The Giro d’Italia 2021, between historic climbs, white clay and Olympic dreams

An image of the Slovenian racer Primoz Roglic at the Giro d'Italia.

An image of the Slovenian racer Primoz Roglic at the Giro d’Italia.

The Italy spin unveiled this Wednesday the official route of its 104th edition, which will be disputed May 8 to 30 with departure in Turin and arrival in Milan with iconic climbs such as the Zoncolan and Passo Pordoi, stretches of white clay in Tuscany and a stage arriving in Cortina, home to the 2026 Winter Olympics.

The route of the Giro was revealed at an event organized in Milan behind closed doors, in which Vincenzo Nibali and the Slovak Peter Sagan, who connected from Spain, where he is training, confirmed his participation and the young Belgian star Remco Evenepoel expressed the desire to arrive in great shape at the pink race, after the serious accident suffered in August at Il Lombardía.

Ten years after the last time, the Giro will depart from Piedmont and it will do so on the 160th anniversary of the Unity of Italy. The runners will open the fight in Turin with a nine-kilometer time trial and will begin a cycle of three stages in the northern region, which a priori will favor the sprinters.

The first phase of the Giro, despite not presenting great difficulties, it will be complicated due to the fact that it will be necessary to wait ten days before the first break, set on May 18.

The fourth stage, between Piacenza and Sestola will mark the first high end and also the sixth, with a difference of 3,400 meters between Grotte di Frasassi and Ascoli Piceno, with two mountain passes and reaching 1,090 meters high will be an opportunity for climbers.

After the first rest day, the riders will return with a demanding stage of a spectacular high level, as they will go from Perugia to Montalcino, in central Italy, with up to 35 kilometers on the “sterrato”, the symbolic white clay stages from the “Strade Bianche”.

This second week will also be marked by the usual dedications of the Giro to the great figures of Italian sport and culture. The twelfth stage, between Siena and Bagno di Romagna, will be dedicated to Gino Bartali and Alfredo Martini, coach of the Italian team much loved in the transalpine country.

The next one, between Ravenna and Verona, will instead be dedicated to the poet Dante Alighieri, on the 700th anniversary of his death.

Then the Historic climbs of the Giro. May 22 will be the day of the Zoncolan, with its 1,730 meters high, while on the 24th the runners will leave Sacile and reach Cortina, with the mythical Passo Pordoi, the highest peak of this edition (2,239 meters).

It is an arrival of a high symbolic level because in five years Cortina will host the Winter Olympics with Milan.

The stage “queen” of this Giro is, a priori, the 19, with departure in Abbiate Grasso and arrival in Alpe di Mera, with a drop of 3,700 meters and demanding climbs to Mottarone and Colma di Varallo.

It will be followed by the twentieth and penultimate stage, between Verbania and Alpe Motta, with climbs to Passo San Bernardino and Passo dello Spluga, with a drop of 4,700 meters.

The new champion of the Italy spin, after the triumph of the British Tao Geoghegan Hart of the last edition, disputed in an extraordinary way in autumn due to the coronavirus.

The race will conclude on May 30 in Milan with a 29.4 kilometer individual time trial and arrival in the Duomo square, in the heart of the city of the Lombardy region.


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