In the imagination of all cycling enthusiasts, no race in Sicily would be complete without a ride up the Etna. This legendary volcano will be, once again, a decisive feature on the route of the 2021 Giro di Sicilia. We will, however, be seeing a different face of it from the one we have become acquainted with, especially at the Giro d’Italia.
Thinking about the Etna immediately brings to mind the many climbs that rise up to 1,900 metres, along the wind‑beaten and barren mountainside. The first Giro d’Italia stage finish at the Rifugio Sapienza dates back to 1967, and it was Franco Bitossi who cruised to victory with his arms aloft. Over the last 10 years, the Etna hosted a further four stage finishes, with victory going to Alberto Contador, Jan Polanc, Esteban Chaves (the line was at Serra La Nave that year) and Jonathan Caicedo. The Giro di Sicilia set a stage finish there as well, on its first and (to date) only edition organised by RCS, in 2019. Guillaume Martin was the winner that day.