Museo ACDB 's celebrations to mark its first five years continue with a calendar of events that will be unveiled little by little, but includes all programming for the entire year 2023.
The first event will be Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. In the conference room on the ground floor of Palazzo Monferrato, the project "AcdB hosts the Champion" will be presented. On the occasion, a room of the museum dedicated to hosting three bicycles related to the career of the great athlete who can be called "Champion of Great Races and Champion of People" will be open to the public.
The exhibition is the result of the museum's collaboration with Massimo Rava, the Alexandria-based technician who has been providing technical support services to major national and international cycling competitions for years now, and the availability of the Wilier Triestina company, which has built and cared for the bicycles with which Nibali and so many other champions have competed in races around the world.
In particular, the three "prized pieces" on which the small exhibition is built are: the "O SLR" model, on which Nibali took part in the Turin-Santena stage of last year's Giro d'Italia; the "Filante SLR," used in the 15th stage of the same Giro; and the "Giro di Lombardia" model that recalls the Champion's last participation in the World Tour circuit race last year.
The three bicycles will be accompanied by a photographic display dedicated to the great Nibali, who recently retired from road racing (but is still active as an athlete in mountain bike races); there will also be two panels respectively dedicated to the two "monument races" that saw him win during his extraordinary career: the Milan-San Remo and the Giro di Lombardia.
Chamber of Commerce President Gian Paolo Coscia commented on the project, "Nibali: a lord of the bicycle, always. In victories, powerful ones, those of the three grand tours, and "our" monument races, San Remo and Lombardia, twice. Generous. Polite, measured, thoughtful. Nibali is a typical and classic champion of modern cycling who does not forget the history from which he came. He is the normal champion. From the old-fashioned class of those who do not lend themselves to interpretations of others and pedal well when he wants to."
Museum director Roberto Livraghi said, "We are excited about this opportunity, for which we thank Vincenzo Nibali, Massimo Rava and the entire staff of Wilier Triestina. We have great projects still to be realized together and soon we will have the opportunity to talk about them. Nibali is a champion we like because he is one who has always chosen to put his face on, not retiring even when things were not going well, always moved by the affection of the people, He who is among the 7 riders in the world to have won at least one edition of all three grand tours: Vuelta (2010), Giro (2013 and 2016), Tour (2014). We would love to have him visit us and we are working on this goal."
The exhibition opens in conjunction with the passage of the Milano-Sanremo on the roads of the province of Alessandria, although the route is not the traditional one. Therefore, along with Nibali's photos and bicycles, the exhibition also talks about the two bicycle races-the Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Lombardy-which are united by their history and importance in Italian and international cycling culture.
In fact, both are considered monuments of cycling, as they are part of the calendar of spring and fall classics respectively, but not only that: they are considered works of art. They attract fans from all over the world every year and have a worldwide reputation.
The two races are characterized by challenging routes, between legendary climbs and roads that identify them as trademarks, test cyclists' physical and mental abilities. And they make men dream about these impossible challenges.
Appointment, therefore, for all fans at the opening of the exhibition on Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at Palazzo Monferrato.