Arianna, who is from Bergamo, already participated four times in the Giro. She conquered a top ten place on a stage two times. In 2016 she claimed the sixth place on stage four and last year she finished tenth on the final stage.

Arianna Fidanza: “I’m happy about the preparation I had towards this Giro. In July I had a three-week training camp in Livigno. Then I restarted the season in Strade Bianche. After a training camp in Belgium with my teammates, to do recons of the Classics, I participated in GP de Plouay and La Course. I knew before Plouay that my shape was good. I had a crash in Plouay and fell on my knee, but despite that I finished 6th! This result made me very happy.”

“My shape is good and I’ll do my very best for the team! They always offer us a hard course at the Giro, with almost no chances for a sprint this year. I do see several opportunities to join a breakaway. But first there’s the team time trial. We did a recon of the course on Wednesday and Thursday. We don’t often ride team time trials, but I have some experience from previous editions of the Giro for example. And I actually like the discipline. I’m looking forward to kicking off the race with my teammates. I really can’t wait to start this Giro!”

Line-up Lotto Soudal Ladies: Teuntje Beekhuis, Arianna Fidanza, Lotte Kopecky, Lone Meertens, Abby Mae Parkinson and Julie Van De Velde.

Stages

Stage 1 (11/09): Grosseto – Grosseto (16.8 km) (TTT)

Stage 2 (12/09): Civitella Paganico – Arcidosso (124.8 km)

Stage 3 (13/09): Santa Fiora – Assisi (142.2 km)

Stage 4 (14/09): Assisi – Tivoli (170.3 km)

Stage 5 (15/09): Terracina – Terracina (110.3 km)

Stage 6 (16/09): Torre del Greco – Nola (97.5 km)

Stage 7 (17/09): Nola – Maddaloni (112.5 km)

Stage 8 (18/09): Castelnuovo della Daunia – San Marco la Catola (91.5 km)

Stage 9 (19/09): Motta Montecorvino – Motta Montecorvino (109.9 km)

Photos: Facepeeters

 

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