From the sea to the mountains: the initial part of the Giro-E 2020.
The first week of the Giro-E ends with a wealth of experiences and encounters that are nothing short of exceptional. From Sicily to Abruzzo, from the sea to the mountains. Great climbs such as Etna, Valico di Montescuro and Roccaraso, with two four-star stages (Biancavilla-Etna and Caramanico Terme-Roccaraso). As the participants rode 630km they climbed 10,800 meters, just under half of the total altitude difference of approximately 25,000 meters.
The Giro-E is more than just action, fatigue and climbing. It is the opportunity to live the Giro d’Italia experience, the on-stage sign-in, the post-stage podium, the jerseys; and to see the beauty of Italy, the one away from the major tourist routes, such us Giardini Naxos, Montalbano Jonico, Matera, Vieste. And then incredible views, like those of the Manfredonia-Vieste stage, the most evocative of those covered so far, with the road that winds its way across the sea in an indescribably beautiful scene. But also coming are the scenarios of the hardest stages, such as the Scigliano-Camigliatello Silano and the Caramanico Terme-Roccaraso. The first with a Northern Classic climate, including fog, the second in the rain and cold, which the Giro-E’s e-road bikes only assist with accomplishing, because it is the hearts and legs of the participants that enable them to reach the finish line. This brings “electric” cyclists closer to professional riders, even if the intensity and duration, of course, are different: this is the beauty of the Giro-E, the world’s first real stages event dedicated to electrically assisted bikes.