Mikayla Harvey has been selected for the Giro Rosa. The 20 year old for Bigla Pro Cycling will enjoy her first start at the biggest race on the women’s calendar, taking on 10 days of racing against the best in the world.
This year’s Giro Rosa starts in Cassano Spinola with an 18km team time trial and with another time trial to come later in the week expect Mikayla Harvey’s ability against the clock to hone into view. Harvey took her first professional victory this year at the Tour de Bretagne Feminin; winning the 10.7km time trial in Plédran. Her win in Plédran was achieved on a technical course and the ITT at the Giro Rosa will be quite different, basically heading up all the way for 11 of the 12km to the finish line in Teglio.
The team will be led by the in-form Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig. The Dane has performed consistently throughout the season, achieving 13 top ten finishes in one-day races and GC positions in just 19 days of racing. Ludwig finished 6th overall at last year’s Giro Rosa, and the year before she took the best young rider’s jersey.
Expectations will be high that Ludwig will be able to target at least a top ten position, and it will be interesting to see how the team around her work with a young set up. Elizabeth Banks has the most experience at 28 years of age, while Harvey is the youngest in the line up that also includes 22 year old Nikola Noskova.
Speaking of her selection via her team website, Harvey said, “I’m beyond excited to be racing in my first Giro Rosa. It is such an iconic and beautiful race to be part of. Of course it will be a very strenuous ten days, probably some of the hardest in my life. However, this just excites me even more, and I’m looking forward to pushing my limits and supporting my teammates.”
The Giro Rosa kicks off tomorrow evening New Zealand time.
The Bigla Pro Cycling team for the Giro Rosa 2019 is:
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig