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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 […]

“Belvedere” ready for another Easter Monday showdown

2022-04-16T17:02:26+02:0016 April 2022|

A field of 35 teams and 175 athletes from 15 Countries will run for the 2022 crown of the International U23 classic in Villa di Cordignano (Northern Italy). Also Ukraine’s Eurocar-Grawe among the starting teams. Youngsters Gregoire and Hagenes, who dominated the Junior season in 2022, Italy’s Marcellusi among the riders to watch

Final preparations are underway in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, Northern Italy), where on Monday afternoon, April 18th, at 1.30 pm CET, the Giro del Belvedere will put on its usual Easter Monday display.

The International Under 23 cycling event will be raced on its classic 166,2 km route, charted over two separate rings to be repeated 14 and 2 times respectively, and featuring all of its most famous stretches: the Conche ascent, the Montaner climb from Borgo Canalet and the Via delle Longhe uphill drag that introduces the riders to the grand finale.

The Italian classic is ready to welcome once again the best International youth teams, with a total of 15 Countries represented. Together with the 21 Continental teams at the start, there will be the absolute debut of a UCI Professional team, Italian Bardiani – CSF – Faizané, whose ranks include high-level athletes like the fresh winner of […]

“Belvedere” rides for peace with a Ukrainian team

2022-04-14T15:43:15+02:0014 April 2022|

The 35th team at the start of the 83rd edition of the Giro del Belvedere on Monday, April 18th, is Eurocar-Grawe. “After living 30 days in bomb shelters, being able to start is our real victory”

Now it’s official: the Giro del Belvedere will welcome a 35th team on Easter Monday, April 18th in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso). Team Eurocar-Grawe, a UCI Continental category squad from Ukraine, will be on the starting line of the international U23 classic.

A meaningful invitation, in the name of solidarity, from the organizers of the Pro Belvedere, made possible by Lorenzo Carrara’s intermediation, for a team and a group of young men who are experiencing the pain of the ongoing war in their home Country. The Ukrainian team, led by Sport Director Oleksii Kasianov, has its HQ in Vyshgorod, Kiev, and counts only on local athletes.

“Just 10 km away from our headquarters, the separatists occupied the territories, destroyed residential buildings, and carried out terrible actions against our people – commented Kasianov -. We returned to Ukraine on February 23rd after a training camp in Turkey, but the day after the war started and we had to stay and support our Country”.

The team arrived in Italy only on March 31st, and after taking part in the Trofeo Piva, it is now headed to the Giro del Belvedere.

“After […]

Eurochamp Grégoire pursuing maiden U23 win at “Belvedere”

2022-04-13T11:19:36+02:0013 April 2022|

The Frenchman, reigning Junior European Champion, lands in Villa di Cordignano (Northern Italy) with high hopes, and will take on a frequent rival in Junior World Champion, Per Strand Hagenes: “Winning here would be huge”

The history of the Giro del Belvedere speaks for itself: 83 editions in just under a century (the first start dates back to 1923), a roll of honour of absolute prestige and an attitude to be the gateway to professional cycling for the athletes who manage to show off in the Under 23 classic.

The edition scheduled for next April 18th, on Easter Monday as usual, in Villa di Cordignano (Northern Italy), is ready to confirm such premises once again. In a cycling world increasingly characterised by early talent, Groupama-FDJ Continental is one of the leading teams in the U23 category. It is no coincidence that Romain Grégoire, JR European Champion in 2021 in Trento, has chosen the youth squad of the long-time French team to take his first steps in the new category.

After a magic 2021 (Grégoire also won silver medal at the World Championships in Leuven), my goal is to adapt to the new category quickly, in spite of the challenges, and get back to […]

Gianmarco Garofoli dreams big at Giro del Belvedere

2022-04-13T11:10:40+02:0001 April 2022|

The Italian rider from Team Astana Development will be again on the starting grid of the Easter-Monday U23 international cycling event and aims high: “I trained with Battistella and I will ask him for some tips…”

With plenty of talent, self-confidence and strength of will, promising Astana Development Team’s Italian rider Gianmarco Garofoli, born in 2002, is ready to join the fray and strive for victory at the Giro del Belvedere, scheduled on Easter Monday, April 18th, in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, Northern Italy).

