Milan. Once they arrive in Milan, there are 6 laps of a 5.2km circuit before the final "arrivo"  of the 2005 Giro Donne.


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Click below to go to results of :

Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 5
Stage 6
Stage 7
Stage 8
Stage 9