Coppa d'Oro

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The Coppa d'Oro, also known as “ one lira” Race and Grand Prix of the Italian Sport Directors, is a male road race of cycling addressed to the junior athletes. It takes place every September in the village of Borgo Valsugana (Trentino). The race starts in Borgo Valsugana. It follows the county road 228 and crosses the villages of Roncegno Terme, Novaledo and Levico Terme. After that, it climbs the hill of Tenna, then it goes down to Pergine Valsugana and comes back to Borgo Valsugana on the same course. At the end of the race the athletes ride the uphill from Scurelle to Telve two times, to arrive finally in the centre of Borgo Valsugana, after 81,2 km.

History[edit]

The race was planned and organized for the first time in 1965 by Carlo Dalla Torre. The first three editions took place in the cities of Avio, Preore and Trento. The race established definitively in Borgo Valsugana in 1968. The editions of 1969, 1976 and 1977 didn’t take place. The final prize is presented to the Team-manager of the winning cyclist. In the past the prize was 1 lira coin but this symbolic reward has recently been replaced with cash prizes. There’s not only the cadets’ race. From 1997 there is also the Coppetta d'Oro, a race for the youngest athletes at the sport Centre of Borgo Valsugana. In 2000 it was added the Coppa Rosa, a race for female cadets that takes place the day before the Coppa d'Oro. It follows a 50 km course from Borgo Valsugana to the limit of the Veneto Region and comes back. Lastly, from 2007 the event includes all the young cycling categories from 7 to 16 years with the Coppa di Sera, a race for male and female beginners that follows an inner course in Borgo Valsugana. Up to now, the only athlete who won two editions of the Coppa d'Oro is Diego Ulissi, in 2004 and 2005.

Coppa d'Oro's winners[edit]

Anno Vincitore Secondo Terzo
1965 Italy Pietro Poloni
1966 Italy Maurizio Maranzana
1967 Italy Rino Carraro
1968 Italy Paolo Giogetti
1970 Italy Walter Santeroni
1971 Italy Giovanni Zago
1972 Italy Massimo Zani
1973 Italy Carmelo Barone
1974 Italy Giuseppe Saronni
1975 Italy Stefano Ferri
1978 Italy Roberto Pagnin
1979 Italy Mauro Salvato
1980 Italy Gianni Bugno
1981 Italy Gianluca Scagliarini
1982 Italy Gianni Mosele
1983 Italy Massimo Donati
1984 Italy Stefano Giraldi
1985 Italy Franco Roat
1986 Italy Simone Biasci
1987 Italy Alessandro Bertolini
1988 Italy Gabriele Colombo
1989 Italy Federico De Beni
1990 Italy Mirco Zanobini
1991 Italy Giuseppe Palumbo
1992 Italy Giuliano Figueras
1993 Italy Ivan Basso
1994 Italy Mario Liberale
1995 Italy Antonio D'Aniello
1996 Italy Manuele Mori
1997 Italy Ivan Degasperi
1998 Italy Maurizio Flocchini
1999 Italy Antonio Mendolaro
2000 Italy Nico Sabatini
2001 Italy Dario Cataldo
2002 Italy Alberto Pizzo
2003 Italy Luca Barla
2004 Italy Diego Ulissi
2005 Italy Diego Ulissi
2006 Italy Sonny Colbrelli
2007 Italy Anthony Orsani
2008 Italy Emanuele Favero Italy Alberto Bettiol Italy Andrea Manfredi
2009 Italy Alberto Bettiol Italy Simone Sterbini Italy Stefano Nardelli
2010 Italy Federico Zurlo Italy Stefano Marchesini Slovenia Matej Mohoric
2011 Slovenia Matic Kolar Šafaric Italy Andrea Di Mario Italy Giacomo Tomio
2012 Italy Daniel Marcellusi Italy Filippo Rocchetti Italy Gianmarco Begnoni

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