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Giro del Trentino eco-friendly goals and big plans

38th Giro del Trentino on launching pad amid eco-friendly goals and big plans

A high-class, tough and spectacular race goes on stage in one-week time: another outstanding success is expected for Giro del Trentino’s 38th edition (from 22nd to 25th of April), once again gathering a strong international field, and now embracing eco-friendly goals with “green” areas set up at any feed zone to safeguard the area’s beautiful landscapes. The event, a Giro d’Italia in miniature, has been officially unveiled today in Trento.

The four-day stage race in Northern Italy falls as 2014 campaign’s turning point for the Italian riders looking forward to the upcoming Giro d’Italia in the light of below-par results achieved in the first part of the season, and particularly in the cobbles Classics. New Italian National Team Manager Davide Cassani (who will be honored with “Ciclismo Vita Mia” yearly award by GS Alto Garda organizers) will therefore keep a very close eye on Trentino roads, even though a foreign wins looks the most likely outcome.

Will it be time of redemption for the Italian riders? Last year Vincenzo Nibali flew over Trentino’s peaks, a perfect launching pad to finalize his pink dreams. Quite hard it could happen again this year: considering the tough ascents in the race programme, Michele Scarponi, Ivan Basso and Domenico Pozzovivo should carry Italy’s best chances, aside Franco Pellizotti, Dario Cataldo and youngster Fabio Aru, with Trentino’s home favorites Moreno Moser, Daniel Oss, Cesare Benedetti and Patrick Facchini possibly gunning for one-day glory.

With 16 teams (7 World Tour) and many stars at the starting line, Cadel Evans and Bradley Wiggins will both have a pivotal role for the GC battle (with Chris Horner out of contention after last week’s serious crash), unless Nairo Quintana’s last-minute decision changes balances, on a course looking tailored-made for Colombian climbers.

38th Giro del Trentino programme (April 22th-25th)

Tuesday, April 22th –Stage1: Riva del Garda – Arco 14,3 Km (TTT)
Wednesday, April 23th – Stage2: Limone sul Garda – San Giacomo di Brentonico 164,5 Km
Thursday, April 24th –Stage3: Mori – Roncone (loc. Pozza) 184,4 Km
Friday, April 25th –Stage4: Val Daone – Monte Bondone (Trento) 175,0 Km

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