On Sunday, March 6, the European women's road racing season will begin in Italy with the GP Castenaso. Many of the most important riders will be at the start of 9th Grand Prix Castenaso near Bologna, to ride on a circuit of 6.1 km for a total of 109.8 km.
Participating will be the winner of last Giro d'Italia femminile and past Junior World champion Nicole Cooke, Italian champion Fabiana Luperini and former World champions Zinaida Stahurskaia, Edita Pucinskaite, Rasa Polikeviciute and Svetlana Boubnenkova. The Italian winners of the Track World cup in Sydney, Elisa Frisoni, Lisa Gatto and Annalisa Cucinotta will also line up. Italian time-trial champion Giovanna Troldi won the race last year.