Giro d'Italia 2017 full route map

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) wears the maglia rosa at the 2017 Giro d’Italia, having moved into the top spot following a stunning stage ten time trial performance, maintaining the pink jersey ever since. However, he did lose a chunk from his accumulated lead over the course of stage 16, when he was forced to take a nature break on the final ascent.

With the first week well and truly behind us, the race is now on the for GC hopefuls. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) – who attacked on stage nine – has shown he is in fine form for the climbs, but he lost minutes in the time trial the following day, and further time on the summit finish to Oropa on stage 14. With more ITT kilometres to come, he’ll need to accumulate a significant advantage ahead of the next stage against the clock

The race began well for British riders Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Adam Yates (Orica Scott) with the pair sitting in second and third in line for the maglia rosa, until a collision with a parked police motorbike resulted in major time deficits for both. Thomas was most affected, abandoning the race he’d set his heart on winning before stage thirteen.

So far Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) has taken the most stage victories with four, leading against his sprinting rivals André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Bob Jungles (Quick-Step Floors) and Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) who both have one each.

The final week is really one for the climbers and will see many of the fast-legged stage contesters make a decision to return to training – whilst fireworks in the GC might be on the cards once the elevation begins to tip upwards.

General classification after stage 17

1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb, in 76-05-38
2 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team, at 31s
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 1-12
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ, at 2-38
5 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin, at 2-48
6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale, at 3-05
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo, at 3-49
8 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors, at 4-35
9 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo, at 6-20
10 Jan Polanc (Slo) Team UAE Emirates, 6-33

Points classification after stage 17

1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors (325)
2. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo (192)
3. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe (117)
4. Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe (98)
5. Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data (86)

Mountains classification after stage 17

1. Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky (124)
2. Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team (108)
3. Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data (85)
4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team (62)
5. Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data (56)

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The race as it unfolds

Stage 17 Tirano – Canazei, 219km

Pierre Rolland giro d'italia

In a rather quiet stage, Pierre Rolland lit up the last kilometres as he solo rode his way to his first Grand Tour stage victory in 5 years from 7km out. It wasn’t just Rolland who yearned for the win but his team Cannondale-Drapac who had gone over two years without a Grand Tour stage win.

Despite having a few climbs in it, the stage was no match for the day’s previous climbs and it was obvious as the breakaway worked up to a huge 11 minute lead at one point.

With a group of 20 riders in the leading group with 10km to go, Rolland was one of many who attacked but with 7km to go, his attack stuck. Building a quick gap of 30 seconds, Rolland held on to take the win.

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Stage 16 – Rovetta – Bormio, 222km

Dumoulin maintained the maglia rosa

The Queen stage yielded controversial headlines as pink jersey winner Dumoulin lost minutes from his lead when a nature break forced him to stop whilst the other GC leaders followed an attack from Ilnur Zakain (Katusha-Alpecin).

The stage was one of extremes in elevation – with an ascent of the Mortirolo, then the Stelvio, before a trip into Switzerland to climb the Umbrail Pass, meeting the Stelvio once again.

Whilst Dumoulin was left to climb the final Pass alone, the GC contenders fought it out to gain valuable seconds. An early break was shattered, leaving only Mikel Landa (Team Sky) out ahead. However, he was met by Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), who with fresher legs, was able to take the stage win.

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Stage 15 – Valdengo – Bergamo, 199km

Bob Jungels (Quick-Step) won the stage, sprinting from a small group of GC contenders.

The group escaped the peloton on the final short climb, 3.8km away from the finish. The small and select group resulted in several attacks which upped the pace and saw them stay away.

However, it was Jungles who powered to the line first with Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) second and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) third.

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Stage 14 – Castellania – Oropa, 131km

Tom Dumoulin wins stage 14 of the 2017 Giro d’Itaia

The first summit finish at the start of a tough final few stages of the 2017 Giro d’Italia, the climb to Oropa was meant to be the first opportunity for Quintana to attack and take time on Dumoulin.

And attack he did, going clear with three kilometres remaining with a stinging acceleration. However Dumoulin paced himself well, and with 1.5km he had winched himself back onto the Colombian’s wheel, even having the audacity to launch a counter-attack of his own.

