Giro Rosa Wrap with Rach Neylan

July 14, 2015
Giro Rosa Wrap with Rach Neylan

It was morning in Savona when we caught up with Rach Neylan to see how things were going after Stage 6 of the Giro Rosa, the most difficult stage of the tour that saw the Orica-AIS team ride 63 miles from Tresivio to Morbegno.


“You won’t believe where I am right now,” Rach said.

“Where are you?”

“I’m sitting outside on the balcony of the hotel, it’s warm and I’m eating breakfast while looking out over the Riviera.”

“Hmm, not a bad reward for a hard day on the road,” I said.


It was undoubtedly a challenging day for the team, temperatures sitting well over 30 degrees – Rach said they were “going full-gas, the first six miles went by in the blink of an eye. It was climb after climb: 4, 5, 6, 7, miles long at a time.”

But that’s a Grand Tour for you; up and down.

Part of what sets Rach and the rest of the team apart is the way they deal with those tough sections; they put them behind them and move on to the next stage knowing it’s a new day with new opportunities. And in-between each stage, Rach of course gets to experience some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

“Take yesterday, for example. We finished up the stage in a beautiful ski resort called Aprica, and as we were walking the 60 ft to the hotel, the heavens opened and it rained. We arrived and our bags were already there for us. The support team we have here is amazing — I can’t say enough how good they are to us.”

Missed our chat with Rach earlier in the tour? Check it out here

The toot-toot of an Italian car horn travels through the receiver, reminding me where Rach is sitting, filling in some of the gaps in the mental picture I have of her surrounds. She sounds incredibly relaxed considering Stage 7 starts later that day. She has obviously mastered the art of de-stressing between stages and says she is really pleased with their performance so far.

“I didn’t come to finish 20th position, I came here to take opportunities and finish right until the end,” Rach said.

Taking it one stage at a time, Rach is ready for Stage 7, a relatively short day with the climb up to Nasso di Gatto the prominent feature of the race. But there is a fine line between focusing on each stage and widening your scope to look at the bigger picture. It’s Rach’s ability to adjust the lens that enables her to remain flexible as a member of a team, and as an individual elite rider.

“I’m definitely still thinking about the year ahead. After the Giro Rosa, I’ll be heading to France for a short tour and altitude preparation before World Champ selection. Everything is leading to the World Champs.”

Since we spoke with Rach the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile has come to a close.

Rach’s Orica-AIS teammate Katrin Garfoot showed huge perseverance during the Individual Time Trial on Stage 8, missing out on a podium finish by less than a second finishing fourth. Over the ten day tour, the AIS team managed to place in the top ten five times. Sports Director Gene Bates said he was pleased with the team’s performance.

“…The really positive thing was that the women kept putting themselves in the situation where they could win. They were really challenging for the victory on numerous occasions.”

Check out the full list of results below!


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General Classification

1st - Anna Van Der Breggen (NED) - Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team

2nd - Megan Guarnier (USA) - Boels Dolmans Cycling Team

3rd - Ashlegh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) - Bigla Pro Cycling Team

32nd - Rachel Neylan (AUS) ORICA-AIS

39th - Katrin Garfoot (AUS) ORICA-AIS

42nd - Lizzie Williams (AUS) ORICA-AIS

78th - Valentina Scandolara (ITA) ORICA-AIS

Stage 9 - Verbania - San Domenico di Varzo

1st – Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle Honda

2nd – Anna Van der Breggen (NED) Rabo Liv Women Cycling

3rd – Paparella Oliveira (Flavia Mar) Ale Cipollini

42nd – Katrin Garfoot (AUS) ORICA-AIS

Stage 8 - Pisano to Nebbiuno (ITT)

1st - Anna Van Der Breggen (NED) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team

2nd - Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team

3rd - Ashlegh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team

4th - Katrin Garfoot (AUS) ORICA-AIS

Stage 7 - Arenzano to Loano

1st - Lucinda Brand (NED) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team

2nd - Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team

3rd - Ashlegh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team

29th - Lizzie Williams (AUS) ORICA-AIS

Stage 6 - Tresivio to Morbegno

1st - Mayuko Hagiwara (JPN) Wiggle Honda

2nd - Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team

3rd - Ashlegh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team

33rd - Rachel Neylan (AUS) ORICA-AIS

Stage 5 - Trezzo Sull'Adda to Aprica

1st - Pauline Ferrand Prevot (FRA) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team

2nd - Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team

3rd - Anna Van Der Breggen (NED) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team

14th - Katrin Garfoot (AUS) ORICA-AIS

Stage 4 - Pioltello to Pozzo D'Adda

1st - Annalisa Cucinotta (ITA) Ale Cipollini

2nd - Marta Bastianelli (ITA) Aromitalia Vaiano

3rd - Elena Cecchini (ITA) Lotto Soudal Ladies

10th - Lizzie Williams (AUS) ORICA-AIS

Stage 3 - Curtatone to Mantova

1st - Lucinda Brand (NED) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team

2nd - Valentina Scandolara (ITA) ORICA-AIS

3rd - Elena Cecchini (ITA) Lotto Soudal Ladies

Stage 2 - Gaiarine to San Fior

1st - Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team

2nd - Anna Van Der Breggen (NED) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team

3rd - Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team

10th - Rachel Neylan (AUS) ORICA-AIS

Stage 1 - Kamnik to Ljubljana

1st - Barbara Guarischi (ITA) Velocio - SRAM

2nd - Lucinda Brand (NED) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team

3rd - Tiffany Cromwell (AUS) Velocio - SRAM

17th - Lizzie Williams (AUS) ORICA-AIS

Prologue - Ljubljana

1st - Annemiek Van Vleuten (NED) Bigla Pro Cycling Team

2nd - Lucinda Brand (NED) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team

3rd - Roxane Knetemann (NED) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team

5th - Valentina Scandolara (ITA) ORICA-AIS

A big thanks to Anton Vos the the awesome shot of Rach, Katrin, Valentina and Lizzie.