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by Neal Rogers
May 24, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Nibali wins queen stage at Giro d’Italia, moves into third overall; Controversy on Giro d’Italia queen stage renews question of race etiquette; Nippo-Fantini’s Canola beats Haedo to win Stage 3 at Tour of Japan, preserving GC lead; German triathlete Viellehner mourned after being struck by Italian driver; Pirelli backs under-20 competition in reborn Baby Giro d’Italia; USA Cycling to celebrate the inaugural National Velodrome Day on June 3; Teen cyclist says he was ‘left for dead’ by a road rage driver; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 3: Mt. Lemmon; Video: Aussie journo Rupert Guinness chats with Movistar’s Rory Sutherland on Giro’s third rest day; Video: Dumoulin tries to deck Colombian fan who was pushing Quintana; Video: Haga takes off on Giro descent
The Pirelli company’s partnership with the Giro d’Italia may have got off to a bad start when the UCI successfully put pressure on the race to abandon a controversial – and dangerous – descending competition
Pirelli announced this week that it will back an important classification in the so-called Baby Giro event, which highlights up and coming talent. “A few days after the announcement of the new PZero Velo, a range of cycling tyres designed for road bikes, Pirelli has now joined forces with the reborn Under-23 Giro d’Italia that will get underway from Imola (in Italy), on 9 June 2017,” it said in a statement.
“The company is gold sponsor of the event with the Pirelli white jersey, which awards the best young cyclist born in 1997 and 1998.” That classification will consequently focus on riders 20 years of age and younger, while the winner of the event will take a pink jersey.
Davide Cassani, manager of the Italian national cycling team, said the backing was important. “I am glad that a company born with the first bicycles, like Pirelli, chose the Under-23 Giro D’Italia to return to cycling, with a focus on up and coming athletes. We’re going to be keeping a very close eye on young athletes wearing the white jersey and we feel proud that a historic company like Pirelli accepted our invitation to institute this award”.
The race is returning this year after a four year absence and will begin on June 9 in Imola, near Bologna. It will conclude six days later in Campo Imperatore, near L’Aquila.