The final sprint for the line was opened by Ilnur Zakarin, who accelerated with 250m to go. That move distanced a tired Quintana, but Dumoulin looked strong, and came around the outside of the Russian to cross the line with his arm in the air, taking the stage victory and extending his overall lead.

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Stage 13 – Reggio Emilia – Tortona, 167km

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) wins stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia (LaPresse/Gian Mattia D’Alberto)

A pan flat stage, this day was always going to go to a sprinter – though this didn’t stop aa break of four going clear early on. The quartet was only ever allowed a gap of two minutes, and with 5km to go the sprint trains began to prepare for the finish.

With 200 metres to go, it looked like the win would go to Bora-Hansgrohe’s Sam Bennett – however, quick footed Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) went for a last minute dive for the line which gave him is fourth win of the 2017 Giro.

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Stage 12 – Forlì – Reggio Emilia, 229km

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) wins stage twelve of the Giro d'Italia

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) wins stage twelve of the Giro d’Italia

Stage twelve featured two climbs early on, followed by a long flat run into the finish.

Three riders did try to prevent the imminent sprint finish – Sergey Firsanov (Gazprom-RusVelo), Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates) and Mirco Maestri (Bardiani CSF)  escaped early on to build a lead well over six minutes.

With 20 km to go, the gap was down to 53 seconds. With 15 km remaining, Maestri tried to make it alone, but he was caught at the 7 km mark, leaving the win a battle for the sprinters.

In the end, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) proved he was best on the day, taking victory in his third stage of the race.

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Stage 11 – Florence (Ponte a Ema) – Bagno di Romagna, 161km

Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) wins stage 11 of the 2017 Giro d’Italia (Credit: LaPresse – D’Alberto/Ferrari/Paolone/Spada)

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) maintained the maglia rosa after a climb ridden stage that saw Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) win from a four man sprint.

Fraile was part of an early break, which was brought back by the peloton with 40km to go. Not willing to give up, he followed a second attack by Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac). The pair were joined by Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and then Tanel Kangert (Astana) – giving way to a battle for the line in which the Dimension Data rider took a decisive lead.

Stage 10 – Foligno – Montefalco, 39.8km (ITT)

Tom Dumoulin on his way to winning the stage ten time trial of the 2017 Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin on his way to winning the stage ten time trial of the 2017 Giro d’Italia

As expected, the individual time trial shook up the General Classification.

Tom Dumoulin won the stage with a time of 50-37, a full 49 seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas, with Bob Jungles in third.

The result put the Sunweb rider into the maglia rosa, 2-23 ahead of Nairo Quintana – who had built up a significant lead on Blockhaus – the final climb of stage nine.

With more time trial kilometres to come, Quintana will need to make some serious in-roads during the coming mountains stages if he’s to regain and retain the lead.

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Stage nine – Montenero di Bisaccia – Blockhaus, 149km

Today was the day that Nairo Quintana (Movistar) made his move, taking the top spot on the GC after riding away from the break on the final climb of stage nine.

Quintana finished 24 seconds up on Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) who checked in over the line in second and third, giving him a 28 second lead on Pinot on the GC.

Large gaps opened up between the GC contenders, with Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates and Mikel Landa suffering particularly badly after a crash resulting from a parked motorbike. Yates finished 4.47 down, Thomas 5.08 – and Landa 26.56 – effectively taking him out of contention at all.

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Stage eight – Molfetta – Peschici, 189km

Gorka Izagirre wins stage eight of the Giro d’Italia (Credit: Sunada)

A thrilling stage eight saw Gorka Izagirre (Movistar) attack the break group to take the win, ahead of Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) and Luis León Sanchez (Astana).

The changeable stage saw an early break form, with riders bridging across until the final kilometres. Of the break group, Conti looked like a strong contender for the win, attacking with 800m to go of the final climb. However, his wheel slid from beneath him, allowing Izagirre to make his move.

The days events see a fairly static GC, with Bob Jungles continuing to hold onto his lead, followed by Thomas and Yates.

