Even if it took a while, Sicily is slowly becoming a major centre of gravity for Italian cycling. How can you tell? For starters, the Giro d’Italia is increasingly trying to make the island a feature of its route (although logistically challenging), as in the “Grande Partenza” of 2020. What’s more, many cycling aces were born and raised here – Vincenzo Nibali, to name but one. And finally, think of the Giro di Sicilia, one of the rare short Italian stage races devoted to just one region.
Additionally, Sicily has become a favoured destination as a winter training camp for many teams owing to its mild climate. In the past few months alone, Trek‑Segafredo, Bardiani‑CSF‑Faizanè and Vini Zabù came to the island to get ready for the new season. As a matter of fact, Sicily offers a wide range of trails and terrains, and the temperatures are in line with those that you would find in Tenerife or Mallorca, where the riders love to spend the winter months to escape the cold hinterland of Europe.