On Feb. 5, the Maglia Rosa 2024, a masterpiece by Castelli, was unveiled among the masterpieces of the Brera Art Gallery. The event, organized in collaboration with the Pinacoteca di Brera and Opera Laboratori, was attended among others by RCS Media Group chairman Urbano Cairo, Pinacoteca di Brera director Angelo Crespi, RCS Sport CEO Paolo Bellino and Giro d’Italia director Mauro Vegni. Guest of honor Vincenzo Nibali, the last Italian winner of the Corsa Rosa in 2016, as well as many representatives of institutions, sponsors and media.

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The Pink one for one evening only, in the beauty and art of the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan. It so happens on Monday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., on the initiative of RCS Sport La Gazzetta dello Sport for the presentation of the Giro 2024 Jersey. Pink for an evening but not just anywhere but in Brera. in the Pinacoteca. A great emotion, as witnessed by the director of the Ghisallo Cycling Museum, Carola Gentilini, who was present at the event with the highest authorities of the Pink Race.

The new jersey by Castelli, was unveiled in the magical setting of its ancestors, in the Braidense Library, while in Sala Bassetti the authorities presented everything that needed to be presented about the pink jersey of the Giro that kicks off Saturday, May 4. The setting was perfect. With the present, its future and its history around it, “many thanks also to the Ghisallo Cycling Museum,” a mention that proudly delights Foundation President Antonio Molteni.

The historic jerseys that won great successes, around the Giro, were on display for one evening only in the cases of that room in Brera, right at the Pinacoteca, in the beating heart of an increasingly beautiful and touristy Milan. From the Ghisallo Cycling Museum – Madonna del Ghisallo in Magreglio, where they live in the world’s largest collection of pink jerseys, to the Milan of drinking, art, tourism and excitement.

The 2024 pink jersey was created in respect of the history of the sport with a dedication to Grande Torino. The collar of the Maglia Rosa holds one of this year’s significant new features – a quote on a maroon background paying homage to the Invincible champions, going ‘Grande Torino 1949 – Only fate could beat them’. On 4 May, exactly 75 years after the Superga disaster, the Giro d’Italia will also be paying tribute to the ‘granata’ team.

Alessio Cremonese, CEO of MVC Group said of the new jersey: “Manufacturing the jersey that stands as the symbol of Italian cycling in the world is a source of pride for us. In the company, we always feel great emotion when we see the Giro champions wearing our jerseys. As a company, we have always been committed to telling about Italy, made in Italy, and the style that everyone envies us through our products. The clean and elegant design of the jersey draws inspiration from the sinuous lines of Italian art and architecture, offering a visual tribute to the timeless beauty of Italy”.

The History of the Pink Jersey

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Urbano Cairo,Chairman of RCS MediaGroup said: “The Maglia Rosa is the globally recognised symbol of our Giro d’Italia. Donning it is the dream of all the riders who start the Corsa Rosa. This year, it will have an even greater emotional value for me because the stories of the great champions who have worn it will intertwine with those of the Invincibles of the Grande Torino, whom we will celebrate on the first stage, on the 75th anniversary of the Superga disaster. The Maglia Rosa and Il Grande Torino tell tales that unite all sports fans”.

The Maglia Rosa, a symbol that distinguishes the leader in the overall time classification, was established for the 1931 Giro. The first to wear it was Learco Guerra, winner of the first stage of 1931, the Milan-Mantova (May 10, 1931).In 88 editions, 263 athletes have worn the Maglia Rosa for at least one stage in the history of the Giro.

The rider who has spent the most days in the Maglia Rosa in history is Eddy Merckx, who wore it for 78 stages, followed by Francesco Moser at 57 and Gino Bartali at 50. Eddy Merckx holds the record for the longest sequence of consecutive Maglia Rosa, 36 stages. Two riders wore the Maglia Rosa from the first to the last stage: Eddy Merckx in 1973 and Gianni Bugno in 1990. The nation with the most Maglia Rosa wins is Italy, at 1,009: the last Italian in Rosa was Alessandro de Marchi, in the 4th and 5th stage in 2021. Italy is followed by Belgium at 164 and Spain at 140.

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From the Rosa collection to the Pinacoteca di Brera

During the event organized by Rcs Sport, a number of historic jerseys from the Museo del Ghisallo collection and some of the front pages that chronicled the Giro are reviewed in valuable display cases. It starts from a distance: 1935, the Pink one of Vasco Bergamaschi, winner of that Giro, 1948 The Rosa of Fiorenzo Magni (founder of the Ghisallo Cycling Museum – Madonna del Ghisallo of Magreglio), 1958, the one of Ercole Baldini, the unforgettable “Train of Forlì” 1966, the Pink Jersye of Gianni Motta, great friend of the Ghisallo Cycling Museum, 1973, the pink one of Eddy Merckx, “the Cannibal”, 1984, Francesco Moser’s Rosa, Moserissimo in the year of his Record dell’Ora, the jersey of his Giro won, 1985, the pink jersey of Giuseppe Saronni, 1990, the aurographed pink one of Gianni Bugno, and 1992, the Rosa of Miguelon Indurain.

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What a thrill to see the historic pink jerseys in the display cases of the Brera Art Gallery. We will find them up there at Ghisallo, in their Museum, in the large collection, starting next March 2nd, in the Museum called the home of the cyclists. Fiorenzo Magni’s word. After this art trip.

Angelo Crespi,the director of the Brera Art Gallery said on the subject: “I am honoured that the Pinacoteca di Brera was chosen to present the Maglia Rosa of the Giro d’Italia 2024. Over the course of almost a century, the Maglia Rosa has become a symbol not only for sport. The athletes who have had the honour of wearing it have often been elevated to true examples of humanity, embodying the qualities needed to prevail in an ancient sport that has fatigue and endurance as its way of being. It is no coincidence that the exhibition of some historical magazines in the spaces of the Braidense National Library are demonstrating how the narrative of the Giro and its heroes is something that has gone beyond the simple sports chronicle, becoming a social tale”.

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With the Pink one, is always exciting

Carola Gentilini,director of the Madonna del Ghisallo Cycling Museum in Magreglio, in the province of Como said among other things: “It is always a thrill to participate in these moments of celebration of one of the most important symbols of the sport of cycling, the pink jersey and it is with pride that the Ghisallo Cycling Museum, once again this year, participates in the vernissage with the display of some of the pieces of the permanent pink jerseys exhibition of our museum in Magreglio, a collection that has been realized thanks precisely to the collaboration with La Gazzetta Dello Sport RCS Sport. What is about to begin, including at the Ghisallo Cycling Museum, that will reopen on March 2, will be a year of great excitement and enhancement of our memorabilia.”


Meanwhile, on February 14, to celebrate Valentine’s Day, all bicycle lovers can go to the Alessandria City of Bicycles Museum, by Palazzo Monferrato ( via San Lorenzo, free admission from 11 a.m.) to experience a day of memories, emotions and the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the bicycles of “Accoppiata Giro – Tour.” With the world premiere presentation of Beppe Conti’s book, Minerva Editions, Il Giallo del Tour The Ghisallo Cycling Museum is twinned with the ACdB Museum and carries out numerous projects in symbiosis for the promotion and culture of cycling and the History of Cycling.

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