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The 99th Giro d’Italia from “A” to “X”

(Milan, 31 May 2016 / Press Giro d'italia)

A for Apeldoorn, where the 99th Corsa Rosa started.
B for Bobridge, the “Maglia Nera” of the Giro who finished the race in 156th position, at 5h08’51” behind the winner.
C for Chaves, second place in the GC; he’s the third Colombian rider on a Giro podium.
D for Digital media of the Giro. Facebook: 19 million unique users;  Twitter: 50 million views; Web: 50 million pages viewed.
E for Europe, the Corsa Rosa went through four countries: the Netherlands, Italy, France and Germany.
F for Fans, who took to the streets of the Giro every day in great numbers.
G for Germany, the country with the most stage victories (7).
H for Hotel: 17,500 rooms booked by the Giro organisations.
I for Icon, the Trofeo senza Fine (Neverending Trophy) for the winner of the Giro.
J for Jungels, the 99th Giro’s Maglia Bianca.
K for the 3.463,1km ridden by the Corsa Rosa.
L for Lombarda, the Colle which decided the GC.
M for the Maglia Rosa, which has been worn by 235 riders since 1931.
N for the Number of official accreditations at the Giro: 39,000.
O for Oss, the most aggressive rider of the Corsa Rosa, who spent 557km in the break.
P for (Grande) Partenza from Geldeland, the region of the Netherlands where the Giro started and the first three stages took place.
Q for Quantity: 198 riders started the Giro, 27.4% (53) were Italians and  72.6% (145) from other countries.
R for Ride Green, the environmentally sustainable project, which has already recycled 84% of the 56,734kg of separated waste collected during the race.
S for Shark, the “Squalo dello Stretto” – the shark of the Messina Strait – is the nickname of Vincenzo Nibali, the winner of the Corsa Rosa.
T for TV: 184 connected countries worldwide. In Italy, Rai’s live broadcast of stage 20 recorded a peak of 4,200,000 viewers, with a 36% share.
U for Ulissi, the only Italian rider who won two stages. In total six stages were won by Italian riders.
V for Valverde, the Spanish rider who took third in the GC.
W for Lupo Wolfie, the Giro mascot.
Y for Young, 100,000 youngsters involved in the Biciscuola and Cycling Cup projects.
Z for Zhupa, the only Albanian rider who rode and finished the Giro d’Italia (in 2015 and 2016).
X … for the city of departure of the 100th edition of the Giro.

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