At Veronafiere the President of the Region of Veneto, Zaia, the Mayor of Verona, Sboarina, the President of Veronafiere, Danese and the General Manager, Mantovani, RCS Sport CEO, Bellino and the Giro d’Italia Director, Vegni presented the project in detail. Francesco Moser, Ivan Basso, Giovanni Battaglin (winners of the editions of the Corsa Rosa with final stages in Verona) have relived their triumphs, along with the Deputy Director of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Pier Bergonzi. The two commemorative jerseys of the Giro d’Italia stage in Verona and of the Feltre – Croce d’Aune-Monte Avena stage were also unveiled.
There are four stages that will take place entirely or partially across Veneto territory in the upcoming Giro d’Italia. They were already announced during the presentation of the Corsa Rosa last November, but today – at Veronafiere within the Cosmobike program – more details have been disclosed with Luca Zaia, President of the Veneto Region, the Mayor of Verona, Federico Sboarina, and the President of Veronafiere, Maurizio Danese, together with the General Manager of the institution, Giovanni Mantovani, the CEO and General Manager of RCS Sport, Paolo Bellino and the Director of the Giro d’Italia, Mauro Vegni.
The stages that will take place in the Veneto Region are the Valdaora / Olang – Santa Maria di Sala (Venice) on Thursday, 30 May and Treviso – San Martino di Castrozza, on the following day. The two stages that will close the 102nd Giro d’Italia are the Feltre – Croce d’Aune-Monte Avena (start and finish in the province of Belluno) on Saturday, 1 June and the Individual Time Trial in Verona with the finale inside the Arena di Verona, where the winner of the Maglia Rosa will be crowned.
Special guests at the event were three winners of the Giro who had their dreams crowned in Verona – inside the Arena surrounded by the tifosi: Giovanni Battaglin (1981), Francesco Moser (1984), and Ivan Basso (2010).
For the 13th consecutive year there will be at least one stage finish in Veneto. With the 102nd edition of the Corsa Rosa, the total number of stages started or ended in the Veneto region is brought to 285.
Paolo Bellino, CEO and General Manager of RCS Sport, said: “The Giro d’Italia is a growing event for the RCS group and one that we want to develop year after year. For cycling, Veneto means faithfulness to the Corsa Rosa and international excellence. Many of our partners come from this region that has always brought prestige to our country.”
“Also this 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.”
The Director of the Giro d’Italia, Mauro Vegni, added: “The relationship between the Corsa Rosa and the Veneto Region goes back to the beginning of the Giro: precisely to 19 May 1912. Since then, many stages (285 counting both starts and finishes) have taken place in this splendid region. This year, the Veneto Region will be the last judge of the 102nd edition with the arrival for sprinters in Santa Maria di Sala, and the following stage starting from Treviso. The last two stages of the race will crown the winner, who will raise the Trofeo Senza Fine (Never Ending Trophy) to the sky. The Feltre – Croce d’Aune-Monte Avena stage will be the last chance for climbers, while the following day, in the splendid scenery of Verona and its Arena, the Individual Time Trial will deliver the final verdict. I’m sure it will be a great sport and cycling festival, in the region that boasts the highest number of fans and amateur riders in Italy.”
Luca Zaia, President of the Veneto Region, said: “The great mountain climbs on the Feltre – Croce d’Aune-Monte Avena and Treviso – San Martino di Castrozza, bring into focus the Milan-Cortina bid for the Winter Olympics of 2026. There’s a super stage for sprinters from Valdaora to Santa Maria di Sala, and 15 kilometers of time trial fire in Verona, in a great and spectacular finale from the Aida Triumphal March in the magical scenery of the Arena. Veneto has already colored its cities and streets pink, and awaits the Giro d’Italia 2019 with customary anticipation. I say thanks on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of cyclist amateur cyclists and all the fans from this region for being here again this year.”
“Santa Maria di Sala, Feltre, the Treviso of the unforgettable Nani Pinarello, and the Verona of the Italian champ Elia Viviani… they are all ready for the very best four days of cycling, of passion, of sport linked to beautiful territories, to the history, culture, food and wine. The Venetian cities will be like the “train” of a great team that leads its sprinter into the last kilometers, and Verona, with the charm of Romeo and Juliet – and, with the Arena, will be the captain of the team, hosting the last 15 kilometers, those which will decide the final Maglia Rosa.”
“Thanks for being at the Giro, thanks to the Gazzetta and to an organization among the best in the world, thanks to teams, athletes and local committees. Thanks to the sport, one of the greatest pleasures of life.”
The Mayor of Verona, Federico Sboarina, said: “The Giro d’Italia is an event that I carry in my heart. In fact, I was Councilor for Sport in 2010, the last time the Giro chose Verona for the final stage, with the victory of the champion Ivan Basso. Today, as mayor, I am proud to enjoy the great experience again, and make sure that Verona welcomes the Corsa Rosa. Our city and its amphitheater have seen the triumph of Francesco Moser, who won his first and only Giro d’Italia here in 1984. Today, as then, the Arena celebrating the arrival of cyclists is an image that remains indelible in memory. The countdown has begun, we are getting ready for a truly unique event, as well as an opportunity to confirm the international vocation of our city.”
For Veronafiere, the Chairman Maurizio Danese and the General Manager, Giovanni Mantovani, underlined how: “Veronafiere can rightly be called the Italian capital of the bicycle, which is broadly demonstrated with the new Cosmobike Show, a festival of the cycling season and its passion, and with the final stage of the Giro d’Italia that will start from the Fair to end in the Arena di Verona, hosting an extraordinary international stage for this wonderful sport.”