In its 32nd iteration, the Giro d’Italia Donne is one of the longest-running women's stage races in the globe and perhaps even the most picturesque. With just two more stages left to take place this weekend, the Giro has featured the top women's teams in the world, as many of the riders use this 10-day stage race as Olympic preparation.
The route runs through four northern Italian regions: Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia. Piedmont borders France and Switzerland at the base of the Alps. The Lombardy region includes Italy's capital, Milan, and the well-known Lake Como resort. Veneto—home of Venice—sits to the east of Lombardy and runs from the Dolomite mountain range to the Adriatic Sea. Finally, Friuli Venezia Giulia sits on Austria and Slovenia’s border and includes some of the Dolomites.
Photographer Luc Claessen has been busy capturing the images of the riders as they fight for the Pink Jersey against breath-taking backdrops of this part of Italy, telling the stories that the fans have missed due to subpar television coverage. Below is a selection of his best shots.
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