Annemiek van Vleuten: Giro Rosa should move to May, women's Tour de France a milestone

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team Women)
Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team Women) (Image credit: Photo Gomez Sport / Movistar Team)

Annemiek van Vleuten has suggested that the Giro Rosa should move to May alongside the men’s Giro d’Italia to offer more stage racing opportunities for the women’s peloton in the early season. Speaking to Cyclingnews from her Movistar Team Women training camp on Monday, Van Vleuten also said that moving the Giro Rosa to the spring would make more room for races like a pending women’s Tour de France in the summer of 2022.

"The most exciting news was that the Tour de France [Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO)] is also organising a Tour de France for women, again, it’s back on the calendar," Van Vleuten told Cyclingnews. "It took some time but I think that’s a milestone. A women's Paris-Roubaix is also a milestone, too, because it started with the Classics, all being organised for women, too. We are now seeing the same thing happening with the stage races."

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.