Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt co-lead Mitchelton-Scott at Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt at the 2019 Giro Rosa
Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt at the 2019 Giro Rosa (Image credit: Getty Images)

Mitchelton-Scott announced Monday that defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt will co-lead the team at the upcoming Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile, set to take place from September 11-19 in central and southern Italy. Van Vleuten will line up as the two-time defending champion and said she is confident heading into this rescheduled edition of the women's nine-day race.

“I have been back in Italy to relax a bit mentally and to get a little bit more altitude exposure, because there’s still a long season ahead. I was already at a good level, so I didn’t really need to come back to altitude to train super hard. I came here with confidence and that’s also how I go to the Giro," Van Vleuten said.

"I’m quite relaxed and excited, but also nervous because what’s hard for me is that usually in stage races you cannot relax at any moment. So, it will be nine days fully focused. I learned my lesson in 2017 with the team and I think everyone learned this lesson, so it’s also really good that I have an experienced team around me that are used to riding for the GC."

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