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by Shane Stokes
May 16, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Rafal Majka wins stage 2 at the Amgen Tour of California, takes overall lead; Quintana: It will be difficult to keep the Maglia Rosa in the Giro time trial; Dumoulin relishes Giro TT, wants to gain as much time as possible on Quintana before next mountains; Landa to continue in Giro d’Italia after all-clear given; Vinokourov calls for corruption case to be dismissed; Giro d’Italia race director defends police motorcyclists after stage 9 crash; Giro d’Italia sends ‘signal of hope and solidarity’ to those affected by Italian earthquakes; Felline inks new one year contract extension with Trek-Segafredo; BMC Racing Team promotes Van Hooydonck to WorldTour level; Trek-Segafredo riders highlighting visibility during Giro d’Italia TT stages; Aqua Blue Sport rider says airline destroyed his bike; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Pre Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Post Race; Bram Tankink goes wild on Giro rest day; Cannondale-Drapac gets cartoon treatment en route to the Amgen Tour of California
Referring to earthquakes in recent years which have devastated parts of central Italy, the Giro d’Italia made a symbolic gesture of solidarity to those affected. The race combined with several others to donate some bikes to help those trying to move on from the damage, as well as jerseys of teams signed by the riders plus some pink jerseys.
“As promised, we wanted to send a signal of hope and solidarity to the populations hit by the earthquakes,” said the Giro’s Race Director Mauro Vegni. “The Giro d’Italia wants to keep the attention high – as it has done in many occasions in its history – on some of the problems of the country.”
He joined the Mayor of Foligno Nando Mismetti and a dozen other mayors from towns affected by the quakes at an event in the Foligno town hall. The race’s stage 10 time trial will begin in the town on Tuesday.
“I would like to thank all the towns’ mayors who are here today,” said Mismetti. “The Giro d’Italia is synonymous with unification: it has accompanied and witnessed all of our country’s big changes and its most difficult moments.
“I want to thank the Direction of the Giro d’Italia and Director Vegni who strongly wanted this initiative. Our area needs this symbol of hope for the future and to overcome these difficult moments. For us, to host the Sagrantino Stage is of extraordinary importance: it signifies that in these areas life goes on and we can make it. Cycling is a synonym for solidarity and respect among people: the most important values for the young generation in building a sense of community.”