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 1923 – Pro 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 the traditional “Conche” climb, with gradients up to 9%. This first ramp will stretch the bunch selecting the strongest riders ahead of the final circuit: 17.3 km with steeper climbs to be repeated twice.
The Montaner uphill, engaged by the side of Borgo Canalet, will be tackled first: around 1500 metre with 12% average gradient and 20% spikes, shortly followed by the ascent of Via delle Longhe, shorter but still demanding with steep 17% gradient peaks. After the last effort, the riders will quickly descend and enter the last 6,5 km, all flat, towards the finish line in Villa di Cordignano.
The race course allows athletes with different skills to be competitive and maybe winners of this prestigious international event, which boasts a top-level roll of honour. Besides the recent victories of Juan Ayuso and Samuele Battistella, former champions such as Stefan Küng, Ivan Gotti, Silvio Martinello and Maurizio Fondriest got the glory here.