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.
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.