FIRST LOOK! 2023 GIRO D’ITALIA ROUTE

The 2023 Giro d’Italia will finish at Rome’s iconic imperial forum, five years after poor road conditions led to the final stage in the Italian capital being cut short. Cycling’s second-biggest Grand Tour suffered embarrassment in 2018 when only three of the 10 laps of the final stage in central Rome were counted as the route was considered too dangerous. This year’s 21st and final stage will take in some of Rome’s most famous sites, including the Colosseum, Circus Maximus and the Spanish Steps. Riders will arrive in Rome after over three weeks of grueling competition spread out over 2142 miles and 168,307 feet of climbing.

The race route was unveiled on Monday in Milan and gets underway on May 6 with the ‘Grande Partenza’, an 11.4 mile individual time-trial along Italy’s Adriatic coast between Fossacesia Marina and Ortona, in the central Abruzzo region. That is one of three time-trials in this year’s edition, including the penultimate stage, a tough 11.5 mile run with a steep climb of 4.5 miles to Monte Lussari which will be the last competitive stage of the race.

The second stage will stay in the region, 126 miles from Teramo to San Salvo features relatively gentle climbs and will be the first of eight stages to favor sprinters. Riders will return to Abruzzo for the seventh stage which will host the first of seven summit finishes of next year’s Giro, at Campo Imperatore in the Gran Sasso d’Italia massif.

The Giro will be raced almost entirely on Italian roads after last year’s start in Hungary, although the riders will head into Switzerland for the Crans Montana finish of the 13th stage, which will also feature the highest peak at Col du Grand Saint-Bernard.

The general classification could well be decided by the end of stage 19, which features five category climbs as the riders push 113 miles from Longarone to Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

Last year’s Giro was won by Jai Hindley, the first Australian ever to win the race.

2023 GIRO D’ITALIA ROUTE

Stage 1 – May 6
Fossacesia – Ortona, 11.4 miles (individual time-trial)

Stage 2 – May 7
Teramo – San Salvo, 126 miles

Stage 3 – May 8
Vasto – Melfi, 130 miles

Stage 4 – May 9
Venosa – Lago Laceno, 114 miles

Stage 5 – May 10
Atripalda – Salerno, 109 miles

Stage 6 – May 11
Napoli – Napoli, 97 miles

Stage 7 – May 12
Capua – Gran Sasso d’Italia, 135 miles

Stage 8 – May 13
Terni – Fossombrone, 128 miles

Stage 9 – May 14
Savignano sul Rubicone – Cesena, 21 miles (individual time trial)

Stage 10 – May 16
Scandiano – Viareggio, 118 miles

Stage 11 – May 17
Camaiore – Tortona, 135.5 miles

Stage 12 – May 18
Bra – Rivoli, 111 miles

Stage 13 – May 19
Borgofranco d’Ivrea – Crans Montana, 129 miles

Stage 14 – May 20
Sierre – Cassano Magnago, 120 miles

Stage 15 – May 21
Seregno – Bergamo, 118 miles

Stage 16 – May 23
Sabbio Chiese – Monte Bondone, 123 miles

Stage 17 – May 24
Pergine Valsugana – Caorle, 119 miles

Stage 18 – May 25
Oderzo – Val di Zoldo, 99 miles

Stage 19 – May 26
Longarone – Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 113 miles

Stage 20 – May 27
Tarvisio – Monte Lussari, 11.5 miles (individual time-trial)

Stage 21 – May 28
Rome – Rome, 115km

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