GC riders hit the ground running with a stage one time trial at next year's Giro d'Italia Grande Partenza

The 18.4km test is followed by a 204km road stage, both in Italy's Abruzzo region

Jai Hindley
This year's winner Jai Hindley greets crowds on stage 21
(Image credit: Tim De Waele / Getty Images)

The GC contenders will want to bring their A-game on day one of next year's Giro d'Italia, which kicks off on Friday 6 May with an 18.4km (11.4 miles) time trial on the Costa dei Trabocchi from Fossacesia Marina to Ortona.

The time trial will be followed the next day by a 204km road stage from Teramo to San Salvo. Stage three will also start in nearby Vasto and head south — destination as yet unknown.

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