Israel — Premier Tech Roland will line up with a strong team at this year’s Giro Donne, targeting stage wins.

Starting in Chianciano and finishing in Olbiat, the Giro Donne is one of the biggest races in women’s cycling, both in terms of length and attracting the sport’s top talents. IPTR will be racing in search of stage wins, with one flatter stage, three rolling stages, three medium mountain stages, and a tough mountain stage.

Looking at the lineup, Lizzie Stannard and Elena Pirrone will be searching for results in the hillier stages while Maggie Coles-Lyster and Thị Thật Nguyễn will look for opportunities on the flat stages with support from Sofia Collinelli and Silvia Magri. Anna Kiesenhofer will also be looking for her own chances to get into the mix in breakaways.

Sports Director Sergey Klimov knows the team can perform well at this race, with a mixed group of strong riders, making the team suited to a number of stages:

“We have a good mixed team here with strong riders, so it will be a good chance to get results. We have Maggie for the sprints in the flatter stages, and Elena for the hillier stages where she can be really strong and she can also go for breakaways. Lizzie is also a solid rider for the climbs, and again there are some good opportunities for her here at this race, and she should be able to ride well for the general classification. Anna will also be working in the breakaways where we know she can perform really well, and there’s also the time trial on stage one. It’s a good opportunity for these riders to show themselves and pick up results for the team.”

Maggie Coles-Lyster is looking forward to making her debut at the race:

“Racing the Giro Donne is something that until now, I’ve only been able to dream about. I’m excited, my first year in Europe has already been full of new experiences and this coming week will be no different. It’ll be my longest stage race to date so there’s no doubting that I’m nervous too.”

Talking about the quality of the team, and how she expects to perform, Maggie is optimistic for a good result.

“We have a well-rounded team coming into the race that allows us to be competitive both in sprints and the hillier stages. I only joined the team in May, but I had a great debut and immediately settled in. After some early success with the team, I’m excited to continue that momentum over the nine days in Italy.”

The Giro Donne starts on June 30th in Chianciano, with a short time trial.

Israel —Premier Tech Roland’s Giro Donne Lineup:

Maggie Coles-Lyster (CAN), Lizzie Stannard (AUS), Elena Pirrone (ITA), Thị Thật Nguyễn (VNM), Silvia Magri (ITA), Sofia Collinelli (ITA), Anna Kiesenhofer (AUT).