The 2014 Giro d’Italia will get under way on Friday 9 May with a team time trial in Belfast and conclude more than three weeks later in Trieste following a route that takes in no fewer than nine uphill finishes, including the summit of the Zoncolan on the penultimate day.
The route of next year’s race was unveiled today in Milan, with riders in attendance including reigning Giro champion Vincenzo Nibali, two time winner Ivan Basso, and former world champion and 2011 Tour de France winner, Cadel Evans.
Also in attendance was Northern Ireland minister for enterprise, trade and investment Arlene Foster who together with colleagues across the border in the Republic of Ireland has worked to help bring the ‘Corsa Rosa’ – the ‘Pink Race’ – to the Emerald Isle.
The opening two stages will both start and finish in Belfast before the race heads south from Armagh and into the Republic for a stage finish in Dublin ahead of the first of three rest days to allow time for the transfer into Italy – explaining why the race, unusually, starts on a Friday.
The full route, which also comprises two individual time trials,six flatter stages that should suit the sprinters and four transitional stages that may favour breakaways, can be seen in this video from organisers RCS Sport.
Fri 9 May Stage 1: Belfast - Belfast TTT, 21.7km
Sat 10 May Stage 2: Belfast - Belfast, 218km
Sun 11 May Stage 3: Armagh - Dublin, 187km
Mon 12 May Rest day 1
Tue 13 May Stage 4: Giovinazzo to Bari, 121km
Wed 14 May Stage 5: Taranto - Viggiano, 200km
Thu 15 May Stage 6: Sassano - Montecassino, 247km
Fri 16 May Stage 7: Frosinone - Foligno, 214km
Sat 17 May Stage 8: Foligno - Montecopiolo, 174km
Sun 18 May Stage 9: Lugo - Sestola, 174km
Mon 19 May Rest day 2
Tue 20 May Stage 10: Modena - Salsomaggiore Terme, 184km
Wed 21 May Stage 11: Collecchio - Savona, 249km
Thu 22 May Stage 12: Barbaresco - Barolo TT, 46.4km
Fri 23 May Stage 13: Fossano - Rivarolo Canavese, 158km
Sat 24 May Stage 14: Agliè - Oropa, 162km
Sun 25 May Stage 15: Valdengo - Plan di Montecampione, 217km
Mon 26 May Rest day 3
Tue 27 May Stage 16: Pontedilegno - Val Martello, 139km
Wed 28 May Stage 17: Sarnonico - Vittorio Veneto, 204km
Thu 29 May Stage 18: Belluno - Rifugio Panarotta, 171km
Fri 30 May Stage 19: Bassano del Grappa - Monte Grappa TT, 26.8km
Sat 31 May Stage 20: Maniago - Monte Zoncolan, 167km
Sun 1 June Stage 21: Gemona del Friuli - Trieste, 169km
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