Giro d’Italia

Dates: Saturday May 8-30
Stages: 21
Length: 3450km
Start: Torino (Turin)
Finish: Milan
TV Coverage (UK): Eurosport, GCN Race Pass

Giro d’Italia 2021

Tao Geoghegan-Hart lifts the never ending trophy in Milan (Photo by LUCA BETTINI/AFP via Getty Images)

The Giro d’Italia is one of cycling’s three Grand Tours, along with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. It is the first of the three week races of the cycling season, usually taking place in the month of May.

As you might expect, the race predominantly takes place within its home country of Italy, but has frequently visited other nations in its 103 editions so far, 2021 is the 104th edition.

The race for 2021 takes place entirely in Italy, starting and finishing in the North West of the country taking in almost all of mainland Italy along the 3450km route.

The Giro is well known for its long, high mountain stages in the Alps and Dolomites, making famous names of climbs like the Passo dello Stelvio, Passo Gavia, Monte Zoncolan, Passo di Mortirolo, and Passo Giau among others.

But the Giro is often decided by it’s testing time trials, with the 2021 edition featuring two efforts against the clock which open and close the race.

Anyone hoping to win the Giro overall will also need to navigate numerous sprint stages and medium mountain stages, which offer up opportunities to riders looking for prestigious individual stage wins that can define careers.

Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) took the overall title in a shock win over another young up-and-coming rider in Jai Hindley (Team DSM) by 39 seconds last year.

The British rider went into the race to support Geraint Thomas, who crashed out early on after hitting a bottle. Last year’s edition introduced a whole new cast of Grand Tour riders with Geoghegan Hart, Hindley and João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) looking like potential future winners.

Giro d’Italia 2021 route

Riders climb the Stelvio during stage 18 of the 2020 Giro d’Italia (Photo by LUCA BETTINI/AFP via Getty Images)

Here is the route of the Giro d’Italia 2021, for more information on each stage, go to our route page.

Stage Date Start Finish Distance Terrain
1 Sat May 8 Torino Torino 9km ITT
2 Sun May 9 Stupinigi Novara 173km Flat
3 Mon May 10 Biella Canale 187km Hilly
4 Tue May 11 Piacenza Sestola 185km Hilly
5 Wed May 12 Modena Cattolica 171km Flat
6 Thu May 13 Grotte di Frassassi Ascoli Piceno 150km Mountain
7 Fri May 14 Notaresco Temoli 178km Flat
8 Sat May 15 Foggia Guardia Sanframondi 173km Mountain
9 Sun May 16 Castel di Sangro Campo Felice 160km Mountain
Rest day Mon May 17
10 Tue May 18 L’Aquila Foligno 140km Hilly
11 Wed May 19 Perugia Montalcino 163km Hilly
12 Thu May 20 Siena Bagno di Romagna 209km Hilly
13 Fri May 21 Ravenna Verona 197km Flat
14 Sat May 22 Cittadella Monte Zoncolan 205km Mountain
15 Sun May 23 Grado Gorizia 145km Hilly
Rest day Mon May 24
16 Tue May 25 Sacille Cortina d’Ampezzo 212km Mountain
17 Wed May 26 Canazei Sega di Ala 193km Mountain
18 Thu May 27 Rovereto Stradella 228km Flat
19 Fri May 28 Abbiategrasso Alpe di Mera Valsesia 178km Mountain
20 Sat May 29 Verbania Alpe Motta 165km Mountain
21 Sun May 30 Senago Milan 29.4km ITT

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Past winners of the Giro d’Italia

2020 – Tao Geoghegan-Hart
2019 – Richard Carapaz
2018 – Chris Froome
2017 – Tom Dumoulin
2016 – Vincenzo Nibali
2015 – Alberto Contador
2014 – Nairo Quintana
2013 – Vincenzo Nibali
2012 – Ryder Hesjedal
2011 – Michele Scarponi
2010 – Ivan Basso
2009 – Denis Menchov
2008 – Alberto Contador
2007 – Danilo Di Luca
2006 – Ivan Basso
2005 – Paolo Savoldelli
2004 – Damiano Cunego
2003 – Gilberto Simoni
2002 – Paolo Savoldelli
2001 – Gilberto Simoni
2000 – Stefano Garzelli