Giro d'Italia 2017 full route map

Dates: May 5-28, 2017
Stages: 21
Grand Départ: Alghero, Sardinia
Finish: Milan

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The 2017 Giro d’Italia will be the 100th edition of the Italian Grand Tour, and as such the route aims to visit as many regions as possible.

The route of the three week race was leaked ahead of the official announcement, and includes three rest days to facilitate the extra travel time needed.

As was the case back in 2012 when Ryder Hesjedal secured victory on the final stage, the 2017 Giro d’Italia will end with an individual time trial.

The high mountain stages that precede the stage 21 race against the clock could mean that the pink jersey wearer is already out of reach, but a time trial rather than a processional sprint stage should make for exciting viewing.

Riding for the newly formed Bahrain-Merida squad, present champion Vincenzo Nibali looks set to defend his crown. The race will visit his home town of Messina, further encouraging him to take the start on Sardinia on Friday May 5.

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The next Giro will have more individual time trial kilometres than the Tour de France, which has stoked speculation that Chris Froome (Team Sky) could have a tilt at the Giro-Tour double.

Froome came close to the Tour-Vuelta double in 2016, so an attempt at both the Italian and French races back-to-back is not out of the question.

Key info: Route guide | Start list | Contenders | TV guide
Key riders: Vincenzo Nibali | Alejandro Valverde
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