As we presented the team list for the Tour de Hongrie 2018 a few weeks ago, we can definitely declare: in August fans will be able to see great cyclists, participants of many top events. However, Hungary is also going to welcome an other important person of the race: Gabriele Rigoletti, who has been appointed as President of the Commissaires Panel by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The Italian expert has been working for such prestigious events so far, for example Giro d’Italia, Milan-San Remo or Tour of Lombardy.
Gabriele Rigoletti (2nd from right) with his colleagues at the Dubai Tour in 2015
The 48-year-old international jury lives in a small town, near Bologna, in the north of Italy. He works as an electronic engineer for a company operating in the energy sector and in cycling he continues his family’s tradition.
„I started watching cycling as a child on television and following races with my father who was a national commissioner. I was so impressed, then I decided to become a commissioner – said Gabriele Rigoletti. - I have never practiced competitive cycling. I became a regional commissaire in 1991. Then I followed the courses for obtaining National qualification and finally the International one.”
The Italian specialist has nice and excellent memories about Hungary, he came to Budapest for a short vacation a few years ago. But he is happy to return to Hungary for several reasons.
„I am glad to have the opportunity to go in a country where I have never worked as a commissioner. In general, I like to know new countries, new organizations and new races.
I know that Tour de Hongrie is registered in UCI calendar as a 2.1 race for the first time in 2018 and I read about the organization's intentions for a further growth in the following years. As a jury my philosophy is: respect for the work of the others and spirit of collaboration. In general, commissioners ensure the smooth running of the race and the application of UCI rules. We will therefore do our best at Tour de Hongrie to fulfill our role, hoping to have as a result a succesful event.”
This year Tour de Hongrie, Hungary’s biggest cycling race, will be held between 14-19 August. During the six days, by reaching ten different counties and biking 800 km 20 teams will compete, every team can enter seven riders. The event starts with a prologue in Siófok, then the route is: Balatonalmádi, Keszthely, Velence, Székesfehérvár, Cegléd, Hajdúszoboszló, Karcag, Miskolc, then the final stage in Budapest, capital city of Hungary.