Giro d'Italia 2018 full route map

Dates: May 4-27, 2018
Stages: 21
Grande Partenza: Jerusalem, Israel
Finish: Rome

The Giro d’Italia 2018 (May 4-27) looks set to be an exciting race – with a route including a start in Israel, climbs of Etna, Zoncolan and Finestre as well as a 34.5-kilometre individual time trial.

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The full route was announced on Wednesday November 29 – with defending champion Tom Dumoulin, Fabio Aru and Chris Froome confirming that they will race the Italian event.

Giro d’Italia 2017

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) won the 2017 Giro d’Italia in nail-biting fashion after over-turning a 53-second deficit on the final day to beat Nairo Quintana (Movistar) into second place.

Dumoulin began the day in fourth place, but the last-day time trial was always likely to play to the Dutchman’s strengths. The only question was whether the 29km course was long enough for Dumoulin to take the win – and whether he had enough left in the tank after a gruelling three-week Grand Tour.

Quintana did enough to hold onto second place, with home favourite Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) having to settle for third.

Also up for grabs on the final day was the white jersey for the best young rider. Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) began the stage in white with a 28-second advantage, but Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) ate up the gap to seize the jersey.

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) took the points jersey after an astonishing Grand Tour debut in which he claimed four sprint victories, while Mikel Landa (Team Sky) rescued a difficult race for Sky with a strong ride for the King of the Mountains.

Final general classification

1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb, in 90-34-54
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team, at 31 secs
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 40 secs
4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ, at 1-17
5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin, at 1-56
6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale, at 3-11
7. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo, at 3-41
8. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors, at 7-04
9. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott, at 8-10
10. Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac, at 15-17

Final points classification

1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors (325)
2. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo (192)
3. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe (117)4
4. Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data (100)
5. Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe (98)

Final mountains classification

1. Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky (224)
2. Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team (118)
3. Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data (104)
4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team (70)
5. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac (70)

Final young riders classification

1. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors
2. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott, at 1-06
3. Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac, at 08-13

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The race as it happened

Stage 21 Monza – Milan, 29km

Jos Van Emden wins stage 21 of the Giro d’Itaila (LaPresse – D’Alberto/Ferrari/Paolone/Spada)

Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) took victory on the 29km final-day time trial into Milan, but the headlines went to compatriot Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), who blew away his rivals to snatch a dramatic Grand Tour victory.

In hot conditions, the flat course began on the race circuit at Monza and arrowed along wide, straight roads into Milan. It could have been hand-built for a powerhouse like Dumoulin, and the Dutchman wasn’t about to miss his chance.

Dumoulin began at an astonishing pace, cutting more than half of his deficit to race leader Nairo Quintana in the opening 9km.

The Team Sunweb rider finished the stage in second place, 15 seconds behind Van Emden, but he was on top of the only classification that mattered.

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Stage 20 Pordenone – Asiago, 190km

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) won stage 20 of the Giro d’Italia as race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) defended his pink jersey.

The main group of GC favourites including Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) managed to gap former race leader Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) on the line by 15 seconds after getting a gap on him on the final climb.

Dumoulin was able to recover with the help of Bob Jungels (Quick-Step) in the chasing group, and minimise his losses on the flatter 14km run in from the top of the Foza climb to the finish.

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Stage 19 San Candido/Innichen to Piancavallo, 191km

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) moved into the pink jersey as Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) was dropped early on the final climb on stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia, with Mikel Landa (Team Sky) winning the stage.

There had been drama earlier in the day as Dumoulin was caught on the wrong side of a split in the peloton in the first 60km, but when that had been neutralised it was clear that it was all going to come down to the final climb to Piancavallo.

Mikel Landa had been part of a large group that had gone clear with around 90km to race, building up an advantage of more than 10 minutes.

The Spaniard had finished second in two-up sprints twice so far in the race, but was not going to risk making the same mistake for a third time, going solo early in the climb and taking victory by nearly two minutes to rescue Team Sky‘s race after having had their GC hopes ruined by the motorbike crash on stage nine.

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Stage 18 Moena – Ortisei, 137km

Tejay van garderen winning stage 18 giro d'italia 2017

A shortened stage of 137km saw no shortage of excitement as Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) recorded his first ever Grand Tour stage victory in the Dolomites. The American rider found himself  in a breakaway with a big group including current Mountains Classification leader, Mikel Landa (Team Sky).

After 127km, Van Garderen found himself alone with Landa as they built up a lead of up to a minute ahead of the malgia rosa favourites. Working well together they pushed into the 1km with a huge gap.

It was with 300m to go that the 28 year old BMC rider attacked. Landa had lead the pair towards the finishlien but left a big gap which the American used to attack and secure his first victory at this level.

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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 five 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 included three rest days to facilitate the extra travel time needed, alongside two individual time trials. In case once wasn’t enough, the peloton would ascend the Italian legend, the Stelvio climb, twice over the course of the race.

To mark the centenary of the race, the route finished 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 ended with an individual time trial.