Laura Castro (Director of Tenerife Tourism): “This type of event allows us to continue positioning Tenerife as a diverse destination for outdoor sports, especially cycling tourism. Every year we receive teams and professionals from all over the world who choose the destination to train because of the good weather conditions all year round and the island’s orography. The Cabildo is committed to hosting this sport event with the aim of consolidating it over time, making the island a benchmark destination on the calendar for cycling enthusiasts”.
Franco Morelli (General Manager of Unidad Editorial Sports&Events): “The organisers are thrilled with how the first edition of the Giro d’Italia Ride Like a Pro Spain has developed. We want to highlight the great reception and welcome of the island of Tenerife during the three days we have been there, so we can’t wait to continue with this project. In this sense, we would like to thank the Cabildo Insular, through Turismo de Tenerife, the town councils of Adeje and Arona, all the sponsors and the Canarian Cycling Federation, as well as the Tenerife Island Cycling Federation for their work. We must not forget the security forces, Guardia Civil and Police, who have ensured that the race went perfectly. On the other hand, it has been very gratifying to see how many participants have been able to discover the incredible scenery of the island under the brand of the Giro d’Italia. In fact, we have spoken directly to most of the riders to get their opinion, note down the details and improve for future editions”.
Stefano Garzelli (Giro d’Italia 2000 champion and Ride Like A Pro ambassador): “Tenerife is a destination that never ceases to surprise you. In my professional career, I used to come here regularly to concentrate on my main objectives for the season and, even so, every time I come here I discover something new. And this weekend was no exception thanks to a spectacular course and event. I think it is very symbolic that a brand like the Giro d’Italia lands on this island, with all that this means for cycling tourism and the fans of this sport”.
Juanpe López (Trek-Segafredo cyclist and Ride Like A Pro ambassador): “It’s the first time I’ve visited Tenerife and I’ve been amazed by the great variety of training areas that the island offers. For a climber like me, it’s a luxury to have so many contrasts in so few kilometres. As for the walk, it has been a very positive debut, with a demanding but enjoyable route. I would like to thank the fans for all the affection I have received during the weekend”.
Raúl García Pierna (Kern Pharma rider and Ride Like A Pro ambassador): “It has been a very entertaining race, with incredible weather that you can only find in Tenerife at this time of the year. It’s a destination I love. I’ve had a great time with all the people who have been in the march, with my partners peloton and with the great atmosphere that has been breathed in Adeje and Arona”.