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18-05-2023 | Herman Nekkers

Nove Colli postponed due to emergency situation in Italy

The severe weather and its disastrous consequences in northern Italy has also affected the Nove Colli, Italy's largest and oldest granfondo. The 52nd edition of this mega-event was scheduled for next Sunday, 21 May. The hard-hit Italian region of Emilia-Romagna is the venue of the Nove Colli.

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The organisers decided last Wednesday to postpone the cyclo until 24 September for various reasons. Read the full press release here:

"The Nove Colli is a celebration," explains Andrea Agostini, President of Fausto Coppi. "But at this moment, there are no moral, structural, or practical conditions to celebrate anything. We are experiencing dramatic days with the images from Cesena, Cesenatico, and the entire hilly area that have affected us deeply. This morning we woke up and immediately understood that the Nove Colli race on Sunday cannot take place. Our first thoughts go to all the volunteers, members of the Civil Protection, and law enforcement who ensure the smooth running of the race. It is not feasible to divert resources from the region at this time, as it would neither be possible nor responsible. Furthermore, we do not consider it appropriate to hold the Granfondo for safety reasons, as we cannot assess the condition of the affected road sections. Lastly, there is the moral aspect, and we do not deem it appropriate to celebrate during such a difficult period for everyone. We are certain that the entire Romagna region will rise again, and when it does, the Nove Colli will be ready to represent a day of leisure and joy for all."

French gran fondo top-rider Loïc Ruffaut also expressed on Instagram his understanding of the situation and sympathy for victims and those involved. Read his post.

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