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34th Giro del Trentino - Preview
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Date: 4/19/2010
34th Giro del Trentino - Preview

34th Giro del Trentino - Preview
The 2010 edition of the 4 day Giro del Trentino returns with its usual demanding mountain festivals with two summit finishes on the San Martino di Castrozza & Alpe di Pampeago and one day for the sprinters to shine...  Gilberto Simoni returns!

2010 Giro del Trentino - 34th Edition
         April 20 to 23
Stage 1: Riva del Garda - Torbole sul Garda 12,5 km ITT
Stage 2: Tappa 2: Dro - San Martino di Castrozza 172.5 km
Stage 3: Fiera di Primiero - Trento Km. 164 km
Stage 4: Arco - Alpe di Pampeago 172.1 km
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Stage 1: Riva del Garda - Torbole sul Garda 12,5 km ITT
The main feature of the Giro del Trentino’s first stage is the starting location in the Fraglia della Vela, on Lake Garda’s bay. The new location will give the opening stage a special appeal as the rider will get off to an unusual start from the water, in a gorgeous panorama. There will be one intermediate time check in Arco.

In spite of a fairly short and flat course, the riders will have to tackle the “Ora del Garda”, a strong wind that could make the race harder and influence the first selection of the general classification.

Stage 2: Tappa 2: Dro - San Martino di Castrozza 172.5 km
mountain festival up to S. Martino di Castrozza

San Martino di Castrozza, North-Eastern Italy, is the home of the Queens stage of the Giro del Trentino’s second stage . Almost one year after the arrival of the Giro d’Italia - with a large number of spectators.

Beautiful Lake Garda in Trentino  Photo courtesy Giro del Trentino by Mosma

The 172.5km day-2 of Giro del Trentino starts from Dro (123 meters), North Lake Garda, and the riders will face the first notable climb of the day after only 50.8 km from the start the Vigolo Vattaro. Then they will head toward Passo Forcella and the first categorized mountain Passo del Brocon (1616 meters). The finale features Passo di Gobbera as the penultimate ascent before the mountain top-finish up to the 1466 metres of San Martino di Castrozza. The 13.7 km long final ascent should be  a rush to judgment for the escapees.

Stage 3: Fiera di Primiero - Trento Km. 164 km
It is a fairly flat stage, well, that's what the organizer calls it; with one climb at the start sure to produce a break away. The reset of the stage will give the sprinters teams plenty of room in the remaining 140 kilometers to haul in the break and arrive in Trento for the big sprint finale.  It is twenty years since Trento has hosted a stage of the Giro del Trentino and the whole city is very excited with anticipation of seeing a world class finish of the fast men.  (Trento will also host the “Gran Fondo Charly Gaul” next August 8th ).

Sprinters with the likes of Katusha’s Danilo Napolitano or Alberto Loddo from Androni will try to have a go at a win in Trento with their respective teams setting up the finish for a bunch sprint. Also in the race there will be Italian Roberto Ferrari (De Rosa Stac Plastic), who recently won GP Lugano and Giro del Fiuli one-day races.

Lampre-Farnese will line-up Alessandro Petacchi as the Italian sprinter could have a go at a win in Trento at the end of the third smooth stage.

Stage 4: Arco - Alpe di Pampeago 172.1 km

Giro del Trentino’s fourth and final stage starts in Arco. The 172.1km race course features the first Mountain Premium of the day after 70 km, in Andalo (1041 meters). Soon after a rapid descent, the riders will head to Cavalese and Tesero before facing the final climb up to the mountain top-finish on the 1760-metre-high Alpe di Pampeago. It is a 7.65 km  first-category mountain with an average gradient of 10 per cent that will make what is likely the last selection in the race for a worthy  victor in the final kilometer of the 2010 edition.of the Giro del Trentino.

Race presentation: From left: GS Alto Garda-Arco's President Giacomo Santini, Gilberto Simoni, Trento Tourism Councillor Tiziano Mellarini, Maurizio Fondriest, Nerino Ioppi. Photo courtesy Giro del Trentino by Mosna.

Gibo Simoni Farewell to Giro del Trentino

 Gilberto Simoni won the Giro d'Italia 2001 and many fantastic moments of his career: on earlier editons of the Lampre-Farnese Vini - Gibo is thirty-eight years old, the man from Palù di Giovo, will end his cycling experience in the blue & fucsia colors he celebrated some of his best victories.

