Vittoria has agreed with RCS Sport to provide official technical assistance at the Giro d'Italia and other RCS Sport - La Gazzetta dello Sport races.
The support agreement runs for 3 years and unites Italy's most successful tire manufacturer with its most prestigious cycle-racing promoter.
Vittoria is a storied name in cycling, supporting cycle sport for nearly 60 years. Over the years, countless millions of kilometers have been raced on Vittoria tires by numerous professional teams. Now Vittoria is stepping up to the challenge of supporting the entire race field with its Servizio Corse neutral support - a role in which it already has a memorable history.
Neutral support consists of far more than the following cars stocked with fresh wheels for punctured riders. It is a complete, portable technical- assistance infrastructure. The requirement for skilled staff and material has grown significantly with the burgeoning, worldwide popularity of cycle sport.
Vittoria will provide all necessary infrastructure services, including new, fully-equipped vehicles, mobile workshop, at least 10 driver-mechanics and other staff, logistical support, and - of course - a large number of professional racing wheelsets fitted with Vittoria tubulars.
Vittoria's distinctive livery will now become an even more-familiar site at Italy's biggest races, which in addition to the Giro d'Italia, the world's second most-famous race, include other celebrated events such as Milan - Sanremo (the 'Classicissima') , the Giro di Lombardia (the 'Foglie Morte,' or Falling Leaves), Tirreno - Adriatico (the 'Due Mare,' or Two Seas), and Giro del Piemonte - as well as the popular newcomer Montepaschi Strade Bianche, run on the gravel roads of Tuscany.
Vittoria will also field its Servizio Corse at selected amateur Granfondo events, which are attracting a vast and growing number of participants from Italy and all over the world.
Announcing the agreement, Vittoria Sales & Marketing Director René Timmermans said: ""This is a great opportunity for two major forces in Italian sport to work together. We are honored to contribute to the growth of these wonderful sporting events, which are part of our history.
"Vittoria's Servizio Corse support will help every rider meet their own challenge - the pro rider fighting in the pursuit of the maglia rosa, or the amateur riding their personal best in a Granfondo."
"It is a major investment for our company for sure, but we think it will be good for RCS, for Vittoria, and for the sport of cycling."