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Stage seven – Tortolì – Cagliari, 148km

After one week or racing, Bob Jungles (Quick Step Floors) maintained his lead of the General Classification, whilst the stage win went to Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) after he took a narrow victory over Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Three riders broke away early on in the stage – Giuseppe Fonzi (Wilier Triestina), Dmitrii Kozonchok (Gazprom-Rusvelo), and Simone Ponzi (CCC Sprandi Polkowice). They stayed sway until there was just under 20km to go.

At that point, sprint teams began to ready themselves for a tight and technical finish – which was eventually won by Ewan, who jumped with 200 metres to go, free to ride away from other specialists who found themselves responding too late.

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Stage Six –  Reggio Calabria – Terme Luigiane, 217km

Bob Jungles made it a third day in the Maglia Rosa, with the GC remaining largely unchanged following stage six.

A five rider break formed early on in the 217km stage – and the group rode harmoniously together until 5.6km to go, when they still had a healthy lead on the peloton. Three riders remained: Silvan Dillier (BMC), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe).

On the final climb, Pöstlberger dropped, leaving Dillier and Stuyven to battle for the win – an honour claimed by the BMC rider – who took the biggest win of his career on this day.

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Stage Five – Pedara – Messina, 159km

Fernando Gaviria wins stage five of the Giro d’Italia (LaPresse – D’Alberto / Ferrari)

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) bested sprint rivals Sam Bennett and André Greipel to take victory in Messina and the purple points classification jersey too. The Colombian’s victory also ensured that Bob Jungels stayed in the maglia rosa for yet another day.

The course’s hilly start was perfect breeding ground for a breakaway as Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) and Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) went clear from the gun. The pair built up a lead of 3-30 at one point before being swallowed back into the bunch with less than 15km to go.

The stage took a funny turn as rider’s entered the finishing circuit of Messina. The 6km loop was to be ridden twice but Luka Pibernik (Bahrain-Merida) didn’t get the memo and celebrated as riders entered the final lap.

As riders came around for the finish line for the last time, Gaviria had his eye on the ball launching an attack after Sam Bennett decided to launch his. The Colombian came around the Irish sprinter with metres to spare, taking the win.

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Stage Four – Cefalù – Etna (Rifugio Sapienza), 181km

Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) showed his hand after the first rest day. The Slovenian escaped with a break group of four early in the race, and sprung away from the other three before the top of the first climb. The quartet managed to accumulate a lead over eight minutes, but as the slopes of Mount Etna loomed, the group broke up, leaving just Polanc grinding away ahead of the peloton.

Over the 16km climb, several riders made attempts to attack the peloton, and chase after Polanc – but with just 1km to go he had a 45 second lead and just one chaser – Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin).

Polnac successfully held his lead, with Zakarin coming in second – 19 seconds later, whilst Geraint Thomas won the bunch sprint, sending him into second place on GC behind Bob Jungles.

Stage Three – Tortolì – Cagliari, 148km

It was expected that crosswinds would play a role in today’s stage – and they did – with Quick-Step managing to filter six of their riders into the break that escaped in the final 10km along the coast.

Several sprinters had infiltrated the break group – including eventual winner Fernando Gaviria, as well as Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) – who wore the Maglia Rosa that day for the first time in his career and perhaps hoped to retain it.

Unfortunately for Greipel, a mechanical struck, leaving him chasing as the Quick-Step riders pulled the lead out to 20 seconds. A last minute attack from Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) failed, with Gaviria proving himself the fastest to the line.

Stage Two – Olbia – Tortolì, 221km

If stage one was a shock, then this one played out exactly as expected, with a five-man break allowed to stay away all day (but never looking like taking the win), and a bunch sprint that was won by the pedigree specimen of this Giro’s sprinters, André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).

At times the racing was somewhat slow-paced, with the main talking point coming from the efforts of Daniel Teklehaimenot (Dimension Data) to take the climbing points on offer, in the process claiming a Giro King of the Mountains jersey to match the one he memorably won in the 2015 Tour de France.

Thanks to bonus seconds for the win, Greipel ended the day in the pink jersey, and was top of the sprinters’ classification too.

