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GIRO’23 PEZ Route Preview: The Mountains, Sprints and Time Trials!

Giro Route Preview: The Spring Classics are behind us now and the professional peloton strikes onto the Grand Excursions. The Giro d’Italia is the primary three-week tour and begins on Saturday with a person time trial within the Abruzzo. The end is in Rome. We have a look at the route at this time and the highest riders on Thursday.

The 2023 Giro d’Italia Route

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This 12 months the Giro d’Italia begins on house soil after Apeldoorn in 2016, Jerusalem in 2018) and Budapest final 12 months. The beginning is within the area of Abruzzo, with a TT from Fossacesia Marina to Ortona. The race stays in Abruzzo for levels two and three, earlier than returning on the finish of the primary week for a mountain stage to Gran Sasso d’Italia. There’s additionally a mountain stage with a end at Lake Laceno and levels ending in Salerno and Naples. On the finish of the primary week, the Abruzzo stage goes to Campo Imperatore, a plateau on the Gran Sasso, the best mountain massif of the Apennines.

Giro’23 map

The second and third weeks are, as they need to be, powerful for the riders, with a person time trial of greater than 30 kilometres, very powerful passages by the Alps and Dolomites, mountain levels to Crans Montana, Monte Bondone, Zoldo Alto and Tre Cime Lavaredo, to call a the highest ones. By way of in just a few treacherous hilly levels and to complete off the motion, a hilly time trial to Monte Lussari. The ultimate stage is ready in Rome.

The 2023 Giro d’Italia profile

Saturday Could 6 – Stage 1: Fossacesia Marina – Ortona (19.6km, ITT)
The primary stage of the 2023 Giro d’Italia is a person time trial of 19.6 kilometres within the Abruzzo area. Because of the size and the powerful route of the ‘race towards the watch’ there may very well be huge variations between the GC males by the tip of the day. The route follows the Through Verde della Costa del Trabocchi, a disused railway line that has been transformed right into a cycle path. The riders observe the coast from Fossacesia Marina to Ortona. They then depart the bike path and head in the direction of Ortona by way of a brief climb of 1.7 kilometres at 5.3%. From the summit it’s slightly below 2 kilometres to the end.

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Stage 1 profile

Sunday Could 7 – Stage 2: Teramo – San Salvo (202km)
Stage 2 is simply over 200 kilometres, beginning in Teramo and ending in San Salvo. The stage has a hilly begin, however a flat run-in to the ultimate. There’s a good likelihood that the sprinters will get their likelihood, however it’s only the second day and everybody will probably be contemporary. There are two KOM’s: the Silvi Paese (4.2km at 5.4%) and Ripa Teatina (1.9km at 5.8%). From the final climb, there are 70 kilometres to the end. The route continues south alongside the Adriatic Sea, in the direction of San Salvo and a possible bunch dash.

The Better of Abruzzo

Monday Could 8 – Stage 3: Vasto – Melfi (213km)
The Giro leaves the Abruzzo area on the third day from the city of Vasto. There’s then a very lengthy, flat and maybe boring 170 kilometres. Issues ought to enliven within the final 40 kilometres as they hit the foothills of Monte Vulture. The primary climb takes the riders to a Benedictine abbey. After this climb of 6.3 kilometres at a mean of 6.4%, a second of two.6km at 7.6% follows virtually instantly. From the highest there may be 25 descending kilometres to the end in Melfi. Within the final kilometres the street is uphill in locations.

Levels 2 and three

Tuesday Could 9 – Stage 4: Venosa – Lago Laceno (175km)
On the third stage to Melfi, the climbers get their likelihood and the race needs to be break up. Within the first actual mountain stage of the 2023 Giro, there are two 2nd Cat climbs to the ski resort of Lago Laceno. Then within the remaining there’s a very powerful climb on the Colle Molella, the place the GC riders will go into full battle. Earlier than that they must cross the tough Passo delle Crocelle (13.5km at 4.3%), Muro Lucano (5.1km at 5.5%) and the Valico di Monte Carruozzo (8.8km at 4.9%) to the ultimate climb. The Colle Molella is slightly below ten kilometres lengthy and has a mean gradient of 6.2%. Within the final 3 kilometres the gradient is rarely under 9%. From the summit there are nonetheless 3 kilometres to the end.

Stage 4

Wednesday Could 10 – Stage 5: Atripalda – Salerno (171km)
Stage 5 from Atripalda to Salerno the route will not be flat, because the peloton must climb 2,400 metres over the 172 kilometres. That stated, there may nonetheless be a bunch dash, as many of the climbing is early within the day. There are two KOM’s; the Passo Serra (3.9km at 7.4%) and Oliveto Citra (2.6km at 8%). Within the final 50 kilometres the riders head in the direction of the Mediterranean and the flatter coast in the direction of Salerno. That is the tenth time that the Giro has completed in Salerno. The final time was in 1995, when the win went to Rolf Sørensen.

