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The 2024 Giro Next Gen has been unveiled


From 15 to 21 April, throughout the country, a series of events celebrates the ‘National Made in Italy Day’. 15 April marks the anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s birth, and the initiative itself aims at raising public awareness of Italian creativity and excellence, and of the value and quality of Italian ingenuity and products.

This is the context for the presentation of the Giro Next Gen, organised by RCS Sport together with the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) for the 2023 edition, and scheduled from 9 to 16 June.

The event, organised at the headquarters of the Ministry for Enterprise and Made in Italy in Rome and presented by the Head of Cabinet of the Ministry Federico Eichberg, was attended by the Minister for Enterprise and Made in Italy Adolfo Urso, RCS Sport CEO Paolo Bellino, the Councillor for Tourism and Sport of the Valle d’Aosta Region Giulio Grosjacques, the President of the Italian Cycling Federation Cordiano Dagnoni as well as many other institutions, media representatives and partners of the race.

The Giro Next Gen, which began in 1970 as the Giro d’Italia for the amateur category, is the world’s most important event for under-23 riders. The list of Italian winners include Francesco Moser (1971), Giovanni Battaglin (1972), Marco Pantani (1992) and Gilberto Simoni (1993), while some of the most important foreign winners were Piotr Ugrumov (1984), Thomas Pidcock (2020) and Juan Ayuso (2021).


Adolfo Urso, Minister for Enterprise and Made in Italy: “Cycling, like Made in Italy, is a source of pride and unites the country: this exciting sport gives Italy champions that are admired internationally, and like our brand, the visiting card of our nation, it represents identity and excellence. It could therefore not fail to play a leading role among the celebrations linked to the first National Made in Italy Day, which we are celebrating with four hundred events throughout the country of sporting, cultural, historical, artistic and social importance. Best of luck to the young under-23 talents who will compete in the Giro Next Gen: they may become ambassadors of Italian cycling and of the Tricolour throughout their careers, a source of pride like the young entrepreneurs who represent the future of our Made in Italy”.

Paolo Bellino, CEO of RCS Sport: “This is our second year as organisers, and with start again with great motivation, certain that the agreement with the Federation can give even more exposure to this event. We also want the appointment to gain more and more importance because it is not just a cycling event but a great opportunity to promote the territory, as already happens with our professional races, both for men and women. The fact that this presentation is part of the events chosen by the Ministry during the Made in Italy week is a sign of how much potential the Giro Next Gen also has at an institutional level. We believe that the race is a great opportunity because it presents, to a wide audience, those who will be the champions of tomorrow. Cycling is changing, and we see young riders competing to win in the professional races. This means that this race is no longer just a showcase but a real ‘taste of professionalism’ and we want to ensure that this is also the case at an organisational level’.

Mauro Vegni, RCS Sport Cycling Area Director: As in 2023, the next edition will feature eight spectacular stages offering opportunities for all types of riders. There will be time trials, uphill finishes, fractions for sprinters and for more explosive riders. We expect a great participation from the best Under-23 teams in the world and we believe that the final winner will be a complete rider who can carry on the tradition of the great names on the roll of honour of this race“.

Giulio Grosjacques, Councillor for Tourism and Sport of the Valle d’Aosta Region: “Valle d’Aosta is a region with a great sporting vocation and this vocation is enhanced by events such as the Giro Next Gen, which is a driver of great promotion for our region as it touches on some of its cardinal points. It starts in Aosta, which in 2025 will turn 2050 since its foundation, but the race will also touch on Aymavilles, where one of the most beautiful castles of our cultural heritage is located, Courmayeur, which hosts the Skyway of which we are very proud, Saint-Vincent, one of the most important thermal resorts in the Region, and Verrès, the major industrial pole”.

Cordiano Dagnoni, President of the Italian Cycling Federation: “The youth categories are fundamental for the development of the movement and it is thanks to these competitions that the champions of the future are forged. This is why we are extremely satisfied with the collaboration with RCS Sport, which for us represents excellence at the organisational level. Among the planned projects is the Cycling Cup, a series of races involving the youth categories, both male and female, which will anticipate the race finish. It will be great to see these young athletes experience the thrill of cycling on the same routes beaten a few hours later by their older colleagues”.

The route of the Giro Next Gen 2024

Stage 1 (09/06): Aosta-Aosta Tudor ITT (11 km)

Start and finish in the capital of the region hosting the Grande Partenza; 11 km circuit with a small climb halfway up (Saint-Christophe loc. Toules).

Stage 2 (10/06): Aymavilles-Saint-Vincent (121 km)

The stage starts in Aymavilles at the entrance to the Val di Cogne heading towards Courmayeur; from there it’s back to the start, tackling the ascent of Les Combes, continuing through the valley until reaching Saint-Vincent where there is a small circuit with a GPM at 7km to go.

Stage 3 (11/06): Verrès-Pian della Mussa (127 km)

Start from Verrès heading south. The route leaves Valle d’Aosta along the Dora Baltea river; it crosses Canavese and heads for the first uphill finish at Pian della Mussa in the Lanzo valleys.

Stage 4 (12/06): Petrusio-Borgomanero (130 km)

First stage for the sprinters. The start is in the Canavese area and heads towards Val Sesia. Before arriving in Borgomanero there is a short climb and a final circuit with a small climb which could favour a punchy attack in the final kilometres of the race.

Stage 5 (13/06): Bergamo (Kilometro Rosso)-Cremona (136km)

The stage leaves Bergamo from the Kilometro Rosso innovation centre and heads first into the Lodi area before turning towards Cremona where a bunch sprint is expected.

Stage 6 (14/06): Borgo Virgilio-Fosse (145km)

After the start, the stage will take place almost entirely in the province of Verona. This is the second uphill finish of the Giro Next Gen, the 9km final ascent coming at the end of a stage that traverses the treacherous ups and downs of Valpolicella. A great spectacle is expected from this stage.

Stage 7 (15/06): Montegrotto Terme-Zocca (170km)

Start in the Euganean area, in the territories of Montegrotto and Abano Terme. In the first part the riders cross the Euganean hills, then the stage becomes almost flat as it crosses the Polesine and then into Emilia to reach the Modena Apennines where the third and final uphill finish is at Zocca.

Stage 8 (16/06): Cesena-Forlimpopoli (146 km)

Last stage through the hills of the Cesena Apennines. In the finale there is a circuit with the Bertinoro climb. This too lends itself to being an explosive stage and, in the event of small gaps in the general classification, could be the one that decides the overall winner of the Giro Next Gen.

The total km covered by the rising stars of world cycling will be 986. The list of the teams will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

The Jerseys of the Giro Next Gen

There will be five jerseys in the Giro Next Gen. In addition to the traditional Maglia Rosa (general classification), Maglia Rossa (points classification), Maglia Azzurra (mountains classification) and Maglia Bianca (youth classification reserved for riders born in 2005), the Maglia Tricolore for the first Italian rider in the general classification will also be up for grabs.

Scarpetta Rossa is the charity partner

The Giro Next Gen, together with the Giro d’Italia and the Giro d’Italia Women, will also support Scarpetta Rossa, charity partner of the three professional cycling events organised by RCS Sport. An association on the front line to fight the social scourge of violence against women. Founded in Milan in 2014 and active throughout the country with a network of volunteers and experts offering assistance, advice and shelter to women in difficulty. Red benches, located in numeous Italian regions, are the distinctive symbol of Scarpetta Rossa. An important collaboration between sport and social work.

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