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13th Giro d'Italia Femminile - NE
Italy, July 5-14, 2002
2001 Results Photos Stage List Start List
Starting with a 2 kilometre prologue in Pontedera on Friday, July 5 is the 13th edition of the Giro d'Italia femminile. This year's Giro is run over 10 days and four regions (Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont and Lombardia), containing just one other time trial on Stage 6 in Suno (19.5 km). ,p> This marks a reduction in length from previous editions which have been run over 14 days. The decision to reduce the distance was made by Giuseppe Rivolta (Associclosportivi di Sovico) in conjunction with the O.G.C. (Organizzazione Gare Ciclistiche). Italian cycling federation president Giancarlo Ceruti approved of the change, saying that it would provide a spectacle without seriously affecting the health of the athletes.
Features of note during the race include the second stage from Peccioli to Peccioli (112 km), which is modeled on the Coppa Sabatini. The first mountain top finish is on Stage 3 from Lari to Cascina, with the next being on Stage 5 from Lesmo-Triuggio. The time trial on Stage 6 in Suno has an uphill finish too, and was used in 1997 for the Italian National Championships. The penultimate Stage 8 contains the climb of Villa Vergano, which could well prove decisive.
Favourites include multiple winner Fabiana Luperini (Edilsavino), Swiss rider Nicole Brändli (Acca Due O), Zinaida Stahurskaia (Usci Chirio), and Alessandra Cappellotto (Power Plate - Bik).
Images by Walter Brambilla/www.laborraccia.it
Stage 6 - July 11: Suno-Suno ITT, 19.5 km
Stage 7 - July 12: Meda-Meda, 122 km
Stage 8 - July 13: Barzago-Barzago, 101 km
Stage 9 - July 14: Solbiate Olona-Gorla Minore, 87.7 km
2001 Zinaida Stahurskaia (Blr) Nicole Brandli (Swi) Diana Ziliute (Ltu) 2000 Joane Somarriba (Spa) Alessandra Cappellotto (Ita) Valentina Polkhanova (Rus) 1999 Joane Sommariba (Spa) Svetlana Boubnkova (Rus) Daniela Veronesi (Smr) 1998 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Linda Jackson (Can) Barbara Heeb (Swi) 1997 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Linda Jackson (Can) Edita Pucinskaite (Lit) 1996 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Alessandra Cappellotto (Ita) Imelda Chiappa (Ita) 1995 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Luzia Zberg (Swi) Roberta Bonanomi (Ita) 1994 Michela Fanini (Ita) Kathy Watt (Aus) Luzia Zberg (Swi) 1993 Lenka Ilavska (Slo) Luzia Zberg (Swi) Imelda Chiappa (Ita) 1992 No race held 1991 No race held 1990 Catherine Marsal (Fra) Maria Canins (Ita) Kathy Watt (Aus) 1989 Roberta Bonanomi (Ita) Alexandra Koliasseva (URSS) T. Vyksted Nyman (Fin) 1988 Maria Canins (Ita) Elisabeth Hepple (Aus) Petra Rossner (DDR)