The eleventh stage of the Giro d’Italia leaves from the heart of Emilia Romagna, a region that plays a starring role in the 102nd race, and finishes in Piedmont. Setting off from Carpi, a town in the Bassa Modenese area, the race caravan faces a 206-kilometre stretch ending in the “home of great champions,” Novi Ligure. This is the site of the museum dedicated to famous figures in cycling, such as Fausto Coppi, who was born a hundred years ago in nearby Castellania.
Carpi, on the other hand, is the location of a redeveloped site that is one of the 24 centres forming part of the Futur-e project, our programme for the repurposing of the decommissioned power stations and a former mining district. The aim of this ambitious circular economy initiative is to rejuvenate these sites, transforming them into new development opportunities for the surrounding areas.
The former Carpi power station has been converted into an innovative logistics hub covering 20,000 square metres indoors and the same area outside. The project’s work site was also a virtuous example of the circular economy. The selective demolitions enabled the recovery of around 3,700 tonnes of metal. As well as copper and aluminium, 7,000 tonnes of crushed concrete was re-used on the site. The sustainable solutions used include LED lighting technology, on-site mobility featuring zero-emission electric forklifts and elevators and rainwater recovery – a resource management model that, just like cycling, puts environmental awareness in first place.