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Giro del Belvedere passes the Centennial year’s exam with full grades

2023-04-28T15:04:21+02:0028 April 2023|

The 100-year anniversary edition of the Easter Monday Classic met with unanimous approval from athletes, authorities and the crowd, as witnessed by the 4,000 participants. The technical level keeps increasing: in the latest 10 years all winners became professionals riders

The organisers of the Pro Belvedere ASD had announced a memorable edition, and the one that took place on 10 April in the traditional setting of Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, Northern Italy) can be described as simply historic. In addition to being the 100th year since its foundation – with 84 editions held – the Easter Monday Classic involved a major part of the Cordignano community, with around 4,000 people cheering for cycling rising stars along the route. This was a remarkable step forward for the event, which also boasted a rich panel of side initiatives and an unprecedented route, appreciated by athletes, authorities and audience.

On the sport perspective, the international race for Under 23 was featured for the major part by Continental Teams, and was dominated by the Dutch super team Jumbo-Visma. Indeed, the Norwegian Johannes Staune-Mittet and the Dutchmen Loe Van Belle and Tijmen Graat took first, third and fourth place respectively. The victory of the Norwegian – whose […]

Jumbo-Visma gets it all at Giro del Belvedere with Staune-Mittet and Van Belle

2023-04-11T00:25:18+02:0011 April 2023|

The Dutch team, among the favourites at the star, got the win and the third spot, while Italian De Pretto (Zalf Euromobil Désirée Fior) was runner-up. Fellow-Jumbo member Graat and Irish Darren Rafferty (Hagens Berman Axeon) rounded-up an absolutely classy top-5, cheered by thousands on the route

Jumbo-Visma dominates the Centennial Edition of Giro del Belvedere on April 10, placing three riders in the first four spots. Norwegian Johannes Staune-Mittet took off slightly less than 3 km to the finish line and soloed in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, Northern Italy). Italian runner-up Davide De Pretto (Zalf Euromobil Désirée Fior), improved last year’s fourth place and tackled the Dutch supremacy, completed by Loe Van Belle, third, and Tijmen Graat, fourth. Fifth place to another raising talent of international cycling, Irish Darren Rafferty (Hagens Berman Axeon), to confirm the top-level line-up of the Easter Classic.

“It’s my first win in Italy and the first win of the season – said the Norwegian rider, second place at last year Tour de l’Avenir -, so it feels really specialI had already raced here two years ago and I really enjoyed the race: this year was even better with the new route. I think the team had a great performance, with multiples aces to play for the win: in the end I decided […]

All hail Centennial Giro del Belvedere on Easter Monday

2023-04-08T12:22:37+02:0008 April 2023|

The best cycling U23 talents worldwide gathering at the Giro del Belvedere 100-year edition, on April 10th. 33 teams, 19 of which UCI Continental, will fight on the new 171 km route, aiming at the title won last year by French star Romain Grégoire

The wait is almost over. Monday, April 10th, in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, Northern Italy) Giro del Belvedere will celebrate its 100-year anniversary, with a very special edition of the U23 international cycling race. A historic milestone for the Easter Monday Classic, which saw its first event in 1923: through the years, 83 editions were carried out, showcasing some young talents who turned out to be also great champions in the Pro category.

From the very first winner, Alfonso Piccin, to the latest one, Romain Grégoire, Giro del Belvedere kicked-off the careers of riders like Maurizio FondriestSilvio MartinelloIvan Gotti, Jaroslav Popovič, Stefan Küng and Juan Ayuso. Once again in 2023, the best U23 talents on the international scene will show off on the roads of what many define as a Spring World Championship, fighting for a chance in the Pro category.

For the Centennial edition, the organizers of Pro Belvedere ASD added a new loop and a new climb to the race, making it longer and even more challenging. For instance, the unprecedented route is 171 km long with 1.920 m of difference in altitude, […]

Jumbo-Visma targets its first win at Giro del Belvedere

2023-04-04T18:15:16+02:0003 April 2023|

The Youth Team of the Dutch Giant is among the favourite on the starting line of Villa di Cordignano (Italy) on Easter Monday. Tijmen Graat, winner of the Istrian Spring Trophy: “We will attack right away”

Jumbo-Visma Development Team is eager for being back at Giro del Belvedere on Easter Monday, April 10. The strong squad coming from the Netherlands is still looking for its first ever win on the finish line in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, North-East Italy) and the line-up looks up to the job.

