‘It's a victory for Italian cycling. It's a victory for Tuscany's great cycling tradition. It's a victory for Franco Ballerini. It's a victory for the great sage Alfredo Martini,' said the president of the Italian Cycling Federation, Renato di Rocco after Florence and Tuscany were awarded the World Road Championships in 2013. It will be the first time that Tuscany hosts the world championships, despite the region's strong cycling tradition.