Giro E, the Giro d’Italia rides with Enel X

The Giro E, the first e-bike Giro d’Italia, will set off on 12 May. Enel X is participating in the competition for amateur cyclists as title sponsor. Over eighteen stages, eight teams will battle for the Maglia Viola (the “Purple Jersey”), awarded to the race leader.

Published on 29 April 2019

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The same dates, the same roads and the same landscape. After last year’s test runs, everything is ready for the debut of the first official Giro E powered by Enel X, the e-bike edition of the Giro d’Italia. The competition, organised by RCS Sport, sets off on 12 May 2019 and allows amateur cyclists to share the experience of riding the Giro d’Italia route on the same dates as the Corsa Rosa (the “pink race”). The amateur e-Bike Giro Experience will see eight teams compete in Time, Speed, Distance (TSD) competitions on 18 of the 21 stages of the Giro d’Italia.

In order to ensure the widest possible participation in the race, the rules of the Giro E require each team to have six members, including at least one expert, the captain; this role can be changed at the end of each race week while the other five cyclists may be replaced after each stage.

The stages of the Giro E

The race sets off from Cantagallo (province of Prato) and ends in Croce D’Aune, in the Dolomites (province of Belluno) on 1 June, a day before the Corsa Rosa. The Giro E does not include the main race’s three time trials (Bologna, Riccione-San Marino, Verona). The stages of the e-bike competition measure a maximum of 115 km – the same length as a non-competitive cycle tour event – calculated back from the finish line. This means that each stage will begin (at 9 am) around 50 km ahead of the starting point for the Giro d’Italia while ending at the same finish line.

During the three weeks of the Giro E, the teams must complete each stage according to the competition rules. To this end, a GPS system will monitor the time and speed of each competitor. Each stage will also include special challenges that require different skills, such as maintaining a pre-established average speed in a section with variable gradients or reaching a maximum speed in a pre-established stretch. Only team captains will take part in the final sprint to the finish line while the other riders will complete each stage en masse. The stages will include rest stops in order to charge the batteries of the electric pedal-assist bicycles.

The race rankings will consider the four best times for each team; penalty points will be incurred if a team completes a stage with fewer than four riders.  Four official jerseys will be assigned at each finish line: the Maglia Viola (purple) for the leader of the overall standings, the Maglia Arancione (orange) for the leader of the TSD classification, the Maglia Rossa (red) for the team leader in the sprint classification and the Maglia Verde (green) to the youngest team in the overall standings.

Encounters with Enel X

At the end of each stage, the Giro E participants will be able to relax in a special hospitality area, from where they will be able to watch the riders of the Giro d’Italia reaching the finish line. Our company will be organising cocktail and dinner events on some of the stages of the Giro E and Giro d’Italia, for local stakeholders interested in sustainability and e-mobility. It all begins on 11 May in Bologna, for the first stage of the Giro d’Italia and the eve of the Giro E, continuing on 13 May in Orbetello, 14 May in Frascati, 16 May in San Giovanni Rotondo, 17 May in Vasto and L’Aquila, 23 May in Cuneo and Pinerolo and ending on 2 June in Verona for the climax of the Corsa Rosa.

Like the Giro E, these encounters are intended as an opportunity to showcase the numerous solutions that Enel X provides companies, public administrations and residential clients, with the aim of promoting the use of sustainable and efficient energy in the e-Mobility, e-City, e-Industries and e-Home sectors. It is also a special way to promote electric culture in the ever-growing world of cycling enthusiasts, pedal by pedal.

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