The Giro d’Italia is a Grand Tour that rivals that of the Tour de France & is an exciting 3-week long affair where the top cyclists from all around the world will ride around the beautiful Italian countryside. As one of the most prestigious events on the cycling calendar to join in the Giro d’Italia is a must for any serious cyclist & at Mummu Cycling, the Giro d’Italia tours offer the ultimate convenience & luxury for you while cycling around Italy.
This year is the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia. It will run from May 5 (Friday) to May 28 (Sunday) & it is sure to go down in history as one of the greatest Grand Tours of all time. Such a grand event is not something you would want to miss.
The Giro makes up cycling’s prestigious 3-week-long Grand Tour. It is usually held during late May and early June. While the route changes each year, the format of the race stays the same with the appearance of at least 2 time trials & a passage through the mountains of the Alps including the Dolomite.
The modern editions of the Giro D’Italia normally consist of 21 day-long segments (stages) over a 23-day period that also includes two rest days.
All of the stages are timed from start to the finish. After finishing, the riders’ times are compounded with their previous stage times. The rider with the least aggregate time is the leader of the race & gets to don the coveted pink jersey.
Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali was the victor in the previous edition of the race (2016).
There are 6 mountaintop finishes set to shake up the overall classification at the Giro d’Italia 2017 but the Stage no 16, the Queen Stage will feature back-to-back Mortirolo, Stelvio and Umbrail passes.
The Giro d’Italia is set against the backdrop of some of the most breathtaking scenery Europe has to offer. The organizers have prepared 1 such route this time too.
How it looks
The 1st summit finish awaits the peloton after a medium mountain stage. This route follows the mild undulations of the road for Fifty-Five kilometers, & then tackles a lengthy and steady climb up Portella Femmina Morta. A manageable descend leads the cyclists to the feed zone & to the intermediate sprint in Bronte. This route hits the foot of Mount Etna and runs across numerous villages and to Nicolosi, where the closing climb will begin.
The final part of the route will run through urban areas which are often stone-paved roads and also narrow. The final climb is on a wide tarmac road. The road is nearly 20kms. Then a mild counter slope with 500 meters to go. Finally, the last stretch leads to the finish line on 7-m wide asphalt road.
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