Deborah Paine is getting ready for the biggest race of her career at the Giro Rosa starting tonight. The Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Kiwi will line up for the team time trial and then get stuck into nine more days of racing against the best.
Taking on the Giro Rosa is a culmination of a year of firsts for Deborah Paine. It’s her first year on a professional team, her first Giro Rosa, in fact this will be her first European UCI race of the season! Talk about a baptism of fire! But Paine is thrilled about the opportunity ahead.
“I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to race the Giro Rosa this year. Being signed to Cogeas-Mettler mid-way through the season has opened the door to many races that I thought would take me years to reach,” Paine told RoadCycling.
How many 22 year olds join their first professional team late in the piece and make such an impression in the space of just two months that they earn selection for the biggest race on the calendar? Paine’s performance on the American circuit has been so impactful between the Tour of the Gila, Tour of California, Winston Salem Cycling Classic and Grande Prix Cycliste de Gatineau that she has done exactly that.
Paine will be playing a support role throughout the ten-day event and although this is a race first in a year of firsts, the national championship runner-up is keen to get stuck straight in.
“No better way to learn than diving straight into the deep end!” Paine said. “The Giro Rosa is a pinnacle event in women’s cycling and it is a huge honor to be selected to race. I am really looking forward to the challenge and will be 100% committed to supporting the GC riders on my team.”
Racing kicks off tonight with a rolling team time trial of 18km in length from Cassano Spinola to Castellania.