The yellow-black team is taking part in Giro del Belvedere for the third time in a row: so far, the best performance is the bronze medal by former World Junior Champion Per Strand Hagenes, who in 2022 got behind French rising star Romain Grégoire (Groupama FDJ) and runner-up Italian Federico Guzzo (Zalf Euromobil Desirée Fior).

Among Jumbo-Visma’ starters there will be Tijmen Graat, recent winner at the Istrian Spring Trophy and nearly top-10 at Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali.

“We want to control the pace so we will attack from the beginning and set our own. The goal is to win, we have a very strong team and we know we have a great chance. On a […]

Zalf and De Pretto aiming big at Giro del Belvedere

2023-03-27T12:02:26+02:0027 March 2023|

The Venetian team placed two riders on 2022 Easter Classic’s podium and has been the most decorated squad throughout the last 15 years, but not yet quenched

Ahead of the Centennial edition of Giro Del Belvedere (April 10th) there is no lack of self-confidence in the words of Davide De Pretto, one of the best riders of Zalf Euromobil Desirée Fior, a historic U23 cycling team and the squad that here got the most wins in the last 15 years. Twelve months ago, on the finish line of Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, North-East  Italy), Zalf was able to place two athletes in the top-5 (Federico Guzzo, 2nd, and De Pretto indeed, 4th), but couldn’t manage to triumph over French rising talent of Groupama FDJ, Romain Grégoire.

Among the athletes winning Giro del Belvedere wearing a Zalf’s jersey in recent years, there are important name of International cycling, going from Sacha Modolo in 2009 to Andrea Vendrame, latest winner of the white-green-red team in 2015.

“Both personally and as a team – said De Pretto –  we want to improve our result of last year at Belvedere, and that means winning. I know this year there’s a new segment on the route due to […]

Giro del Belvedere to showcase cycling rising stars

2023-03-15T12:26:34+01:0015 March 2023|

The Easter Monday classic on April 10th, will bring the best U23 talents to Veneto. On the unprecedented route of 171 km, specially crafted for the centennial edition, 35 teams will fight for one of the most prestigious U23 races, won by French star Grégoire last year

The centennial edition of Giro del Belvedere is quickly approaching: on MondayApril 10th, in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, North-East Italy), 35 teams will battle it out to succeed in the Easter Monday Classic18 squads come from Italy, while 17 from abroad, with 13 Countries represented overall. The best riders of the U23 category will face an unprecedented 171 km route, more technical and demanding than ever.

Not less than 21 Continental Teams are expected at the start: the reigning champions of Groupama FDJ (France) defend the crown grabbed by French rising star Romain Grégoire in 2022, while other youth squads of UCI World Tour Teams trying to get in the way: among them, the French fellow team of Ag2R Citroën, Dutch giant Jumbo-Visma and Astana Qazaqstan (Kazakhstan).

Likewise in 2022, the race will be attended by UCI Professional Team of Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè, leading the Italian peloton together with long-history squads such as Team Colpack Ballan, winner in 2021 with the top Spanish talent Juan AyusoZalf Euromobil Désirée Fior (two riders in the top-5 last year), and Cycling Team Friuli-Victorious, joined to some new entries, such as Q36.5 Continental Cycling Team, supported by cycling legend Vincenzo Nibali as technical […]

Giro del Belvedere adds a “gourmet” ring to its centennial anniversary’s route

2023-02-16T14:25:02+01:0016 February 2023|

A new segment featuring an unprecedented climb spiking up to 15% gradient, will join the two traditional loops of the Conche and the Montaner ascents. Public and private efforts made this further novelty possible

The Organizational Committee of Pro Belvedere is working relentlessly towards the Giro del Belvedere centennial anniversary, scheduled in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, North-East Italy) on April 10th, 2023. As per tradition, the best U23 cycling talents on the international panorama will gathered in Veneto, for the 84th edition of the Easter Monday Classic, ready to give the fans an even greater show.

