The stages of the next Giro d’Italia that will take place in the Veneto Region have been presented today at the Cosmo Bike Show at Verona Fiere. The Corsa Rosa, organized by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport, is scheduled from 9 to 31 May. The first stage in the Veneto Region will be held in the province of Padua with the stage finish in Monselice on Friday 22 May. The following day, a challenging individual time trial will be raced entirely in the province of Treviso, from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene: the Prosecco Superiore Wine Stage. On Wednesday 27 May, Bassano del Grappa, in the province of Vicenza, will host the start of one of the Giro’s mountain stages, that will finish in Madonna di Campiglio.
A flat stage with a great finale. After almost 160km of constant flat riding the route reaches two challenging climbs in the Euganean Hills are tackled: the Roccolo (a classic of the Giro del Veneto) 4km with a very hard start and finish (between 18 and 20%) and the Muro di Calaone with its 2km that touches 18% at various points. A wide descent on Este follows then a short flat stretch to the finish.
ITT entirely in the territory of Prosecco Superiore, which is now a World Heritage site. The route is characterized by demanding climbs and descents (including the Muro di Ca ‘del Poggio with its slopes up to 19%). This stage against the clock will reward the riders who manage their energy best.
BASSANO DEL GRAPPA-MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO
A mountain stage with over 5000m of vertical elevation, concentrated into a few climbs connected by undulations without any flat sections to rest and catch breath. In Veneto, after the start, the route climbs the Forcella Valbona – never raced before on the Corsa Rosa – (with more than 20km of ascent from the plain up to almost 1800m), Monte Bondone, from the Aldeno side that’s never been raced before (with its second section over 10%), the Durone pass and the final ascent of Madonna di Campiglio.
The President of the Veneto Region Luca Zaia said: “Veneto returns to wear pink with renewed enthusiasm. It will be a sparkling Giro d’Italia – for the enthusiasm that will accompany the riders, caravans and organizers on the region’s roads, for a gem such as the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene ITT in the heart of the Prosecco hills, a UNESCO World Heritage site, for the much anticipated Cervia-Monselice, for the charm of Bassano del Grappa, the ‘capital’ of the Italian Alpini, with its finish at the Madonna di Campiglio. “It presents different stages for all the type of riders: for sprinters in Monselice; for roulers-climbers between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene; and for climbers who, starting from Bassano, will go to the Dolomites, another Unesco World Heritage site that embraces the Giro d’Italia, just as all the Veneto Region embraces the Corsa Rosa, grateful for this new chapter of the never ending story of love between Veneto and cycling.”
“Veronafiere has a strong experience as an organizer of passion-driven events and with CosmoBike 2020 we can rightly say that we have made Verona the capital of the cycling, with an appointment that opens the cycling season in all its aspects: sport, ebike, tourism, mobility, safety,” says the General Director of Veronafiere, Giovanni Mantovani. “We launched the new format of a green, young and social event last February and already from this edition we are reaping the benefits with the presence of all the sector’s main brands. In June 2019 we also had the honor of hosting the last individual time trial stage of the Giro d’Italia, while, during the two days of the CosmoBike Show, we hold the presentation of the Veneto Stages of this year’s Giro.”
Paolo Bellino, CEO and General Manager of RCS Sport said: “The Giro d’Italia is an event in continuous growth for the RCS group and we want to further develop, year after year. For cycling, Veneto means high fidelity to the Corsa Rosa and international excellence. Many of our partners come from this region that has always given prestige to our country. “Also this year we will broadcast to nearly 200 televisions across all five continents that will allow us to reach a potential audience of over 800 million people. The highest quality images will be transmitted, focused both on the sporting spectacle and on the landscape, and the artistic and cultural aspects which are the excellence of Italy.”
The Giro d’Italia Director Mauro Vegni underlined that: “the relationship of the Corsa Rosa with the Veneto Region is historical… and this year the relationship with the Veneto Region has been consolidated once again. The stage finish in Monselice, with its very hard finish, the spectacular Prosecco Superiore time trial between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, and the stage start from Bassano del Grappa will be some key moments of the Giro 103. I am sure that it will be a great celebration of sport – and cycling in particular – in the region that has the highest number of cycling fans and cyclists in Italy.”