The long plain stages, sprints and final sprints, the hard mountain stages and the challenges between legendary athletes have turned the Giro d’Italia into the most famous and prestigious Italian multiple stage bicycle race. The Giro d’Italia is also known as the ‘Pink Race’ and it has been held each year in May, with the exception of the interruptions for the First and the Second World Wars. It began in 1909 and the starting point changes every year, whereas the arrival is always in Milan, where the Gazzetta dello Sport is based, the newspaper that has organised the race ever since its beginning. The prize to be won, together with the prize money and the ‘Senza Fine’ trophy, is the legendary ‘Pink Jersey’.
Year after year, the race has strengthened its myth and increased the number of supporters and the kilometres. In over a hundred years of history, the Giro d’Italia has been the stage of exciting challenges. The first racer to win the title was Luigi Ganna. In the 20s, Alfredo Binda proved himself as one of the protagonists of the sports race. His 5-victory record was equalled by Fausto Coppi in 1953. From the 40s on, Coppi and Gino Bartali inflamed sports reports, taking cycling to the core of media attention. Since then, many cyclers have mounted the podium: Belgian Merckx, who won five races, Anquetil and Balmamion, to Saronni, Indurain, Simoni and Savoldelli. Many racers won over the heart of enthusiasts, like Cipollini, who holds the record of most stage victories, and Marco Pantani, who is considered as the greatest Italian climber in the last 50 years. In the past few years, the Giro has reconfirmed its international dimension, thanks to the victories of foreign champions, like Alberto Contador. Despite the sad shadow of doping that has hit it recently, the race is still one of the most prestigious events for cycling enthusiasts all over the world.