Het alfabet van de Ronde van ItaliëDe persdienst van de Ronde van Italië heeft zojuist een trugblik op de 99ste Giro verspreid. Waar de namen van Bobridge, Chaves, Jungels, Oss, Nibali, Ulissi, Valverde en Zhupa wel worden genoemd, is het Nederlandse aandeel in dit alfabet beperkt tot Apeldoorn.
• A for Apeldoorn, where the 99th Corsa Rosa started.
• B for Bobridge, the “Maglia Nera” of the Giro who finished the race in 156th position, at 5h08’51” behind the winner.
• C for Chaves, second place in the GC; he’s the third Colombian rider on a Giro podium.
• D for Digital media of the Giro. Facebook: 19 million unique users; Twitter: 50 million views; Web: 50 million pages viewed.
• E for Europe, the Corsa Rosa went through four countries: the Netherlands, Italy, France and Germany.
• F for Fans, who took to the streets of the Giro every day in great numbers.
G for Germany, the country with the most stage victories (7).
• H for Hotel: 17,500 rooms booked by the Giro organisations.
• I for Icon, the Trofeo senza Fine (Neverending Trophy) for the winner of the Giro.
* J for Jungels, the 99th Giro’s Maglia Bianca.
• K for the 3.463,1km ridden by the Corsa Rosa.
• L for Lombarda, the Colle which decided the GC.
• M for the Maglia Rosa, which has been worn by 235 riders since 1931.
• N for the Number of official accreditations at the Giro: 39,000.
• O for Oss, the most aggressive rider of the Corsa Rosa, who spent 557km in the break.
• P for (Grande) Partenza from Geldeland, the region of the Netherlands where the Giro started and the first three stages took place.
• Q for Quantity: 198 riders started the Giro, 27.4% (53) were Italians and 72.6% (145) from other countries.
• R for Ride Green, the environmentally sustainable project, which has already recycled 84% of the 56,734kg of separated waste collected during the race.
• S for Shark, the “Squalo dello Stretto” – the shark of the Messina Strait – is the nickname of Vincenzo Nibali, the winner of the Corsa Rosa.
• T for TV: 184 connected countries worldwide. In Italy, Rai’s live broadcast of stage 20 recorded a peak of 4,200,000 viewers, with a 36% share.
• U for Ulissi, the only Italian rider who won two stages. In total six stages were won by Italian riders.
V for Valverde, the Spanish rider who took third in the GC.
• W for Lupo Wolfie, the Giro mascot.
• Y for Young, 100,000 youngsters involved in the Biciscuola and Cycling Cup projects.
• Z for Zhupa, the only Albanian rider who rode and finished the Giro d’Italia (in 2015 and 2016).
• X … for the city of departure of the 100th edition of the Giro.