Spain becoming a mecca for world-class women's cycling - Itzulia Women Preview

Navarra Women's Elite Classics 2022 - Pamplona - 124,8 km - 11/05/2022 - Scenery - photo Rafa Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022
The women's peloton racing in Spain at the recent Navarra Women's Elite Classics (Image credit: Rafa Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022)

The peloton had to patiently wait an extra year for the inaugural Itzulia Women after the event was cancelled last year but the three-day race held from May 13-15 will kick off the stage racing season on the Women's WorldTour in the mountainous Spanish Basque Country, and the nation, on a whole, has become a mecca for professional women's cycling.

Itzulia Women is organised by OCETA that also run the long-standing six-day Itzulia Basque Country men's stage race won by Daniel Martínez (Ineos Grenadiers) in April. 

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Kirsten Frattini
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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.

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