More than 1500 recreational cyclists including football coach Edy Reja (Atalanta Bergamo), Friulian Giro d’Italia stages promoter Enzo Cainero and RCS Sport Managing Director Paolo Bellino, accompanied by Amstel Gold Race winner Enrico Gasparotto, partecipated to the Granfondo Giro d’Italia in Cividale the day after Mikel Nieve’s solo victory on stage 13 of the Corsa Rosa. Cyclists came from Great Britain, Poland, Brazil, Australia and Canada. They were able to choose between two courses: 140.1km throughout the four climbs used by the professionals (Matajur, Crai, Cima Porzus and Valle) or the shorter 82.4km route via Matajur and Crai only.
“It’s been a weekend of strong emotions”, said the mayor of Cividale Stefano Balloch. “Our city is part of UNESCO world heritage. It attracts people who have a passion for history but this time around, cyclists were also able to enjoy the natural beauty and the local culture of wine and food.”
Cainero is the man who has wanted to associate the Giro d’Italia and the fun ride. “On Friday the crowds were enormous on the roads of the Giro”, he declared. “It’s been a great location for the Granfondo. The success exceeded all expectations.”