Team BikeExchange name in-form squad ready for battle at the 2021 Giro d’Italia Donne

Team BikeExchange today announced its powerful and attack-minded six-rider squad for the 2021 Giro d’Italia Donne, starting on Friday, 2nd July in Fossano.

The team lines-up for the 10-day stage race with two-time podium finisher Amanda Spratt as the leader, with the triple Australian champion aiming for another top GC showing in Italy.

Team BikeExchange at Giro d’Italia Donne 2021:
Grace Brown (AUS)
Janneke Ensing (NED)
Sarah Roy (AUS)
Ane Santesteban (ESP)
Amanda Spratt (AUS)
Georgia Williams (NZL)

Spaniard Ane Santesteban will provide valuable support in the mountains while Brugge – De Panne winner Grace Brown and Australian champion Sarah Roy give the team extra firepower in the hills and on the flat.

The experienced Janneke Ensing comes into the race in strong form, with reigning New Zealand champion Georgia Williams capable of tackling all terrains across the 10 days of racing.

Brent Copeland (GreenEDGE Cycling General Manager):
“The Giro d’Italia Donne is one of our main goals of the year and is always a special race for Team BikeExchange, it is a race which we invested a good amount of time and resources into getting the team to the start in the best condition possible in order to get the results the women deserve.

The selection of this year’s team was by no means an easy task as the riders are so well prepared, thanks to the great work of the technical staff and coaches we feel we have put the most competitive team together for this event.

Not only do we have our goals set on the general classification with Amanda Spratt, but we feel the rest of the riders on the team will have opportunities to bring home some great results.

With it being one of the most exciting stage races in the women’s WorldTour calendar, we are certainly going to give our utmost to make for some excitement in the race. As always, a huge thanks for the endless support of Gerry Ryan for the women’s team and last but not least we are ever so grateful to the organisers for the effort they make in order to get the event running during these challenging times and we are looking forward to some great racing.”

Amanda Spratt:
“I’m really looking forward to the Giro! We had a really great altitude camp in Livigno with the team in preparation for the race, so the morale is high and I think the form from everyone on the team is very high at the moment. We were able to do some really specific work targeting some key stages and I’m sure that will pay off come race time. 

I have great memories from the Giro. Of course, last year ended badly with the crash, but before that I was on the final GC podium both times. I know it’s a race I can do well in and that I generally become better throughout the tour too. We also have Ane Santesteban and Grace Brown who I think can also do well in the overall, so I think we can aim to have good numbers at the top and play the game in the finals. 

The route for this year’s Giro is much more similar to the route of two and three years ago with a true mixture of stages that can suit all riders. We have the two hard mountain top finishes that will definitely sort the GC, but everyone knows in the Giro to expect the unexpected so I am sure some of the stages that may look easier on paper will also play a big role. 

The team in any race is so important but in a race like the Giro I have so many great memories from working together so well with my teammates. And it is not just the riders. Our staff work so hard to prepare us optimally both before the race and during it. It’s a hard race for everyone, but when you can achieve great results together it’s truly special. We have a great team for the Giro with a good mix of riders and I would love to see all my teammates take an opportunity for a win. I’m confident we can do well.”

Martin Vestby (Head Sport Director):
“We go to the Giro Donne with a strong team aiming for a top GC result and our ambition is to win stages. I really like this year’s Giro route, it has a bit of everything with a crucial first four days for the GC riders, with a fast TTT start and a mountain finish on the second day.

The hilly time trial on day four will set the GC before the last mountain stage on day nine. There are also some stages mid-race where you can’t relax.

The Giro is one of the biggest women’s races of the season. Both riders and staff have put in some extra effort for the best possible outcome and we are aiming high. It is never easy to win, but we are well prepared and have a team with great form. It’s important that we are up there fighting for the top places and that everyone leaves it all out there. We are excited to race for victories.”

Giro d’Italia Donne 2021 Race Details:
Friday, 2nd July: Fossano to Cuneo (TTT), 26,7km
Saturday, 3rd July: Boves to Prato Nevoso, 100km
Sunday, 4th July: Casale Monferrato to Ovada, 135km
Monday, 5th July: Formazza to Riale di Formazza (ITT), 11,2km
Tuesday, 6th July: Milano to Carugate, 120km
Wednesday, 7th July: Colico to Colico, 155km
Thursday, 8th July: Soprazocco di Gavardo to Puegnago del Garda, 109km
Friday, 9th July: San Vendemmiano to Mortegliano, 129km
Saturday, 10th July: Feletto-Umberto to Monte Matajur, 122km
Sunday, 11th July: Capriva del Friuli to Cormons, 113km