The sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia Virtual will start on Wednesday 6 May: 31.5km and 1,180m vertical elevation over the finale of Stage 20 of the Corsa Rosa (Alba – Sestriere, from Briancon).
After the first five stages, the general classification sees the Astana Pro Team wearing the Maglia Rosa with a 26’15” lead over Team Jumbo – Visma and 38’07” over Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec.
MEN’S TEAMS AND RIDERS COMPETING ON WEDNESDAY
Wednesday’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), Alexey Lutsenko (Kazak road and time trial national champion), Team Jumbo – Visma’s Antwan Tolhoek and Laurens De Plus (2019 Binck Bank Tour), with Fausto Masnada (winner of Stage 6 at the 2019 Corsa Rosa) and Under 23 Kevin Colleoni for the Italian national team, among the other big names taking part.
Yesterday, Alessandro Ballan was first among the Legends on the Laghi di Cancano finish, ahead of Matteo Montaguti and Andrea Tafi. On Thursday 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 Montaguti.
Among the women, the Trek-Segafredo team leads the GC with a 23’11” advantage over the Italian national team and 1:11’31 over the Astana Women’s Team.
TEAMS AND RIDERS COMPETING IN THE PINK RACE
Erica Magnaldi and Elena Pirrone will represent the Italian national cycling team in the Pink Race, riding against Elisa Longo Borghini and Anna Plichta (Trek-Segafredo), and Katia Ragusa and Lizbeth Yareli Salazar (Astana Women’s Team).
Elisa Longo Borghini together with her teammate Anna Plichta, will look to defend her team’s lead of the Pink Race
Stage 20 – from Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 May, ALBA > SESTRIERE – (from Briancon, final 31.5 km – 1,180m 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/