The 102ste edition of the Tour of Italy, next year from 11 may to 2 June is being driven, will almost 60 kilometers against the clock, spread over three time trials, contain. That made the organisers Wednesday announced in Milan. The riders will arrive between starting point Bologna, and the finish line in Verona is also seven times uphill.
On the 11th of may is the start of the Giro given in Bologna, where a short time trial of 8.2 km is finished. After six flat kilometres will be finished with the climb of the San Luca (2 km to 9.7 percent). The race against the clock is the first of a total of three time trials, good for a total of 58,5 tijdritkilometers. Also the second time trial, to 34.5 kilometres between Riccione and San Marino, ends uphill. This is followed on may 20, the first day of rest. On the final day, a race of 15.6 kilometers against the clock in the surroundings of Verona. The stopwatch is stopped at the Roman amphitheatre.
The main climbing awaits in the second and third week. The thirteenth stage of 188 km between Pinerolo and Ceresolo Reale promises to be the first fireworks in the Giro, with a punchy climb (20.3 km at 5.9 percent) as beef. The day follows a short mountain stage (131 km) between Saint-Vincent and Courmayeur, near the French border, four heavy cols. The subsequent overgangsetappe to Como appears to be a reissue of the Tour of Lombardy, in the finals of the Madonna del Ghisallo, Colma di Sormano and the Civiglio.
After a second and final rest day, the climbing just continued in the Dolomites. In the ride to Ponte di Legno (226 km), the riders of the Passo Gavia (16.5 km at 8 percent), and the mythical Mortirolo (12.8 km at 10.1 percent) for the opt. Also in the seventeenth (Anterselva), nineteenth (San Martino di Castrozza) and twentieth either the penultimate ride to Croce d’aune (13.5 km at 6.3%) are the arrivals above.
The Giro will also make a eresaluut to Leonardo Da Vinci. The start of the third stage is given in Vinci, on the occasion of the five hundredth anniversary of the death of the Italian humanist, artist and scholar.
The course seems tailor-made for defending champion Chris Froome and the winner in 2017, Tom Dumoulin, but it is not yet clear whether they were in Bologna at the start.