The under 23 Giro d’Italia team is in mourning for the death of Sauro Coppini, the 67-year-old who died on Thursday evening in a tragic accident on the Cervese, in Tantlon. The pink race on Thursday was in its first stage Cesenatico-Riccione and on Friday it passed right on that road, a few kilometers upstream, passing through the Pisignano and Casemurate area. “Cycling should always be an occasion for celebration. Today, unfortunately, it is not possible – the organizers write on the race website – Today, as the Giro d’Italia Under 23 and as an ExtraGiro organizing group, we express our condolences for Sauro’s death. Coppini, who was normally part of the group of the technical escort of our events. ExtraGiro expresses solidarity with his family and will honor their memory during the second stage of the Giro d’Italia Giovani Under 23 “.
Coppini was born on 21 August 1953 and lived in Quarrata in Montemagno, in the province of Pistoia. Since the end of 2020, with the election of his friend Alessandro Becherucci as president of the Pistoia Provincial Committee of the Federciclismo, he had taken his place as president of OCIP (Pistoia Cycling Organization). Sauro had also previously been a member of the Pistoia Committee of the Federciclismo.
“A person always available, who has dedicated his life to cycling, as a manager, as a technical escort for the Pistoia Motociclisti Group, as a race director, as an organizer – remember him from Federciclismo – Another mourning for the whole of cycling. He leaves his wife and their daughter Martina. To them heartfelt condolences and the affection and closeness of the Tuscan Regional Committee with its president Saverio Metti, of the entire national cycling movement, of the friends and sportsmen who knew Sauro Coppini, a very nice person “.
The passage to Forlì
The competition restarted with the Riccione-Imola stage, passing around 2 pm also through the streets of Forlì, along the Cervese, via Ravegnana, viale Vittorio Veneto, Viale Italia, via Firenze, via Ossi and via Del Braldo to enter viale Bologna (Villanova) with direction Faenza. All this within a few weeks of the passage of the Giro that ended last Sunday. 175 athletes at the start, the first break of the day does not start immediately, also thanks to the high pace, until Lorenzo Peschi (Beltrami TSA-Tre Colli), Leandro Masotto (Iseo Rime Carnovali), Connor Sens (Holdsworth Zappi) get an advantage ) and Tommaso Nencini (Petroli Firenze-Hopplà-Don Camillo). Their action continues until the last climb of the day, the Gallisterna, which in September was decisive for the world championships of Anna van der Breggen and Julian Alaphilippe at the Imola – Emilia-Romagna Cycling World Championships organized by the ExtraGiro group.
Right at the end of the last roughness, with the group back compact, the expected Spanish Juan Ayuso of Team Colpack Ballan attacked near the brow, only to be reached by Alessandro Verre and Henok Mulueberhan on the descent that led to Imola. In this way, a trio with numerical superiority of Team Colpack Ballan was formed, which showed its strength, winning the stage and Maglia Rosa Enel. Pesquera, after having conquered the Giro di Romagna for Dante Alighieri, confirmed his feeling with the Emilia-Romagna territory, scoring yet another success of a season that has already seen him at the Piva Trophy and the Giro del Belvedere . To complete Team Colpack Ballan’s double, the second place of Alessandro Verre, while the Romagna Filippo Baroncini, fourth, regulated the sprint of the immediate pursuers behind Henok Mulueberhan (Team Qhubeka).