Profiles & Route 2023 Giro d'Italia | 68 ITT kilometers; Tre Cime di Lavaredo returns and HELLISH MTT on stage 20

The 2023 Giro d'Italia route has finally been announced! The race will feature several very tough high-mountain stages, aswell as a lot of time-trialing kilometers which will make for a very balanced race throughout three weeks.

It is a brutal route with several mountaintop finishes, many hilly stages packed with climbing that will disrupt the possibility of sprints, three different individual time-trials and few opportunities for the true sprinters. It will be a thrilling edition of the race surely, and you can find the details of it below.

Stage 1 (ITT): Fossacesia Marina - Ortona, 18.4 kilometers

Stage 1 (ITT): Fossacesia Marina - Ortona, 18.4Km
Stage 1 (ITT): Fossacesia Marina - Ortona, 18.4Km

The race will start with an individual time-trial from Fossacesia Marina to Ortona, across 18.4 kilometers that will set early gaps for the overall classification, and hand out the first pink jersey.

Stage 2: Teramo - San Salvo, 204 kilometers

Stage 2: Teramo - San Salvo, 204Km
Stage 2: Teramo - San Salvo, 204Km

The second stage of the race will see the race have it's first bunch sprint, in Abbruzo, where the town of San Salvo will host the finale after 204 kilometers.

Stage 3: Vasto - Melfi, 210 kilometers.

Stage 3: Vasto - Melfi, 210Km
Stage 3: Vasto - Melfi, 210Km

The third stage will see the race head south and include a few hills. It's a punchy stage with some climbing towards the end into Melfi, but should end in a reduced bunch sprint.

Stage 4: Venosa - Lago Laceno, 184 kilometers.

Stage 4: Venosa - Lago Laceno, 184Km
Stage 4: Venosa - Lago Laceno, 184Km

The fourth stage is set to end at Lago Laceno after climbing the Colle Mollela, as was the case in the 8th stage of the 2012 Giro d'Italia. After the individual time-trial, this should be the first stage to create differences between the overall classification contenders, featuring some tough gradients in the 10-kilometer climb.

Stage 5: Atripalda - Salerno, 172 kilometers.

Stage 5: Atripalda - Salerno, 172Km
Stage 5: Atripalda - Salerno, 172Km

The 5th stage should be a day for the sprinters, or perhaps one suited to the breakaway as a hilly day, with the start and finish taking place in Atripalda and Salerno specifically.

Stage 6: Napoli - Napoli, 156 kilometers.

Stage 6: Napoli - Napoli, 156Km
Stage 6: Napoli - Napoli, 156Km

After it's 2022 success where Thomas de Gendt, Mathieu van der Poel and Biniam Girmay protagonized an explosive breakaway stage, Napoli is set to host another stage. It won't feature the same local circuit however, and is expected to be a day for the fast men - although breakaways could very well succeed aswell.

Stage 7: Capua - Gran Sasso d'Italia (Campo Imperatore), 218 kilometers.

Stage 7: Capua - Gran Sasso d'Italia (Campo Imperatore), 218Km
Stage 7: Capua - Gran Sasso d'Italia (Campo Imperatore), 218Km

Stage 7 is one of the three days that has been confirmed before the rest. It will be a long day on the road with the start in Capua, with a summit finish at over 2000 meters which will make for the first high mountain stage within the Apennines.

The finale has been confirmed by the race organizers, and it will take place at Gran Sasso d'Italia (Campo Imperatore). This will be a combination of three climbs with no descent inbetween. The final 6 kilometers average around 8% and top over high altitude, this will be a replica of the 2018 finale where Simon Yates took his first of three wins.

Stage 8: Terni - Fossombrone, 207 kilometers

Stage 8: Terni - Fossombrone, 207Km
Stage 8: Terni - Fossombrone, 207Km

The eighth stage should be a hilly and explosive one into Fossombrone. The double ascent of Il Capuccini a climb of around 2 kilometers at 10%, will be the main feature of the day, which could see the GC fight implode once again.

This finale was seen in the 4th stage of the 2019 Tirreno-Adriatico where Alexey Lutsenko took the win. This could easily become a day for the GC riders, despite it's proximity to a decisive day.

Stage 9 (ITT): Savignano sul Rubicone - Cesena, 33.6 kilometers.

Stage 9 (ITT): Savignano sul Rubicone - Cesena, 33.6Km
Stage 9 (ITT): Savignano sul Rubicone - Cesena, 33.6Km

2023 will be an edition favourable to the time-trialists. The 9th stage is certain to be a time-trial with a distance of 33.6 kilometers. Savignano sul Rubicone and Cesena host the start and finish of an expected flat time-trial.

Stage 10: Scandiano - Viareggio, 190 kilometers.

Stage 10: Scandiano - Viareggio, 190Km
Stage 10: Scandiano - Viareggio, 190Km

The tenth stage will see a relatively hilly day from Scandiano to Viareggio which will take the riders close to the Tirreno sea, one that will be very tricky to predict as the first half is very rolling whilst the second is almost pan-flat.

Stage 11: Camaiore - Tortona, 218 kilometers.

