Read here an interview about the Giro Rosa. Thanks Sarah Connolly for writing this.
What can we say about Marianne Vos? She's won 12 World Championships across road, track and cyclocross, two Olympic golds, and she won the Giro twice, and in 2011 and in 2012. This year she started her road season late and has been having a lot of fun racing for her team-mates, most notably supporting Pauline Ferrand-Prévot's wins in the Flèche Wallonne and Emakummen Bira - which makes Rabobank-Liv an even more scary team to try and beat!
What's your goal for this year's Giro?
Because of my late season start, I haven't put all my focus on the Giro Rosa so far. I knew it could be too early, but looking back on the last weeks I am really happy with my shape at the moment.
My team RaboLiv is going very well now and we are all looking forward to this Giro. With the team we will go for the pink, with also Anna van der Breggen and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot as our GC riders. We'll try to play the game with the three of us and we'll see how the race develops.
Which stages are you looking forward to most?
Well, actually I'm looking to the Giro as the full tour. Therefore I'm not focussed on one stage in particular. The stage finishing in San Domenico Varzo is a stage I'm a bit nervous about, but on the other hand also looking forward to. The final day with the finish on Madonna dell Ghisallo will be very special too.
And is there anything you're NOT looking forward to?
Uhm, I like Italy: the country, the people, the atmosphere, the stages, the food. In this race however you'll have to be focussed all the time. Probably there will be some crashes and that's a thing I'm definitely not looking forward to.
You've had so many good Giro moments - which are your favourites?
It's difficult to pick one or a few out of so many good moments. In the 2011 Giro however, there was a moment on the Mortirolo where I felt that I could be good enough to win that Giro. Before I had some doubts, so that climb gave me confidence about my own capabilities.
Also something that's nice every day: all riders in the team bus, trying to get ready for the stage. During the race you get more tired, but if the atmosphere in the bus is relaxed, that's very nice. We call it one big 'cycling holiday', especially in the worst moments of tiredness.
PdC: What will you pack in your Giro survival kit?
Marianne: Books! To kill the time in the car on the way back to the hotel.
Text: Sarah Connolly