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

The 99th edition of the Giro d’Italia will start away from home with a time trial in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn. Two road stages in the Netherlands will follow, 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, meaning a new champion will be crowned in 2016.

Spaniards Mikel Landa (Team Sky) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) have got their eyes on a victory in the Italian Grand Tour, with their respective teammates Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana focusing on a resumption of their rivalry at the Tour.

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. Nibali suffered in France last year, despite eventually finishing fourth overall and taking a stage win, but will be hoping to recapture some better Grand Tour form at his home race.

Following some tough mountain stages at the 2015 Vuelta a España, the Giro has followed suit and there are three stages – stage 14, 19 and 20 – in particular that look especially brutal, including a pass over the 2016 Cima Coppi on the Colle Dell’Agnello.

Not only that, but the race will feature three time trials – favouring the likes of Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) – with a particularly horrendous outing for the riders on an entirely uphill effort on stage 15’s TT up the 10.8km Alpe di Siusi.

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

Giro d'Italia

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