Stage 5 may very well be for the sprinters

Thursday Could 11 – Stage 6: Naples – Naples (162km)
Stage 6 is within the South of Italy, Naples, the place the stage will begin and end. After 156 kilometres across the Vesuvius volcano. In 2009, a Giro stage completed on the volcano, however this 12 months after a troublesome begin, a comparatively simple remaining. There are two KOM’s, the Valico di Chiunzi (8.3km at 6.3%) and the Picco Sant’Angelo (9.6km at 4%). After the technical descent from this final climb, the race is again on the coast, however on the opposite aspect of the Bay of Naples. The peloton then has greater than 50 kilometres to Naples for the forty eighth end within the metropolis. The PEZ noticed the 2013 Giro Grand Depart right here.

The Italian Press are already calling this stage probably the most lovely on the earth – with Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and Vesuvius they’ve some extent

Stage 6: Vesuvius


Friday Could 12 – Stage 7: Capua – Campo Imperatore/Gran Sasso d’Italia (218km)
The Giro d’Italia returns to the Abruzzo area on day seven, for a mountain stage to Gran Sasso d’Italia, a mountain vary on the border of the provinces of L’Aquila and Teramo within the Gran Sasso e Monti della Nationwide Park Laga. The stage is strictly the identical because the ninth stage of the 2018 Giro d’Italia. That 12 months the riders additionally completed on the excessive plateau of Campo Imperatore, at an altitude of two,135 metres, Simon Yates took the victory. Earlier than the race hits the ultimate climb, there are the Rionero Sannitico (14km at 4.6%), Roccaraso (8.9km at 6.2%) and Calascio (13.5km at 6%). After the Calascio, the route climbs in the direction of Campo Imperatore. The climb is sort of 30 kilometres lengthy. Within the final 4.5 kilometres, the gradient is over 8%, with ramps of 13%.

Stage 7

Saturday Could 13 – Stage 8: Terni – Fossombrone (207km)
The eighth stage ought to see some GC motion. There aren’t any actual monsters, however there are three tough climbs within the remaining. The race will actually get going about 50 kilometres from the end when it hits the Muro dei Cappuccini (2.8km at 7.6%) for the primary time. The climb returns later within the stage. Between the primary and second assents of the Muro dei Cappuccini, there may be the Monte delle Cesane (7.8km at 6.5%), with the summit at 37 kilometres from the end. From the highest of the Muro dei Cappuccini (for the second time), there’s a quick descent and a remaining flat kilometre to the end in Fossombrone.

Stage 8

Sunday Could 14 – Stage 9: Savignano sul Rubicone – Cesena (33.6km, ITT)
The stage 9 time trial will probably be an important battle between the boys who hope to enter Roma in pink. The check is 33.6 kilometres lengthy from Savignano sul Rubicone to Cesena and as a result of size there may very well be huge variations. The route is ideal for the time trial specialists: flat, vast and straight, with hardly any corners. The climbers must restrict their losses. There are three timing factors at 13.3, 23.1 and 29 kilometre. The route passes by Fossa and Ruffio earlier than ending in Cesena, the birthplace of Marco Pantani.

TT No.2 – Stage 9

Relaxation Day 1

A break day for the riders

Tuesday Could 16 – Stage 10: Scandiano – Viareggio (196km)
After the primary relaxation day, stage 10 climbs 2,400 metres in 190 kilometres of racing. The beginning is in Scandanio, the end in Viareggio. There are KOM factors on the Passo delle Radici (4.3km at 5.8%) and Monteperpoli (2.6km at 8%). From that climb there are 75 kilometres to the end. The stage may very well be for an escape, or the race may come collectively for a bunch dash. There’s a uncategorised climb with 20 kilometres to go which may disrupt the lead-out trains.

Stage 10 – Dash?

Wednesday Could 17 – Stage 11: Camaiore – Tortona (219km)
Stage 11 will not be flat, however the fast-finishers have an opportunity for victory, however they should survive the Passo del Bracco (10.1km at 4.4%), Colla di Boasi (9.2km at 4.4%) and the Passo della Castagnola (4.9km at 4.5%). From the highest of the Passo della Castagnola there are nonetheless 40 kilometres to go on principally flat roads alongside the Mediterranean Sea. The end city of Tortona is the place Fausto Coppi died of malaria in 1960. Fernando Gaviria beat Sam Bennett right here in 2017.

