Sunday, May 15th the colourful carovana (caravan of Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy) made its cheerful entry into Florence, which hosted the arrival of the 9th tappa (stage) of the 88th edition of La Corsa Rosa (The Pink Race), as the Giro is affectionately nicknamed. The Giro d’Italia is one of the most prestigious cycling stage races in the world, alongside the Tour de France and Vuelta a España. Its very first edition dates back to the early years of last century. On May 13th 1909, at 2:53 in the morning, 127 participants left from Milan to adventure along 2,448 kilometers divided over 8 stages. Only 49 brave men would make it to the end, with Luigi Ganna arriving first on the finishing line. Since its birth, the Giro d’Italia has always been sponsored and organised by la Gazzetta dello Sport, the most established Italian sport newspaper also known as La Rosa (The Pink) due to the colour of the paper it is printed on. That is why after each stage the race leader wears La Maglia Rosa (The Pink Jersey) as a sign of distinction from the other participants. The nickname of the sponsoring paper also explains the nickname of the Giro.