The Giro d’Italia today revealed the profiles of all 21 stages of the upcoming edition. The 103rd edition of the Italian stage race will start on Saturday October 3 with a fifteen kilometer long time trial to Palermo. Three weeks later, the battle for pink will end on Sunday, October 25, with a 15.7-kilometer time trial to Milan.
The Giro has a total of 64.7 kilometers against the clock this year, divided over three time trials. On paper there are six stages for sprinters, six rides through the middle mountains and six mountain stages.
Grande Partenza in Sicily
The Giro d’Italia starts this year for the ninth time in history in Sicily. After the opening time trial, a stage follows to Agrigento, before a tough uphill finish is planned on the third day with an arrival at the Etna volcano. Via Puglia and the Abruzzo, the riders set course for the Apennines. The day before the day of rest, more than 4000 altimeters must be conquered in the mountain stage to Roccaraso.
The peloton then heads north via the Adriatic coast. On Saturday, the riders in Veneto will be presented with a difficult time trial of 34 kilometers to Valdobbiadene. Before the riders can enjoy a second rest day, a difficult ride follows to Piancavallo with an uphill finish.
The main focus is in the final week, when the Dolomites and the Italian Alps are visited. Wednesday’s stage will cover three first-category passes and an uphill finish in Madonna di Campiglio. The roof of the Giro will be reached in Thursday’s stage, when the peloton has to cross the Stelvio. The arrival is the first in history in Laghi di Cancano. Two days before the end, the riders with the 251 kilometer long stage to Asti will be presented with a flat transition stage, before the mountain stage to Sestrière has to make the decision on the penultimate day. On the final day, a flat time trial of 15.7 kilometers is on the menu.
sat 3/10: Stage 1: Monreale – Palermo (15 kilometers individual time trial)
zo 4/10: Etappe 2: Alcamo – Agrigento (150 km)
ma 5/10: Etappe 3: Enna – Etna (150 km)
of 6/10: Etappe 4: Catania – Villafrancia Tirrena (140 km)
wo 7/10: Etappe 5: Mileto – Camigliatello Silano (225 km)
Sun 8/10: Etappe 6: Castrovillari – Matera (188 km)
vr 9/10: Etappe 7: Matera – Brindisi (143 km)
za 10/10: Etappe 8: Giovinazzo – Vieste (200 km)
Zo 11/10: Etappe 9: San Salvo – Roccaraso (208 km)
Mon 12/10: Rest day
of 13/10: Etappe 10: Lanciano – Tortoreto (177 km)
wo 10/14: Etappe 11: Porto Sant’Elepidio – Rimini (182 km)
Sun 10/15: Etappe 12: Cesenatico – Cesenatico (204 km)
vr 10/16: Etappe 13: Cervia – Monselice (192 km)
sat 17/10: Stage 14: Coneglano – Valdobbiadene (34 kilometers individual time trial)
Zo 18/10: Etappe 15: Rivolto Air Base – Piancavallo (185 km)
Mon 19/10: Rest day
of 20/10: Etappe 16: Udine – San Daniele del Friuli (229 km)
wo 10/21: Etappe 17: Bassano del Grappa – Madonna di Campiglio (203 km)
Sun 10/22: Etappe 18: Pinzolo – Cancano Lakes (207 km)
vr 23/10: Etappe 19: Morbegno – Asti (251 km)
za 24/10: Stage 20: Alba – Sestriere (198 km)
Sun 25/10: Stage 21: Cernusco Sul Naviglio – Milan (15.7 kilometers individual time trial)