Giro d'Italia with a touch of Slovenia

The prestigious Giro d'Italia race, which will be attracting the attention of cycling fans from 8 to 30 May, is returning to Slovenia. In its 15th stage, which is scheduled for 23 May, one of the greatest three-week cycling challenges will take the cyclists through Nova Gorica and over the Brda region. This is an excellent opportunity for Slovenia, where cycling is one of the most popular activities, to show the world its cycling soul, green countryside and excellent options for outdoor activities. 

Giro d'Italia in brief

The Giro d'Italia (also known as the Giro or La Corsa Rosa) is an annual stage race for professional male cyclists that takes place mostly on Italian roads. This year's 104th edition of the Giro d'Italia will feature a total of 21 stages. The race will run through 14 of the 20 Italian regions, and take a turn out of Italian territory twice - to Slovenia and Switzerland. In three weeks, the cyclists will cover almost 3,500 kilometres and a record 47,000 metres of cumulative elevation gain.

Take a look at a few interesting facts about the race.

The Giro d'Italia was held for the first time in 1909, making it one of the oldest cycling races in the world. The first winner was Luigi Ganna.

Since 1931, cyclists have been competing for the pink jersey awarded to the overall winner. Pink is the colour of the organiser of the race, the sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, which is still printed on pink paper.

The 2021 Giro d'Italia will be broadcast in as many as 185 countries. Television stations will generate a total of 95 hours of live coverage of the race.

The pink caravan has also visited Slovenia five times. The starting or finishing points of the "Slovenian" stage have included Kranj, Bled, Portorož and Ljubljana, and the route of the Giro has also ventured into the Brda region in the past.

With the Giro, Slovenia is in the company of the "Great Three"

Cycling enthusiasts know that there are only three great challenges among all the world’s cycling races – France's Tour de France, Spain's Vuelta and Italy's Giro d'Italia. An overall win in one of these prestigious races shoots professional cyclists straight to the cycling Olympus. Slovenians have already learned how it feels to have their heroes among the winners of one of the three-week races, as Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič have won the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, respectively.

While the Giro d'Italia is still waiting for an overall Slovenian winner, Slovenian cyclists have won as many as eight individual stages of the race. First to enter his name among the winners of individual stages of the Giro was Luka Mezgec in 2014, to be followed by Jan Polanc, Primož Roglič, Matej Mohorič and last year also by Jan Tratnik. In this year's edition of the race for the pink jersey which, by the way, marks its 90th anniversary this year, Slovenian colours will be worn proudly by Matej Mohorič and Jan Tratnik.

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The Giro is especially close to the heart of Slovenians because it takes an occasional turn into Slovenian territory. This will be the case in 2021! The 15th stage will start in Italy's Grado, and the cyclists will enter Slovenia at Vipolže. The stage makes two cross-border loops around the Brda region, and then takes the cyclists along the Slovenian-Italian border to Nova Gorica and across Europe Square to the finish line in Gorizia.

Get to know the places in Slovenia the Giro will run through

If Italy has Tuscany, then Slovenia has Brda. The idyllic landscape where picturesque vineyards, orchards and olive groves are watched over by picturesque Brda villages is also popular for cycling trips. You can take your bicycle all the way to Nova Gorica and the Vipava Valley, which is connected with Brda by rich flavours, quality wine and, due to the temperate Mediterranean climate, active experiences every day of the year.

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Underlined with green

In the Giro d'Italia cycling race, a lot of attention is also dedicated to sustainability. Under the slogan "ride green" the organisers ensure that the race is not only attractive to sport enthusiasts, but they also strive to make it a role model for sustainable activity and environmental protection. Sustainability guidelines are also of key importance in Slovenia, the first country in the world to be declared a green destination as a whole.

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