Giro d'Italia to start in Piedmont and commemorate Superga air disaster on opening day

Oct 10, 2023 296

Next year’s Giro d’Italia will start in Piedmont on May 4 and the opening stage will commemorate the 1949 Superga air disaster that killed the entire Torino soccer team. Race organizers revealed the first few stages of the Italian Grand Tour, which will begin with a 136-kilometer (85-mile) route from Venaria Reale to Turin. That stage will go over the Superga hill where the Torino team's plane crashed, to mark the 75th anniversary of the tragedy.

All 31 people on board the plane died, including the team nicknamed “Grande Torino” after it won the past five Italian league titles. The winner of the opening stage will be awarded a special “maglia rosa” — the leader’s pink jersey — which will have the words “Solo il Fato li vinse”, or “Only Fate defeated them,” written on the inside of the collar, in Torino’s colors.

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