RIDER REACTION: 2019 Giro-RosaMon 15 Jul 2019
The 2019 Giro-Rosa concluded yesterday with Annemiek van Vleuten claiming a phenomenal, second consecutive victory in the event, the only women's Grand Tour on the calendar. Teammate Amanda Spratt also enjoyed another trip to the podium with a third place finish on the general classification like her result in 2018.
The team also achieved to two-stage victories, the mountains and points jersey with Van Vleuten, plus a close second place finish by Lucy Kennedy on stage three.
It was a hard and exhilarating 10-days, here's what our riders made of the special race:
“I had been looking forward to the Giro-Rosa this year ever since crashing out of last year's race and missing out on all the action and excitement of winning.
“It had been a major target of my training this year to play an important role in Annemiek's defence. She is the utmost professional and it is a pleasure to ride for her. It was also nice to have a couple of opportunities for myself early in the tour.
“To go so close to winning stage three was bitter-sweet and of course I regret my mistake, but this tour has felt like a big progression for me personally in many ways. I leave with with a sense of pride, confidence and gratitude to the whole team, riders and staff included, for making it such a memorable and successful 10 days.”
“It’s been a particularly hard Giro so I’m really proud of how we got the most out of each rider for the best result. It’s always a privilege to support Vleuty as our leader and I’ll never stop being impressed by her hard work and abilities.
“She deserves this huge victory as does the whole team including all the staff. Everybody levelled up this year which makes me so proud to be a part of this team.”
"I got called in late to do the Giro-Rosa and I was pretty nervous about my preparation for this hard 10day race. Although the course didn't suit me so well, the Giro has always been on my bucket list and it was so cool to tick it off in style defending Annemiek’s win!
"It’s been a really hard race, but so rewarding and a pleasure to share with my teammates and our tireless support staff."
“The Giro-Rosa is always a special race but this Giro has been a really special race riding for Annemiek and defending the pink jersey. We’ve had so much team spirit, yesterday I had goosebumps from the start.
"I have been tired the last days but I woke up yesterday morning and I didn’t feel it anymore because we have the Maglia Rosa, it is such a special feeling.
“I think it has been a hard Giro-Rosa this year with a lot of climbing and also stages starting with climbs, also when you are riding at the front a lot with the team it takes a lot out of you, so it has been a hard Giro-Rosa but a very good one for us.”
“I’m super grateful that the team gave me the opportunity to try and move onto the podium and super grateful to Annemiek for attacking really early on stage nine to make the climb hard. I am really happy to have moved up to third and make it on to the podium again at the Giro.
“It has been an incredible team effort this week with Moniek, Grace and Sarah working on the front, getting us bottles the whole time and having Lucy working super hard on the climbs and bringing things back. It has been incredible to be a part of this team.
“Annemiek has been in such great form, so when you have a leader like that it makes it so easy to work for her. We can be very proud."
Annemiek van Vleuten
"We prepared 100%, we worked so hard for this and it's so nice that it pays off with the win. It’s also so nice for my team. We worked hard for it, we were all prepared, we reconned stages, the whole team was all in. You feel some pressure but then it is even more special to finish it off.
"In a one-day race you can maybe win by yourself but in a stage race you really need the team everyday and that makes it so special and beautiful. We really nailed it as one team."
Photo courtesy of Sara Cavallini