Giro d'Italia route for 2015 opens with team time trial and includes one 59.2 individual time trial

The 2015 Giro d’Italia, May 9 to 31, starts off in San Lorenzo Al Mare and includes six high mountain finishes and a long 59.2-kilometre individual time trial before finishing in Milan.

The Giro will include summit finishes at Abetone, Aprica, Cervinia and Sestriere, in addition to Madonna di Campiglio. The mountains sit well with the long time trial from Treviso to Valdobbiadene.

The 2014 Corsa Rosa included seven high mountain finishes and a mountain time trial that favoured the climbers. Light-weight, 126-pound Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the race over Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma). Italian Fabio Aru (Astana) placed third overall.

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“Once again it is a nice, tough Giro,” said Uran of the 2015 route. “Probably the two key points are the long time trial, and of course the last week of the Giro. The final week is always the most important part. You can be strong in the first two weeks and then, if you’re not consistent, your Giro can fall apart in the last week. It can be complicated.”

Quintana said that he will not return in 2015 and instead focus on the Tour de France.

Spain’s Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), who won the 2014 Vuelta a España, will line up for the 2015 edition before trying to win the Tour de France in July for a third time. Team Sky will be led by in-form Richie Porte, who has already won the 2015 editions of Paris-Nice, Giro del Trentino and Volta a Catalunya.

Giro d'Italia 2015 overall profile

Giro d’Italia 2015 overall profile

Giro d'Italia 2015 map

Giro d’Italia 2015 map

Giro d’Italia 2015 stages

Click on the links below for our comprehensive stage-by-stage guide to the 2015 Giro d’Italia.

Stage 1, Sat May 9, San Lorenzo al Mare San Remo (TTT) 17.6km
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Stage 2, Sun May 10, Albenga – Genova 173km
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Stage 3, Mon May 11, Rapallo – Sestri Levante 136km
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Stage 4, Tue May 12, Chiavari – La Spezia 150km
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Stage 5, Wed May 13, La Spezia – Abetone 152km
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Stage 6, Thu May 14, Montecatini Terme – Castiglione della Pescaia 181km
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Stage 7, Fri May 15, Grosseto – Fiuggi 263km
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Stage 8, Sat May 16, Fiuggi – Campitello Matese 188km
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Stage 9, Sun May 17, Benevento – San Giorgio del Sannio 212km
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Rest day, Mon May 18

Stage 10, Tue May 19, Civitanova Marche – Forlì 195km
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Stage 11, Wed May 20, Forlì – Imola 147km
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Stage 12, Thu May 21, Imola – Vicenza (Monte Berico) 190km
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Stage 13, Fri May 22, Montecchio Maggiore – Lido di Jesolo 153km
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Stage 14, Sat May 23, Treviso – Valdobbiadene (ITT) 59.2km
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Stage 15, Sun May 24, Marostica – Madonna di Campiglio 165km
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Rest day, Mon May 25

Stage 16, Tue May 26, Pinzolo – Aprica 175km
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Stage 17, Wed May 27, Tirano – Lugano 136km
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Stage 18, Thu May 28, Melide –  Verbania 172km
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Stage 19, Fri May 29, Gravellona Toce – Cervinia 236km
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Stage 20, Sat May 30, Saint Vincent – Sestriere 196km
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Stage 21, Sun May 31, Torino – Milano 185km
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