The full route for the Giro d’Italia 2021 has been announced, featuring a tough gravel stage, a Monte Zoncolan summit finish and a final time trial to decide the winner in Milan.
This year’s edition of the Italian Grand Tour, scheduled to run from May 8-30, will total 3,450km of racing over 21 stages in the central and northern regions of the nation.
Starting with a short 9km individual time trial in Turin, with chances for the sprinters and puncheurs in the opening week before the first uphill finish on stage four to Sestola.
We will also see some huge climbing stages early in the race, with stages six, eight and nine both featuring more than 3,000 metres of altitude gain.
Notable climbs in this year’s race will include the Monte Zoncolan from the Sutrio side on stage 14, which last featured in the 2003 edition of the race.
Riders will also have to tackle the San Bernadino pass, a new finish on the Alpe di Mera in Valsesia (a first for the Giro) and Alpe di Motta.
The race will also cross into neighbouring Slovenia, a nation suddenly at the forefront of cycling thanks to Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates).
As previously announced, Turin and the Piemonte region will host the Grande Partenza of the 104th Giro d’Italia for the first time in 10 years.
After the opening 9km TT in the host city, the opportunity will pass to the sprinters and the puncheurs on stages two and three.
Then it’s onto the first uphill finish of the race on stage four, starting in Piacenza and finishing at Sestola.
After another chance for the sprinters on day five, stage six will be a major climbing day with 3,400 metres of elevation gain, taking the peloton from the Frasassi Caves to Ascoli Piceno.
Stage seven will be sprint day before two back-to-back climbing days on stages eight and nine, each featuring more than 3,000m of ascending.
Finally it’s a chance for the breakaway or the sprinters on day 10, before the first of the rest days.
As racing resumes, stage 11 will be an exciting spectacle from Pergui to Montalcino, starting with an undulating fourth have, before a 35km-long gravel section in the second section.
Stage 12 will be a major climbing day in memory of Gino Bartali and Alfredo Martini, followed by a bunch sprint on stage 13.
Then it’s the big one – the Monte Zoncolan finish on stage 14.
The second week will close out with a punchers day on stage 14, followed by a major climbing stage in the Dolomites the following day, featuring the Fedaia Pass, the Pordoi Pass and the Giau Pass.
After the second and final rest day, the peloton will head straight into the mountains from Canazei to Sega di Ala (a new uphill finish for the Giro), with the stage also featuring the San Valentino Pass.
Stage 18 could be decisive with attacks expected in the final kilometres on the Oltreop Pavese hills.
Then stage 19 will feature a new summit finish on Alpe di Mera, with 3,700m of elevation gain spread across the course.
Stage 20 will be a huge climbing day with 4,800m of climbing on the San Bernadino Pass, the Spluga pass (both above 2,000m above sea level) before the finish on Alpe di Motta.
The race will then close out with a 29.4km-loing final time trial in Milan, before the winner of the 2021 Giro d’Italia trophy is crowned.
Giro d’Italia route 2021
|Stage one, Sat May 8||Turin – Turin||9km ITT|
|Stage two, Sun May 9||Stupinigi – Novara||173km flat|
|Stage three, Mon May 10||Biella – Canale||187km hilly|
|Stage four, Tues May 11||
Piacenza – Sestola
|Stage five, Wed May 12||Modena – Cattolica||171km flat|
|Stage six, Thurs May 13||Grotte di Frassassi – Ascoli Piceno||150km mountain|
|Stage seven, Fri May 14||Notaresco – Temoli||178km flat|
|Stage eight, Sat May 15||Foggia – Guardia Sanframondi||173km mountain|
|Stage nine, Sun May 16||Castel di Sangro – Campo Felice||160km mountain|
|Rest day, Mon May 17|
|Stage 10, Tues May 18||L’Aquila – Foligno||140km hilly|
|Stage 11, Wed May 19||Perugia – Montalcino||163km hilly|
|Stage 12, Thurs May 20||Siena -Bagno di Romagna||209km hilly|
|Stage 13, Fri May 21||Ravenna – Verona||197km flat|
|Stage 14, Sat May 22||Cittadella – Monte Zoncolan||205km mountain|
|Stage 15, Sun May 23||Grado – Gorizia||145km hilly|
|Rest day, Mon May 24|
|Stage 16, Tues May 25||Sacille – Cortina d’Ampezzo||212km mountain|
|Stage 17, Wed May 26||Canazei – Sega di Ala||193km mountain|
|Stage 18, Thurs May 27||Rovereto – Stradella||228km flat|
|Stage 19, Fri May 28||Abbiategrasso – Alpe di Mera Valsesia||178km mountain|
|Stage 20, Sat May 29||Verbania – Alpe Motta||165km mountain|
|Stage 21, Sun May 30||Senago – Milan||29.4km ITT|
Giro d’Italia 2021 stages
Stage one, Turin – Turin, 9km ITT
A day that will likely see world time trial champion, Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), take the stage and go into pink for the second time in his career.
Stage two, Stupinigi – Novara, 173km
Stage two will likely see the current leader of the race keep pink, but it should be the first mass sprint with a potential for Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) to get his first Grand Tour stage of the year as he looks to get at least one in the Giro, Tour de France and Vuelta a España.
Stage three, Biella – Canale, 187km
The third stage opens up for the punchers and a possible change of overall leader. A stage that looks tailor made for Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), whether he will be back from his health scare break in time is another thing entirely.
Stage four, Piacenza to Sestola (186km)
Stage five, Modena to Cattolica (171km)