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Hera Group's sustainable energy at the World Cycling Championships

Bike mobility is the most sustainable type of mobility and the Hera Group fully supports it as main sponsor of the World Road Cycling Championships that are to be held in Imola from 24 to 27 September 2020.
But the multiutility has developed numerous sustainable mobility projects ranging from charging points for private and company vehicles, to vehicles that travel with biomethane produced from the separate collection of organic waste by citizens, and even garbage collection trucks powered by the vegetable oils collected in the area in which they operate. These are examples that bear witness to a vision of mobilitythat often goes hand in hand with the concept of circular economy, creating virtuous circuits.  


27/09/2020 - ‘La Marseillaise’ rings out as Julian Alaphilippe ascends to the top of the podium in the World Cycling Championships 2020


The most important gold medal, proclaiming the winner of the UCI Road World Championships 2020, now hangs around the neck of 28-year-old Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe. This is the cyclist who won the men’s road race, holding out against all challenges and close marking by his opponents, to receive the rainbow jersey and add his name to the list of world champions. The first Italian competitor to reach the finish line was Damiano Caruso, who finished 10th.


258.2 km in 6:38:34 at an average of 38.869 km/h

2) van AERT Wout (Belgium) +24
3) HIRSCHI Marc (Switzerland) +24
4) KWIATKOWSKI Michal (Poland) +24
5) FUGLSANG Jakob (Denmark) +24


26/09/2020 - Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen wins the women's race. Bronze medal goes to Italian cyclist, Elisa Longo Borghini


Defeating the competition on an exhausting route, through the gullies of Imola, was 30-year-old Dutch cyclist Anna van der Breggen. Today’s medal meant a prestigious double gold, tallied with her victory in the time trial on Thursday.


1) van der BREGGEN Anna (Netherlands)
143 km in 4:09:57 at an average of 34.327 km/h

2) van VLEUTEN Annemiek (Netherlands) +1:20
3) LONGO BORGHINI Elisa (Italy) +1:20
4) VOS Marianne (Netherlands) +2:01
5) LIPPERT Liane (Germany) +2:01


25/09/2020 - Italy’s national anthem played at the Imola World Championships: Filippo Ganna becomes Time Trial World Champion


No other Italian cyclist has ever managed to win the rainbow jersey in the men’s time trial. Today, 25 September 2020, at the UCI 2020 World Championships in Imola - Emilia Romagna, Filippo Ganna made history in the world of professional cycling.


1) GANNA Filippo (Italy)
31.7 km in 35:54.10 at an average of 52.978 km/h

2) van AERT Wout (Belgium) +26.72
3) KUNG Stefan (Switzerland) +29.80
4) THOMAS Geraint (Great Britain) +37.02
5) DENNIS Rohan (Australia) +39.76


Try the E-Bike in the Hera area and find out more about e-charging

During the World Cycling Championships, the multiutility will be present at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari Race Circuit, where the races start and finish, with an exhibition space to help the public better understand e-mobility through Hera’s products. 
In the exhibition area, visitors can try the E-Bikes Hera offers, through its business partnerships, and find out more about the electricity and gas deals and its range of e-mobility products. An initiative that has attracted great interest from customers in recent months. It will be possible to cycle electrically, thanks to the bikes distributed, among others, by a company of Castel San Pietro Terme. Hera’s charging points will also be on display in the exhibition area.

The environmental services have been improved to ensure the sustainability of the event

For the World Cycling Championships, together with the Administration of Imola, Hera has also improved the waste collection and cleaning services along the race routes to keep the city clean and ensure the sustainability of the event. 
In particular, specific cleaning operations have been planned along the routes of the time trial races and mass start events: sweeping with a driven sweeper and by an operator before the races and manual cleaning, before and after each race (even in the area around the circuit), collecting waste that has been abandoned or thrown on the ground and cleaning out dumpsters.
At Imola, in the Circuit area, dumpsters will be unlocked for use by the public that attends the race. From 24 to 27 September, the times of certain waste collection services will differ, due to traffic restrictions. On 24 and 25 September these changes will also be applied in the municipalities of Borgo Tossignano and Casalfiumanese through which the time trial race route passes.
Even in Riolo Terme, where the mass start events will be held on 26 and 27 September, as agreed with the municipal administration, Hera has improved the cleaning services before and after the races along the race route roads and in the neighbouring areas, also collecting waste that may be abandoned or thrown on the ground. The times of the dumpster emptying service will change, and door-to-door collection of paper and cardboard on Saturday will also be brought forward. After the World Championships, the roadside along the race route will be cleaned.

“This is the first time that our Group has sponsored a high-level sporting event of this kind - said Tomaso Tommasi di Vignano, Executive Chairman of the Hera Group - and we are proud that it will be held in one of the territories that made it possible to found this company and, in a setting, that of the race circuit, that will undoubtedly highlight its importance. The roads on which the race take place are the very same roads we travel every day to provide our services to citizens and businesses, being fully aware of how important they are for the community, and providing our services with great commitment and dedication, with the same effort that these great champions will put into tackling gruelling climbs, giving us an incredible show of perseverance. Much of what we do is invisible, but we try to do our work in the best possible way and on this occasion too we will be at work, as always, every day, improving the services to host the many cycling fans, and helping to make this important event sustainable.”    

The Hera Group Executive Chairman, Tomaso Tommasi di Vignano, also took part in the press conference for the presentation of the World Cycling Championships
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