Inaugural Giro d’Italia Criterium Dubai – Endurance.Biz

RCS Sport has announced the first ever Giro d’Italia Criterium Dubai, organised with the support of, Dubai Sports Council and Expo 2020 Dubai.
The 30 lap short-format race will take place on 6 November 2021 on a 2.1km circuit in Dubai, as part of the Expo 2020 Dubai – the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, where a ‘Made in Italy’ campaign is showcasing Italian enterprise.
Among the high-profile riders already confirmed on the entry list are:
Organised in collaboration with the Dubai Sports Council and Expo 2020 Dubai, the race will see riders tackle a criterium circuit in the shape of the Giro d’Italia’s ‘Amore Infinito’ infinity symbol.
The race will take place near the Expo 2020’s Italian Pavilion, which showcases ‘Made in Italy’ products and experiences, where the Giro d’Italia trophy will also be on display. The pavilion will feature a ‘meet and greet’ session with riders on the day before the event. That evening, on 5 November, riders will also attend a gala dinner in celebration of the inaugural race, with a top rider sat at each table.
His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, said “It is a great pleasure for me to announce another high-profile cycling event to Dubai’s exciting sports calendar for 2021. We already host five international cycling events in Dubai every year, and the Giro d ‘Italia Criterium will be a novel new addition, especially since it is taking place in Expo 2020 Dubai, where the world has come together for the greatest show in history.
“Cycling has grown rapidly in Dubai and the UAE over the years, since we started with the Dubai Tour in 2014, and now the UAE Tour, and I am confident events like this will give a further boost to the popularity of this sport here.”
“International sport is a key element of Expo 2020, and we are delighted to be hosting the first-ever Giro d’Italia Criterium with the Italian pavilion and RCS Sport,” said Kevin Brown, VP Events and Entertainment at Expo 2020 Dubai.
“Our partnership with RCS Sport unites a shared purpose of international cooperation towards a heathier, happier and safer planet and is a fantastic addition to Expo 2020’s full sports, fitness and wellbeing programme.”
Paolo Bellino, CEO of RCS Sport, said “For the first time we have managed, together with our partners the Dubai Sports Council, within an important event such as Expo Dubai 2020, to organize the first Giro d’Italia Criterium.
“This is also a way to export ‘Made in Italy’ to the world, with the support of the Italian Government. The winners of the four leader’s jerseys of the 2021 Giro d’Italia – Egan Bernal, Peter Sagan and Geoffrey Bouchard – will be at the start on Saturday 6 [November] along with other great riders such as Filippo Ganna, Elia Viviani, Marc Hirschi and Lorenzo Fortunato. I am sure it will be a great show and a very important opportunity to promote Italian excellence, such as the Giro d’Italia.”


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