Stage 11: Camaiore - Tortona, 220Km
Stage 11: Camaiore - Tortona, 220Km

Stage 11 is to finish in the western city of Tortona. It is said to be a long day and one suited to the sprinters before the arrival to the Alps, although it does feature a couple of small ascents.

Stage 12: Bra - Rivoli, 179 kilometers.

Stage 12: Bra - Rivoli, 179Km
Stage 12: Bra - Rivoli, 179Km

The finale in Rivoli is said to have been confirmed, with the town on the outskirts of Torino hosting a tricky day. The 2022 Giro d'Italia saw an explosive and incredibly exciting stage into Torino, and a similar hilly day could be expected.

Stage 13: Borgofranco d'Ivrea - Crans-Montana, 208 kilometers.

Stage 13: Borgofranco d'Ivrea - Crans-Montana, 208Km
Stage 13: Borgofranco d'Ivrea - Crans-Montana, 208Km

The race will head into Switzerland in the 13th stage for a high-mountain finale at Crans-Montana with 13 kilometers at 7%. The 34-kilometer long Col du Gran San Bernardo will be another feature to the stage.

At 2473 meters of altitude this is rumoured to be the Cima Coppi (the highest point) in the race. It is also likely it's longest ascent, with a total of 34 kilometers at around 5% average gradient. It is the first race day in the Alps and one that should create serious differences. Update: The Croix de Coeur will also be used in this stage, making for an even harder day out. The finale will be on the Crans-Montana ski station with another complicated ascent.

Stage 14: Sierre - Cassano Magnano, 194 kilometers.

Stage 14: Sierre - Cassano Magnago, 194Km
Stage 14: Sierre - Cassano Magnago, 194Km

The 14th stage will transition out of the Alps momentarily, for a very unusual day. Early in the stage the riders will ride up the Simplonpass, descend it and then have an almost completely flat finale into Cassano Magnano.

Stage 15: Seregno - Bergamo, 191 kilometers.

Stage 15: Seregno - Bergamo, 191Km
Stage 15: Seregno - Bergamo, 191Km

The route of the 15th stage goes through some of the road of Il Lombardia. The climbs of Valico di Valcava, Selvino and Valpiana will be important on the day, and will make the selections for the win.

The will also Colle Aperto, a short hilltop to be ridden before the finish in the scenic city where the decisive attack can be made.

Stage 16: Sabbio Chiese - Monte Bondone, 198 kilometers.

Stage 16: Sabbio Chiese - Monte Bondone, 198Km
Stage 16: Sabbio Chiese - Monte Bondone, 198Km

The final week begins with what will be another high mountain stage and summit finish. This will be another decisive day at the Giro d'Italia. It will be one of the hardest days of the race, and the finish at Monte Bondone on the outskirts of Trento will be another one where serious differences can be done.

Stage 17: Pergine Valsugana - Caorle, 192 kilometers.

Stage 17: Pergine Valsugana - Caorle, 192Km
Stage 17: Pergine Valsugana - Caorle, 192Km

The Giro has worked through it's formula, and this will be the traditional flat stage for the sprinters inside the third week, where breakaways could succeed aswell.

Stage 18: Oderzo - Zoldo Alto, 160 kilometers.

Stage 18: Oderzo - Zoldo Alto, 160Km
Stage 18: Oderzo - Zoldo Alto, 160Km

Stages 18, 19 and 20 can see GC fights. The first of these will be a relatively small stage, however with a string of difficult climbs. The finale should see two ascents, one of the Passo Cibiani with 9.6Km at 7.6%, and the summit finish at Zoldo Alto.

This should be directly after a short descent. 8.9Km at 6.6% are the details in what is an explosive finale however with a lot of ascending.

Stage 19: Longarone - Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 182 kilometers.

Stage 19: Longarone - Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 182Km
Stage 19: Longarone - Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 182Km

The queen stage? Stage 19 will head deep into the Dolomites, for a day that has in the past seen weather affect - most noticeably in 2013. This is the return of Tre Cime di Lavaredo to the Giro d'Italia.

This should see the combination of the Passo Campolongo, Passo Valparola, Passo Giau and the Passo Tre Croci beforehand. All of these will be ridden at high altitude, and the Passo Giau should be an incredibly hard ascent with almost 10 kilometers at 10%. The summit finish however will take place at over 2300 meters of altitude, with 4 kilometers at 11%.

Stage 20 (ITT): Tarvisio - Monte Lussari, 18.6 kilometers.

Stage 20 (ITT): Tarvision - Monte Lussari, 18.6Km
Stage 20 (ITT): Tarvision - Monte Lussari, 18.6Km

Stage 20 will be the final day for the overall classification contenders. It is likely to be within the distance of 11 kilometers with a flat first half, and a brutal second half. The ascent to Monte Lussari has heavily been rumoured as the final of the race, with 7.2 kilometers at 12.1% average gradient, which features aswell several kilometers at around 15%.

Stage 21: Roma - Roma.

Stage 21: Roma - Roma, 115Km
Stage 21: Roma - Roma, 115Km

The finish was expected to finish in Trieste, but the plans of the race organizers had changed last-minute, and a flat day for the sprinters in Rome will conclude the race.

Profiles & Route 2023 Giro d'Italia | 68 ITT kilometers; Tre Cime di Lavaredo returns and HELLISH MTT on stage 20

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