Professional cycling returns to its roots
After 42 years since its last edition, Il Giro di Sicilia returns in style: a stage race on the island at the heart of great cycling. Thanks to a three-year deal between the Sicilian Region and RCS Sport, the island will see not only Il Giro di Sicilia’s return, but also three Giro d’Italia stages in 2020 and the Corsa Rosa’s Big Start in 2021.
Nello Musumeci, President of the Sicilian Region, said: “Bringing a prestigious cycling competition like Il Giro di Sicilia back to the Island, after 42 years, fills us with pride. An initiative that, as well as putting us under the sport’s spotlights, strengthens the image of a Region that is finally starting to return to general attention in every sector, including that of competitive sport. The three-year agreement signed by my Government with RCS Sport goes in this direction and will ensure strong visibility and an important impact in terms of tourism.
“In addition to Il Giro di Sicilia, in fact, the island will once again be the protagonist of the Giro d’Italia, with some stages already next year. In 2021, instead, with the Corsa Rosa starting right from Sicily, we will receive the attention of millions of fans of the noble art of pedalling. To them, beyond the excitement of the competition, we can offer unique and exciting routes and a panorama that, I am sure, will not go unnoticed and that will prove to be a worthy setting for such a glorious event.”
Paolo Bellino, RCS Sport CEO, said: “We’ve done great teamwork over a long period with the Sicilian Region to be able to announce this three-year deal today. This project has a precise strategy: returning Il Giro di Sicilia to its former glory and holding the Giro d’Italia here in Sicily over the next few years. The island of Sicily is extraordinary, as are its inhabitants, rich in culture, tradition and history, surrounded by a wonderful sea and with food that’s second to none. Sicily is the ideal place to ride, across every season of the year, and I’m sure that, in the future, it will be possible to organise sportive events here too. This synergy develops tourism and becomes an accelerator for the economy of the territory hosting the events.”
Elisabetta Ripa, Open Fiber CEO, the race’s main sponsor, said: “Open Fiber is proud to support the return of such an important sporting event. Our mission is to connect, through a network of fibre optic telecommunication cables, the whole of Italy: from the main cities to the most isolated hamlets, a little like a bike race that goes through the territory and unifies it thanks to the values of sport.”