Giuseppe Rivolta has a long history with the Giro d’Italia Donne, having organized the event for 18 years before PMG Sport/Starlight took over management of the event in 2021.
Rivolta praised PMG Sport/Starlight for the improvements to the event in three years, but he also welcomed the news that RCS Sport would take over from 2024 through 2027, saying that it will help the race “stand on its own two feet.”
“I am pleased that there is all this interest linked to the Giro Donne. In the past, there was a call for entries, but in practice, no one took part, and so they asked the organizer of the previous year,” Rivolta said in an interview with BiciPro.
“This time, I think it was also the driving force behind the assignment of the U23 Giro. Putting them [Giro Donne and U23 Giro] together made the package more attractive to the organizers. It means that the Giro Donne has gained prestige over the years. And maybe that means it’s also partly thanks to me.”
The Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) confirmed that RCS Sport would organise both the Giro d’Italia Giovani Under 23 for a five-year term and the Giro d’Italia Donne on a four-year term after a carefully devised bid process that resulted in RCS Sport being the only contender.
“Roberto Ruini arrived in 2021 with Starlight and was able to put together two beautiful editions,” Rivolta said.
“And from next year, with RCS Sport, the race will be in excellent hands. They are the best prepared, the facts say so, not just me. Now I can feel relaxed because the Giro Donne can stand on its own two feet.”
RCS Sport already organises the men’s Giro d’Italia, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo, Il Lombardia and the men’s and women’s Strade Bianche, along with a number of other smaller races.
The Giro d’Italia Donne is currently organised by PMG Sport/Starlight, an organization that took over the women’s stage race in 2021 and 2022 from Rivolta.
PMG Sport/Starlight told Cyclingnews that it will continue to organize the Giro d’Italia Donne in 2023, which will be held from June 30-July 9 until RCS Sport takes over next year. However, there have been complaints about a lack of information on the route, leaving teams unable to plan for their major goals of the season.
“I can tell you that last year I started doing the site inspections at the end of February, so for now, we are still on the same roadmap. However, I understand that teams, athletes and the public want to know about the course. I repeat: it means that there is…
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