From 12 to 15 April, the island will host the four stages of Il Giro di Sicilia Eolo. Less than a month later, it will then play host to the first stages on Italian soil after the Giro d’Italia’s Grande Partenza from Hungary.
The four stages of Il Giro di Sicilia Eolo 2022 were presented today at the Sicilian regional headquarters in Catania, in the presence of the representatives of the municipalities of Milazzo, Palma di Montechiaro, Realmonte, Caltanissetta, Piazza Armerina, Ragalna and Linguaglossa. This year’s race follows a varied route suited to the characteristics of every type of rider: sprinters, finisseurs and climbers. Less than a month later, the island will welcome the ‘Caravona Rosa’ of the Giro d’Italia, which will arrive from Hungary, with Sicily hosting the rest day and the first two stages on Italian soil after the Grande Partenza.
“With Il Giro di Sicilia and the Giro d’Italia – states the President of the Sicilian Region Nello Musumeci – this spring will be the season of great cycling for our island. After the victory of Nibali in 2021, and the success of the public, we are ready for this new edition of the competition. With great determination, the regional government wanted to bring this ancient race back to life, and the results are now there for all to see: participation, quality of the riders, return of image, tourism promotion. Sporting events like these, in fact, are a key to making our region appreciated all over the world and also attracting new tourist flows. In addition, they represent a vehicle for encouraging basic sports practice, necessary to combat phenomena such as childhood obesity and improve the health of the population, as well as being useful for the individual training of new generations”.
“Once again this year – states the Regional Councilor for Tourism and Sport, Manlio Messina – the historic cycling race will make our island a protagonist, allowing us to promote its beauties in Italy and around the world. The Musumeci government continues to believe with conviction in this great sporting event which, after its pause due to the pandemic, had already brought cycling champions back to Sicilian roads last autumn. With the 2022 edition we are giving continuity to a competition that has its roots over the years: the race returns in the spring and will see athletes of absolute international level at the start. It will be an exciting show, a sort of preview of the Giro d’Italia that allows us to continue to focus decisively on sports tourism, a market segment with great potential. In addition to the Giro di Sicilia and the Giro d’Italia, finally, in collaboration with RCS, we will soon give life to the first edition of a major international event linked to sports tourism”.
Paolo Bellino, CEO of RCS Sport, said: “The union with the Sicilian Region has been consolidated for some years now. Together we wanted to bring back to the island not only Il Giro di Sicilia but also the Giro d’Italia which this year will see the region become a protagonist with the first two Italian stages after the Grande Partenza from Hungary. We still have in our minds the great victory of Vincenzo Nibali over Alejandro Valverde – in the last edition held in October – testifying that great riders love this race. From 12 to 15 April with Il Giro di Sicilia and then from 9 to 11 May with the Corsa Rosa, the whole island will be able to take in great cycling and show the world – through television images – all its beauties”.