The race has been presented this morning at the Car Show Room System Cars in Meda (Monza e Brianza) the edition 28 of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile Elite, which will take place from 29th June to 9th July and is valid as a Women’s World Tour Race.
In a very full room (about 500 invited people participated), the curiosity about the new route of the Giro was extremely high, as the Director Giuseppe Rivolta admitted with his brilliant organizing team. Ambrogio Romanò, amateur cyclist and owner of the Ssangyong Showroom System Cars welcomed everybody launching the event as car supplier of the race. “Cycling is my sporting biggest passion and it’s a honour for my family and my company to host an event like this, the presentation of the most important women’s cycling race.”
RAI will be the Official Television of the Giro Rosa: the ten stages will be commented by Stefano Rizzato on Raidue.
Paolo Sangalli, as collaborator of the Italian Nationa Coach of the women teams, commented: “I like this Giro, it hugs Italy from north to south. The riders will fight very much.”
The Director Giuseppe Rivolta presented the ten stages: the route begins with the Team Time Trial from Aquileia to Grado (11.5 kms), which was already officialized. The Stage 2 is still in Friuli, from Zoppola (PN) to Montereale Valcellina (PN), then Veneto hosts the next two stages (San Fior – San Vendemiano and Occhiobello – Occhiobello, with this one which has been named as DeltaPo OutletFamily Stage). One of the hardest days will be in the Region Marche, where the very tough Individual Time Trial in Sant’Elpidio a Mare will take place and it includes two short but very hard climbs. The sprinters will fight in the next day in Roseto degli Abruzzi but the next stages Isernia – Baronissi and Baronissi – Palinuro include tough climbs which are close to each finish line and have a long distance of more than 140 kilometers. Polla hosts the penultimate stage finish after 122 interesting kilometers but it’s Torre del Greco with the Vesuvio to decide who will wear the definitive Pink Jersey.
Some of the athletes who will race the Giro, like the sprinter Barbara Guarischi (winner in 2015 in Lubiana), the former Junior European Champion Anna Trevisi and the bronze medal of Tuscany 2013 World Championships Rossella Ratto.
Some of the strongest, former cyclists like Djamolidine Abdujaparov from Uzbekistan, Evgenij Berzin from Russia and the Italians Claudio Chiappucci and Gilberto Simoni took part with big interest “The girls will run where we fighted some years ago. It will be very interesting to see their sporting achievements. The Giro is always a great fight” – declared “El Diablo Chiappucci at the end of the day.
THE GIRO 2017 STAGES (29TH JUNE – 9TH JULY)
STAGE 1: AQUILEIA – GRADO 11,500 KM (TEAM TIME TRIAL)
STAGE 2: ZOPPOLA – MONTEREALE VALCELLINA 122,250 KM
STAGE 3: SAN FIOR – SAN VENDEMIANO 100,000 KM
STAGE 4: OCCHIOBELLO – OCCHIOBELLO 118,000 KM
STAGE 5: SANT’ELPIDIO A MARE – SANT’ELPIDIO A MARE 12,730 KM INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL
STAGE 6: ROSETO DEGLI ABRUZZI – ROSETO DEGLI ABRUZZI 116,160 KM
STAGE 7: ISERNIA – BARONISSI 141,980 KM
STAGE 8: BARONISSI – PALINURO 141,800 KM
STAGE 9: PALINURO – POLLA 122,300 KM
STAGE 10: TORRE DEL GRECO – TORRE DEL GRECO 124,000 KM
Photocredit (c) Flaviano Ossola