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On Friday begins the most prestigious stage race of the year
The 27th edition of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile, also known as Giro Rosa, will begin on Friday: it's the hardest and most prestigious race of the season, and this year it's also part of the new Women's World Tour. The Giro Rosa 2016 is going to start only 40 kilometers away from the headquarter of Astana Women's Team, a fact that will be more motivations to a young and talented group: the total lenght of the 10 days race is 857.5 kilometers through five italian regions. The key stages of this Giro Rosa will be the three from fifth to seventh, a triptyque that will begin with the legendary climb of Passo del Mortirolo, from the hardest side of Mazzo (12.5 kilometers, average gradient of 10.4%, max 18%), followed by the unprecedented panoramic road to Trivigno where finally the descent begins.

Also the riders must pay big attention to the two stage in Liguria region, the first one very long a with lot of hard climbs, the second one an individual time trial that can make big gaps for the overall classification: however the race will offer good chances to every kind of rider, sprinters included. For this edition, the organizers of the Giro Rosa introduced an important news that will make the race even more difficult on a tactic point of view: the team won't have eight rider anymore, but only six like in the main classics and all other stage races; breakaways may have more chances of successs.

The team
Sofia Beggin (1997, Italy)

The climber from Abano Terme will be the youngest rider at the start but she already showed a great potential with 7 top10 in national and international races. She won a gold and a silver medal at Youth Olympic Games in 2014.

Sofia Bertizzolo (1997, Italy)
Like Beggin, she's one of the most promising italian young riders: in 2014, in the junior category, she was italian champion, european champion and silver medalist at World Championship. In 2014 she won Trofeo Oro in Euro in Montignoso.

Ingrid Drexel (1993, Mexico)
The Monterrey native is an all-rounder and had a good season so far: second at Vuelta a Costa Rica and Copa Federación Venezuela, third at Grand Prix de Venezuela and PanAmerican ITT Championship. This will be her third Giro Rosa.

Arianna Fidanza (1995, Italy)
This year she won Memorial Trovò and stage 1 of Tour of Zhoushan Island where she was also first in the points classification; she also had a podium at GP Liberazione. She will be the leader of the team for sprint finishes.

Carolina Rodríguez (1993, Mexico)
Third participation at the Giro Rosa, she's in good form after a brave ride at Nationa Championship road race where she finished second after a long breakaway of about 110 kilometers.

Natalya Saifutdinova (1989, Kazakhstan)
For second year in a row she'll ride the Giro Rosa with the jersey of Kazakhstan national champion: she is a quite fast rider and she can play different roles. Her first fan is her little daughter Evelina.

The stages
Prologue: Gaiarine (ITT, 2 km)
1st stage: Gaiarine - San Fior (104 km)
2nd stage: Tarcento - Montenars (111.1 km)
3rd stage: Montagnana - Lendinara (120 km)
4th stage: Costa Volpino - Lovere (98.5 km)
5th stage: Grosio - Tirano (77.5 km)
6th stage: Andora - Alassio (118.6 km)
7th stage: Albisova - Varazze (ITT, 21.9 km)
8th stage: Rescaldina - Legnano (99.3 km)
9th stage: Verbania - Verbania (104.8 km)
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