Giro 2008 stage 20 Alberto Contador

The organisers of the Giro d?Italia, RCS Sport, has confirmed that the 2009 race the centenary edition of the Italian stage race, will start in Venice on May 9.

As Cycling Weekly reported on October 20, the opening stage will be a 21km team time trial up and down the Venice Lido, the strip of land that protects Venice from the currents of the Adriatic sea. The same roads hosted the start of the 1997 Giro when Mario Cipollini beat Nicola Minali in a sprint finish.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Founded in 1891, Cycling Weekly and its team of expert journalists brings cyclists in-depth reviews, extensive coverage of both professional and domestic racing, as well as fitness advice and 'brew a cuppa and put your feet up' features. Cycling Weekly serves its audience across a range of platforms, from good old-fashioned print to online journalism, and video.