Gilberto 'Gibo' Simoni with

The climber and the team of general manager Saronni signed a special agreement that allows Simoni to take part in the last races of his career wearing the teams colors.

"We've been talking for a long time about this project that would allow Gilberto to end his career in our team, surrounded by friendly people - Giuseppe Saronni commented - Galbusera family, owner of Lampre, always supported this idea and so the project could be realized: Simoni will race for team Lampre-Farnese Vini starting in Giro del Trentino".

If you want to know Simoni's feeling about this new blue-fucsia adventure and the comments by Emanuele Galbusera, Lampre-Farnese Vini's presidente, take a look at the new video uploaded on website

he team directed by Fabrizio Bontempi and Bruno Vicino will rely on  Gilberto Simoni, who will race with his new team mates Alessandro Petacchi, Alfredo Balloni, Vitaliy Buts, Mauro Da Dalto, Mirco Lorenzetto, Marco Marzano and Simone Ponzi.

The team crew includes  masseurs Della Torre, Gradi, Rubino, mechanics Carminati and Pengo, doctor Beltemacchi and driver Gualdi.

"The team is based on riders that took part in Belgian Classics and we can count on  their good fitness," Fabrizio Bontempi explained. :"In addition to these athletes we'll rely on Marzano, who could be competitive in the toughest stages, and on Ponzi. Regarding Petacchi, the Giro del Trentino will be a good chance to improve his form  in view of Giro d'Italia;  and for what concerns Simoni, he'll give to the team a contribution of enthusiasm and experience".

Team Astana will contest the Giro del Trentino with a strong squad including Alexander Vinokourov and Maxim Iglinsky, who recently won the “Strade Bianche – Eroica” one-day race in Tuscany. Also Italian Ivan Basso from Liquigas will be on the starting line to repeat last year’s overall victory.

Kazakh rider Alexander Vinokourov confirmed: “For me, Trentino is important for the preparation and the approach for the Giro d’Italia. The very difficult stages of Giro del Trentino correspond to those in the Giro. I really expect from Trentino to be in a better shape and to take my bearings face to the opponents I'll meet few days after at the Giro d’Italia”.
Also in the action there will be Riccardo Riccò, two-stage winner at the recent Settimana Lombarda: “Giro del Trentino is the first main goal of the season and I will fight for a good position in the overall classification”. “I know my condition is growing but I still need to test myself on the mountains against the major competitors”, Riccò added.

 Following his impressive win in the Tour de Langkawi, Venezuela’s Josè Rujano will be one of the fearsome competitors in Trentino. ISD’s climber – who finished third overall in the 2005 Giro d’Italia – looked on the path back to a very good shape. He will have the opportunity to show his climbing abilities up to the Dolomites mountains.

Settimana Lombarda stage-race’s winner Michele Scarponi (Androni-Diquigiovanni) will be on the starting line in Riva del Garda, on Tuesday 20. He will be definitely one of the fearsome competitors on the mountainous stages alongside with team mates Jackson Rodriguez and Carlos Ochoa.

Miche'stalented climber Przemyslaw Niemec, who took a solo win in Pampeago in 2009, and team mate Michael Rasmussen will join forces to go on the attack in the Italian four-day stage-race.

French team BBox Bouygues Telecom will feature Japan’s Yukiya Arashiro as the Giro del Trentino confirms its international appeal.

Race organizers are proud to have Nederland’s team Skil-Shimano with Belgian Dominque Cornu. He’s a time-trial specialist and could be one of the favourites for the 12.5km opening prologue in the vicinity of Lake Garda.

Team NetApp is one of the five Continental team selected by GS Alto Garda-Arco. Germany’s team includes in its roster Italian Cesare Benedetti who is from Trentino Region and will compete on home-soil in front of his numerous tifosi.

Italian national broadcaster RaiSport will guarantee an adequate daily coverage of the event while RadioRai will follow the race from live.

Giro Rider Chaplain,  don Daniele Laghi

Giro del Trentino Chaplain
One of the main features of 2010 Giro del Trentino is the presence of "don" Daniele Laghi, a special priest which will provide his spiritual assistance in the race. He’s aim is to assist young guys and to reach them through innovative technologies such as Facebook (his personal profile has more than 5.000 contacts).

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