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The Giro is so much more than a bicycle race...it's an excuse for Italians to do what they love to do best: gather with friends and strangers alike and fare festa--party! Traveling the length and breadth of the peninsula, the Giro brings color, music, and excitement, and an atmosphere of innocence, gaiety, magic and joy. Everyone is invited to share in the Giro spirit.

GIRO SPIRIT

THE MASCOT Wolfie, the Giro mascot, represents the Giro's partnership with the World Wildlife Federation. The objectives are protecting the wolf, improving the environmental sustainability of the Giro, and disseminating environmental education among the young generation.

THE LOGO The font is the same as that used in the La Gazzetta dello Sport logo. The cyclist's body replicates the spirals of the Giro's Trofeo Senza Fine, and the wheels form the symbol of infinity, recalling the slogan of the Giro, Amore Infinito, "an endless love that has been warming and filling the hearts of cycling enthusiasts, insiders, and riders throughout the world and the generations."

THE MUSIC  If you've ever watched the Giro live on RAI, the Italian tv network, then you know that each year the opening credits feature a different theme song, often written and performed by a well known singer/songwriter.

There are songs about Bartali, the haunting Coppi, and even a touching and inspiring song about Alfonsina Strada!: Teresa de Sio's Pedala Pedala (Una Ragazza al Giro d'Italia). One of my favorites is Enrico Ruggieri's Gimondi e il Cannibale, which must be the finest cycling song ever written--it captures all the drama, pain, courage, and romance of a mountain stage. And of course there are Paolo Belli's popular and singable tunes: E' un Gran Bel Giro, Danceur Danzando, and Intanto Gira, and the late Lucio Dalla's energetic and memorable Sono in Fuga (I'm in a Breakaway). And still more!.  Listen here to the 2007 theme, Paolo Conte's Velocità Silenziosa.

THE CHILDREN The Giro is the impetus for numerous collateral activities, including Biciscuola, a competition for school children. They create projects (newspapers, images, stories, games, photo exhibits, etc.) on a theme, such as the use of the bicycle and respect for the environment. The winning classes from the areas surrounding the stage towns are awarded on the podium and are given seats on the finish line or other choice locations. Other educational actitivies, such as lessons about road safety, are organized for children along the route as well. About 50,000 children participate each year. The Giro becomes a part of a child's life at a very early age.

In Progress!

2020 Giro winner Tao Geoghegan Hard hoists the Trofeo Senza Fine.

THE WINNER'S TROPHY The stunning Trofeo Senza Fine (endless trophy) has been awarded to the winner since 2000, but the name of every winner since the first Giro in 1909 is engraved on it. It is created here in the Veneto, in the town of Saletto di Vigordarzere, just north of Padua. Watch how it's made.

PAINTING THE TOWN PINK

Luca Bettini / AFP via Getty Images

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