Stage One – Alghero – Olbia, 206km

Pöstlberger takes the win at the first stage of the Giro d’Italia

A bunch sprint was the expected outcome, but instead crowds watched open mouthed as 25-year-old Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) rode away from the head of the race in the final kilometres.

As the Bora-Hansgrohe rider threw his hands into the air, Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) sprinted to second ahead of André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) in third.

Excluding the explosive finish, the rest of the 206km stage proved to be fairly sedate – the peloton allowing a break of six to stay away for the majority of the day.

With Pöstlberger leading the General Classification and holding the sprinters jersey, and team mate Benedetti claiming the climbers jersey from his efforts in the break, the team leave stage one with a well decorated roster.

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The 2017 Giro d’Italia route

The key details:

  • Dates: May 5-28, 2017
  • Stages: 21
  • Grande Partenza: Alghero, Sardinia
  • Finish: Milan

The route of the Giro d’Italia 2017 includes three rest days to facilitate the extra travel time needed, alongside two individual time trials. In case once wasn’t enough, the peloton will ascend the Italian legend, the Stelvio climb, twice over the course of the race.

To mark the centenary of the race, the route finishes in Milan – which hosted the Grande Partenza and conclusion of the first ever edition, in 1909.

As was the case back in 2012 when Ryder Hesjedal secured victory on the final stage, the 2017 Giro d’Italia will end with an individual time trial.

The high mountain stages that precede the stage 21 race against the clock could mean that the pink jersey wearer is already out of reach, but a time trial rather than a processional sprint stage should make for exciting viewing.

The 2017 Giro d’Italia contenders

Riding for the newly formed Bahrain-Merida squad, present champion Vincenzo Nibali looks set to defend his crown. The race will visit his home town of Messina, further encouraging him to take the start on Sardinia on Friday May 5.

The other former winner aiming to contest the win is Nairo Quintana. The Movistar rider took the pink jersey in 2014, and this year he aims to do the same, before travelling to the Tour de France in an attempt to be the first rider to achieve the Giro/Tour double since Marco Pantani in 1998.

Team Sky‘s Giro d’Italia challenge is being co-led by Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa, with Landa having finished third behind Fabio Aru and Alberto Contador in 2015, while Thomas is being given his first chance to lead at a Grand Tour.

Fabio Aru (Astana) was the final Grand Tour winner who was expected to take to the start line in Sardinia. However, Aru confirmed he would not be on the start line in April, following a crash on a training ride which left him with knee injuries.

Other contenders include Bauke Mollema, Steven Kruijswijk, the Adam Yates, Ilnur Zakarin, and Thibaut Pinot.

As for the sprinters, there are fewer of them to have confirmed their participation, but expect the usual Italian fastmen such as Sacha Modolo, Giacomo Nizzolo, and Jacub Mareczko, as well as Caleb Ewan, André Greipel, and Fernando Gaviria.

Giro d’Italia Top 10 in 2016

Vincenzo Nibali on stage twenty-one in 2016 - he will ride the Giro d'Italia 2017 edition too

Vincenzo Nibali on stage twenty-one in 2016 – he will ride the Giro d’Italia 2017 edition too

The 2016 edition of the Giro d’Italia saw Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali take the win, 52 seconds ahead of Esteban Chaves from Orica-GreenEdge with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in third.

The King of the Mountains jersey went to Mikel Nieve of Team Sky, Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) scooped up the Points jersey whilst Bob Jungels (Etixx-Quick Step) was awarded Best Young Rider.

The top 10 on General Classification, after the final (neutralised) stage, was as follows:

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana, at 86-32-49
2. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge, at 52s
3. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar, at 1-17
4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 1-50
5. Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff, at 4-37
6. Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx-Quick Step, at 8-31
7. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale, at 11-47
8. Andrey Amador (CRC) Movistar, at 13-21
9. Darmin Atapuma (Col) BMC, at 14-09
10. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr), at 16-20

Key info: Route guide | Start list | TV guide
Key riders: Vincenzo Nibali | Nario Quintana | Geraint Thomas | Fabio Aru
Previous editions: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

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