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 the upcoming weeks the list of teams to start in Villa di Villa (TV), selecting 35 of them from over 70 applications, with a total of 5 riders per team, will be unveiled.
Throughout its history, the Giro del Belvedere boasted an absolutely prestigious roll of honour, including Vito Favero, Maurizio Fondriest, Silvio Martinello, Ivan Gotti and Stefan Kueng among many others. The defending champion is Samuele Battistella, who turned pro last season after winning the 2019 Giro del Belvedere and U23 World Championship title in Yorkshire (UK).