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Gallery: The Giro Donne stage so wet it was cancelled

Heavy rain in Chianciano Terme forced organisers to call off the opening-stage time trial partway through.

Matt de Neef
by Matt de Neef 01.07.2023 Photography by
Cor Vos
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The lead-up to the 2023 Giro d’Italia Donne was typically chaotic and Friday’s opening stage was no different. Heavy rain lashed the 4.4 km time trial course in Chianciano Terme, forcing organisers to cancel the stage with 87 riders still to leave the start house.

Italian local Letizia Paternoster (Jayco-AlUla) had the fastest time when the stage was called off, but she won’t wear the pink jersey on stage 2 – all times from the day were nullified and no jerseys were handed out.

It was a thoroughly wet day to kick off the nine-stage WorldTour race, as you can see in the photos below – courtesy of Cor Vos – and the social media posts that follow. And if you haven’t already, you can read more about how it all went down in our report from the day. Let’s hope stage 2 is a much drier affair!

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