Riding for the Pink Jersey
The Giro Donne 2012
What an experience! The race began in the south of Italy in Naples, where we started off with a training ride the day before the race resulting in us getting lost in the chaotic Italian city! We managed to get home together after a few phone calls and some help from Tomtom. The race began from a castle on the coast in Napoli and began the nine day track to the north. Our team started on the best note with Marianne sprinting to the first pink jersey after one of the hottest days I've ever had on the bike. Another highlight was that we did a time trail that went straight past the collosium in Rome the following day, a really remarkable course.
Then we headed for the hills, into the mountains of Tuscany. The next two stages we were faced with the toughest parcours of the tour with three climbs of over ten kilometres in the next two stages. Marianne showed her class and won the forth stage solo, setting up a healthy buffer in the general classification heading into the second half of the tour. The next five stages were all about saving energy and defending the pink jersey. Some days we had to ride on the front to control break aways, other days it was all about saving energy for that moment that we would be needed to ride on the front to keep that pink jersey with Marianne and Rabobank.
The team finished the tour with the Pink jersey and five stage wins from nine days. It was truely a privilege to ride in the Rabobank squad in support of the jersey at the Giro this year, an experience that I will definatly remember for a long time to come!
Photos: Anton Vos