Giro d'Italia unveils mountainous 13th stage for 2016 race

The 161km route takes riders over four categorised climbs from Palmanova to Cividale del Friuli

Alberto Contador on the podium after stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia (Sunada)
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Organisers RCS revealed another section of next year's Giro d'Italia route on Sunday; a mountainous 161km route on stage 13 from Palmanova to Cividale del Friuli.

The revelation adds to what's already been unveiled by the organisers about next year's route ahead of the official presentation on October 3, with an opening individual time trial in the Netherlands and another, longer ITT on stage nine through the vineyards of Chianti.


Profile of the 2015 Giro d'Italia stage 13

Stage 13 of the race will see the riders cover four categorised climbs and one other in the Julian Alps, with the last to Valle peaking at around 14km from the finish, before technical 6km descent and fast run to the line which could suit a breakaway.

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This stage will also be the basis for the Giro Gran Fondo, which, though shorter at 133km, traverses the same climbs as the pros with only a short flat part missing from the beginning. Entry for the event in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region (North East) will cost just €30 (£22) until October 25.


Map of stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia

"The relationship that exists between the Giro and this Region is truly special," said race director Mauro Vegni.

"I remember the spectacle of the Giro stages ending in the top of Zoncolan and the emotions of the final stage of Giro d'Italia 2014 in Trieste.

"I'm sure that the stage that we presented today is going to be beautiful, spectacular and decisive for the Maglia Rosa winner; all the world will have the chance to see it in over 170 countries across the five continents."

The race is also reportedly to take in the white gravel roads of Tuscany, the main feature of the Strade Bianche one-day Classic, and the return of the Gavia climb, which featured in the 2014 addition of the race.

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