Tuesday, May 10, 2011

80th Anniversary of the Maglia Rosa

Today, May 10, 2011, marks the 80th anniversary of the Maglia Rosa, the pink jersey. It was exactly 80 years ago that Learco Guerra wore it for the first time as the symbol of the leader's jersey in the 1931 Giro d'Italia. The Maglia Rosa made its official debut at the end of the first stage, from Milano to Mantova.

Today, in the splendid setting of the Naval Academy at Livorno (which this year marks its 130th anniversary), in the presence of Comandante Ammiraglio Pierluigi Rosati and other local officials, Giro Director Angelo Zomegnan, Learco Guerra, grandson of the same name of the "human locomotive", presented a replica of the original jersey to David Millar (Team Garmin Cervélo), race leader.

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