The 2022 Giro d’Italia Donne has started! Many of the top women who’ll you see next month in the Tour de France Femme avec Zwift are racing in Italy for the next 10 days.
The winner of the Stage 1 4.8 km prologue time trial? Click on the blur to reveal the spoiler:
American Kristen Faulkner racing for the Austrailan-registered Team BikeExchange-Jayco beat teammate Georgia Baker by 4 seconds to win the first maglia rosa of this year’s Giro Donne. The fastest time fell throughout the day, with Baker sitting in the hot seat with a time of 5:49 on a very windy course. Baker is a former world champion in the 4 km team pursuit on the track, and is one of the fastest humans on the planet over that distance. Congratulations Team BikeExchange-Jayco!
If you aren’t a subscriber of GCN+, Eurosport, RAI, or Discovery+ (only in regions where Discovery+ rebroadcasts Eurosport - sorry US based fans!) you can watch the Stage 1 action free (in Italian) on Youtube from PMG Sport, the organizer of the Giro d’Italia Donne:
Stage 1 official results are on the giroitaliadonne.it website. Click the blur to see the top 20:
On today’s short time trial, 30 seconds separate the top 50 finishers. Most contenders for the overall victory sit closer than that, but with just 10 stages in the Giro, teams can’t afford to have their designated leaders in too far of a time deficit behind their rivals even before they get to the hillier days when those deficits can be erased.
These are the leaders of the special jersey competitions who’ll wear these prizes tomorrow:
The colors of the leaders jerseys in the Giro d’Italia are different from the ones in the Tour de France.
Pink (maglia rosa): the general classification leader with the lowest cumulative time across stages completed thus far.
“Purple” (maglia ciclamino): the sprinting competition leader with the most points accumulated at designated sprint lines.
Green (maglia verde): the Queen of the Mountains leader with the most points earned on designated mountaintops in hilly stages.
White (maglia bianca): the highest-placed rider on general classification under 25 years of age.
Blue (maglia azzurra): the highest-placed Italian rider on general classification.