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2 May 2020

Stage 5 of Giro d'Italia Virtual by Enel is starting on Saturday 2 May

The fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia Virtual is starting on Saturday 2 May: 30km and 710m vertical elevation over the finale of Stage 18 of the Corsa Rosa (Pinzolo – Laghi di Cancano, da Bocca del Braulio).

After the first four stages, the general classification sees the Astana Pro Team wearing the Maglia Rosa with a 18’33” lead over Bahrain-McLaren and 20’53” on the Italian national team.

MEN’S TEAMS AND RIDERS COMPETING

Saturday’s exciting race will see Astana Pro Team’s Jakob Fuglsang (2019 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, two editions of the Critérium du Dauphiné and Olympic Road Race runner-up), Ion Izaguirre (stage winner at the Giro and the Tour), Team Jumbo – Visma’s Steven Kruijswijk (fourth in the 2016 Corsa Rosa GC and third in the 2019 Tour de France GC) and Robert Gesink with Samuele Battistella and Under 23 Gabriele Benedetti for the Italian national team, among the other big names taking part.

  • ASTANA PRO TEAM, Jakob Fuglsang and Ion Izaguirre
  • TEAM JUMBO – VISMA, Steven Kruijswijk and Robert Gesink
  • ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC, Nicola Venchiarutti and Luca Chirico
  • BARDIANI CSF FAIZANÈ, Alessandro Monaco and Fabio Mazzucco
  • VINI ZABÙ KTM, Etienne van Empel and Alessandro Iacchi
  • NAZIONALE ITALIANA, Samuele Battistella and Gabriele Benedetti
  • TEAM BAHRAIN-MCLAREN

At 19:00 on Wednesday, enjoy the “after the live stage” on the Corsa Rosa social channels with Jakob Fuglsang, Steven Kruijswijk and the regular presence of the exceptional Ivan Basso.

LEGENDS

On Sunday some of the sport’s greatest ex-pros (the ‘Legends’) will go head to head on the same route, including Ivan Basso, Stefano Garzelli, Claudio Chiappucci, Stefano Allocchio, Alessandro Bertolini, Alessandro Ballan, Andrea Tafi and Matteo Montaguri, that will “cycle” together with Stefano Baldini, Olympic champion marathon runner in Athens in 2004.

PINK RACE

Among the women, the Trek-Segafredo team leads the GC with a 29’39” advantage over the Italian national team and 1:15’52” over the Astana Women’s Team.

TEAMS AND RIDERS COMPETING IN THE PINK RACE

Erica Magnaldi and Soraya Paladin will represent the Italian national cycling team in the Pink Race, riding against Ellen van Dijk and Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo), and Olga Shekel and Liliana Moreno (Astana Women’s Team).

  • ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM, Olga Shekel and Liliana Moreno
  • TREK–SEGAFREDO, Ellen van Dijk and Lucinda Brand
  • NAZIONALE ITALIANA, Erica Magnaldi and Soraya Paladin

Lucinda Brand, together with her teammate Ellen van Dijk, will look to defend her team’s lead of the Pink Race

SATURDAY’S STAGE

Stage 18 – from Saturday 2 to Tuesday 5 May, PINZOLO > LAGHI DI CANCANO (Stelvio National Park) – (from Bocca del Braulio, final 30.0km – 710m vertical elevation). Discover more.

INFO, RULES AND HOW TO REGISTER VIA THE EVENT’S GARMIN PLATFORM: WWW.GARMINVIRTUALRIDE.COM/IT

To experience the excitement of the Giro d’Italia Virtual, riders will simply need a Garmin Connect account in order to sign up for free at www.garminvirtualride.com/it. Following registration, they will then be able to upload the GPX files of the Giro d’Italia Virtual’s seven stages and install them on their Garmin Edge cycle computer. Riders will also require a new generation smart trainer such as those offered by Tacx, or any other brand of interactive smart trainer with similar features, to connect with their bike.

Signing up for the event will allow riders to compete in all seven stages of the Giro d’Italia Virtual. Registration is divided into four separate categories – ‘Amateur’, ‘Legends’, ‘Pro’ and ‘Woman’ – each with their own separate general classification. The registration portal is be available to access in four languages while the event’s official rulebook is accessible in both English and Italian.

THE GIRO D’ITALIA VIRTUAL BY ENEL – SPONSORS

The Giro d’Italia Virtual, raising vital funds for the Italian Red Cross, has been created in collaboration with Enel (the event’s official presenting partner), Garmin Edge and Tacx. The race is also officially sponsored by Castelli, Bianchi, NAMEDSPORT, Segafredo and Toyota.

FUNDRAISING FOR THE ITALIAN RED CROSS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RETE DEL DONO

RCS Sport is promoting a fundraising initiative in aid of the Italian Red Cross, accepting donations via the Rete del Dono giving portal, available at www.retedeldono.it/giro. Donations made via the portal until 10 May will enable the humanitarian organisation to continue working at the front line of the Covid-19 emergency, offering first responder aid, virus screening and psychological and logistical support amongst other vitally important activities in the fight against the epidemic. The fundraising campaign has been made possible by Rete del Dono – a longstanding partner of RCS Sport and notable coordinator of numerous successful sporting charity programs, including the Milano Marathon and Gran Fondo Strade Bianche. In the last few weeks alone, Rete del Dono has activated more than 70 fundraising campaigns aimed at battling the Covid-19 emergency.

In addition to sponsoring the event, Castelli have also pledged to donate 5 euros to the Italian Red Cross for each #Giro102 Race Jersey purchased through their website – http://castelli-cycling.com/

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