18th Giro Della Toscana 2013
The 18th Giro Della Toscana has a much greater prominance in the calendar in 2013. The Tuscany race will be the final tour again in lead up to the World Championship, but this year they are in the same location and in the case of the final stage in Florence, where the World Championships will start on the 22 September. This year, more than other years, will see the top teams using the event to do last minutes preparations.
PROLOGO: Campi Bisenzio 2.2km - The opening prologue, is short and fast and will provide a great chance to show how preparation is going for worlds. Expect the top time triallists from this season, Ellen van Dijk (Specialized-lululemon) Linda Villumsen (Wiggle Honda), Shara Gillow (Orica- AIS), Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS), Tatiana Guderzo (Mcipollini Giordana), Lisa Brennauer (Specialized Lululemon), Trixi Worrack (Specialized Lululemon), Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) and Evie Stephens (Specialized Lululemon) to be in the top group.
Stage 1: Bottegone- Massa 126.15km -This is one for the climbers, with 4 category 2 climbs, expect Mara Abbott (USA) and Evie Stephens (Specialized Lululemon) to battle this one out. Although Emma Johansson, Tiffany Cromwell and Shara Gillow (Orica-AIS), Claudia Häusler (Tibco To The Top) and if she has recovered Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) should not be discounted.
Stage 2: Porcari – Pontedera 110.05 km -This one should be one for the sprinters. Expect Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) to be in the mix on this stage. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans), Kirsten Wild (Argos Shimano) and Marta Tagliaferro and Valentina Scandolara (McCipollini Giodana) could cause an upset.
Stage 3: Segromigno – Capannori 124.00km - This is another one for the climbers, with 6 tough climbs that includes 4 category 2 and two category 1 climbs. This one will be controlled by the top teams until they get to the base of the first Cat 1 climb after 78km. The earlier climbs will have thinned out the peloton but it is the last two that will do the damage.
Stage 4: Lucca – Firenze 104.9km - The final stage uses part of the roads that will be used for the women's world championships road race. With na couple of short steep climbs, it could be controlled right until the last 20km.
McCipollini Giordana Galassia ITA
Michela Fanini Rox ITA
Rabo Women (Liv-Giant) NED
Top Girls Fassa Bortolo ITA
Team Argo-Shimano NED
Boels-Dolmans-Cycling Team NED
Optum p/b Kally Benefit Strategis USA
Tibco to the top USA
Hitec products UCK NOR
German National Team GER
Chirio-Forno D’Asolo LTU
Senger ladies cycling Team BEL
Pasta Zara – Cogeas LTU
Wiggle Honda Women’s pro Cycling team GBR
Specialized Lululemon USA
Faren Kuota ITA
Usa National Team USA
Slovenia National Team SLO
Colombian National Team COL
France National Team FRA
Servetto Footon ITA Italy National Team ITA
ROLL OF HONOUR
Triumph announced for the World Championships Hebb
1 BARBARA HEBB (Switzerland)
2nd Diana Rast (Switzerland) to 3'49 '
3rd Charameda Laura (USA) at 8'10 "
At the duel Chiappa Italy - Ukraine
1 IMELDA CHIAPPA (Italy)
2nd Stiajkina Tatiana (Ukraine) to 43 "
3rd Simona Parente (Italy) 4'45 "
Valeria cap in a sea of emotions
1 VALERIA CAPPELLOTTO (Italy)
2nd Pia Sundstedt (Finland) to 35 "
3rd Lenka Ilavska (Slovakia) to 53 "
The triumph of the Lithuanian Edita Pucinskaite
1st EDIT PUCINSKAITE (Lithuania)
2nd Fabiana Fabiana (Italy) 3'04 "
3rd Pizzolotto Lucia (Italy) 3'05 "
Victory STAHURSKAYA Zinaida Zinaida
1 STAHURSKAYA (Belarus)
2nd Simona Parente (Italy) 2'37 "
3rd Fabiana Fabiana (Italy) 2'41 "
Victoria Nicole Brändli
1 NICOLE BRÄNDLI (Switzerland)
2nd Zinaida STAHURSKAYA (Belarus) 45 "
3rd Rasa Polikeviciute (Lithuania) to 1'08 "
Triumph of Susanne Ljungskog
1 SUSANNE LJUNGSKOG (Sweden)
2nd Zinaida STAHURSKAYA (Belarus) to 18 "
3rd Nicole Brändli (Switzerland) to 39 "
Revival of Susanne Ljungskog
1 SUSANNE LJUNGSKOG (Sweden)
2nd Deiedre Barry (USA) at 2'04 "
3rd Nicole Brändli (Switzerland) to 5'04 "
It imposes the German Worrack
1 TRIXI WORRACK (Germany)
2nd Nicole Cooke (England) 9 "
3rd Edita Pucinskaite (Lithuania) to 19 "
And three ...Ljungskog still wins
1st SUSANNE LJUNGSKOG (Sweden)
2nd Bubnenkova Svetlana (Russia) to 25 "
3rd Mjriam Melchers (Netherlands) to 29 "
Victory of Bubnenkova ...
1 SVETLANA BUBNENKOVA (Russia)
2nd Marianne Vos (Netherlands) to 56 "
3rd Suzanne De Goede (Netherlands) to 1'13 "
Noemi Cantele in a matter of seconds ...
1 NOEMI CANTELE (Italy)
2nd Chantal Beltman (Netherlands) to 2 "
3 Judith Arndt (Germany) to 5 "
Judith Arndt from start to finish ...
1 JUDITH ARNDT (Germany)
2nd Trixi Worrack (Germany) to 42 "
3rd Marianne Vos (Netherlands) to 1'03 "
Diana Ziliute surprise ...
1 DIANA ZILIUTE (Lithuania)
2nd Luisa Tamanini (Italy) 1'31 "
3rd Charlotte Becker (Germany) to 3'08 "
Judith Arndt, announced back ...
1 JUDITH ARNDT (Germany)
2nd Antoshina Tatiana (Russia) to 29 "
3rd Noemi Cantele (Italy) 51 "
An 'American in Florence ...
1 MEGAN GUARNIER (USA)
2nd Claudia Hausler (Germany) to 50 "
3rd Rasa Leleyvite (Lithuania) to 1'32 "
The first Polish ...
1 MALGORZATA Jasinska (Poland)
2nd Lauren Hall (USA) at 49 "
3rd Romy Kasper (Germany) to 1'32 "
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