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Dear cycling fans, it’s the Giro d’Italia time! One of the most prestigious events in the world of cycling, Giro d’Italia is a dream for many athletes to participate. Hundreds of them will race through the beautiful Italian countryside for three weeks, bringing an amazing spectacle to cycling enthusiasts worldwide.

The Giro d’Italia, together with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, makes the Grand Tour – the three major cycling stage races in Europe. This year’s Giro d’Italia race is special as it takes place for the 100th time.

The Giro d’Italia is one of the most popular sports events among the Italians. Not only them, to be exact – you can find fans of this prestigious cycling event spread out all over the world. It is estimated that around 800 million people watch the Giro race on television or online. You shouldn’t miss the action either – you can watch the Giro d’Italia on fuboTV (U.S.) and Rai TV (Italy). Away from the country? Get NordVPN and stream sports from anywhere on Earth – well, except Antarctica.

A few chunks of the Giro d’Italia history:

The very beginning. We can enjoy the exceptional Giro d’Italia races today thanks to Tullo Morgagni, the editor of La Gazzetta dello Sport. Inspired by the newly established Tour de France, he thought that Italy also needed a stage race. Morgagni sold his idea to the newspaper’s owner, Emilio Costamagna, and voilà – the first Giro d’Italia was staged in 1909. There were 127 cyclists competing in the eight stages of the first Giro d’Italia race.

The start. Following the tradition since 1960, the Grande Partenze, the “big start” of the race, takes place in a different location each year, and this year cyclists will set off at Alghero – a town on the northwest coast of Sardinia. Looking back in history, the starting point of the Giro not always happened to be in Italy – there were races that started in Northern Ireland, Austria, Belgium, France and Greece. Despite of this, the Giro d’Italia always ends on the soil of Italy. This year, it will be Milan to proudly host the finish.

Awards. The Giro d’Italia is the race for the pink jersey – the Maglia Rosa. At the end of each stage, the leader is awarded with this most prestigious jersey of the tour. But why is it pink? The choice of the color lies back at the roots of the Giro. The Giro d’Italia was established to promote La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, which was printed on pink paper, so choosing pink as the color for the main award seems very natural.

Moreover, there is a special classification for young riders of The Giro d’Italia. Every rider under 25 competes for the Maglia Bianca – the white jersey awarded to the leader of the classification.

The Maglia Azzurra – the blue jersey – is the prize awarded for the best performer in the mountains classification. By the way, the mountains classification is the second oldest classification qualified for the jersey award. The highlight of this classification is the Cima Coppi – the highest mountain peak of the Giro d’Italia race.



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