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European Investment Bank, Enel X Together for e-Mobility

Giro-E Plugs Into the Giro d’Italia

Enel X is the title sponsor of the parallel e-bike race: sustainable mobility dons the pink jersey thanks to e-pedal power

Published on MAY 18, 2018

Generating Sparks with Giro-E

Enel brings its energy to the 18 stages of the Giro d’Italia once more. For three years, the Group has been a sponsor of cycling’s oldest competition and has been a notable presence at the Giro with its information stands at the start and finish of each stage. However this year Enel is generating sparks at what is the 101st edition of the Giro d’Italia with Giro-E, the first race specifically for e-bikes.

Title Sponsor and Star Power

Enel X is the title sponsor, together with partners Pinarello and Tag Heuer. The Giro-E takes place a few hours before Italy’s top cycling event, and involves five teams of two riding e-bikes along the same route. The new Giro-E sustainable cycling competition was welcomed enthusiastically by illustrious fans like actor Patrick Dempsey, who joined in the electric race along with a number of other celebrities.

About the Giro-E

Among the connected initiatives is a competition in which 36 pink jerseys are at stake: the public is involved at every stage, taking part in the draw by enrolling at the Enel stands. On the evening before the stage, the amateur contestants take part in an informational meeting on the e-bikes’ technical characteristics and the details of the route.  The next morning they pedal along the stage, stopping to charge their batteries halfway through and crossing the finish line before the professional riders, whose arrival they can watch a few hours later.

Pinarello’s Nytro e-Racer Showcased at Giro-E

This year the e-bikes were provided by market leading company Pinarello. It was founded by cyclist and entrepreneur Giovanni Pinarello, also known as Nani, the winner of the famous “maglia nera” (the black jersey awarded to the cyclist coming in last in the Giro d’Italia) and a contemporary of the great champions Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali. Pinarello’s Nytro road  racer has a carbon fiber frame, weighs just 13 kilos and is equipped with an electric motor with lithium-ion batteries. It provides assistance up to 25 km/h and has a nominal maximum power output of 250 W.

Electric Culture for Sustainable Mobility

The aim of the Giro-E aims is to promote electric culture through pedal power. Conceived to encourage sustainable mobility in the world of competitive sports, the event was inspired by a desire to complement the Giro d’Italia in the near future with an electric version, involving an increasing number of teams and e-bike manufacturers.