Thanks to an efficient joint effort, involving the OC, the Municipality of Cordignano and the Grigolin family through Brussi Costruzioni srl company -, the Belvedere will feat a new ring called “Giro del Buongustare” (Fine tasting), which aims at making the race increasing spectacular and at enhancing the local gourmet experience for the fans.

Furthermore, this new feat also boasts a positive outcome for road traffic. Given the special occasion of the Belvedere centennial, the vision of the organization, the promptness of the Municipality and the support of Brussi Costrunzioni worked together to realize a long-thought variation on the racecourse, which will be now be possible thanks […]

Giro del Belvedere unveils a new location to celebrate its centenary

2023-02-01T10:25:18+01:0031 January 2023|

The international U23 cycling classic, to be held on Easter Monday, April 10th, will enjoy a unique setting at Villa Brandolini Rota now Zanussi, a XVII century building in the heart of Cordignano (Treviso, North-East Italy)

With less than three months to go, the centennial year’s edition of Giro del Belvedere keeps the preparations going towards the event in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, North-East Italy) scheduled on Monday, April 10th. Among the initiatives dedicated to the century milestone symbolized by the special golden logo, the U23 international race will involve local excellences to enhance its connection with the territory even further.

Indeed, the preliminary operation of the 2023 edition will kick off from the heart of Cordignano, by the stunning Villa Brandolini Rota now Zanussi, a historic building boasting great history and a magnificent park. Teams’ presentation and technical briefing will be held there, as well as a welcome party for sponsors, authorities and guests. After that, the riders will move until the traditional starting line in Villa di Villa, where the start of the 84th edition is expected at 1.30 pm CET.

Built in the second half of the 17th century by order of Gregorio Rota, Villa Brandolini Rota Zanussi is one […]

Giro del Belvedere celebrates its hundred years

2022-12-23T12:09:27+01:0023 December 2022|

On Monday, April 10, 2023, the Easter Monday classic returns to Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, North-East Italy) by turning the prestigious milestone of 100 years since its first edition. The Pro Belvedere organizers crafted a special logo and many initiatives linked to the territory and its excellences

It was 1923 when the history of the Giro del Belvedere began. One hundred years and eighty-four editions later, on Easter Monday, April 102023, the story will add another illustrious chapter. Since its debut on dirt roads a century ago, the Belvedere has been able to keep up with great cycling, evolving and offering different and ever more attractive routes.

Now known as the “Easter Monday Classic,” the race scheduled in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, North-East Italy) is one of the most important international cycling events for U23s, so much so that it is considered like a spring World Cup for the category. Organized as per tradition by Pro Belvedere, under the guidance of Gianfranco Carlet, the 2023 event will celebrate the prestigious achievement with a panel of side events aiming at celebrating this centennial accomplishment and at introducing some interesting new features.

special logo has been created for the centennial year, boasting fashion golden details. Moreover, the number “100” has been added in gold along, together with the dates […]

Enfant prodige Grégoire takes another at “Belvedere”

2022-04-19T11:50:17+02:0019 April 2022|

The French talent of Equipe Continental Groupama-FDJ, European Champion 2021 in Trento, won again on Italian soil at the international U23 classic of Villa di Cordignano. Guzzo (Zalf Eurombil Fior) and the Junior World Champion Hagenes (Jumbo-Visma Academy) round out a World-class podium

Romain Grégoire, once again. The Frenchman from Besançon triumphed on the podium of the 83rd edition of the Giro del Belvedere: the rider of Equipe Continental Groupama-FDJ got solo on the finishing line in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, Northern Italy). The French rider replicates the success of last Saturday at Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23. Second place for Italian Federico Guzzo (Zalf Euromobil Fior, 20″ behind) and third for Norwegian Per Strand Hagenes (Jumbo-Visma Dev. Team, third at 23″), Junior World Champion in 2021.

“Winning here is a fantastic feeling – said Grégoire on the finish line -. I really enjoy racing in Italy: the courses, the landscapes and the public make me excited and push me to give my best. In the final I had no information about the escapees in front of me and I just gave everything I had. For me it’s great: I won a lot in the junior category and it’s a feeling that I want to keep up in the U23 as well”.

Right under an international-class podium, the top-10 also included Davide De Pretto (Zalf Euromobil […]