Natali supports Covid-19 fight with thousands of masks

The apparel company from Pistoia, technical sponsor of Appenninica MTB Parmigiano Reggiano Stage Race (19-25 July), is giving a significant support to local companies and municipalities

Those who love Appenninica MTB Parmigiano Reggiano Stage Race do not step back in front of challenges, even the steepest ones. Natali Sports Wear’s sake for challenges was made evident already in the first edition of the MTB stage race, immediately stepping in as manufacturer of all the category leaders’ jerseys.

Waiting for the second edition scheduled from July 19th to 25th, the company from Uzzano (Pistoia) is facing an even more challenging battle than the steep climbs of the Emilian Apennines: like many other Made-In-Italy clothing companies, not only of sports, Natali chose to convert its production into sewing sanitary masks.

Since the reconversion, the Tuscan company has already produced 10 thousand masks, delivering them to private companies and local authorities, waiting to complete the certification process in order to supply them also to hospitals and civil protection.

“In this difficult situation we chose to contribute to contain the emergency – Natali Sports Wear Director, Marino Palandri, explained -. We are happy of supporting many companies and organizations in our territory, and soon we hope to help protecting also those who work on the front line against the virus, in hospitals and in civil protection”.

At Appenninica, Natali’s garments have a much different role and scope. “It’s a project we believed in right from the start – Palandri continued -. It is something new for Italy, and we are happy to be alongside the organizers. It is technically one of the most demanding races of this kind in the World, and that’s exactly the kind of challenges we can’t wait to face again”.

Natali’s brand was born in 1968 thanks to the idea of Bruno Natali and Licia Convalle, who opened a knitwear workshop in the basement of their house. Since the early years they have focused on a winning combination of product’s quality and Made in Italy, leading them to celebrate 50 years of life in 2018. Cycling clothing is the core business sector for Natali, but they also operate in other disciplines such as athletics, and wherever there is a challenge to win. Starting from the most important ones.

The Appenninici – Lillo Lenzi, in love with the Apennines

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The Appenninici – From rugby to mountain biking: the unique journey of Sophie Halhead

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Third time’s the charm: Hans Becking returns to Appenninica for the hat trick

First Elite Man to win two editions of Appenninica MTB Stage Race, the Dutch defending champion of BUFF-Megamo will go for the hat trick from September 2 to 7, 2024. “This race has won my heart,” says Becking.

The Appenninica 2024 route: kicking off in Bologna with 14,000 meters of elevation gain

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The Appenninici – An Olympic champion discovers Appenninica

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From Tour the France to the MTB: Appenninica 2024 to kick off in Bologna

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Becking and Piana conquer Appenninica MTB Stage Race 2023

The Dutch rider of Buff-Megamo is the first male athlete to win two editions of Appenninica MTB Stage Race. Becking sealed the overall win by raising arms again in the last stage, followed by Tiago Ferreira and Tim Smeenge, who join him on the podium in second and third position respectively. Debora Piana takes the women’s GC, while Ilina triumphs again in Vidiciatico. “We are really proud of the athletes’ feedback” said the organizers

Happy day for DMT Racing Team in Vidiciatico. Becking and Piana keep the lead

Tiago Ferreira went all-in in the penultimate stage of Appenninica MTB Stage Race from Fanano to Vidiciatico, trying to pursue the leader’s jersey, but Becking kept everything under control. Same plot in the women’s category, with Russian Kristina Ilina taking her second win and Piana in control

Appenninica’s colour is Orange: Smeenge and Becking the stars of stage 4

The Dutch MTB Marathon National champion raises hands in Fanano, while Becking increases his gap in the GC on Tiago Ferreira. Debora Piana keeps dominating and makes it three in a row. Tomorrow, September 8th, the penultimate stage of Appenninica MTB Stage Race 2023 runs from Fanano to Lizzano in Belvedere

Becking and Piana strenghten their lead in Fiumalbo

The two leaders got the second win at Appenninica MTB Stage Race 2023. The Dutch rider of Buff-Megamo Team sprinted over Tiago Ferreira, while things are getting spicy for the bronze medal, with four riders fighting for the third position. In the women’s field, the Italian of Team Cingolani-Specialized secured the leader jersey with another success in Fiumalbo over Ilina. Tomorrow, September 7th, the peloton heads to Fanano

Ferreira and Piana tame the Mountain Queen Stage

The Portuguese athlete of DMT Racing Team answered back to Becking’s success in the opening stage, while Tronconi and Smeenge remain in contention behind them. Debora Piana took the win and the lead in the women’s category. Tomorrow, September 6th, marks the first-ever border crossing from Emilia-Romagna to Tuscany for the race, with the stage starting and finishing again in Fiumalbo