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cor-sa ro-za

Noun, Adjective

A pink themed road race in Italy

Example usage: 'I'm training for the corsa-rosa this year.'

Most used in: Italy, particularly in the Tuscany region.

Most used by: Professional and amateur cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 6/10

Also see: Gran Fondo, Giro d'Italia, Maglia Rosa, Tirreno-Adriatico,


What is a Corsa-Rosa in Cycling?

Corsa-Rosa is a term used in cycling to refer to the Giro d’Italia, an annual multiple-stage bicycle race held in Italy. It is considered to be one of the three Grand Tours, along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España. It is also often referred to as the “pink race” due to the pink color of the leader’s jersey.

The Giro d’Italia is a three-week long event held in May and June each year. It is one of the most popular cycling events in the world, with an estimated 2.5 million spectators in attendance in 2019. The race consists of 21 stages that cover a total of 3,450 kilometers and is known for its challenging terrain, with riders tackling mountain passes, cobblestones, and gravel roads.

The Giro d'Italia is also a prestigious event in the world of cycling, with the winner of the race being presented with the prestigious pink jersey. This jersey is a symbol of achievement and is highly sought after by professional cyclists. The pink jersey is a sign of respect and admiration among cyclists and is seen as one of the most coveted awards in all of cycling.

The Giro d’Italia is an exciting event to follow, with riders from all over the world competing for the top spot. It is also a great opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Italy, as the race passes through many of the country’s most iconic cities and towns. So, if you’re a cycling fan, make sure to keep an eye out for the corsa-rosa!


The Origin of the Term 'Corsa-Rosa' in Cycling

The term 'Corsa-Rosa' is an Italian phrase commonly used in cycling. It translates to 'pink race' or 'pink course' and is used to refer to the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race that takes place in Italy.

The term first appeared in the early 1950s in Italy. It was coined by journalists to describe the pink pages of the sports newspaper 'La Gazzetta dello Sport', which was the official newspaper of the Giro d'Italia. The paper was printed on pink paper, and the journalists began referring to the Giro as the 'Corsa-Rosa' in honor of its official newspaper.

Since then, the term 'Corsa-Rosa' has been widely used to refer to the Giro d'Italia. It is a reminder of the unique place the Giro holds in Italian cycling history, and the importance of the Gazzetta dello Sport in promoting the race.

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