Turin will host the 2024 Giro d’Italia ahead of its earliest summit in 35 years
Ahead of the confirmation of the full route on Friday, October 13 during the La Gazzetta dello Sport Festival, Giro d’Italia organizers RCS have announced that the 2024 Grande Partenza will take place in the north-western region of Piedmont. Turin, as in 2021, will host the first stage.
Home to the likes of Constance Giradengo and Fausto Coppi, and more recently to champions such as Filippo Ganna, Piedmont is a region steeped in cycling tradition and has therefore hosted the particularly symbolic Giro d’Italia Grandi Partenza four times.
Piedmont hosted the start of the Giro d’Italia in 1961 and celebrated the 100th anniversary of Italian unification, while the race’s return to the start in 2011 marked the 150th anniversary. Ten years later, it is time to organize the first major sporting event in Italy after the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, and next year’s Grande Partenza will commemorate the lives of those who died in the Superga plane tragedy in 1949.
On that fateful day some 74 years ago, 31 members of a charter flight carrying the Turin soccer team – commonly known as Grande Torino for their five Serie A title wins – were killed when the plane veered into the hill of Superga. There were players, coaching staff, club officials, journalists and the flight crew on board.
We will combine two symbols of Italy in the world, such as the Giro d’Italia and the Invincibili Grande Torino,” commented RCS president Urbano Cairo. “This will be a special moment when the epic stories of the heroes of Maglia Rosa will intertwine with the heroes of Maglia Granata.”
Beginning on an undulating route from Venaria Reale to Turin on May 4, 2024, Stage 1 will feature the Superga climb in a moment that is sure to be emotional for the entire nation. Stage 3 will be the first chance for the sprinters on the Novara-Fossano route, and on day four the riders will leave Acqui Terme and head south of Piedmont.
However, it is Stage 2 that will attract the most attention early on, presenting the earliest finish to the top of the Giro since Etna’s appearance in the second stage of the 1989 edition. 35 years later, the peloton will stand on the Oropa climb, where Tom Dumoulin secured the title in 2017 and Marco Pantani won his famous victory 24 years ago.
On Friday, the route of the Giro d’Italia Donne 2024 will also be confirmed, which will be the first edition organized by RCS. So far, no major rumors have been leaked about the route design.
Chris Froome crashes during the Tour of Hainan but vows to race in 2024
Even though racing will only last 37 days in 2023, Israel-Premier Tech’s Chris Froome confirmed that Flo Bikes that he intends to continue racing in ProTeam next season. The four-time Tour de France winner spoke to the American outlet ahead of the Tour du Hainan, which was his first race since July and the first with his “new position on the bike”
“I made some changes to my position on the bike,” Froome revealed. “I find I’m quite far from where I was before Sky/Ineos and I feel much better on the bike”
“The biggest thing was that before the tour I was struggling with my lower back [de France]. My lower back hurt a lot… I’m finally sitting in my old position again.”
Unfortunately for the veteran, he didn’t have the opportunity to put in a good performance in China as he suffered a breakdown on the final day and finished a modest 63rd overall, 34 minutes behind the 47-year-old race winner, Óscar Sevilla.
After missing out on team selection for the Tour de France this summer, Froome has kept a low profile as his participation in the Singapore Criterion and the upcoming Japan Cup has been announced. However, the disappointing season did not discourage the 38-year-old Briton from continuing his racing.
“I’m going to do it [the Tour de France] my goal for next year. I hope that in the first part of the season before the Tour I will strengthen enough and make this my main goal,” he was adamant.
First, however, he will have to select the team, which will not be an easy task. Israeli company Premier Tech has flourished on its first two major tours this year with performances from Derek Gee, Mike Woods and Krist Neilands, and next year will feature the likes of Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) and Ethan Vernon (Soudal Quick-Step ), developing his sprinting pedigree.
To try and qualify for this year’s tour, Froome only took part in two one-day races and La Route d’Occitanie, where apparent mechanical problems thwarted his ambitions. The former phenom admitted to mistakes in preparation and will now change his racing calendar for 2024.
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“I’m going to focus more on weekly stage races,” he detailed on Friday. “Maybe stay away from some of the one-day races. Some stage races with further mountain stages would be a good test for me and let me see where I am on the course.”
Imanol Erviti announces surprise retirement from Il Lombardia, ending a 19-year career
On Monday morning, Movistar veteran Imanol Erviti announced his immediate retirement from professional cycling, bringing down the curtain on a 19-year professional career that made the Spaniard one of the most respected riders in the peloton.
Taking to social media to announce the news, Erviti first of all wanted to pay tribute to those who rode for and with.
“After 19 years of unforgettable professional and personal experiences with the Movistar team, it is time to say goodbye,” Erviti wrote. “I want to thank all the team members, from the first ones who noticed me when I was a young rider to the last ones I am with.”
Of course, Erviti spent his entire career with the Movistar team, which is an almost unprecedented experience in modern cycling. Erviti was part of the old guard, having signed with Movistar in 2005 alongside Alejandro Valverde, when the team was known as Illes Balears – Caisse d’Epargne.
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Since then, not only has Erviti marked his mark as an invaluable member of Movistar’s lineups in both the Grand Tour and Classics, but the Spaniard also won two stages of the Vuelta a España along the way.
Next to Juan Antonio Flecha, Erviti is probably the best Spanish classic cyclist on cobblestones of the last 20 years. He raced at Paris-Roubaix 18 times in his career. His best result was in 2016, when he took ninth place.
He retires just two days after what turned out to be his last race for Movistar in Il Lombardia. The target for the year’s fifth and final Monument was Erviti’s teammate Enric Mas, but their ambitions were thwarted when Mas crashed out of the race. Nevertheless, Erviti returned home in 96th place to say goodbye to the sport that had given so much.
Jasper Philipsen doubles on the second stage of the Tour of Türkiye
For the second day in a row, the sprint supremo from Alpecin-Deceuninck, Jasper Philipsen, won the Tour of Türkiye, ahead of the fast competitor from Astana Qazaqstan. On the opening day, Gleb Syritsa was the unfortunate victim, while on Monday Cees Bol was close to defeating the Belgian.
The Tour of Türkiye started with a lot of excitement as Philipsen met the returning Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan), who was riding for the first time since his Tour de France accident and subsequent postponement of retirement.
However, it became clear from the first stage that the Briton was here to help his teammates, and Astana Qazaqstan could later be pleasantly surprised by two runner-up finishes in as many days.
However, before Monday’s sprint, both they and Alpecin-Deceuninck had to work together at the front of the peloton to stop the three-person breakaway of Artur Sowiński (Voster-ATS), Lennert Teugels (Bingoal WB) and Matteo Amelli (Corratec-Selle Italia). This task was completed successfully with about 13km to go, before the road climbed to a difficult gradient in the last kilometer.
For a moment, it seemed that Bol would have the advantage over Philipsen in this difficult final, leading the race leader until the last 40 m. However, it was at this moment that the 25-year-old showed his class and overtook the Dutchman, securing his 40th career victory.
Behind the leading duo, Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè’s Luca Colnaghi was a distant third, with Philipsen taking the lead in the race on a monster Stage 3 that was sure to see him lose his lead. The finish line of Tuesday’s summit stage is 18.5 km long and has an average gradient of 10.4%.
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