In last three editions, the Giro Rosa set off with a short individual time trial. So this time a team time trial, which is a first. The Giro Rosa never featured a team time trial before.
The SR 352 runs from departure place Aquileia to arrival place Grado. The women hit the road and for 5 kilometres the road travels straight over the Marano lagoon. Water on the right and water on the left – yet, we are to too far from to Venezia. Side effect is that winds could have an impact.
Team time trials and women – to be fair, that’s an unusual combination. Basically, only the Worlds and the Open de Suède Vårgårda. Boels-Dolmans took both these races in 2016, albeit on longer routes than today’s 11.5 kilometres.
Giro Rosa 2017 stage 1: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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