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Juan Ayuso’s star shines at Giro del Belvedere

2021-04-05T20:02:05+02:0005 April 2021|

The 18-year-old Spaniard of Team Colpack-Ballan completed the Trofeo Piva-Giro del Belvedere double, twenty years after Yaroslav Popovych in 2001. The podium was rounded out by Viktor Potocki and Alexandre Balmer

Juan Ayuso completed a memorable weekend, taking a solo victory in the 82nd Giro del Belvedere on Monday, April 5th, 2021. After the success of Trofeo Piva, the 18-year-old rider of Team Colpack-Ballan gave an encore in Villa di Cordignano (Italy), winning ahead of Croatian Viktor Potocki (Ljubljana Gusto Santic) and Swiss Alexandre Balmer (Groupama-FDJ).

The last rider to pull off the Trofeo Piva-Giro del Belvedere double was Yaroslav Popovych in 2001, who went on to make a long high-level pro career. “I’m very pleased with this double, and I wish to thank the team for their incredible work. The Montaner climb was perfect to attack, but I waited until the last meters of climbing because I knew the following flat section. I gained a few seconds, defending this advantage in the downhill e in the final flat section”, said Juan Ayuso after the finish line.

Once again, the Giro del Belvedere lived up to its long-established international prestige among Under 23 races, as confirmed by the top ten. Valentin Paret-Peintre (AG2R-Citroen U23), Antoine Raugel (Groupama-FDJ), Asbjorn Hellemose (Velo Club Mendrisio) and Michel Hessmann (Jumbo-Visma Development) came to the the finish line behind the […]

World Tour-style Giro del Belvedere goes on stage tomorrow

2021-04-04T11:45:55+02:0004 April 2021|

A global field of 175 riders and 35 teams at the start of Villa di Villa (Northern Italy) on Monday, April 5th, 2021, for the international U23 classic. Live streaming from 16.20 on Facebook,  YouTube event’s channel and Tuttobiciweb. Gianni Bugno and the Italian Cycling Federation President Cordiano Dagnoni special guests of the event

While Northern Classics are the first climax of the pro’ season, the international spring’s U23 events are always a test for those who aspire to the big leap. As the Giro del Belvedere discovered many talented riders In its 82-edition history, the event scheduled on Monday, April 5th 2021 offers a big goal for the world’s most promising prospects.

This year the race takes place the day after the Tour of Flanders, kind of fascinating and exciting pattern, as much as Giro del Belvedere requires a great maturity by managing the energy in the 14 passages of the Conche circuit to be in good shape in the two final laps, with the Montaner climb and the final sprint in slight but steady ascent.

The distance of 166,8 km is worthy of a professional event, reflecting a top-class race with the best Continental teams and several World Tour youth squads […]

Colnaghi tackles Giro del Belvedere under Battistella’s shadow

2021-04-01T12:33:17+02:0001 April 2021|

The Italian hopes are pinned on the 22-year-old prospect, awaited on the starting grid on Monday, April 5th at Villa di Villa trying to repeat the exploit of the last winner.

In 2019, Samuele Battistella took the first place in Villa di Cordignano, winning the Giro del Belvedere in a two-way sprint before catching up the rainbow jersey in the U23 category in Harrogate few months later, while this year the Italian hopes to witness a rerun are on another name.

Among the 18 Italian teams at the starting line on Monday, April 5th, 2021, one of the most awaited riders is undoubtedly Luca Colnaghi, 22, rider of U.C. Trevigiani Campana Imballaggi. After a solid season start, Colnaghi looks forward to 82nd Giro del Belvedere with extra motivations “we race to leave a mark on the team’s home roads. Taking a good place at Giro del Belvedere is a prestigious result as it’s a tough and high-level international race, where many champions won in the past”, said Luca Colnaghi.

