The Giro d'Italia has unveiled its new mascot for this year's race. The "simpatico stambecco" - that's friendly mountain goat - goes by the name of Girbecco. Girbecco is intended to stand for the values of the Giro and of cycling such as honesty (huh, mountain goats are honest, who knew?), strength, courage, and endurance.
Girbecco will make his first public appearance at the Giro presentation on 13 December at La Fenice in Venezia. (Where's our invitation, dammit?) Girbecco will replace the rodentlike creature "Ghiro" who has served as the Giro's mascot for the last six editions.