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The 2024 Grande Arrivo has been presented

08/04/2024

The Grande Arrivo of the Giro d’Italia 2024, which will start on 4 May from Venaria Reale and will end on the 26th in the Capital for the sixth time in history, has been presented today at Campidoglio. As in the 2023 edition, the Maglia Rosa will be crowned in the Eternal City, where a number of side activities will be organised.

The event, presented by the RTL 102.5 journalist Paolo Pacchioni, was attended by the Mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri; the President of RCS MediaGroup, Urbano Cairo; the Councillor for Major Events, Sport and Tourism of Rome, Alessandro Onorato; the Managing Director of RCS Sport, Paolo Bellino; the Director of the Giro d’Italia, Mauro Vegni; and Vincenzo Nibali, double Giro d’Italia winner (in 2013 and 2016), as well as many other institutions, media representatives and partners of the Corsa Rosa.

Final stage divided into two parts: after the start from Rome-EUR, the riders will reach the coast and Ostia, before returning to the start area. Then they will cross the finish line before beginning the final circuit (8 laps) inside the Capital.

The circuit touches many of Rome’s landmarks. The race will pass by the Baths of Caracalla, the Colosseum, the Imperial ForaPiazza Venezia, the Lungo Tevere, and the Circus Maximus. The race will pass near Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo and the Tiber Island.

The 9.5-kilometre circuit runs entirely along the city streets. It alternates between short undulations and long straights connected by some challenging bends. The road surface is mainly asphalt with a few short cobbled sections (‘sanpietrini’).

Roberto Gualtieri, Mayor of Rome: “After the huge success of last year, we are very pleased to host for the second consecutive year the final act of the Giro, one of the most beloved and internationally known Italian sporting events. The Grande Arrivo on May 26 will in fact be an embrace to the capital, which will be involved with a circuit that will wind from the sea of Ostia to the most evocative places in the center to make the last kilometers of effort of the great Carovana Rosa unforgettable. It will once again be a beautiful celebration of sport: for the athletes on bikes but also for the many Romans and tourists who will come to experience the wonder of the most beautiful city in the world that pays homage to a timeless event. Rome, once again the Capital of Sport, is ready for another unique and exciting day”.

Urbano Cairo, President of RCS MediaGroup: “For the first time in its history, the Giro d’Italia will end for the second consecutive year in Rome. The Eternal City is inextricably linked with the Corsa Rosa. Already in the first edition in 1909 Rome hosted the finish of the fourth stage, for the sixth time it will be the home of the Grande Arrivo and for the 50th time the site of a stage finish. This is a strong signal of how Rome and the Giro are getting closer and closer. Last year we experienced an unforgettable and festive day for the city. I am sure that on May 26, too, we will give the world a new postcard that will remain in history”.

Alessandro Onorato, Councillor for Major Events, Sport and Tourism of the Municipality of Rome: “Everything is ready in Rome for the Grande Arrivo of the Giro d’Italia on May 26. The Final Stage last year had 830,000 live spectators generating an economic impact of between 145 and 215 million euros. An extraordinary tourist and economic showcase for the city that will be involved in the great pink embrace, both with the morning bike ride open to everyone and with the creation of a mural at the Conca d’Oro station that will remain as a memory and testimony of this extraordinary new sporting adventure that we look forward to reliving with all the Romans”.

Paolo Bellino, Managing Director of RCS Sport: “The relationship between RCS Sport and Rome continues, after the 2023 experience that had a great impact on the area with a very high number of attendees and consequently an excellent economic spin-off. Big events like the Giro d’Italia, and all the collateral activities it brings, need great settings and Rome is the perfect example. What we have undertaken is a long journey, and we are working to extend it”.

Mauro Vegni, Director of the Giro d’Italia: “This year’s finsih will be slightly shifted from that of past editions but the scenery, with the Colosseum in the background, will still be splendid. Rome and its streets, full of history and fans, will once again welcome the Corsa Rosa and the circuit, with its eight passes, will allow the public to applaud its favorites several times”.

Vincenzo Nibali, winner of the 2013 and 2016 Giro d’Italia: “I would have liked to win a Giro d’Italia with the Grande Arrivo in the capital. The Giro makes people discover very beautiful places every year, we cyclists don’t get to appreciate them fully but those who watch the race from TV can fall in love with special places like Rome. I think the arrival scenario, with the presence of the President of the Republic in 2023, has once again increased the international dimension of the event”.

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