A women’s team promoting environmental sustainability.
CIAL – Italian Consortium for the Recovery and Recycling of Aluminium Packaging – will once again be supporting leading sports exponents, particularly in the cycling world, in their role as promoters of an important and increasingly widespread environmental message:
“Proper separate collection of aluminium generates huge benefits for the environment, because aluminium is not only 100% recyclable, but it can also be recycled endlessly, enabling an outstanding 95% of savings in energy and material”.
In addition to its partnership with the Astana men’s team, comprising the super champions Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru, this year the Consortium has signed a new agreement with one of the most promising teams in women’s cycling: Footon Servetto, which this year has changed its name to Footon Servetto Alurecycling.
The team – which is a member of UCI – Union Cycliste Internationale, the world governing body for competitive cycling that comprises national professional cycling federations – will be participating in all the major competitions, including the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.
Throughout 2016, the 18 cyclists will be promoting the environmental message on the importance of recycling aluminium, not only in Italy, but all over the world, and especially in Europe. Indeed, it is on this continent that CiAi has chosen to promote a series of activities related to the separate collection of aluminium packaging – beverage cans, tins, food trays, tubes, aerosol cans, caps, capsules and even foil – in agreement with other European partners, such as the British AluPro Association.
This environmental message is not just limited to separate waste collection, but also extends to the increasingly shared value of sustainable mobility, a cause that CIAL has espoused for several years now through an iconic symbol of aluminium recycling: the Ricicletta®, a city bike made from 800 recycled aluminium beverage cans.
Through their races, and through an intense calendar of online and social initiatives, the athletes (7 from Italy and 11 from various other countries) will raise awareness on the strong bond that exists between cycling and respect for the environment.
In addition to the extraordinary Italian athletes, Alice Gasparini, Katia Ragusa and Michela Pavin, and the 2 British champions Abbi-Mae Parkinson and Jessie Walker, the team also comprises award-winning champions of the calibre of:
- Nicole Brandli (Switzerland), multiple winner of the women’s Giro d’Italia, one gold and one bronze medal at the European Championships, 3 silver medals at the World Championships;
- Jolanda Neff (Switzerland), multiple MTB world champion, winner of the MTB 2015 World Cup, 9th place at the 2015 MTB and Road World Championships;
- Anna Potokina (Russia), Russian national defending champion and member of the Russian national team at the 2015 World Cup;
- Olena Novikova (Ukraine), European defending champion, MTB Marathon.
Six of the athletes on the team will be taking part in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics: Jolanda Neff is the favourite for the MTB race, but will also be racing in the road race, for which teammate Nicole Brandli is the favourite.
Enclosed is the schedule of European races in which the Footon Servetto Alurecycling team will be taking part in 2016.
The year 2016 offers a rich schedule of thrilling races. In Europe, the Footon Servetto Alureycling team will take part in:
- feb. 27 – Omloop Het Nieuwsblad-vrouwen – Belgium
- feb. 27 – Slovenia Women GP-Isola – Slovenia
- feb. 28 – Omloop van het Hageland – Tielt-Winge – Belgium
- mar. 2 – Le Samyn des Dames – Belgium
- mar. 5 – Strade Bianche – Italy
- mar. 12- Women’s WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe – Holland
- mar. 13 – Drentse Acht van Westerveld – Holland
- mar. 20 – Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio – Italy
- mar. 27 – Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields – Belgium
- mar. 30 – Pajot Hills Classic – Belgium
- apr. 3 – Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres- Belgium
- apr. 4 – Grand Prix de Dottignies – Belgium
- apr. 6/10 – Energiewacht Tour – Holland
- apr. 16 – Salverda Omloop van de IJsseldelta – Holland
- apr. 17 – Ronde van Gelderland – Holland
- apr. 20 – EPZ Omloop van Borsele – Holland
- apr. 24 – Dwars door de Westhoek – Belgium
- apr. 28 – Gracia Orlova – Czech Republic
- apr. 29/may 1 – Festival Luxembourgeois du cyclisme – Luxembourg
- may 22 – 36. SwissEver GP Cham – Hagendorn – Switzerland
- may 22 – Velothon Wales – UK
- may 27 – La Classique Morbihan – France
- may 27 – Boels Rental Hills Classic – Holland
- may 28 – Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan Dames – France
- may 29 – Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik – Belgium
- jun. 3/5 – Auensteiner – Radsporttage – Germany
- jun. 5 – Zuidkempense Ladies Classic – Belgium
- jun. 7 – Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria – Spain
- jun. 8/12 – JunEuskal Emakumeen XXIX Bira – Spain
- jun. 10 – Ljubljana-Domžale-Ljubljana TT – Slovenia
- jun. 12 – Flanders Diamond Tour – Belgium
- jun. 12 – Frauen Grand Prix Gippingen – Switzerland
- jun. 15/19 – Aviva Womens Tour – UK
- jun. 18/19 – Giro del Trentino Alto Adige – Italy
- jul. 1/10 – Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile – Italy
- jul. 15/17 – BeNe Ladies Tour – Belgium
- jul. 15/21 – Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen – Germany
- jul. 24 – La Course by Le Tour de France – France
- jul. 30 – Prudential Ride London Grand Prix – UK
- aug. 6 – Erondegemse Pijl (Erpe-Mere) – Belgium
- aug. 6/14 – La Route de France – France
- aug. 12/14 – Ladies tour of Norway – Norway
- aug. 19 – Crescent Women World Cup Vargarda TTT – Sweden
- aug. 21 – Crescent Women World Cup Vargarda – Sweden
- aug. 20/24 – Trophée d’Or Féminin – France
- aug. 27 – GP de Plouay-Bretagne – France
- aug. 30 – 4 settembre – Boels Rental Ladies Tour – Holland
- sep. 9/11 – Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile – Memorial Michela Fanini – Italy
- sep. 11 – Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta – Spain
- sep. 11- Chrono Champenois – Trophée Européen – France
- sep. 15 – 2016 UEC Road European Championships
- sep. 17 – 2016 UEC Road European Championships
- sep. 24 – Giro dell’Emilia Internazionale Donne Elite 2015 – Italy
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