Stage 11

Thursday Could 18 – Stage 12: Bra – Rivoli (179km)
The twelfth stage is a ‘transition stage’ earlier than the vital mountain levels within the Alps and Dolomites. The GC riders will wish to hold their powder dry for the subsequent day’s stage 13 to Crans Montana. Between Bra and Rivoli there are just a few climbs within the first hour, however solely the Pedaggera (4.1km at 4.3%) has KOM factors. The riders then drop into the Po Valley, earlier than heading to the ultimate circuit round Rivoli. With 50 kilometres to go the race passes by the end in Rivoli, however there may be the Colle Braida (9.8km at 7.1%) to deal with. Then there’s a 15 kilometre descent to Reano earlier than 12 flat kilometres to the end line in Rivoli.

A tricky day for a break

Friday Could 19 – Stage 13: Borgofranco d’Ivrea – Crans-Montana (207km)
The thirteenth stage ought to kind out the boys from the boys. After the beginning in Borgofranco d’Ivrea, there are three giants climbs, totalling 5,100 metres of uphill. After 60 kilometres the race correct will begins with the Col du Grand Saint-Bernard at an altitude of two,469 meters. The Col du Grand Saint-Bernard, the Cima Coppi of the 2023 Giro, has 34 kilometres of climbing at 5.5%. After an extended descent, the Croix du Coeur follows virtually instantly (15.4km at 8.8%), passing by the ski village of Verbier. The Giro is now in Switzerland for the end within the winter sports activities village of Crans Montana. The ultimate climb is 13.2 kilometres at 7.2%, with ramps above 10%.

A stage for il Campionissimo

Saturday Could 20 – Stage 14: Sierre – Cassano Magnago (194km)
The Giro returns to Italy on stage 14. After the beginning in Sierre the route goes to the Passo del Sempione, the one climb of the day, is a climb of simply over 20 kilometres at a mean of 6.2%. The summit is simply over 2,000 metres above sea degree and from the highest of the Passo del Sempione there are nonetheless 138 kilometres to go. At 16 kilometres from the end there may be one other climb of 1 kilometre at 6%. The possibility of a bunch dash in Cassano Magnago is kind of excessive, though an assault may come on that final rise from a rider hoping to keep away from a dash.

Stage 14

Sunday Could 21 – Stage 15: Seregno – Bergamo (195km)
Stage 15 is a ‘mini Il Lombardia’. From the beginning in Seregno the race goes to the the Valico di Valcava (11.6 km at 8%). After an extended descent and a flat part of about 20 kilometres, the race climbs the Selvino (11.1km at 5.6%) and Miragolo San Salvatore (5.2km at 7%). The stage then passes by Bergamo for the primary time, earlier than climbing to Valpiana (10km at 6.7%) and the finalé to Bergamo, with the Colle Aperto (1.6km at 7.9%).

Stage 15

Relaxation Day 2

The Giro d'Italia pink jersey will fly on Tuesday in stage 4 up the climb of the active volcano of Etna, Sicily. The jersey will probably fly out of the grasp of present leader, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step). Pic:LaPresse - Spada.
The second relaxation day

Tuesday Could 23 – Stage 16: Sabbio Chiese – Monte Bondone (203km)
The third week of the Giro d’Italia is, as regular, a very powerful. On the sixteenth stage, there are 5 climbs and the end is on the Monte Bondone. After a flat begin, there follows the Passo di Santa Barbara (12.7km at 8.3%), Passo Bordala (4.5km at 6.7%) and Matassone (11.4km at 5.6%) and Serrada (17.7km at 5.5%). After a technical descent and a brief part by the valley of the Adige, the riders will begin the Monte Bondone at 21.4 kilometres from the end. The common gradient of 6.7% has many up’s and down’s. Earlier winners listed here are Charly Gaul, a stage winner in 1956 and Ivan Basso in 2006.

Stage 16

Wednesday Could 24 – Stage 17: Pergine Valsugana – Caorle (197km)
From Pergine Valsugana within the Alps to Caorle, the peloton goes downhill to the Adriatic Sea. The race follows the valley of the river Brenta, to depart the Alps at Bassano del Grappa. There’s a quick remaining by the flat land round Venice and alongside the sandy seashores of the Adriatic coast, in the direction of the end and a bunch dash.

Stage 17

Thursday Could 25 – Stage 18: Oderzo – Zoldo Alto/Val di Zoldo (161km)
Stage 18 to Zoldo Alto is the primary of three decisive levels. A 161 kilometre stage over two 1st and two 2nd Cat climbs. The primary is after 30 kilometres, the Passo della Crosetta (11.6km at 7.1%). The true motion will begin with the uncategorised climb to Pieve di Cadore (7.3km at 4.8%) after which the Forcella Cibiana (9.6km at 7.8%). The summit is 25 kilometres from the end. The final 15 kilometres has the very steep Coi (5.8km at 9.7%) and the ultimate climb (2.7km at 6.4%) to the winter sports activities resort of Val di Zoldo.

