RCS Sport reveals the route for the 2016 Giro d'Italia - starting in the Netherlands and concluding in Turin
The 2016 Giro route contains seven sprint stages, three time trials and nine summit finishes, though 2015 champion Alberto Contador will not be back to defend his title next year.
The big four Alpine stages include Corvara (Alta Badia), Alpe di Siusi, Risoul and Sant’Anna di Vinadio.
RCS Sport announced earlier this year that its grand tour will start in The Netherlands and include a time trial in the Chianti zone. One mountainous stage, through the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, was unveiled last week.
The other 16 stages it revealed in a glitzy presentation on Monday afternoon at the EXPO 2015 in Milan. But the information leaked late on the Wednesday evening prior showed that the route, when back in Italy, travels north from the boot’s toe, includes an early small uphill finish in Roccaraso, a 10.8km uphill time trial in the Dolomites, plenty of mountains with a detour into France, and a finale in Turin.
RCS can take heart because the same mistake happened to cycling’s biggest race organiser, ASO. In 2011, it mistakenly unveiled its 2012 Tour de France route on its website. The leaked parcours later proved to be correct.
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Much of the 2016 Giro already had come into focus thanks to local press reports and RCS Sport’s early stage presentations. However, the cycling division, including boss Mauro Vegni, would have liked to have been the first ones to present the route to the public in Monday’s ceremony.
The 2016 Giro takes place between May 6 and May 29.
Giro d’Italia 2016 stages
Stage 2, 7 May: Arnhem-Nijmegen (Sprinters) 190 km
Stage 3, 8 May: Nijmegen-Arnhem (Sprinters) 189 km
Stage 4, 10 May: Catanzaro-Praia a Mare (Rolling) 191 km
Stage 5, 11 May: Praia a Mare-Benevento (Sprinters) 233 km
Stage 6, 12 May: Ponte-Roccaraso (Aremogna) (Mountains) 185 km
Stage 7, 13 May: Sulmona-Foligno (Sprinters) 210 km
Stage 8, 14 May: Foligno-Arezzo (Rolling) 169 km
Stage 9, 15 May: Chianti Classico Stage Radda in Chianti-Greve in Chianti (TT) 40.4 km
Stage 10, 17 May: Campi Bisenzio-Sestola (Mountains) 216 km
Stage 11, 18 May: Modena-Asolo (Rolling) 212 km
Stage 12, 19 May: Noale-Bibione (Sprinters) 168 km
Stage 14, 21 May: Alpago (Farra)-Corvara (Alta Badia) (Mountains) 210 km
Stage 15, 22 May: Castelrotto-Alpe di Siusi (Mountain TT) 10.8 km
Stage 16, 24 May: Bressanone-Andalo (Rolling) 133 km
Stage 17, 25 May: Molveno-Cassano d’Adda (Sprinters) 196 km
Stage 18, 26 May: Muggiò-Pinerolo (Rolling) 234 km
Stage 19, 27 May: Pinerolo-Risoul (Mountains) 161 km
Stage 20, 28 May: Guillestre-Sant’Anna di Vinadio (Mountains) 150 km
Stage 21, 29 May: Cuneo-Torino (Sprinters) 150 km
Giro d’Italia 2015 route
The 2015 Giro d’Italia, May 9 to 31, starts off in San Lorenzo Al Mare and includes six high mountain finishes and a long 59.2-kilometre individual time trial before finishing in Milan.
The Giro will include summit finishes at Abetone, Aprica, Cervinia and Sestriere, in addition to Madonna di Campiglio. The mountains sit well with the long time trial from Treviso to Valdobbiadene.
The 2014 Corsa Rosa included seven high mountain finishes and a mountain time trial that favoured the climbers. Light-weight, 126-pound Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the race over Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma). Italian Fabio Aru (Astana) placed third overall.
“Once again it is a nice, tough Giro,” said Uran of the 2015 route. “Probably the two key points are the long time trial, and of course the last week of the Giro. The final week is always the most important part. You can be strong in the first two weeks and then, if you’re not consistent, your Giro can fall apart in the last week. It can be complicated.”
Quintana said that he will not return in 2015 and instead focus on the Tour de France.
Spain’s Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), who won the 2014 Vuelta a España, will line up for the 2015 edition before trying to win the Tour de France in July for a third time. Team Sky will be led by in-form Richie Porte, who has already won the 2015 editions of Paris-Nice, Giro del Trentino and Volta a Catalunya.
Giro d’Italia 2015 stages
Click on the links below for our comprehensive stage-by-stage guide to the 2015 Giro d’Italia.