After claiming two stages and the points classification at the last editions of Giro d’Italia U23, Luca Colnaghi aims to confirm his shape in 2021. The first steps have been promising thanks to the victory at the Trofeo Pizzeria Ristorante “One Penny” in Lucca and […]

Giro del Belvedere runs safely during the emergency

2021-03-30T10:42:57+02:0030 March 2021|

On Monday 5th April, the U23 international classic race in Villa di Villa (Treviso, Northern Italy) will take place without spectators, while adopting strict security measures. The race will be streamed live starting at 4.30 pm CET

Only one week to go before the 82nd edition of Giro del Belvedere, the international race for U23s, scheduled on Monday 5th April in Villa di Villa (Treviso, Northern Italy). The ongoing pandemic did not discourage the Pro Belvedere: the organizing committee is preparing an event of international significance, with 35 teams including several youth UCI World Tour ones.

In compliance with the current Italian regulations, Giro del Belvedere will be held without spectators, but fans will get the opportunity to follow the competition by live streaming. Starting from 4.30 pm CET., Giro del Belvedere footage will be broadcasted on the Facebook page and Youtube channel of the event and Tuttobiciweb.it, one of the most popular cycling media in Italy.

At the Giro del Belvedere, we usually welcome a huge number of spectators as in the top classics for professionals. – the head of the OC Gianfranco Carlet explained – This year, as we won’t share these emotions on the field, we decided to […]

Giro del Belvedere awaits another off-road potential star

2021-03-24T09:23:48+01:0024 March 2021|

Groupama-FDJ’s Alexandre Balmer, Swiss prospect of the multidiscipline, will be at the forefront at the Italian U23 one-day race on April 5th. “Van der Poel and Van Aert are my points of reference”

Scheduled on Monday, April 5th in Villa di Villa (Treviso, Northern Italy), the Giro del Belvedere is one of those U23 international event made to leave a permanent mark on young riders’ careers ahead of turning pro’, even more this time as many youth UCI World Teams will attend bringing rising stars of the multidiscipline to the fore, in the wake of Mathieu Van der Poel and Wout Van Aert.

Groupama-FDJ Continental’s Alexandre Balmer, 20, is part of the cycling NextGen. The Swiss youngster showed to be an early prospect for both road and MTB contentions. In fact, Balmer triumphed in the 2018 Cross Country World Championships (JR category), after dominating the Swiss Road National Championships (JR road race and ITT). Moreover, the Swiss athlete conquered the 2020 ITT National title in the U23 category.

I approached road cycling quite late – Balmer explained – but I am one of the best downhill riders of the peloton thanks to my MTB background. The multidiscipline is profitable to always have short-term […]

UCI World Tour’s NextGen makes display at Giro del Belvedere

2021-03-05T11:33:53+01:0005 March 2021|

The U23 international classic will return on Monday April 5th in Veneto (Northern Italy) with a record-breaking edition: 35 teams at the start out of 80 requests received with 17 Countries represented and a large attendance of top-class development teams

With only one month to go until the 82nd Giro del Belvedere, to be held in Villa di Villa (Treviso, Northern Italy) on Monday, April 5th, a 35-Team line up have been announced by the organizers to enter the Easter Monday U23 Classic.

In spite of the health emergency, the best U23 Teams seized the opportunity to tackle the Venetian event as the ideal springboard for their raising champions.

The figures – 35 Teams, 16 Italian and 19 international ones, out of the 80 requests received – summarize the event’s technical profile, enhanced by the best Continental teams in the World and six development squads affiliated with UCI World Tour Teams.

The development picks of Team Jumbo-Visma, and Team DSM (formerly Team Sunweb) will debut in Veneto, joining France’s Groupama FDJ and AG2R, the Israel Cycling Academy and the Qhubeka ASSOS Continental, the last winning team in Villa di Villa with Samuele Battistella.

Russian Gazprom-Rusvelo, British Holdsworth-Zappi and Spanish Eolo-Kometa Continental, the new project under […]

Giro del Belvedere takes on the challenge on Easter Monday

2021-02-04T10:11:14+01:0004 February 2021|

The organizers of the International Under 23 race have decided to stage the event on April 5th despite restrictions. Teams’ applications still grow but caution is a must this time

After skipping a season due to the pandemic emergency, the Giro del Belvedere organizing committee confirmed the 82nd edition of the International Under 23 event to be held on the usual date of Easter Monday, April 5th.