There needs to be motion on stage 18

Friday Could 26 – Stage 19: Longarone – Tre Cime di Lavaredo (183km)
The nineteenth stage to Tre Cime di Lavaredo is actually the hardest day of this Giro, with 4 huge climbs. The primary climb is the Cat 2 Passo Campolongo (3.9km at 7%). Then the Passo Valparola (14.1km at 5.6%), the Passo Giau (9.9km at 9.3%) and the Passo Tre Croci (7.9km at 7.2%). The ultimate climb is of the long-lasting Tre Cime di Lavaredo (7.2km at 7.6%). The Giro needs to be gained or misplaced right here.

Stage 19 ending on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Saturday Could 27 – Stage 20: Tarvisio – Monte Lussari (18.6km, ITT)
The penultimate stage is a time trial of 18.6 kilometres, with an actual killer sting within the tail. The primary 11 kilometres are flat, however then they hit (or it hits them) the Monte Lussari (7.3km at 12.1%). The primary 5 kilometre are notably brutal. The gradient doesn’t fall under 15%. After that it eases slightly, however not sufficient the benefit the ache. There’ll most likely be a motorcycle change on the backside. If the highest riders are nonetheless shut, then there may very well be an upset. Mr Roglič is aware of what that appears like.

Stage 20TT – The decider or the victory celebration

Sunday Could 28 – Stage 21: Rome – Rome (135km)
The ultimate stage in Rome has 5 virtually flat laps of 17.6 kilometres by the well-known vacationer points of interest. The beginning of the 135 kilometre stage is on the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana. From right here it goes in the direction of the coast, the place it heads for the centre of Rome. Right here the circuit begins for its 5 laps. The peloton will cross the Colosseum, the Imperial Boards, Lungotevere, Ara Pacis, the Villa Borghese, the Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalla and the Castel Sant’Angelo and all the opposite locations within the vacationer’s handbook. As they cross the Castel Sant’Angelo, they may even have a view of St. Peter’s Basilica. After 5 laps by Rome we are going to most likely be a dash end.

The large end in Rome

2023 Giro d’Italia Details:

  • 21 levels
  • 3,470.2 kilometres
  • 51,400 climbing metres
  • Begin at Fossacesia Marina
  • End in Rome
  • Relaxation days on Monday 15 and Monday 22 Could
  • 3 time trials
  • 73.2 time trial kilometres
  • 7 uphill finishes
  • 7 levels longer than 200 kilometres
  • 10 levels between 150 and 200 kilometres
  • 9 fourth class climbs
  • 8 third class climbs
  • 16 second class climbs
  • 14 first class climbs
  • 1 Cima Coppi (Col du Grand Saint Bernard).

2023 Giro route

Giro d’Italia 2023 Levels:
06/05 – Stage 1: Fossacesia Marina – Ortona (19.6km, ITT)
07/05 – Stage 2: Teramo – San Salvo (202km)
08/05 – Stage 3: Vasto – Melfi (213km)
09/05 – Stage 4: Venosa – Lago Laceno (175km)
10/05 – Stage 5: Atripalda – Salerno (171km)
11/05 – Stage 6: Naples – Naples (162km)
12/05 – Stage 7: Capua – Campo Imperatore/Gran Sasso d’Italia (218km)
13/05 – Stage 8: Terni – Fossombrone (207km)
14/05 – Stage 9: Savignano sul Rubicone – Cesena (33.6km, ITT)
15/05 – Relaxation day
16/05 – Stage 10: Scandiano – Viareggio (196km)
17/05 – Stage 11: Camaiore – Tortona (219km)
18/05 – Stage 12: Bra – Rivoli (179km)
19/05 – Stage 13: Borgofranco d’Ivrea – Crans-Montana (207km)
20/05 – Stage 14: Sierre – Cassano Magnago (194km)
21/05 – Stage 15: Seregno – Bergamo (195km)
22/05 – Relaxation day
23/05 – Stage 16: Sabbio Chiese – Monte Bondone (203km)
24/05 – Stage 17: Pergine Valsugana – Caorle (197km)
25/05 – Stage 18: Oderzo – Zoldo Alto/Val di Zoldo (161km)
26/05 – Stage 19: Longarone – Tre Cime di Lavaredo (183km)
27/05 – Stage 20: Tarvisio – Monte Lussari (18.6km, ITT)
28/05 – Stage 21: Rome – Rome (135km).

Roma will probably be pink

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