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Gran Piemonte 2016: a great race in a great land

06/07/2021

Gran Piemonte 2016: una grande corsa in una grande terra

The 100th edition of the GranPiemonte NamedSport was presented today in the prestigious venue of the Piedmont Region in Piazza Castello in Turin.

The race, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport in collaboration with the Piedmont Region, is scheduled for Thursday 29 September. The route, 207km from Diano d’Alba to Agliè is best suited to sprinters and finisseurs.

 

The route

The route is mostly flat. Starting in Diano d’Alba and running slightly uphill, the course drops into Alba and runs across part of the Po Plain and Montferrat. The first 160km run on flat, relatively wide roads, crossing a few city centres in-between – such as Asti, Casale Monferrato, Santhià and Ivrea. Past Ivrea, the route takes in the Alice Superiore climb (7km with an average 5% gradient) and heads for the final sector across Castellamonte and San Giorgio Canavese, leading to the finish slightly uphill until Piazza del Castello.

 

Quotes from Giovanni Maria Ferraris and Mauro Vegni

Giovanni Maria Ferraris, Head of Sports of the Piedmont Region, said: “I am very pleased to present a race which this year celebrates a century of history. Our territory has always had a disposition for sports, in particularly cycling, as demonstrated by the names of Costante Girardengo and Fausto Coppi, famous examples of how the sport’s tradition is rooted in our territory. For this reason it is important for the Piedmont Region to support worthy initiatives such as this. Through the sport, the Piedmont Region is rediscovering its tourism, a new stimulus for the local economy, and will allow the rest of the world to discover the Piedmont Region. I want to thank all the local administrations and the sponsors for their understanding of the value of this race.”

 

Mauro Vegni, RCS Sport Cycling Director, said that: “With the GranPiemonte we celebrate another important anniversary for our races, the 100th Edition; very few races can claim so many editions. Thanks to the active collaboration with the Piedmont Region, and particularly with the Head of Sports Ferraris, we have brought back this great classic race to the international level it deserves. This is shown by the first riders names we’ve received for the provisional entry list: Philippe Gilbert, Mikel Landa, last year’s winner Jan Bakelants, Daniele Bennati, Giacomo Nizzolo and the local riders Filippo Ganna (Individual Pursuit World Champion) and Fabio Felline. Last year a great job was done at media level to re-launch this event. The territory which we will cross with the race is beautiful and well known all over the world and I am sure that, through the images that will be distributed across all five continents, we will help to further promote it in all of its aspects.”

 

 

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