Introducing the 2017 Giro d'Italia!
Official 2017 Giro d'Italia Route Guide:
2017 Giro d'Italia Overview:
Totalling 3,572km the 100th running of the Giro d'Italia open on Sardinia and move to Sicily before heading to the mainland. The route includes six sprint stages, eight moderate climbing stages, five strenuous mountain legs and two individual time trials. With only five summit finishes, the 67.2 km of time trials are likely to make this a race for the all rounders even given the
The race begins with three stages on Sardinia. The first of these is a 203 kilometre mainly flat stage from Alghero to Olbia on Friday May 5. This is followed by a more varied 208 kilometre race to Tortoli, then a 148 kilometre stage to Cagliari which looks tailor-made for sprinters.
After an early rest day, the Giro will resume with the first mountain stage, a 180 kilometre race from Cefalù to end in a summit finish on the slopes of Mt. Etna.
The 157 km Stage five from Pedara to the birthplace of Vincenzo Nibali, Messina is either downhill or flat from the halfway point and likely to be decided in a sprint.
From there the race moves to the mainland. Stages six (Reggio Calabria to Terme Luigiane, 207 km), seven (Castrovillari to Alberobello, 220 km) and eight (Molfetta to Peschici, 189 km) are either flat or rolling, and should pitch breakaway riders against the sprinters’ teams. However stage six includes an uphill kick before the line and might prompt the GC riders to try for an early stage victory.
As the second week progresses, no rest for the wicked:
The 139 km Stage nine from Montenero di Bisaccia to Blockhaus is either flat or rolling until the final, fairly rugged 26 uphill km. First raced 50 years ago when Eddy Merckx took the stage, the GC contenders can be counted on to try and bag some time before the second rest day which has been dedicated to the victims of last year's August 24th earthquake.
Stage 10's undulating 39 km time trial from Foligno to Montefalco should mark the real beginning of the GC battle. Even though the final 25 km are downhill, with four categorised climbs the 161 km stage 11 between Firenze and Bagno di Romagna could prove decisive.
Stages 12 (237km) to Reggio Emilia includes two early climbs, but with an uncomplicated second half it and a completely flat stage 13 (162km) to Tortona, both are probably going to be all about the final sprint.
The 131 kilometre 14th stage to Oropa, which ramps up inside the final 12 kilometres and will break things apart. The final ascent is best remembered as the location for the legendary Marco Pantani’s dramatic comback from a puncture in 1999, an effort which saw him take the win.
Climbing also features the following day, although the twin ascents of the Miragolo san Salvadore and Selvino are sufficiently far from the finish for things to come back together for the finish.
Toughest mountain stages before a final time trial
From there the riders head into the last rest day before the final six stages. Stage 16 is one of the most difficult of the 2017 Giro, with three categorised climbs overe 227 km from Rovetta to Bormio. These include the Passo del Mortirolo, the Passo dello Stelvio (this year’s Cima Coppi) and the Umbrail Pass, which crests the Stelvio from the other direction. There is then a tricky descent to the finish, ending what could be one of the most decisive stages.
While the 219 kilometre 17th stage from Tirano to Canazei has a very tough first half, the second is less so which may limit its influence.
Stage 18, which will be brutal. The 137 km ride features five climbs after the start in Moena, including the summit finish of Ortisei/St. Ulrich, and is potentially the hardest of the Giro. One day later another uphill battle to the line will conclude the 191 kilometre race to Piancavallo. The climbers then have one final chance to distance any TT specialists in the race to Asiago. The 190 kilometre leg features the climb of Foza close to the finish, although flat and slightly downhill roads for 15 kilometres afterwards may give some of the less specialized riders a chance at a win.
Things finish on May 28 with a flat 28 kilometre time trial from the Monza race track to Milan.
2017 Giro d'Italia Route Map