Ashleigh Moolman Pasio targets podium position in Giro Rosa
Jul 03 2019 04:51 am CET

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio targets podium position in Giro Rosa
Ashleigh Moolman Pasio targets podium position in Giro Rosa
CCC-Liv © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio will captain CCC-Liv in the upcoming Giro Rosa. The South African champion will have a strong team supporting her in the longest race of the season.

The Italian grand tour will start in Cassano Spinola on the 5th of July and will finish in Udine on the 14th of July. The race includes one team time trial, one individual fight against the clock and several climbs, including the famous Passo Gavia on the fifth stage.

"It is a difficult Giro Rosa with a lot of climbing," said CCC-Liv's sports director Jeroen Blijlevens. "The fifth stage, with its finish on the iconic Passo di Gavia, and the ninth stage, on the Malga Montasio, are particularly challenging. With all these altimeters, the race is cut out for Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, who, despite a non-optimal preparation, is in good shape. We hope that she will grow during the race and that she will have those few extra per cent points to have another go at the podium. The competition, however, is strong."

"I consider our team capable to complete a solid team time trial on Friday, on the first day of the race. An individual time trial of 12 kilometres awaits us halfway through the stage race. In the past few months, we have spent additional time on time trialing with our performance manager and hope that these efforts will pay off. Ashleigh may not be a pure TT specialist, but she is able to achieve a good result."

"Ashleigh is surrounded by a strong team which must be able to compete with the competition. We do not have the favourite in our ranks for the overall victory, but I expect that we can get far. We are anticipating a successful Giro Rosa in which we are also aiming for a stage win with Marianne Vos. She will support Ashleigh where possible with the most important goal of the team, but will certainly also have the space to go for a stage win. Hopefully, she will succeed as she did last season."

CCC-Liv's roster for the Giro Rosa (5th to 14th of July):

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
Pauliena Rooijakkers
Riejanne Markus
Marta Lach
Marianne Vos
Jeanne Korevaar




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