Canberra cyclist Chloe Hosking using Giro Rosa as preparation for Commonwealth Games

After a shock bronze medal as a 20-year-old at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Canberra cyclist Chloe Hosking knows she won't be an unknown quantity this time around.

The specialist sprinter is using the 10-day Giro Rosa, which started on Saturday night (Australian time), to build her conditioning in the lead-up for the road race at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

This is the fourth time the 23-year-old has contested Italy's grand tour for women, but she has made it to the finish line only once - in 2012.

Hosking has come a long way from four years ago when she finished third at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

But she knows that whether she can replicate or better her previous feats will come down to how the race pans out on a tricky course, with the ultimate goal to help an Australian win gold - no matter who it is.

"Winning bronze in Delhi [in 2010] was one of the best feelings of my life, I still remember crying on the podium," Hosking said.

"Australia's going to go in with a pretty aggressive tactic because the UK has Lizzie Armitstead - she's incredibly strong and having the year of her life, even better than when she got the silver at the Olympics.

"I would love to get a medal, but the end goal is we want Australia to get the gold medal."

Hosking is part of the Hitec Products team while fellow Canberra rider Jessie MacLean is in the Orica-GreenEDGE squad.

A stage win isn't out of the question for Hosking as she has the explosive power to claim victory in a bunch sprint.

"The goal is to finish, just because, looking towards the Commonwealth Games, it's a really good base for fitness leading into that," Hosking said.

"I'm going in as the team's designated sprinter, and I want to be on the podium.

"In saying that, I haven't really sprinted much since April, because there haven't been many opportunities, so I don't really know where my sprint is at compared to the other girls."

The Giro Rosa has struggled to attract publicity given it is being held at the same time as the Tour de France.

"You do see there's not so much media coverage of it, as opposed to the women's tour, which is such a good model to look at," Hosking said.

"Anything that is on at the same time as the Tour de France is going to fall into its shadow, but hopefully as women's sport keeps growing we will start to get more coverage."

The story Canberra cyclist Chloe Hosking using Giro Rosa as preparation for Commonwealth Games first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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