Ready to race the Giro d’Italia women

Our roster features a mix of Giro rookies and veterans

July 2, 2024

The 35th edition of the Giro d’Italia Women kicks off on Sunday and our seven riders can’t wait.

We are bringing Megan Armitage, Letizia Borghesi, Kim Cadzow, Clara Emond, Nina Kessler, Clara Koppenburg, and Magdeleine Vallieres. Our roster features a mix of Giro rookies and veterans, climbers and sprinters, all of whom have prepared specifically for this grand tour. Our squad will look for stage wins, all the while keeping a sharp eye on the general classification.

The eight-day race opens in Brescia, in the foothills of the Alps, with a 15.7-kilometer time trial. The route travels southward and features a mix of sprint stages, punchy finishes, and mountaintop summits. The queen stage finishes on top of the iconic Blockhaus, a category-one climb sure to shake up the race.

Hear from our riders about their hopes and expectations for the race.

Megan Armitage

This is not only my first Giro but also my first grand tour. I’m excited but also a little nervous! For me, my expectations are to do my role to the best of my ability and to help the team in whatever way I can for us to get the best possible result in the general classification. It will be a great learning opportunity for me and I hope to gain some confidence in myself.

It’s a quick turnaround from racing Thüringen last week to the Giro but I hope those six hard days of racing in Germany, as well as some rest in between, will have me coming into the Giro nice and ready!

Letizia Borghesi

The Giro is always a special race for me because it’s in my home country and it’s the race where I had my first pro win. I really loved that feeling and I want to fight for it again. My condition is really good. I’ve done a lot of great races in the last few months and a good altitude block in Passo del Tonale. Last week on the climbs at Thüringen, I had good legs and I stayed with the main climbers and I’m really satisfied with my time trial performance there. These are all good signs ahead of the Giro so I’m going into this race with a lot of confidence. We have a really strong team and we all will fight for the best to bring something big to the team.

Kim Cadzow

My first time racing the Giro! I’m excited. I love racing in Italy. The scenery is unreal and the riding is epic. I love the parcours in Italy with the mountains and the big valleys. It’s such an experience getting to race in Italy as they have such a strong tradition of the sport there and it’s their passion.

But not only the riding. The hotels and the restaurants can cook unreal pasta. As a rider, I think you can deeply appreciate Italian pasta because we eat a lot of it! They cook it to perfection. And then, one of the best parts of racing in Italy is post-race pizza.

We have such a strong team going. And that’s what makes EF-Oatly-Cannondale such an awesome team: our strengths on and off the bike.

Clara Emond

I am really excited to race the Giro for the first time! We are going into the Giro with very high team expectations. We want to go for the pink jersey as a team.

I’m looking forward to stage seven. On paper, it looks super hard with almost 4,000 meters of elevation. It will for sure be as hard as it looks but I think it will be a stage that suits our team.

Clara Koppenburg

I have mixed feelings about the Giro. In my first four years, I was always an important domestique and we had great success. In my last two Giros, I was fighting for a top 10 on GC and crashed out both times in the penultimate stage, breaking my pelvis. I hope the adage about things happening in threes won’t come true and that I will finish the race happy and healthy and in one piece.

I like that we can be 100 percent sure to always have properly cooked pasta, a good mix between flat and hilly stages so many riders get the chance for a victory, and that you can generally use lots of tactics in an eight-day stage race!

Personally, I hope that I will feel strong and be the best possible support rider for my teammates. I want to feel good on the climbs and take responsibility. I hope I will be in some breakaways and who knows what can happen then.

For the team, I hope we will achieve our team goals, help us to secure a good GC spot, and have a great and fun time while giving everything for each other.

Nina Kessler

It’s my fifth time racing the Giro. I remember the first time I did it, after the finish I said, “Never again!” But I actually love this race. In my opinion, it’s the hardest stage race, but the Italian fans are amazing. Pink everywhere and the people are really cheering for us. It’s definitely a very hard race but I'm looking forward to racing in Italy again.

The level is high and the stages are hard, but I think with the team we have, if we can put all the puzzle pieces together, we can show some great results.

Magdeleine Vallieres

I’m feeling really good. I had good form at nationals recently and I’m really looking forward to getting to the Giro. We have a really strong team and we’re all coming into it with good form. We have pretty big goals. I’m feeling good mentally. I’m very excited.

My goal is mostly to be the best teammate I can be and to protect our GC leader so we can have the best team result. I’m looking forward to all eight of the stages. We’ll have some pretty good ones and some pretty hard ones but I’m excited for it all.

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