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18 January 2020

Sestriere, embracing the Giro d'Italia and its candidacy for the Alpine Ski World Championships

Cycling and skiing in Sestriere is the big topic discussed today at a press conference at the end of the first day of Alpine Ski World Cup competitions. On Saturday 30 May, the Piedmontese town will host the arrival of the Giro d’Italia for the eighth time at the end of the Giro’s final mountain stage which will probably be decisive for the General Classification, being the penultimate stage before the Milan time trial.

Whie excitement is already mounting about this year’s forthcoming cycling pinnacle, the event was also the ideal opportunity to discuss Sestriere’s candidacy to host the Alpine Ski World Championships in 2029.

THE CANDIDACY OF SESTRIERE FOR THE WORLD SKIING 2029 – Skiing is an undeniably important part of the history of Sestriere; the Municipality having been founded in 1934 specifically to become an international ski resort. Time has confirmed this vocation: from the great events of the World Cup to the World Ski Championships in 1997 and up to the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Over the years Sestriere’s stature has grown more and more, launching millions of people into skiing. Today Sestriere is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with a base at 2000 meters above sea level and most of the slopes above this altitude. This is certainly not a negligible detail given the sudden global climate changes.

SESTRIERE, EMBRACING THE GIRO D’ITALIA AND ITS CANDIDACY FOR THE ALPINE SKI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sestriere, 18 January 2020 – Cycling and skiing in Sestriere is the big topic discussed today at a press conference at the end of the first day of Alpine Ski World Cup competitions. On Saturday 30 May, the Piedmontese town will host the arrival of the Giro d’Italia for the eighth time at the end of the Giro’s final mountain stage which will probably be decisive for the General Classification, being the penultimate stage before the Milan time trial.

Whie excitement is already mounting about this year’s forthcoming cycling pinnacle, the event was also the ideal opportunity to discuss Sestriere’s candidacy to host the Alpine Ski World Championships in 2029.

The Sestriere stage, Stage 20, is the last mountain action of the Giro 2020: the final alpine test, part of which also takes the world’s best climbers into French territory. Featuring a vertical elevation of 5000m, it tackles the Colle dell’Agnello, Col d’Izoard, Montgenevre and the final climb to Sestriere. For many observers, this is the modern interpretation of the mythical Cuneo-Pinerolo stage – invoking the spirit of the legendary Fausto Coppi.

THE CANDIDACY OF SESTRIERE FOR THE WORLD SKIING 2029 – Skiing is an undeniably important part of the history of Sestriere; the Municipality having been founded in 1934 specifically to become an international ski resort. Time has confirmed this vocation: from the great events of the World Cup to the World Ski Championships in 1997 and up to the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Over the years Sestriere’s stature has grown more and more, launching millions of people into skiing. Today Sestriere is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with a base at 2000 meters above sea level and most of the slopes above this altitude. This is certainly not a negligible detail given the sudden global climate changes.

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“Sestriere is a town founded on skiing that thrives on tourism: a real snow industry capable of generating fun and employment with impact on the whole Piedmont Region and beyond. The ‘future with a great past’ is what has prompted the Municipality of Sestriere to apply for the Alpine Ski World Championships in 2029, thanks to the support of the Piedmont Region, that has always been at our side with challenges that have resulted in important works and investments throughout the territory, contributions which have clearly improved the tourism offer,” said the Mayor of Sestriere, Gianni Poncet.

“Sestriere hosting the finish of a stage of the Corsa Rosa for the eighth time also falls under the same profile. We, like all cycling enthusiasts, have high expectations for this 20th stage of the Giro d’Italia 2020, from Alba to Sestriere. A stage full of meanings that go far beyond the event itself and that qualifies Sestriere as a reference destination for many amateurs who choose to come and ride on our mountains.

“Over time, we have created many opportunities for enthusiast riders to experience emotions, and retrace sections of stages that have become epic thanks to the gesture of true champions. Above all the Gran Fondo Sestriere Colle delle Finestre, scheduled for July 19,  and also a series of days to try out timed-climbing on roads closed to traffic, with the new 2020 Sestriere-Col Basset event.” concluded Mayor Poncet.

Paolo Bellino, CEO of RCS Sport, said: “The Giro d’Italia and Sestriere have a long history of collaboration that will, in 2020, see the Piedmontese city host a stage finish of the Corsa Rosa for the eighth time. RCS Sport’s relationship with Sestriere and the Piedmont Region goes beyond the Giro d’Italia, as demonstrated by the numerous other international events organised in this beautiful territory. I am sure that this relationship will continue for a long time. I wish the best of luck to the Mayor and the city for their important bid to host the Alpine Ski World Championships in 2029. We are proud to be partners of such an event at the highest international level that would give further prestige to Sestriere, Piedmont and all of Italy.”

“Great cycling and competitive alpine skiing: two events that are of absolute importance for our mountains and are opportunities for the development of the territory. Our ski resorts have already proven that they can host great sporting events and our skills in sporting events are an added value,” said the President of the Piedmont Region, Alberto Cirio, and the Regional Councilor for Sport, Fabrizio Ricca. “We want to build events that become development opportunities for the next few years, creating a calendar of appointments.”

Flavio Roda, President of the Italian Winter Sports Federation said that: “The Italian Winter Sports Federation expresses the utmost support for a candidacy which, if accepted, would enable our nation to maintain a leading role in the most important winter sports events in recent years after the 2021 Cortina World Championships and the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics. Hosting an event of this magnitude would have a significant economic and media impact, allowing the Piedmontese resort to once again breathe the excitement of the great event, following the perfect success of the 2006 Olympics which are still alive in the memories of Italian and other fans. It should only be a matter of agreeing with the other nations which is the most suitable year, based on the International Federation’s considerations for major events.”

 

 

 

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