Giro di Padania

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Giro di Padania
Race details
Date Early September
Region Po Valley, Northern Italy, Italy
English name Tour of the Po Valley
Local name(s) Giro di Padania, Monviso-Venezia — Il Padania
Discipline Road race
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Stage race
Organiser ASD Monviso-Venezia
History
First edition 2011 (2011)
Editions 2 (as of 2012)
First winner  Ivan Basso (ITA)
Most wins 2 riders with 1 win
Most recent  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)

The Giro di Padania is a multi-stage cycling race which forms part of the UCI Europe Tour. It's usually held at the beginning of September in Northern Italy, in the region known as Po Valley or Padania.

The first edition, won by Ivan Basso,[1] was held from 6 September until 10 September 2011.[2] About 200 riders participated to the first Giro di Padania, with the national teams of Australia, Poland and Slovenia. This edition was heavily disrupted by activists protesting against the Lega Nord and the Berlusconi government austerity plans.[3][4] Activists also claimed that the race was intended as political Propaganda for the Lega Nord political party.[5][6]

In the 2011 edition the leader's jersey was green (which is also the colour of Lega Nord), but the colour was changed to blue in 2012.

Winners[edit]

Rider Team
2011 Italy Basso, IvanIvan Basso (ITA) Liquigas-Cannondale
2012 Italy Nibali, VincenzoVincenzo Nibali (ITA) Liquigas-Cannondale

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Giro di Padania – Results", Cycling News, 10-09-2011.
  2. ^ Farrand, Stephen. "Giro di Padania route unveiled in Italy", Cycling News, 28-07-2011.
  3. ^ (Dutch) "Video: Italiaanse communisten houden wielrenners Giro di Padania tegen" NRC.nl, 7 september 2011
  4. ^ (English) "Controversy for Italy’s Po Valley Cycling Race" The World.org, 7 september 2011
  5. ^ Ryan, Barry. "Protesters attempt to block Giro di Padania route", Cycling News, 06-09-2011.
  6. ^ (Italian) Ghisalberti, Claudio "Giro di Padania: è sempre caos Schiaffi e insulti ai corridori", La Gazzetta dello Sport, 07-09-2011.

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