Big names in the world of cycling are set to compete in Il Giro di Sicilia from 28 September, starting in Avola and ending in Mascali on Friday 1 October after four stages of racing. Organised by RCS Sport in collaboration with the Regione Siciliana, this year’s race will see iconic riders from cycling’s ‘old guard’ take to the roads of Sicily, including: Vincenzo Nibali, winner of four Grand Tours (the 2013 and 2016 Giro d’Italia, 2014 Tour de France, 2010 Vuelta a España) and three Monument Classics (2015 and 2017 Il Lombardia, 2018 Milano-Sanremo), Chris Froome (2018 Giro d’Italia, the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Tour de France and 2011 and 2017 Vuelta a España), Alejandro Valverde (2009 Vuelta a España, four-time winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, five-time winner of La Flèche Wallonne, and the 2018 road world champion), Romain Bardet (two-time Tour de France podium finisher in 2016 and 2017 and King of the Mountains winner in the 2019 Tour de France) and Joe Dombrowski (stage winner at the recent Giro d’Italia).
These great champions will challenge the new generation at the race, led by Lorenzo Fortunato, a rider who triumphed atop the Zoncolan on Stage 14 of the 2021 Corsa Rosa. The race also welcomes Simone Velasco (2019 Trofeo Laigueglia), second place finisher in the under-23 European Road Race Championships Filippo Baroncini, as well as the Danish rider Mattias Skjelmose Jensen, a great revelation of the last UAE Tour (6th in the general classification). Joining them is the 20 year-old Puerto Rican national champion Abner Gonzalez, Thymen Arensman, 21 years old and third in the final time trial of the Vuelta a España, and the 19 year-old riders Finn Fisher-Black and Alastair MacKellar.
Stage 1: AVOLA – LICATA 179 KM
Stage 2: SELINUNTE (CASTELVETRANO) – MONDELLO (PALERMO) 173 KM
Stage 3: TERMINI IMERESE – CARONIA 180 KM
Stage 4: SANT’AGATA DI MILITELLO – MASCALI 180 KM