The Trofeo Matteotti is a single-day road bicycle race that takes place in Pescara in the middle of summer. It was organized in 1945 thanks to the commitment and determination of Fulvio Perna, who wanted to give the competition a sense of liberation from the war events. The challenging circuit, made even harder by the summer heat, has honoured the best champions in the cycling world. In fact, big shots of cycling such as Bartali, Gimondi, De Vlaeminck, Taccone, Moser, Bugno, Di Luca, etc.. appear in the list of the Trophy champions.
The race has always had a de facto selective function of the national team members in the UCI Road World Championships. In fact, many winners of Trofeo Matteotti then also won the World Championships.
In recent years the race was held in late July. In 2013 it will be held on 28 July.