Giuseppe Rivolta has a protracted historical past with the Giro d’Italia Donne, having organized the occasion for 18 years earlier than PMG Sport/Starlight took over administration of the occasion in 2021.
Rivolta praised PMG Sport/Starlight for the enhancements to the occasion in three years, however he additionally welcomed the information that RCS Sport would take over from 2024 by 2027, saying that it’s going to assist the race “stand by itself two ft.”
“I’m happy that there’s all this curiosity linked to the Giro Donne. Up to now, there was a name for entries, however in observe, nobody took half, and they also requested the organizer of the earlier yr,” Rivolta stated in an interview with BiciPro.
“This time, I believe it was additionally the driving drive behind the task of the U23 Giro. Placing them [Giro Donne and U23 Giro] collectively made the package deal extra enticing to the organizers. It implies that the Giro Donne has gained status through the years. And perhaps which means it is also partly because of me.”
The Italian Biking Federation (FCI) confirmed that RCS Sport would organise each the Giro d’Italia Giovani Beneath 23 for a five-year time period and the Giro d’Italia Donne on a four-year time period after a rigorously devised bid course of that resulted in RCS Sport being the one contender.
“Roberto Ruini arrived in 2021 with Starlight and was in a position to put collectively two lovely editions,” Rivolta stated.
“And from subsequent yr, with RCS Sport, the race will probably be in wonderful palms. They’re the most effective ready, the details say so, not simply me. Now I can really feel relaxed as a result of the Giro Donne can stand by itself two ft.”
RCS Sport already organises the boys’s Giro d’Italia, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo, Il Lombardia and the boys’s and ladies’s Strade Bianche, together with various different smaller races.
The Giro d’Italia Donne is presently organised by PMG Sport/Starlight, a corporation that took over the ladies’s stage race in 2021 and 2022 from Rivolta.
PMG Sport/Starlight informed Cyclingnews that it’s going to proceed to arrange the Giro d’Italia Donne in 2023, which will probably be held from June 30-July 9 till RCS Sport takes over subsequent yr. Nevertheless, there have been complaints a few lack of know-how on the route, leaving groups unable to plan for his or her main targets of the season.
“I can let you know that final yr I began doing the location inspections on the finish of February, so for now, we’re nonetheless on the identical roadmap. Nevertheless, I perceive that groups, athletes and the general public wish to know in regards to the course. I repeat: it means that there’s actually a number of curiosity, and it is a actually good factor,” stated Rivolta.
PMG Sport/Starlight informed Cyclingnews that they’re presently discussing a end in Sardinia and a departure from Rome.
Rivolta stated he would have introduced smaller particulars of the route sooner if it had been as much as him, however believes that there’s a purpose PMG Sport/Starlight has not introduced extra of the route.
“Personally, primarily based on what we did prior to now, I might have carried out it if solely to melt this second of silence. We performed early. However that is my opinion. If Starlight determined in any other case, it actually had good purpose. In any case, we knew about final yr’s Giro Donne [route] on March 10, so additionally, on this case, we’re nonetheless on schedule.”
Requested if he thinks the race is in jeopardy this yr, Rivolta stated, “I will provide the reply that, for me, is probably crucial factor about our entire telephone name; This yr, the Giro Donne cannot be skipped. The Federciclismo can not enable it, and somebody will manage it. In the event that they want me, I’m prepared, whether or not [Roberto] Ruini or [Mauro] Vegni calls me.”
The Giro d’Italia Donne is among the most historic races on the ladies’s calendar and the one race out there that provides 10 days of racing together with iconic mountain passes such because the Stelvio, Zoncolan, Gavia, and Mortirolo. The race will rejoice its thirty fourth anniversary in 2023.
For now, the occasion occupies the primary week of July on the worldwide calendar, though organizers have hinted at a date change sooner or later. Final yr and this yr, it was held simply earlier than the Tour de France Femmes, additionally in July. Rivolta stated he wish to see the race develop to 2 weeks in future.
“The present 10 levels are excellent, however I might lengthen it regularly. Possibly including a fraction each two years till you get to 2 weeks. From Sunday to Sunday, with two days of relaxation in between, it occurred on the flip of the yr 2000. I hope RCS can do it. For me, the Giro Donne has the potential to overhaul the Tour de France Femmes.”