On 21 December in the splendid location of Spazio 900 in a new look to award the 97 medals won and the great champions of the past

The lap of honour is one of the most moving moments in cycling, when tension and adrenaline give way to emotion, smiles and celebration. It is the most immediate, simple and sober way to pay homage to those who have worked hard, shown courage and self-sacrifice, effort and talent, pride and humility, heart and head.

The Giro d'Onore (Tour of Honour) is back - after a year's break -, the Italian Cycling Federation's party, which on 21 December will be held in the splendid location of Spazio 900 (Rome) to reward its champions, commemorate their achievements and extol their human aspects. It comes back in the memorable year of Italian sport, of the 97 medals won by cycling (a record!) and of the wonderful Olympic team pursuit title, one of the most exciting moments for all Italian sport.

A 2021 that will be long remembered, and that we will relive through video contributions and the words of the protagonists who will parade in this great feast of sport: From the 13 rainbow jerseys of the National Para-cycling team to the great successes on the track, including Sonny Colbrelli 's victory in Paris-Roubaix, Marco Radaelli's historic gold medal in BMX, the confirmation of off-road stars such as Gaia Tormena and the Italian relay team, and the many Italian anthems sung at the top of their lungs by our road athletes at the European Championships in Trento and the World Championships in Belgium.

A special catwalk, where the first Walk of Fame of the Federation will also be inaugurated in the presence of the highest sporting authorities of our country, including the Undersecretary for Sport Valentina Vezzali, the Prefect of Rome Matteo Pantedosi, the President of CONI Giovanni Malagò, the president of the Italian Paralympic Committee Luca Pancalli, the general director of theUCI Amina Lanaya, the UEC president Enrico della Casa, the president and CEO of Sport and Health Vito Cozzoli, and of course the FCI president Cordiano Dagnoni and the general secretary Marcello Tolu.

The Giro d'Onore 2021, renewed in the programme, will also be a way to remember how cycling has contributed to the civil and social growth of Italy and how the bicycle represents the most credible answer to the challenges of modernity. A moment designed as a tribute to the history and value of the two wheels in our country: it will be the occasion for the delivery of the Collari d'Oro, the highest honor of CONI, to Fausto Coppi, Costante Girardengo, Gastone Nencini and Cipriano Chemello.

The support of the Ghisallo Museum and the "AcdB" Museum in Alessandria was fundamental for the historical research. Cicli Lazzaretti has collaborated to the preparation of the location. Suzuki, main partner of FCI and of the initiative, has given an important support, and a special thanks to Castelli, Ploing, Vini Fantini, Campo Marzio, Erreà, Pinarello, Kaske Selfoops, who have contributed to the perfect success of the most important party of our sport.

Stefano Bertolotti and Barbara Pedrotti will host an event that will enjoy the participation of prestigious guests from the world of entertainment for a surprise of emotions that the general public will be able to relive on Thursday 23 December on Eurosport, in prime time from 9pm, and on Sky channels 211, Tim Vision, DAZN, Amazon Prima Video Channel, Eurosport Player and Discovery Plus.