STAGE 7, THE LAST OF THE GIRO D’ITALIA VIRTUAL, STARTS TOMORROW. ROGLIC, GANNA AND PATERNOSTER TO RIDE MILAN’S FINAL ITT
This Saturday, stage 21 of the Corsa Rosa (Cernusco sul Naviglio – Milan, 15.7km ITT) will decide the race’s final GC, as the women compete for victory in the Pink Race. Astana Pro Team currently wears the Maglia Rosa and Trek-Segafredo is in the lead of the Pink Race. Sign up to compete at www.garminvirtualride.com/it. Fundraising continues for the Italian Red Cross on www.retedeldono.it/giro.
The seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia Virtual, starting on Saturday 9 May, will see riders tackle a 15.7km long race against the clock that follows the route of Stage 21 of the Corsa Rosa (Cernusco sul Naviglio – Milan, Tissot time trial).
After six stages of racing, the general classification is topped by Astana Pro Team who wear the Maglia Rosa with an advantage of 48’26” over Team Jumbo – Visma and a lead of 1:00’43” over third place Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec.
MEN’S TEAMS AND RIDERS COMPETING ON SATURDAY
Saturday’s exciting race will see Astana Pro Team’s Manuele Boaro and Davide Martinelli ride alongside Team Jumbo – Visma’s Primoz Roglič (winner of the 2019 Vuelta a España and third place finisher at the 2019 Giro d’Italia) and young prospect Tobias Foss. Amongst the other big names taking part, Filippo Ganna (the current individual pursuit world record holder with a time of 4’01.934″) and Under 23 rider Jonathan Milan will represent the Italian national team.
This Sunday, some of the sport’s greatest ex-pros (the ‘Legends’) will go head to head on the same route, including Ivan Basso, Stefano Garzelli, Claudio Chiappucci, Stefano Allocchio, Alessandro Bertolini, Alessandro Ballan, Andrea Tafi and Matteo Montaguti.
Among the women, Trek-Segafredo leads the general classification with a 22’11” advantage over the Italian national team and a lead of 1:00’56” over Astana Women’s Team.
TEAMS AND RIDERS COMPETING IN THE PINK RACE
Arianna Fidanza and Elena Pirrone will represent the Italian national team in the Pink Race, riding against Ellen Van Dijk and Letizia Paternoster (Trek-Segafredo) as well as Katia Ragusa and Liliana Moreno (Astana Women’s Team).
Stage 21 – from Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 May
CERNUSCO SUL NAVIGLIO > MILAN ITT TISSOT – (full stage, 15.7km – 30m vertical elevation)
INFO, RULES AND HOW TO REGISTER VIA THE EVENT’S GARMIN PLATFORM: WWW.GARMINVIRTUALRIDE.COM/IT
To experience the excitement of the Giro d’Italia Virtual, riders will simply need a Garmin Connect account in order to sign up for free at www.garminvirtualride.com/it. Following registration, they will then be able to upload the GPX files of the Giro d’Italia Virtual’s seven stages and install them on their Garmin Edge cycle computer. Riders will also require a new generation smart trainer such as those offered by Tacx, or any other brand of interactive smart trainer with similar features, to connect with their bike.
Signing up for the event will allow riders to compete in all seven stages of the Giro d’Italia Virtual. Registration is divided into four separate categories – ‘Amateur’, ‘Legends’, ‘Pro’ and ‘Woman’ – each with their own separate general classification. The registration portal is be available to access in four languages while the event’s official rulebook is accessible in both English and Italian.
THE GIRO D’ITALIA VIRTUAL BY ENEL – SPONSORS
The Giro d’Italia Virtual, raising vital funds for the Italian Red Cross, has been created in collaboration with Enel (the event’s official presenting partner), Garmin Edge and Tacx. The race is also officially sponsored by Castelli, Bianchi, NAMEDSPORT, Segafredo and Toyota.
FUNDRAISING FOR THE ITALIAN RED CROSS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RETE DEL DONO
RCS Sport is promoting a fundraising initiative in aid of the Italian Red Cross, accepting donations via the Rete del Dono giving portal, available at www.retedeldono.it/giro. Donations made via the portal until 10 May will enable the humanitarian organisation to continue working at the front line of the Covid-19 emergency, offering first responder aid, virus screening and psychological and logistical support amongst other vitally important activities in the fight against the epidemic. The fundraising campaign has been made possible by Rete del Dono – a longstanding partner of RCS Sport and notable coordinator of numerous successful sporting charity programs, including the Milano Marathon and Gran Fondo Strade Bianche. In the last few weeks alone, Rete del Dono has activated more than 70 fundraising campaigns aimed at battling the Covid-19 emergency.
In addition to sponsoring the event, Castelli have also pledged to donate 5 euros to the Italian Red Cross for each #Giro102 Race Jersey purchased through their website – http://castelli-cycling.com/