The U23 international cycling event is going to stage its 83rd edition and Garofoli is for sure one the young rising stars to keep an eye on. The Italian talent is ready to take up the challenge. “My goal is to leave the mark on this race – Garofoli explained – which always represented an historical date and a springboard for many young champions in the past. Also this time, I expect nothing less than the usual high technical level.”

The season start was not ideal for the Italian due to some physical issues, although the worst seems now to be behind.

“I got Covid in mid-February and one week off. Recently, I had a good performance at the “Settimana […]

Giro del Belvedere shows off World Tour NextGen

2022-03-03T15:45:45+01:0003 March 2022|

The U23 international event scheduled in Northern Italy on April 18th announced 34 teams from 14 Countries at the start. Spotlight on the World Tour Development teams while Bardiani-CSF-Faizané and Swiss Racing Academy make their debut

With slightly less than two months to go to the 83rd Giro del Belvedere, starting and finishing in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, Northern Italy) on the usual date of Easter Monday, April 18th, the OC unveiled the 34 teams at the start of the U23 cycling classic, including many World Tour Teams, alongside 22 Continental Teams and some new entries.

The 83rd edition of the U23 Venetian event will indeed host 17 international teams and 17 Italian ones, with their prospects chasing glory before diving into the professional scenery. The development squads affiliated with UCI World Team featuring the race will be France’s Ag2r Citroën U23 and Equipe Continental Groupama-FDJ, Dutch Jumbo-Visma Development Team, Kazakh Astana Qazaqstan Development Team, Israel Cycling Academy and US EF Education-NIPPO Development.

The new entries of this edition are the Swiss Racing Academy team, with a line-up plenty of versatile riders skilled for both road and off-road cycling, and the Italian UCI Professional Bardiani-CSF-Faizané.

Italian contenders will be led by Team Colpack, last […]

Giro del Belvedere 2022 back to the classic route

2022-01-20T10:46:17+01:0020 January 2022|

After the slight detours of the 2021 edition, the international U23 cycling race scheduled on Easter Monday, April 18th returns to tradition on 166.2 km distance

The 2022 Giro del Belvedere is sticking with the tradition: following the last edition with a few route adjustments due to road maintenance, the 83rd appointment with the cycling event dedicated to the best U23 international prospects in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, North-East Italy), goes back to its classic race course on April 18th, on the usual date of Easter Monday.

“Nearing our race’s centenary, as the first edition dates back to 1923Pro Belvedere organizer Gianfranco Carlet explained – the return to the classic route paves the way to this historic event. Since 2016, indeed, in addition to the Canalet wall, we have also included the Via della Longhe ramp, a short but intense climb that makes the race even more selective and exciting: a real international test for five-star talents”.

The start of the race will be as usual in Villa di Cordignano, for an overall 166,2 km distance. The initial part consists of a circuit of about 10 km to be repeated 14 times: 131,6 km in total, mostly flat but highlighted by […]

Giro del Belvedere under the spotlight on Easter Monday

2021-12-17T16:04:07+01:0017 December 2021|

The Pro Belvedere Organising Committee already at work towards the 83rd edition of the U23 international cycling “classic”, scheduled on Monday, April 18th, 2022

Nearly seen as a springtime World Championship for U23 riders, the Giro del Belvedere is one of the most awaited showcases of the season for cycling rising stars whose heritage will be strengthened by the 83rd edition to be held on April 18th, 2022, as usual on Easter Monday.

Future international cycling prospects world are awaited in Villa di Villa (Treviso, North-East Italy), first up the five-star Spaniard talent Juan Ayuso, who won last year thanks to a powerful action which led some cycling opinion leaders to dare his name to a true two-wheel legend such as Alberto Contador.

The international classic held in the Veneto region will be once again organised by Pro Belvedere, an historical club deeply linked to the U23 cycling panorama now managing to be on the spotlights again after a hard pandemic period.

The organisation of the last edition was a tough challenge indeed, but the results paid off –  the OC leader Gianfranco Carlet explained -. We are already working on 2022, at the moment we have already received around forty applications and we […]

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 […]