The Durango Team will be among those riding the Giro-E; it’s made up of former car and moto drivers, including Jarno Trulli, Marco ‘Macio’ Melandri and Thomas Biagi.
Jarno Trulli said: “I have always had a passion for cycling and have always enjoyed riding a bike. I want to thank IIvone Pinton and Rödl & Partner for this beautiful initiative that will allow us to ride on the roads of the Giro-E. I would like to ride my home stage, the one in the Abruzzo Region as I am from Pescara. In general I really like the green aspect of the Giro-E, an event devoted to the future.”
Marco Melandri said: “By cycling I have discovered a new dimension and I have a lot of fun. This year at the Giro-E I would like to do more than one stage, not just the one that arrives in Madonna di Campiglio, which is my area.”
Thomas Biagi said: “I am from Bologna and I have often cycled on the roads around there. Now this is an opportunity to get back on the saddle after a few years in which I have not cycled much. Being a driver of endurance races, I find these stages of the Giro-E very similar to races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans where you need to be able to manage energy; both your own, and that of the vehicle.”
Fabiana Luperini, winner of five Giro d’Italia and three Tour de France: “It is a wonderful initiative because it allows ordinary people to participate in the Giro d’Italia. You face the climbs of the champions, routes that would be impossible without the assistance. Crossing the same finish line of the pros is a unique emotion. To come back 20 years later on the roads where I rode the Giro is like a dream.”
Mara Santangelo, the first Italian tennis player to conquer a Grand Slam tournament in the doubles: “The bike was one of my first loves. It is also one of the few sports that I practiced for training when I played tennis. I have it in my heart. Last year I rode two stages of the Giro-E, an incredible emotion never felt before. The scenery is wonderful, plus the public of the Giro, which is incredible. To get to Passo Rolle was not easy. The bikes are pedal-assisted, but the effort is real.”