Although aware of all difficulties in organizing sports events in time of Covid, the Pro Belvedere allayed all concerns about the 2021 edition by relying on the huge experience gained in many years of activity. However, no side events that annually attract thousands of people to Villa di Villa for the Easter Monday will take place this time: nevertheless, the desire to make the event stronger than any adversity has prevailed.

It wasn’t an easy decision – President Gianfranco Carlet explains – but the prospect of stopping the event for the second year in a row gave us the courage we needed to take on the challenge. Those hard moments call our organization to prove its worth. We hope to give an optimistic message by helping to restore the normality that we all need so much“.

In […]

2020 Giro del Belvedere cancelled

2020-03-18T12:43:17+01:0018 March 2020|

Due to the Italian health emergency and the related measures adopted by the International Cycling Union (UCI), the Pro Belvedere organizers have decided to cancel the U23 international race, planned on Easter Monday, April 13th. The event will not be rescheduled and will be back in 2021

Giro del Belvedere organizing company Pro Belvedere officially announced the cancellation of the U23 international race planned in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, Italy) on Monday, April 13th, due the COVID-19 health emergency and the related measures adopted by the International Cycling Union (UCI) on March 15th, 2020.

The organizing committee has decided to not ask for a new date in the 2020 UCI international calendar, and the appointment is therefore postponed to next year.

“Public health takes priority over everything – the organizers explained. – For this reason we decided to renounce to the 2020 edition. We hope the Covid-19 virus will be eradicated soon, but returning to normality will take time”. 

The Pro Belvedere has followed to the UCI request to “cancel any cycling event on the UCI International Calendar in territories identified at risk by the World Health Organization”.

“Trying to figure out a new date in an already congested international calendar would have been difficult: – the organizers continued – the Giro del Belvedere has its peculiarities as an event, […]

From Belvedere to the rainbow, how Battistella’s dreams came true

2020-02-14T12:10:10+01:0014 February 2020|

Samuele won last year in Villa di Villa (Treviso) and became U23 World champion five months later: “Giro del Belvedere’s victory gave me awareness of my skills”

A bridge to the pro’ world is how NTT Pro Cycling‘s prospect Samuele Battistella describes Giro del Belvedere that he claimed last year in Villa di Villa (Treviso). Scheduled for Monday, April 13th, 2020, on Easter Monday as usual, the race is one of the most important events of the U23 international calendar and a perfect launching pad for the young talents.

The course resembles the major one-day classics in so far as it is open to any outcome. In the early part the crowded “Conche” hill excites the riders while Montaner and Via delle Longhe ascents are usually the perfect set for the favorites’ breakaways.

Just in that place, Battistella managed last year to distance his opponents along Giovanni Aleotti and eventually outsprinted him in the final stretch, an unforgettable memory for the 21-year-old from Rossano Veneto (Vicenza): “The great multitude along the roads, from the start to the finish is what I kept in my heart of that day – Samuele explained -, it’s not often in the U23 races. I was focused on […]

2020 Giro del Belvedere’s course sticks with tradition

2020-01-28T10:45:32+01:0028 January 2020|

The organizers confirmed the spectacular final circuit while the initial one has been slightly shortened. On next Easter Monday, April 13th, an unpredictable race will gather the greatest international U23 talents

The Giro del Belvedere will follow the tradition on next Easter Monday, April 13th, 2020. The race taking place in the Treviso province, considered as one of the most important U23 international classic races, will maintain the same technical features by keeping the course almost unchanged compared to last year.

The riders will face an overall 166,2-kilometre distance. Indeed, the Giro del Belvedere’s 82nd edition will differ by the previous just for the shortened initial circuit. As always, the start will be set in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso), with 14 laps of about 10-kilometre circuit whose key-point stays on the “Conche” climb (one kilometre uphill at 5%, with gradients up to 9%), surrounded by two wings of spectators.

No changes are otherwise planned for the final showcase, where the top guns usually come to the fore. The 17,3-kilometre circuit will be approached twice, with Montaner climb tackled from Borgo Canalet‘s side (1,700 kilometres with a 12% average gradient and peaks at 18-20%), followed by a 800-metre descent and Via delle Longhe’s 500-metre […]