Giro d'Italia: The Beautiful South

The 2018 Giro d'Italia leaves Catania
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The Giro d'Italia is traditionally won in the high mountains of the north, amongst the snow-covered Dolomites and rugged Alps, with a final sprint or time trial into the centre of Milan crowning the winner of the maglia rosa. Yet, arguably the best way to understand what the Giro d'Italia means to Italy and the Italians is to experience it in the south of the country, somewhere below Rome, where life moves a little slower and where the Giro is still considered a day of local celebration more than a bike race.

In the south of Italy, people still stop work to see the race go by, schools close to cheer the riders from the roadside, and people proudly pick out a pink t-shirt or polo shirt to wear in a friendly sign of solidarity with the Corsa Rosa

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.