Van der Breggen to skip Giro Rosa defense

Anna van der Breggen celebrates in pink after stage 9 at the Giro Rosa

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) has opted to skip her defense of the the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile , also known as the Giro Rosa, in July in order to focus on other events during the second half of the season. The Dutch all-rounder told Cyclingnews earlier this year that she is targeting a first world title at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Austria in September. "I will not ride the Giro Rosa this year," Van der Breggen wrote in a statement on her website. "Since 2010, I have raced it every year so far and this time I choose a different path. "The Giro requires a specific preparation and is a tough race to do. I thought it would be nice to have a different program this year. Also with a view to the rest of the season. And the rest of the season ...

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