The 2024 Giro d'Italia route looks set to roll back the years with the earliest summit finish in over three decades for next May's Grand Tour potentially on the cards.
Reports in Italy suggest that the 2024 route will start in or near the city of Turin for the second time in four years on May 4th, and then include an ascent to the sanctuary of Oropa in the country's north-westerly Piemonte region on stage 2.
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Oropa was last tackled in the 2017 Giro d'Italia, with victory going to the overall champion that year, Tom Dumoulin. If confirmed, Oropa would be the earliest summit finish in Giro since an ascent of Mount Etna in Sicily in 1989 on stage 2, won by Acácio da Silva.
The full 2024 Giro d'Italia route is set to be unveiled in full on October 13 in the city of Trento as part of the Gazzetta dello Sport Festival of Sport celebrations, although some details of the opening week are expected to be made public on October 9.