Giro d’Italia Donne 2021: The contenders

Giro d’Italia Donne 2021: The contenders

The Giro d’Italia Donne starts on Friday, with a brand new organisation, new look and some challenging parcours. But who will be in for the running for each of the five classifications on offer? 

Cyclingnews highlights some of the contenders for each of the event’s main classifications; pink leader’s jersey, cyclamen points jersey, green mountains jersey, white best young rider jersey, and blue best Italian rider jersey, and team classification.

Pink jersey – Overall classification leader

Giro d'Italia Donne 2021 - Jerseys

Giro d’Italia Donne 2021 – Maglia Rosa (overall leader) (Image credit: PMG Sport / Giro d’Italia Donne)

The fight for the maglia rosa, or pink jersey, is always a tough one. In the past decade defending champion Anna van der Breggen and Marianne Vos have won the most, with each rider taking three overall titles at the race, while Annemiek van Vleuten took two in a row from 2018-2019, with her 2020 attempt to make it a third thwarted by a crash. The most consistent rider across the whole race, it takes a talented all-rounder to walk away in pink.

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