The edition 2019 of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile Elite – Giro Rosa, start to have a shape, as the first and the last two stages have been presented this morning in Udine. Various authorities took part at the presentation, including the Major of Udine, On. Pietro Fontanini, the Regional Assessor for Tourism and the Productive Activities Sergio Emidio Bini, the representatives of the Host Cities, Elena Cecchini, 3 times Italian National Champion and Gold Medal in the Team Time Trial at the Innsbruck 2018 Road World Championships, leads the group of the athletes from Italy, and the BTC CITY Ljubljana Cycling Team from the near Slovenia, with the Team Manager Gorazd Penko with some athletes of the roster. Special guest has been the Football Trainer Edy Reja, who comes from Friuli, former coach of important football teams like Napoli.
The 30th Edition of the Giro Rosa, directed by Giuseppe Rivolta, will start in Piedmont on the 5th July with a hilly Team Time Trial of 18 kms between Cassano Spinola and Castellania, hometown of the Legendary “Campionissimo” Fausto Coppi, who was born in 1919, a hundred years ago. Like in 2018 with the historical stage finishes on the Monte Zoncolan and in Cividale, Friuli will be the final judge: Maniago, host city of the recent Paracycling Road World Championships, will be the finish of the Stage 8. The day after, there will be the Gemona del Friuli – Chiusaforte (Malga Montasio): 125.4 kms with uphill finish at 1544 meters, a very hard climb (highest slope 20%, average 8.1%) which was in the route of the Men Giro d’Italia 2013. The stage 10 will be raced between San Vito al Tagliamento and Udine for 118.6 kms and the final, short, cobblestoned climb of the Castle of Udine, which will assigne the final Maglia Rosa and the trophee of the 30th Giro Rosa.
Quotes by Giuseppe Rivolta, President of 4 Erre ASD and Giro Rosa Director:
“The 2019 Giro Rosa will reach an important moment, as it will turn 30 years old, and 100 since the birth of a cycling Legend like Fausto Coppi, who we will celebrate with the Team Time Trial on the Big Start. In the end the Friuli region: our friend Enzo Cainero, the Istitutions, are working a lot for Women Cycling. Enzo has been very brave to bring the women’s Giro on the Zoncolan, it was historical. The climb of Malga Montasio will be spectacular as well!”
The 30th Giro Rosa will be race between the 5th and 14th July 2019. We wish you Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.