Aprica (Sondrio), 13 November 2021 – In Valtellina there will be the only Lombard stage of the Giro d’Italia. From the start in Hungary to the arrival at the Verona Arena, the route of the 105th edition of the Giro d’Italia was unveiled on Thursday in Verona and the queen stage of the pink race is undoubtedly the “Valtellinese” one, called Sforzato Wine Stage. A very difficult mountain stage, with Mortirolo and Santa Cristina to put the tadpoles to the test and will allow those who want to attack to trim heavy gaps.
“The Giro d’Italia is a story of the territory and is a real platform for enhancing it. This soul is evident in the Sforzato Wine Stage – says Gigi Negri, director of the Media Valle and Morbegno tourist consortia as well as trait d ‘ union between the organizers and the province of Sondrio -, where an excellence of Valtellina (the Sforzato, in fact) is the common thread of the journey of the athletes and of all those who participate in the realization of this event “. “Having a stage of the Giro dedicated to Valtellina wines is a great opportunity to make the territory and Nebbiolo delle Alpi known – he says Danilo Drocco, president of the Consorzio Vini Valtellina -. Sforzato obtained by drying Nebbiolo and grown on terraces built with dry stone walls, expresses the elegance and freshness of a great aging wine. The effort, the sacrifice of the winemaker represents a perfect combination with the efforts of the cyclists involved in the Great Race “.
Mauro Vegni, director of the Giro d’Italia, is enthusiastic about the Valtellina hamlet.
“A great stage from a sporting and landscape point of view. Valtellina is a wonderful land and therefore we expect, as always, a great success”. A lover of Valtellina is also Lorenzo Fortunato, winner of the Zoncolan stage at the Giro, and who is part of the Eolo-Kometa team of the great champions Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso.
“Lombardy is a land of cycling and the Giro d’Italia will bring our wonderful territory, rich in history and beauty into the spotlight – said Antonio Rossi, undersecretary with responsibility for Sport, Olympics and Major Events for the Lombardy Region – a ‘ area rich in services, innovation and culture. Lombardy Region will continue to support major sporting events which represent a great opportunity for the promotion of sporting activity, also with a view to the Milan Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics “.” I am satisfied that, once again, all the local authorities – underlines Elio Moretti, president of the Province of Sondrio – have united under the banner of the Giro d’Italia to help enhance cycling tourism in Valtellina. The start of the stage will be in Salò “.” The synergy created with his friend Pierluigi Negri – adds Paolo Zanni, organizer of the departure of the Giro 2022 from Salò -, combined with the splendor of Lake Garda and the beauty of the Valtellina mountains, are and they will be a perfect setting for the present and the future of the Giro d’Italia. “Valtellina is increasingly central as well as Aprica which for the 10th year will be the arrival point of a part of the most prestigious stage race in Italy. Italy, the Giro that is the top in the world with his majesty the Tour and with the Vuelta at the level of stage races.
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