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  One of three UCI races taking place today is the Frauen Grand Prix Gippingen. The women's editions was introduced to the calendar last year and covers many of the same roads as the men's race that was held during the week.

Defending Champion Katarzyna Niewiadoma is not here and is instead racing Euskal Emakumeen Bira. Rabo returns and is lead by third place finisher Roxane Knetemann. Runner up Eugenia Bujak also returns for BTC City Ljubljana, while the only other big UCI team on the start list is Bigla.

2014 Results

1 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA
2 Eugenia BUJAK +16
3 Roxane KNETEMANN +16
4 Anna PLICHTA +49
5 Martina RITTER +1:06
6 Reta TROTMAN +1:08
7 Doris SCHWEIZER +1:35
8 Natalia BOYARSKAYA +1:37
9 Sari SAARELAINEN +2:42
10 Jutta STIENEN +2:42

Past Winners

2014 - Katarzyna Niewiadoma

The Route

The 113.3km route starts with nine laps of an 8.1 kilometre circuit. The opening circuits are the easier of the two with an undulating opening four kilometres before a flat run in. The majority of the field should not have any difficulty.

It is the 10.1 kilometre finishing circuit where the race is likely to be won. Covering much of the same roads as the circuit in the men's race. After a flat opening two kilometres, the main feature is the steep climb that tops out towards the middle of the circuit. The total length of the climb is around 2.5km and will put riders under pressure. Expect to see lots of attacks from riders wanting to avoid a bunch sprint. There is more than 5km remaining over the top and a well organised chase could bring back a solo rider or small group

The Contenders

Start list available here

Eujenia Bujak

Bujak finished second last year 16 seconds behind solo winner Katarzyna Niewiadoma. Bujak excels on this sort of course. Strong on the short steep climbs. Has a reasonable finish but expect to see her attack on the final lap in an attempt to avoid a large sprint.

Roxane Knetemann

After finishing on the podium last year in third behind teammate Katarzyna Niewiadoma who took the win Knetemann will be looking to improve this year. Riding for a team like Rabo it is easy to be forgotten but Knetemann has been very consistent this year across all terrain. Three top 10 finishes in the opening Belgium classics while also finishing a strong seventh at La Flèche Wallonne.

Keep an eye out for Rabo's two young guns Anouska Koster and Thalita De Jong who are likely to have an opportunity here and could well produce something special.

Shelley Olds

When you think of Shelley Olds you mostly think of her as a sprinter but Olds climbs very well. Last weekend she finished fourth just off the podium at The Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. While the climb here is slightly longer it comes with five kilometres to the finish. If Olds can limit her losses she can still be in with a chance of winning.

The Bigla squad can come in full of confidence having taking three wins in the last week. Watch Vera Koedooder who is likely to be on the attack throughout the race. With the teams here you will not want to give her too much of a gap.

Other names to watch: Lucy Coldwell, Tatiana Antoshina, Martina Ritter, Desiree Ehrler and Georgia Williams.
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