Giro Rosa, the women’s 10-day Italian stage race began Friday with the team time trial where CCC-Liv powered to a third-place finish. The 18km TT route was punctuated by two climbs of five kilometers each, making it difficult to stick together and finish as a team.
"Ashleigh Moolman Pasio was the big power of the team and the others also did an excellent job,” said sports director Jeroen Blijlevens. “This is hopefully the start of a beautiful Giro Rosa.”
CCC-Liv’s TT bikes were built with wheels from CADEX, a new brand that was unveiled Friday in Brussels. Developed under a project labeled #overachieve, riders will continue to use CADEX WheelSystems throughout Giro Rosa on their Langma Advanced SL team bikes.
In the last year’s race, Marianne Vos scored a stage win while Ashleigh Moolman Pasio’s consistent podium finishes and powerful climbing ability saw her finish the race with a second place in the general classification. CCC-Liv riders will go with last year’s formula, working for Moolman Pasio in the GC and hoping for a stage victory for Vos.
“We are anticipating a successful Giro Rosa in which we are also aiming for a stage win with Marianne Vos,” said Blijlevens. “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.”
Follow along on CCC-Liv’s Twitter as Vos, Moolman Pasio, Jeanne Korevaar, Marta Lach, Riejanne Markus, and Pauliena Rooijakkers tackle nine more stages.