DS Carmen Small: “We will show the jersey and race with a lot of heart”

DS Carmen Small: “We will show the jersey and race with a lot of heart”

Team VIRTU Cycling will begin the 30th edition of Giro Rosa this Friday. Sports Director, Carmen Small, hopes for stage wins and a top-10 placement in the general classification.

The 30th edition of Giro Rosa begins this Friday with an 18 km long TTT. The famous stage race consists of 10 stages, including two tough mountain stages and more than 800 km in total. This year the Italian stage race is hillier than ever before.

Last year, Sofia Bertizzolo won the youth classification, and Katrine Aalerud took home a top-10 placement on one of the stages, finishing 18th in the general classification. Aalerud is looking forward to the Giro Rosa and hopes for a good result.

“I am hoping to do some good results on some of the mountain stages. I don’t know exactly, what to expect, because it’s just now you really know how good the climbing legs are against the other riders. I will try to have fun and enjoy the suffering. I think this year is good for our team, we have many riders that can do good on the different stages of the race”.


The team has been dealing with some bad luck lately with multiple crashes in the past weeks, but Sports Director Carmen Small is optimistic going into the Giro Rosa.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries the past week, so we’re not as strong as I had hoped. That being said, the team will race their best. We’ll be looking for some stage wins and a top-10 in the general classification”.

“We will show the jersey, and race with a lot of heart. Let’s see what our climbers can do. Katrine has a good chance to make a result. Sofia will look for that young rider’s jersey, and I hope Anouska can come around and have a stage win though she is still coming around from her elbow injury”.

Team VIRTU Cycling is represented by Sofia Bertizzolo, Rachel Neylan, Katrine Aalerud, Anouska Koster, Birgitte Krogsgaard and Sara Penton in the Giro Rosa.