The Giro del Trentino welcomes "Sir" Wiggins with four days for a great cross-border challenge 2013
A stars parade is expected at the start of the 37th Giro del Trentino in Lienz (Austria) on April 16thFrom 4/8/13
The terrific growth in importance and international prestige enjoyed by Giro del Trentino since its inception (1962) is clearly displayed in its 37th edition, from April 16th to 19th, 2013, with an unprecedented, top-range starting list. The goal GS Alto Garda’s organizers had set for themselves after Giro del Trentino got promoted to UCI 2.HC category – making it a top event on the international stage – was clearly fulfilled. Figures speak for themselves: 18 teams at the start, 144 riders from 28 Nations in the World.
Monday, April 8th’s official presentation at Casse Rurali Trentine’s headquarter in Trento – attended by a number of authorities, journalists, cycling technicians and former champions – confirmed high expectation around 2013 event, showcasing six Grand-Tour winners at the departure, starting with last Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, first British rider in the cycling history to dress the yellow jersey at Paris’ Champs Elysèes. The Brit’s main contenders include another Tour de France winner, Australian Cadel Evans, and three former pink jerseys: Michele Scarponi, Ivan Basso and Stefano Garzelli. Anyway, the most intriguing challenge will be launched by Vincenzo Nibali (winner of a Vuelta a Espana on his part), who clearly announced his bid for the upcoming Giro, where he will find all of these opponents on his way.
“Such a high-level and charming race is all we could possibly ask for,” GS Alto Garda President Giacomo Santini stated, receiving great credit from Tourism, Agricolture and Commerce Assessor of the Province of Trento, Tiziano Mellarini, and Instruction and Sports Assessor Marta Dalmaso, who showed their pleasure in stating the significant media impact of the race in favour of Trentino’s territory.
In 2013, Giro del Trentino will cross the National border, moving the start to Lienz, Austria – a city that showed its strong bind to this race several times in the past. The whole day 1, on Tuesday April 16th, will take place in Austria, with a road half-stage in the morning and a very anticipated team time trial in the afternoon, significant testing ground in projection to the “Corsa Rosa”. On Wednesday, April 17th, the race will restart from Austria, in Sillian, and finish in Vetriolo Terme, for a stage boding to reshape the overall classification (the original route included the Lavazè Pass, but the climb was cancelled due to a landslide). Thurdsay, April 18th has a medium mountain stage in store for the riders, from Pergine to Condino, leading to the final showdown on Friday 19th: Arco-Sega di Ala will provide the final verdict on a new and extremely demanding climb – with slopes up to 20% - where Giro del Trentino is set to give another exciting climbing show after last year’s Punta Veleno.
Its spectacular nature and routes make the fortune of Giro del Trentino, whose national and international media coverage stands at the top of the list, and whose starting list reached a new quality peak in 2013: six WorldTour teams will take part to the race, with the debut of Team Sky, the British battleship led by Sir Bradley Wiggins, knighted by Her Majesty after his historical success at the Tour de France. In addition to the big names for stage races, other protagonists like Domenico Pozzovivo (last year’s overall winner), Pierre Rolland and Franco Pellizotti will also be in contention.
The TV race coverage will be provided by RaiSport, whose long-time announced live broadcast of the whole race is still to be confirmed. “We truly hope everything will pan out just fine, as it will cause a severe damage for us and the quality of our event,” GS Alto Garda President Giacomo Santini, commented.
The stages of 37th Giro del Trentino:
Tuesday April 16th: 1st half-stage Lienz-Lienz, km 128,5; 2nd half-stage Lienz (TTT), km 14,1
Wednesday April 17th: Sillian-Vetriolo Terme, km 224,8
Thursday April 18th: Pergine Valsugana- Condino (Valle del Chiese), km 176,1
Friday April 19th: Arco-Sega di Ala, km 166,8