So the 2017 Giro Rosa is underway, the biggest stage race in women’s cycling, and Georgia Williams is back for another stint at the 10 day race. RoadCycling got to catch up with her just before she got stuck into the team time trial early this morning, to find out how she’s feeling about heading into her third Giro Rosa alongside a team with GC ambitions.
2017 marked a major change for Georgia Williams’ road career as she joined Orica-SCOTT. It meant saying farewell to the BePink squad that had been her home for some four years previous, and joining one of the strongest outfits in global cycling. Since racing started with the team in January the year has been nothing but positive. “The season has been great fun so far. We’ve been happy with how we’ve raced and we all work really well together. We got our first WWT stage win a few weeks ago with Sarah Roy in The Women’s Tour. More to come!” Williams told RoadCycling.
Giro Rosa is a race that Georgia Williams is well versed in, and as she kicks off Giro number three there are a few things that Williams knows are essential if the race is to be a success. ”Every day the stages start around midday so it’s about 30 degrees,” Georgia explained. “Recovery is definitely most important with 10 stages of racing, having to back up the next day can be tough. Food and post race massages will be key.”
This year, with Annemiek van Vleuten in the line up, the team have their sights set on the final day of racing, or more specifically a particular colour of jersey they want to get their hands on by the time the race reaches Torre del Greco. “We’ve got a really strong team so we are going into the tour with GC ambitions. We will be riding for Annemiek Van Vleuten for the overall win. She’s in top form after spending 3 weeks training at attitude and having just won the Dutch National TT Champs.”
The Giro Rosa kicked off with the team time trial, a discipline that saw Williams’ track and time trial pedigree play a very valuable role. But now that the team time trial is behind them Williams can turn her attention to two principle objectives. “For the rest of the tour my role will be to try make one of the breaks that gets away,” Williams said. “Also to help Annemiek in key parts of the stages such as getting her in a good position at the bottom of the climbs. I will be riding to support her and sacrificing my results as we all believe she is capable of the win.”