The 2016 Giro d'Italia runs from May 6 to May 29.

The Giro d'Italia 2016 route was officially announced on October 5, but the parcours had already been leaked the week before on the organiser's website.

The 99th edition of the Italian Grand Tour will start away from home with a time trial in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn. There will then be two road stages in the Netherlands, before a rest day and the resumption of the race in Catanzaro in Italy's far south.

Present champion Alberto Contador will not defend his title, but will instead focus on winning the Tour de France in what he has stated will be his last professional racing season.

Astana have headed off any internal rivalries early by pointing Vincenzo Nibali towards the Giro and will give Fabio Aru a tilt at the Tour.

Following some tough stages at the 2015 Vuelta a España, the Giro has followed suit and there are three stages in particular that look especially brutal.

The race starts on May 6 and will finish in Turin on May 29.

Key info: Route guide | Start list | Contenders | TV guide

Key riders: Vincenzo Nibali | Mikel Landa | Alejandro Valverde |

Previous editions: Giro d'Italia 2015 | Giro d'Italia 2014 | Giro d'Italia 2013 | Giro d'Italia 2012 | Giro d'Italia 2011 | Giro d'Italia 2010

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