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19 February 2019

Giro d'Italia 2020 is already flying with the Frecce Tricolori aerobatics patrol

The 2020 Corsa Rosa will feature a stage starting from Rivolto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, home of the Command of the 2nd Storm of Italy’s Aeronautica Militare. It’s the first time in the history of the race that a stage starts from one of their bases. 2020 will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori acrobatic aero patrol.

The aeronautic military base of Rivolto today hosted a press conference presenting the start of a Giro d’Italia stage in 2020. For the first time in the history of the Corsa Rosa, a stage will start from inside an aeronautic military base. In celebrating the 60th anniversary of the creation of the acrobatic aero squad, PAN or Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale, more commonly known as the Frecce Tricolori, the great collaboration in between the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Frecce Tricolori and RCS Sport keeps on rolling.

In the last decade the Frecce Tricolori have exhibited twice at the Giro d’Italia: in 2009 as the race passed the Rivolto landing grounds and in 2014 when the Corsa Rosa finished in Trieste.


  • First ever Giro stage in Friuli Venezia Giulia: Milano – Udine, 18 May 1910
  • Recent milestones for the Giro d’Italia in Friuli Venezia Giulia:
    • 22 May 2003: first ever climb of the Mount Zoncolan (from the Sutrio side)
    • 30 May 2007: first stage finish on the Zoncolan (from the Ovaro side)
    • 23 May 2010: Ivan Basso attacks and win on the Zoncolan – on his way to winning the Giro
    • 1 June 2014: the last stage of the Giro ends in Trieste; first ever Colombian victory in the history of the race, for Nairo Quintana
    • 20 May 2016: first Maglia Rosa for Costa Rica with Andrey Amador in Cividale del Friuli
    • 19 May 2018: first stage victory for Chris Froome at the Giro on Mount Zoncolan


Paolo Bellino, RCS Sport CEO, said: “The Giro d’Italia is a growing event for the RCS group and one that we want to develop year after year. Next year we will have almost 200 television stations broadcasting to the five continents, enabling us to reach a potential audience of over 800 million people. High quality images will focus both on the race as well as on the landscape, and on artistic and cultural excellences of Italy, excellences such as the Aeronautica Militare and the Frecce Tricolori.”

Mauro Vegni, Giro d’Italia Director, said: “It’s an honour for me to announce the start of a stage from an Aeronautica Militare base, for the first time in the long history of the Giro d’Italia. The Frecce Tricolori are always a great show and will add value to the Giro d’Italia 2020 as they have done in the recent past. I still remember the acrobatics over our heads and the Tricolore in 2009, when we rode through the landing ground of this airport, and in 2014 when the Frecce Tricolori coloured the Giro grand finale in Trieste. We have a long and strong relation with the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, a relationship made even stronger in recent years with landmark stages such as last year’s victory for Chris Froome on the Zoncolan and the spectacular final stage in Trieste in 2014. Organising this stage start, unique in history, shows that the synergy between the Corsa Rosa, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Aeronautica Militare and all the other legal institutions involved is once again winning.”

Enzo Cainero, Friuli Giro stages promoter, said: “This new project was born from the collaboration in between us, the Region, the Frecce Tricolori and RCS Sport. I would like to thank them all for the support. In the last decade the Frecce Tricolori already exhibited twice at the Giro and they couldn’t miss the 2020 opportunity, when they’ll have a very important anniversary to celebrate.”

The President of the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Massimiliano Fedriga, said: “I had only been President for a few weeks last year when I had the privilege to watch the spectacular Zoncolan stage. There I expressed my intent that the bond between Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Giro d’Italia could become stronger from the very next editions. Announcing this stage start today makes me very proud, because the union between our extraordinary territory and a global brand such the Giro is winning on many levels.”

Col. Andrea Amadori, Commander 2nd Squadron, said: “2020 will be an important year for the Aeronautica Militare. Here in Rivolto we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the acrobatic squad of the Frecce Tricolori and we will open the airport to all the flight aficionados. These kind of important collaborations alongside important partners such as Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia and RCS Group allow Aeronautica Militare to let the community know the important everyday work we do with humility, and will enable us to demonstrate our sense of duty to our country.”

Leut. Maj. Gaetano Farina, Commander of the Frecce Tricolori, said: “Painting the world’s longest Tricolore over the Giro d’Italia once again will be for us a great source of pride. It will be even more important, because we will do it in our home, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori acrobatic squad. Passion, tradition, duty and teamwork are fundamental values that are part of us as the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale (Acrobatic National Patrol), of cycling and of the Giro d’Italia.”