Stage 1, Sat May 9, San Lorenzo al Mare San Remo (TTT) 17.6km
>>> Stage one full preview
Stage 2, Sun May 10, Albenga – Genova 173km
>>> Stage two full preview
Stage 3, Mon May 11, Rapallo – Sestri Levante 136km
>>> Stage three full preview
Stage 4, Tue May 12, Chiavari – La Spezia 150km
>>> Stage four full preview
Stage 5, Wed May 13, La Spezia – Abetone 152km
>>> Stage five full preview
Stage 6, Thu May 14, Montecatini Terme – Castiglione della Pescaia 181km
>>> Stage six full preview
Stage 7, Fri May 15, Grosseto – Fiuggi 263km
>>> Stage seven full preview
Stage 8, Sat May 16, Fiuggi – Campitello Matese 188km
>>> Stage eight full preview
Stage 9, Sun May 17, Benevento – San Giorgio del Sannio 212km
>>> Stage nine full preview
Rest day, Mon May 18
Stage 10, Tue May 19, Civitanova Marche – Forlì 195km
>>> Stage 10 full preview
Stage 11, Wed May 20, Forlì – Imola 147km
>>> Stage 11 full preview
Stage 12, Thu May 21, Imola – Vicenza (Monte Berico) 190km
>>> Stage 12 full preview
Stage 13, Fri May 22, Montecchio Maggiore – Lido di Jesolo 153km
>>> Stage 13 full preview
Stage 14, Sat May 23, Treviso – Valdobbiadene (ITT) 59.2km
>>> Stage 14 full preview
Stage 15, Sun May 24, Marostica – Madonna di Campiglio 165km
>>> Stage 15 full preview
Rest day, Mon May 25
Stage 16, Tue May 26, Pinzolo – Aprica 175km
>>> Stage 16 full preview
Stage 17, Wed May 27, Tirano – Lugano 136km
>>> Stage 17 full preview
Stage 18, Thu May 28, Melide – Verbania 172km
>>> Stage 18 full preview
Stage 19, Fri May 29, Gravellona Toce – Cervinia 236km
>>> Stage 19 full preview
Stage 20, Sat May 30, Saint Vincent – Sestriere 196km
>>> Stage 20 full preview
Stage 21, Sun May 31, Torino – Milano 185km
>>> Stage 21 full preview
Giro d’Italia 2014 route
The route of the 2014 Giro d’Italia, from May 9 to June 1, is official. Organiser RCS Sport presented the route this afternoon in Milan’s Palazzo del Ghiaccio. It starts in Belfast, races from the south to north of Italy, includes a 46.4-kilometre time trial in Barolo and climbs the Zoncolan before finishing in Trieste.
RCS Sport unveiled the 21 stages, and three rest days, in a sleek, all-white former ice rink – the ice palace. It gets rolling from Northern Ireland with a team time trial. It heats up in the south of Italy and on the mountain passes in the Alps.
After the 46.4-kilometre time trial from Barbaresco to Barolo, Piedmont’s wine famous regions, summit finishes dot the menu. In the nine days of racing from Barolo to Trieste, six end on a high note.
The weekend before the races finishes, the Giro climbs to Santuario di Oropa (1174m) in Piedmont and Montecampione (1744m) north of Bergamo. It rests the next day – the unusual third of three – and continues to Val Martello (2059m), Panarotta (1780m) and Zoncolan (1730) in Italy’s north east.
Zoncolan’s altitude hardly matters when compared to its 22% gradients or average 11.9% over 10.1 kilometres. The climb, which proved popular with the grappa-drinking fans in the past four visits, provides the prefect end 24 hours before the parade into Trieste.
In the hammering snow up Tre Cime di Lavaredo this May, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) maintained his number one spot and Rigoberto Urán (Sky) overthrew Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) for second place. Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) finished off the party with a stage win, his fifth in this year’s race, in Brescia the next day. The 2014 route appears to have around eight finishes that could end in bunch gallops.
RCS Sport received approval to start the race on Friday instead of Saturday and include an extra rest day, on the fourth day, for travel back to Italy. The Corsa Rosa faces a long haul of around 2800 kilometres before restarting in Puglia
Race director Michele Acquarone was not in the Palazzo del Ghiaccio to explain the stages. As part of an audit into €13m missing funds, he was suspended as a precautionary measure. RCS Mediagroup is trying to get a handle on its sporting subsidiary.
After an initial internal audit, CEO Giacomo Catano shifted departments, and Administrative Director Laura Bertinotti and Chairman Flavio Biondi resigned. During the presentation across town in Milan, RCS Sport was able to forget about its problems at least for a few hours and look ahead to 2014.
Giro d’Italia 2014: Stages
Stage one – May 9, Belfast-Belfast TTT, 21.7km
Stage two – May 10, Belfast-Belfast, 218km
Stage three – May 11, Armagh-Dublin, 187km
REST DAY – May 12, transfer
Stage four – May 13, Giovinazzo-Sari, 121km
Stage five – May 14, Taranto-Viggiano, 200km
Stage six – May 15, Sassano-Montecassino, 247km
Stage seven – May 16, Frosinone-Foligno, 214km
Stage eight – May 17, Foligno-Montecopiolo, 174km
Stage nine – May 18, Lugo-Sestola, 174km
REST DAY – May 19, Modena
Stage 10 – May 20, Modena-Salsomaggiore Terme, 184km
Stage 11 – May 21, Collecchio-Savona, 249km
Stage 12 – May 22, Barbaresco-Barolo ITT, 46.4km
Stage 13 – May 23, Fossano-Rivarolo Canavese, 158km
Stage 14 – May 24, Agliè-Oropa, 162km
Stage 15 – May 25, Valdengo-Montecampione, 217km
REST DAY – May 26, Ponte di Legno
Stage 16 – May 27, Ponte di Legno-Val Martello, 139km
Stage 17 – May 28, Sarnonico-Vittorio Veneto, 204km
Stage 18 – May 29, Belluno-Rif. Panarotta, 171km
Stage 19 – May 30, Bassano del Grappa-Cima Grappa ITT, 26.8km
Stage 20 – May 31, Maniago-Monte Zoncolan, 167km
Stage 21 – June 1, Gemona del Friulli-Trieste, 169km