After 17 years, the spectacular Italian bicycle race Giro d’Italia will again run through Slovenia, more precisely through the region of Goriška Brda and Nova Gorica.
The route of the 104th Giro d’Italia was officially unveiled on Wednesday and we were thrilled to hear that the race is coming back to Slovenia, more precisely to Goriška Brda and Nova Gorica. It is thanks to Edy Reja, a footballer and successful football coach of Slovenian descent living across the border in Italy, that the world’s best cyclists will start the fifteenth stage in Slovenia. Also, we must not forget to mention outstanding achievements of Slovenian cyclists, Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič, which definitely also played an important role. Pogačar and Roglič will, however, most likely not participate in the Giro this year, but Slovenians will be able to cheer for Jana Tratnik and Matej Mohorič.
The start of the fifteenth stage of the Giro d’Italia on 23 May will be in Grado, Italy, then the cyclist will ride for two hours through Brda, four kilometres along the Slovenian-Italian border in Nova Gorica, and cross the finish line in Gorizia, Italy. The Giro attracts around 800 million viewers from across the globe and provides an excellent opportunity for promoting tourism in the region.