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Vincenzo Nibali’s athletic feat at the 2016 Giro d’Italia has a special significance for the San Pellegrino Ski Area, which has been the chosen destination for his training retreats on the Dolomites for a remarkable 10 years.
The champion from Messina is keeping the tradition alive again this summer until June 25th he will be based at the Rifugio Flora Alpina, in the district of Valfredda between Falcade and Passo San Pellegrino, to finish preparing his assault on the Tour de France.
He knows that in the San Pellegrino Ski Area he can find the perfect terrain to train, breathe fresh air and relax in a peaceful, familiar atmosphere. Nowadays he feels like a “local” among these mountains, where everyone welcomes him with affection and sincere friendship.
“I love it here, I couldn’t ask for anything more; it’s the perfect place to prepare for a race as demanding as the Tour de France” said Nibali. “And since we’re superstitious, we are always happy to come back, because we have built a great deal of our success right here on these climbs.”
Thus, to celebrate his extraordinary victory in the Corsa Rosa, San Pellegrino Ski Area is paying homage to Vincenzo Nibali with artwork by Mirko Demattè, one of the most prominent Trentino Artists who is also quoted internationally. His sculpture entitled “Evoluzione Ciclistica 2016” (Cycling Evolution 2016) contorts upon itself to represent the super human strength and unbending will of the athlete who got off to a rough start but managed to make a remarkable comeback in the final days of the race to accomplish this awesome feat.
“Congratulations to Vincenzo Nibali, who continues treating us to great thrills” said the President of the San Pellegrino Ski Area, Mauro Vendruscolo. “This splendid victory brings great pride to our territory, which is a favourite high altitude training ground for him. We are very pleased to have him, along with Paolo Slongo and his team, here in the San Pellegrino Ski Area for the tenth year in a row. His presence is extremely helpful to both summer and winter promotions.”