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 at the start.
A global field of 175 riders and 35 teams will compete to take the crown of Samuele Battistella, winner at Belvedere in 2019 and then in the U23 World Championships in Yorkshire.
The Italian hopes are pinned on Luca Colnaghi (U.C. Trevigiani Campana Imballaggi), Alessio Martinelli (Team Colpack Ballan), Edoardo Zambanini (Zalf Euromobil Desirée Fior) and Tommaso Nencini (Petroli Firenze Hopplà), distant relative of the great Gastone Nencini. For the home riders, there will be an additional motivation to show off: the new Italian Cycling Federation President Cordiano Dagnoni is also expected in Villa di Villa, alongside the great champion Gianni Bugno, number one of the CPA (Cyclistes Professionnels Associés).
Foreign riders are also more competitive than ever. The Groupama FDJ squad bets on both the Frenchman Antoine Raguel, who recently finished third at Paris-Troyes, and the Swiss Alexandre Balmer, who is trying to build a future as a multi-discipline rider following the example of Mathieu Van der Poel. Another French hope is Valentin Paret-Peintre (AG2R Citroen U23), while Great Britain and Spain bet on Leo Hayter (Team DSM) and Juan Ayuso (Team Colpack Ballan). As rookie team of the solid Dutch World Tour squad, the Jumbo-Visma Development Team is also expected in Villa di Villa.
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 4.20 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.