RCS Sport has been assigned the organisation of the Giro d’Italia Giovani Under 23 beginning in 2023 and the Giro d’Italia Donne beginning in 2024, after the Italian Cycling Federation constructed a carefully devised bid-process that resulted in RCS Sport being the only contender.
The FCI confirmed that RCS Sport would organise the Giro d’Italia Giovani Under 23 for a five-year term between 2023 to 2027 and the Giro d’Italia Donne on a four-year term from 2024 to 2027.
The FCI explained that the bidding process expired on February 1 with only one applicant. The details of the RCS Sport bid and plan for the two Italian stage races will be revealed at a specific press conference.
“We are very happy to have assigned the organization to a subject with proven organizational skills who will be able to set up editions that are up to par and meet the needs of the movement,” said President of FCI, Cordiano Dagnoni.
“The big events, such as the Giro U23 and Giro Donne, are fundamental not only from a technical sporting point of view but also for the local authorities involved who benefit from an economic and promotional point of view.”
RCS Sport already organises the men’s Giro d’Italia, Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo, Il Lombardia and a number of other smaller races, creating a near monopoly of racing in Italy.
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 long-time organiser Giuseppe Rivolta.
The Giro d’Italia Donne and Tour de France Femmes. the two biggest races of the year, will both be held in July, before the inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships held in Glasgow. The Giro Donne will be held between June 30-July 9, again during the men’s Tour de France, with the Tour de France Femmes coming after the men’s race from July 23-30.
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 confirm that the organization is still PMG Sport/Starlight,” a representative of PMG Sport/Starlight told Cyclingnews regarding the 2023 edition.
PMG Sport/Starlight has not announced the route of this year’s Giro d’Italia Donne but has confirmed to Cyclingnews that it will end in Sardinia, with the organization discussing the departure from Rome.
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