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il Giro d'Italia 2016
6 May to 29 May 2016

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the Italian Giro
this year's stages
mountain stages - summit and uphill finishes
this year's favourites
last year's first ten riders
the classification jerseys
the teams
watching the Giro - on the roadside, on TV

eurosport uk:
British Eurosport is providing daily live coverage from all stages of this year’s Giro d'Italia.
One or other of Sky Sports channels is showing highlights during the evening.

the italian giro

The Giro d’Italia, the Tour of Italy, is the first of the major three-week tours - The Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France, the Vuelta d'Espana - in the annual repertoire of international cycle races.

  • The 99th Corsa Rosa (Pink race), the Giro d’Italia, takes place from the 6th May to 29st May 2016,
    this time starting on Friday to accommodate a third rest day, yet still ending on a Sunday.
  • The 2016 Giro extends over 3,383 km, averaging about 161 km a day.
  • The race begins with three days in the Netherlands, starting at Apeldoorn with a short [9.8 km] individual time trial.
  • As well as starting in the Netherlands for the first three stages, and visiting France at the end of stage 19 and the start of stage 20, during stage 2 the race tickles Germany at Berg-en-Dall, with a loop of about 14 km.
  • the Giro then switches to the south of Italy, to what might be termed 'the instep'!
  • The race will finish in the northern city of Turin.
  • This year, the Giro's organisers are RCS Sport rather than Gazzetta dello Sport. Note the new official web site. (The Gazzetta dello Sport is a sports newspaper printed on pink paper, hence the pink leader's jersey. That tradition continues.)
  • The second, long, individual time trial, on 15th May, is designated the Chianti Classico Stage, as the stage goes through the Chianti wine region.
  • The third individual time trial is uphill, rising 752 metres over 9.05 km - an average gradient of over 8%.
  • The Giro will also visit France, finishing at Rissoul on Stage 19 and starting at Guillestre on Stage 20.

  • Four high mountain stages and seven medium mountain stages.
  • Seven stages for the sprinters:
    stages 2, 3, 5, 7, 12, 17, 21.

Route map for 2016 Giro d'Italia
Giro d'Italia 2016 - race map

Girod'Iltalia route schematic
For larger version of this chart with links to each stage's map, profile and other data.
During each stage, the race can be followed 'live' on the Giro d'Italia web site.


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this year’s stages

21 stages are planned, with four high mountain stages, seven medium mountain stages, three individual time trial (stages 1, 9, and 15), and eight stages for sprinters. There will be two rest days. All other days are flat stages, or transition days between flat and mountain stages. The total distance ridden will be 3,383 km, or roughly 2,382 miles.

1 Netherlands: Apeldoorn-Apeldoorn
Fri 6 May [9.8 km/6 mi] individual time trial
11 Modena - Asolo
Wed 18 May [212 km/132 mi]
2 Netherlands: Arnhem - Nijmegen
from Berg-en-Dalle, a loop into Germanyfor about 14 km
Sat 7 May [190 km/118 mi]
12 Noale - Bibione
Thu 19 May [168 km/104 mi]
3 Netherlands: Nijmegen - Arnhem

Sun 8 May [189 km/117 mi]
13 Palmanova - Cividale del Friuli
Fri 20 May [161 km/100 mi] sprinter's stage
R Rest / travelling day [southern Italy]
Mon 9 May
14 Alpago (Farra) - Corvara (Alta Badia)
Sat 21 May [210 km/130 mi]
4 Italy: Catanzaro - Praia a Mare
Tue 10 May [191 km/119 mi]
15 Castelrotto - Alpe di Siusi
Sun 22 May [10.8 km/7mi] - uphill individual time trial

Praia a Mare - Benevento
Wed 11 May [233 km/145 mi] sprinter's stage

R Rest day
Mon 23 May
6 Ponte - Roccaraso (Aremogna)
Thu 12 May [165 km/103 mi] uphill finish

Bressanone - Andalo
Tue 24 May
[133 km/83 mi] - uphill finish


Sulmona - Foligno
Fri 13 May [210 km/130 mi]

17 Molveno - Cassano d'Adda
Wed 25 May [196 km/122 mi] sprinter's stage

Foligno - Arezzo
Sat 14 May [169 km/105 mi]

18 Muggiò - Pinerolo
Thu 26 May [234 km/145 mi]
9 Chianti - Greve in Chianti
Sun 15 May [40.4 km/25 mi] individual time trial
19 Pinerolo - France: Risoul
Fri 27 May [161 km/100 mi] summit finish - 1664 m

