In His Own Words: DS Dave McPartland Previews the Giro Rosa
We introduced you to our Giro Rosa squad last week. Today we want to give you a slightly more in depth look at the characteristics of the Italian Grand Tour and the stages that make up the 24th edition of the race. Previously called the Giro Donne, the eight day stage race was re-named the Giro Rosa after a new race director and management company assumed responsibility for the only remaining women’s Grand Tour.
The Giro is different than most other races during the season. Some of the differences are measurable. For this race, we bring eight riders. This is the only race of the season where we start with more than six. The increase in riders forces us to increase the size of our staff. Typically we only bring one mechanic and one soigneur to a race. For the Giro, having two of each is an absolute necessity. The increase in riders and staff mandates an increase in the number of vehicles to transport the extra bodies and equipment. From a logistical standpoint, things become that much more complicated.
In part because of these logistical considerations, this race seems to come with an extra serving of stress and tension. It’s the biggest race of the year, so a bit more stress is understandable, but it’s not only that – it’s just something about Italy. The transfers are long. The profiles are always a bit polite when compared to the actual racing. I think the best way I can say it is like this — everything is done the Italian way.