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Why are the G7 ministers all wearing pink jerseys?

Why are the G7 ministers all wearing pink jerseys?

This truly is cycling out of context. At the G7 foreign affairs ministers’ meeting in Capri, RCS MediaGroup president Urbano Cairo came to discuss the Giro d’Italia’s role as a global sporting ambassador. The event saw the Giro d’Italia adding, shall we say,  a splash of pink to the proceedings, emphasizing the importance of sport as a messenger of peace.

RCS is the company that runs the Giro, along with several other Italian races such as Il Lombardia and Milano-Torino. Present at the meeting were, among others, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, Mélanie Joly, Italy’s Antonio Tajani, minister of foreign affairs, and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom’s David Cameron. (Aside, that’s a mouthful. How do you fit that on your business card?)

Cairo said that, “The Giro d’Italia is a journey of over 100 years that goes along the stories not only of sport but of our entire country.”

He went on to add that the Corsa Rosa isn’t just a remarkable sporting event; it also serves as a global ambassador for “Made in Italy”, owing to its significant media influence.

The 107th edition of the race has 68 km of individual time trials, gravel sections, the Stelvio, and a double ascent of Monte Grappa on May 25.

Week 1 begins in Torino with a route paying tribute to the 1949 Torino football team tragedy, including a summit finish at Oropa on Stage 2. Sprinters take the stage for the next two days before Stage 6 introduces gravel sections. Stage 8 features a summit finish at Prati di Tivo, ending the week in Napoli after a 206-km ride.

Week 2 sees a summit finish on Bocca della Selva near Napoli on May 14.

Week 3 is dominated by mountains, including the Cima Coppi at the Stelvio on Stage 16 and a summit finish at Passo Del Brocon on Stage 17. Stage 20 includes a back-to-back ascent of Monte Grappa.

“The Giro enjoys widespread admiration and following internationally, providing enthusiasts worldwide with the opportunity to discover and appreciate our country’s territory, excellence, and expertise with each edition,” Cairo added. “The bicycle is the most eco-friendly means of transportation…

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