Rest day
Mon 16 May

20 France: Guillestre - Italy: Sant'Anna di Vinadio
Sat 28 May [150 km/83 mi] summit finish - 1712 m
10 Campi Bisenzio-Sestola
Tue 17 May [216 km/134 mi] uphill finish
21 Cuneo - Torino
Sun 29 May [150 km/93 mi] sprinter's stage

The 2016 Giro route3:27 mins

mountain stages - summit and uphill finishes

Stage 6, although it is a medium mountain stage, has a sharp uphill finish

Stage 13 has several climbs close to the Slovenian border which are steep and narrow.

Stage 14 has six major climbs that includes the Passo Pordoi, the Passo Campolongo, the Passo Giau and Passo Valparola before the descent to Corvara.

Stage 15 is an mountain (uphill) time trial, climbing at a steady 8% as the road twists and turns.

Stage 19: after climbing the massive Colle dell'Agnello (2744m), this stage finishes in France, at Risoul.

Stage 20 includes three major climbs in its 134 km, including the 2715 m Col de Bonette, followed by the 21.2 km Colle della Lombarda.and its slope starting at 9.3%, and averaging 7%.

Profiles at for these stages are shown below.

Stage 6, 12 May: Ponte-Roccaraso (Aremogna) 185 km
2016 Giro d'Italia stage 6 profile
Stage 13, 20 May: Palmanova-Cividale del Friuli 161 km
2016 Giro d'Italia stage 13 profile
Stage 14, 21 May: Alpago (Farra)-Corvara (Alta Badia) 210 km
2016 Giro d'Italia stage 14 profile

Stage 15, 22 May: Castelrotto-Alpe di Siusi 10.8 km
2016 Giro d'Italia stage 15 profile
climb: length 9.05 km, rising 752 m, av. grad: 8.3%, max. grad.: 11%

Stage 19, 27 May: Pinerolo-Risoul 161 km
2016 Giro d'Italia stage 19 profile

Stage 20, 28 May: Guillestre-Sant'Anna di Vinadio 150 km
2016 Giro d'Italia stage 20 profile


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this year’s favourites

Favourites for 2016 include Vincenzo Nibali, Mikel Landa, Alejandro Valverde, Rigoberto Urán, Rafal Majka.

first ten riders in the 2015 giro

  1. Alberto Contador | ESP| TFR | 88h 22' 25"
  2. Fabio Aru | ITA | AST || + 1' 53"
  3. Mikel Landa | ESP | AST | + 3' 05"
  4. Andrey Amador | CRC | MOV | + 8' 10"
  5. Ryder Hesjedal | CAN | TCG | + 9' 52"
  6. Leopold König | CZE | SKY | + 10' 41"
  7. Steven Kruijswijk | NED | TLJ | + 10' 53"
  8. Damiano Caruso | ITA | BMC | + 12' 08"
  9. Alexandre Geniez | FRA | FDJ | + 15' 51"
  10. Yuri Trofimov | RUS | KAT | + 16' 14"

the classification jerseys

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Here are the four classification jerseys for the 2015 Giro.

The overall winner’s jersey is pink, like the paper on which the original sponsors' newspaper is printed.
The points jersey is red to illustrate the fiery passion of the fight for points.
The best climber’s jersey is the blue of the sky to which they are climbing.
The best young rider’s jersey is white like the innocence of youth.

the teams

There are 22 teams this year, 16 professional teams and 4 wildcard teams:
Bardiani-CSF, Gazprom-RusVelo, Nippo – Vini Fantini, Southeast – Venezuela.

team country code
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team USA CPT
Dimension Data SA DDD
Etixx – Quick Step BEL EQS
Team Giant-Alpecin GER TGA
Lotto-Soudal BEL LTS
Team LottoNL-Jumbo NED TLJ
Trek – Segafredo USA TFS
Bardiani – CSF* ITA BAR
Gazprom-RusVelo* RUS GAZ
Nippo – Vini Fantini* ITA NIP
Southeast – Venezuela* ITA  


Watching the Giro - on the roadside, on TV

Watching the Giro in Italy is very similar to watching the Tour in France. has several pages giving general advice on how to be a effective road-side spectator.

Daily live TV coverage will be available from British Eurosport, who will provide daily live coverage from all stages of this year’s Giro d'Italia.
One or other of Sky Sports channels will show highlights during the evening.

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