The Gazzetta dello Sport of May 9, 1931 announced that in the image of the Tour de France, the Giro instituted that the leader of the general would wear a pink jersey daily from then on, as pink was the paper on which the newspaper was printed inventor and organizer of the race. The decision aroused severe criticism from the leaders of the fascist party (which, perhaps ironically, was honored with the black jersey worn by the last classified), who did not see how pink, a delicate color to their liking, could represent strength. and the energetic character of the Italian people
Learco Guerra, the human locomotive, one of the figures of the time, was the first cyclist to wear it, on May 10, 1931, and 90 years later, between May 8, and on May 30, between Turin and Milan, when the pink jersey has become one of the greatest trophies a cyclist can dream of, and its color tremendously represents the strength and character of all champions, they will fight for it , among others, the Sicilian Vincenzo Nibali, 36, the only active cyclist, along with Chris Froome, who has won Giro (2013 and 2016), Vuelta (2010) and Tour (2014), and Egan Bernal, 24 years, the only Colombian who has won the Tour (2019), and after a bad 202 0 (abandonment in the Tour, back problems derived from a spinal scoliosis caused by having one leg longer than the other) rebuilds his career debuting in the Italian race. The Sicilian-Colombian duel, the great generational duel, as announced by the promoters, fills the main lineup, but there will also be specialist Mikel Landa, who in the Giro has not only reached the podium (2015), but has also won some of his most remembered stages, and the newcomer Marc Soler, and the French Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet, who are already scared by the tremendous pressure that comes from running their Tour. And, given the times that run in some of their seven high finishes and two great alpine tappone, some beardless young people will emerge who will want to prolong and imitate the events that in 2020 led to the victory in Giro and Tour to the debutants Tao Geoghegan and Tadej Pogacar.
Although, due to its profusion of high-altitude arrivals spread throughout the three weeks (third stage, Sestola, the Bologna ski resort where Alberto Tomba learned the sport and in which in 2016 Giulio Ciccone achieved his first victory, a local hopes; sixth, San Giacomo, in the Marche Apennines, next to Ascoli Piceno; in the ninth, further south, the Campo Felice ski resort, near L'Aquila, in Abruzzo; in the 14th, already in Veneto, the Zoncolan, but by the easy way, that of Sutrio, the one inaugurated by Simoni in 2003; the 16th will be the great dolomitic tappone, with Marmolada, Pordoi and Giau before going down to Cortina d'Ampezzo, where will be the Winter Games on 26, in the 17th , ascent to the Sega di Ala, next to the Garda, north of Verona; In the 19th, it will be the arrival at Alpe di Mera, a ski resort in Piedmont, and in the Lombard and Swiss Alps the 20th stage will take place, the second stage reigns, with San Bernardino and Splugenpass, in Ticino, before finishing in the Alpe di Motta, again in Italy, on Lake Como), the Giro del 21 smells a bit like the Vuelta a España style, the length of some stages (more than 200 kilometers the dolomitic and the Zoncolan) and the The height of its mountains (more than 2,000m, the three dolomitic giants of the 16th and the two Swiss passes of the 20th) are elements that can obviously only be found in a race like the Italian one, in which the veneration of their past, and the mad effort of his champions, are part of his character. In total there will be 21 stages, 3,450 kilometers (164 kilometers on average) and 46,900 meters of positive elevation gain (2,233 meters per stage).
To please your loved ones, especially the Piedmontese phenomenon of Lake Maggiore Filippo Ganna, The Giro will start with A nine-kilometer time trial, which will allow his idol to wear the first pink jersey, and will say goodbye in Milan with another individual time trial, the one that may decide the final duel, of 29.4 kilometers.