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6 May 2020

Fuglsang and Lutsenko, first and third, dominate atop Sestriere

FUGLSANG AND LUTSENKO, FIRST AND THIRD, DOMINATE ATOP SESTRIERE, ASTANA PRO TEAM WEARS THE MAGLIA ROSA AHEAD OF MILAN’S FINAL ITT

IN THE PINK RACE ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM WON THE STAGE AND TREK-SEGAFREDO RETAINED THE GC LEAD

Astana Pro Team’s two riders, Jakob Fuglsang and Alexey Lutsenko, won today’s stage, as the Kazak team increased its lead in the GC. The Pink Race saw stage victory for Astana Women’s Team (Katia Ragusa and Liliana Moreno), while Trek-Segafredo retained its lead in the general clarification. ‘Post-stage live’ is at 19:00 CEST with live insights from Ivan Basso, Jakob Fuglsang and Elisa Longo Borghini. Tomorrow, cycling’s greatest ex-pros (the ‘Legends’) will race side by side, including: Matteo Montaguti, Ivan Basso, Stefano Garzelli, Alessandro Ballan, Claudio Chiappucci, Andrea Tafi, Stefano Allocchio and Alessandro Bertolini. Sign up to compete at www.garminvirtualride.com/it. Visit www.retedeldono.it/giro to donate to the event’s fundraiser for the Italian Red Cross.

Astana Pro Team have won the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia Virtual (31.5km and 1,180m vertical elevation over the finale of Stage 20 of the Corsa Rosa, Alba – Sestriere, from Briancon) thanks to Jakob Fuglsang (1:06’04”, today’s fastest finisher) and Alexey Lutsenko, with a combined time of 2:13’24”, beating Bardiani CFS Faizanè at 5’47” and the Italian National Team, in third at 10’46”.

Astana Pro Team retained the Maglia Rosa with a 48’26” lead over Team Jumbo – Visma and a 1:00’43” lead over Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec.

In the Pink Race, it was a stage victory for Astana Women’s Team thanks to Katia Ragusa (1:16’54”, the best individual time) and Liliana Moreno, with a combined time of 2:45’48”. The Italian National team finished second at 9’35” while Trek-Segafredo crossed the line third at 10’35”.

Trek-Segafredo retained the lead in the general clarification with a 22’11” advantage over the Italian national team and a lead of 1:00’56” over Astana Women’s Team.

Saturday 9 May, the final individual time trial on the route of stage 21 of the Corsa Rosa (Cernusco sul Naviglio – Milan, Tissot Time Trial, Complete Stage 15.7km), will decide the winners of both the Giro d’Italia Virtual and the Pink Race.

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. Once registered, they can 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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