The routes of these two stages seem to be perfectly suited to classics riders such as Kopecky and Vos. The SD-Worx world champion is currently enjoying the best phase of her career and will be looking to enrich her already impressive trophy cabinet by repeating her only success in the women’s Giro dating back to September 2020 (in Maddaloni), when she was still just an interesting prospect. The eternal Dutchwoman of Visma-Lease a Bike, on the other hand, will be aiming to redeem herself from a somewhat unfulfilling 2023, which ended prematurely due to an operation on her iliac artery, by going for stage victory number 33 in the Corsa Rosa.
Trusting that the team captains will be up front in both fractions but might be more focused on the last two stages, the list of other possible contenders is quite long. Among those to watch out for are Lippert (who has grown exponentially and won a stage at the 2023 Tour), Reusser, (two stages at the Tour in the last two years), Chabbey, Kerbaol, Jaskulka, Ludwig, Brown, Cordon-Ragot, Deignan (three stage podiums at the Giro), Van Anrooij, Cadzow, Koster, Mackaij, Karlijn Swinkels, Berteau, Faulkner (two stages in 2022). There are also many Italians (some of them very young) who could find themselves in the top positions for the finales. The most suitable are surely Persico and Paladin (several top five placings at the Giro for both of them), then, in no particular order, let’s not forget Masetti, Arzuffi, Zanardi, Marturano, Pirrone, Ragusa, Ciabocco, Barale, Gasparrini and Silvestri.