Profiles. The 2024 Giro d'Italia will take place from the 4th to the 26th of May. The first Grand Tour of the season, the main goal of the season for many and one of the most spectacular and history-rich cycling races in the world.
The official presentation of the 2024 Giro d'Italia will take place on the 13th of October however there are lots of rumours regarding the race. The Grande Partenza has already been revealed in the region of Piedmonte with a very hard set of stages to start off the race.
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Stage race starts off with a short and explosive stage into Torino. The Grande Partenza takes place in the city of Venaria Reale in 2024 and the first day is open to many scenarios. Climbers, puncheurs and sprinters can all be in the mix. The day features three ascents and the last of which is the famous Superga, 5 kilometers at 7.5% which summit with 20 kilometers to go. It will be far enough from the finish that the race can be reshaped afterwards, to attribute the first pink jersey.
Stage 2 is the first day in the mountains and it will not be easy by any means. 150 kilometers on the menu, the first half flat, the second with five ascents. Two uncategorized and two categorized - 5.7Km at 5.1% and 3.2Km at 6.5%, which will be a warm-up for the first summit finish of the race.
This will be at the Santuario di Oropa. Last used in 2017 with Tom Dumoulin's epic win, it'll be a climb well known in the peloton. It's 11.8 kilometers at 6.1%, but the first third is considerably less steep. We'll see gradients close to 10% for several climbs towards the scenic finish, and perhaps the first meaningful gaps of the race.
Stage 3 is the first day that can be properly called to be one for the sprinters, however far from a simple one. Most of the day is flat, but the run-up to Fossano will not be easy. Summiting with 1.5 kilometers to go, the riders will tackle a 1.8-kilometer ascent at 4.2% which can take out a few riders from contention.
Stage 4 will take the riders in the Ligurian region. Some call this a mini Milano-Sanremo and with good reason. The final kilometers follow roads familiar to the peloton, and the finale in Andora takes place inbetween two of the Tre Capi.
Stage 5 will be another day for the fast men. After start that was anything but friendly to the sprinters, the fifth day of racing also presents little obstacles to a bunch sprint in Lucca.
Stage 6 ill be a very tricky day, one that perhaps flows under the radar of many. After some climbing there will be some definition in the overall classification but on this day the tension will be very high. Three gravel sectors total over 10 kilometers of off-road riding. It will be a nervous day for many, one that can have many outcomes at the end of the day as well.
The seventh day of racing presents the first and longest time-trial of the race. 37 kilometers between the cities of Foligno and Perugia, the route will be 37 kilometers and end with some climbing. An ITT where pacing will matter the world.
Stage 8 sees the riders finally return to the mountains. It's a very hard day too with climbing from start to finish. The brutal summit finish at Prati di Tivo is more commonly known to headline the Tirreno-Adriatico route, but this year it'll have a pink jersey to award at it's summit. After a day in the mountains, the 14.6-kilometer ascents that averages 7% will create differences with no doubt.
The final day of the first week sees the riders back into Napoli. After the success of the two past years, the city hosts another stage finish with a similar formula. A day for the sprinters but with enough climbing to launch questions.
Stage 10 opens up the second week and presents a rather unknown summit finish. A short day on the bike only with 141 kilometers, but it ends at Cusano Mutri, an 18-kilometer climb which has 18 kilometers in distance but gradients that are often quite harder than the 5.6% average suggests.
Stage 11 sees the riders close to the Adriatic sea, a transition day of 203 kilometers into Francavilla al Mare where the sprinters will have the chance to shine.
Stage 12 from Martinsicuro to Fano will be a tricky day. It features six categorized climbs - all of them small - and a few others. It's a day that is not too hard for a sprinter to take the win, but the combination of ascents will see breakaway specialists and classics riders try out their luck.
Stage 13 is the flattest day of the race with no doubt. The 179 kilometers between Riccione and Centro will pass by quite quickly for sure, without a single hilltop on the day to slow down the riders or be a serious challenge to a possible bunch sprint.
Stage 14 is the second and final individual time-trial of the race. It is 31 kilometers long and flatter than the first. It will create some more gaps before the riders finally reach the Alps.
That will happen on stage 16. A Giro classic (when it comes to the formula, not the location). With 220 kilometers in distance it's the longest day of the race and perhaps the toughest too. Starting in Manerba del Garda the riders will find a tough start, but it's the final combination of climbs that will cause serious damage. The Forcola di Livigno is 18 kilometers long at over 7% and it's closely followed by a summit finish just above town of 8.1 kilometers at 6.6%. Both climbs summit at over 2300 meters of altitude and it will certainly be a hugely demanding day.
The 16th stage kickstarts the third week and in what way. The start in Livigno is very explosive and soon on features the mythical Passo dello Stelvio - climbed from Bormio. 202 kilometers on the menu, the Stelvio will likely be a warm-up however. The stage ends with a quick combination of two completely different climbs. The Passo Pinei which is 23.4 kilometers at 4.7% and the summit finish at Santa Cristina Val Gardena which is 7.6 kilometers at 6.1%.
Stage 17 is another contender for queen stage. 154 kilometers with five tough ascents. Right from the start the Passo Sella (8.9Km; 7.4%) kickstarts the day brutally and up to over 2200 meters of altitude. Follow the Passo Rolle, Passo Gobbera and the ascent on two different sides of the Passo del Brocon. The last coincides with the finish, with 12.2 kilometers at 6.4%.
As tradition, the final week features a pan-flat day between the mountains. This time around it takes place in the Veneto region between Fiera di Primiero and Padova. It's 166 kilometers will suit the sprinters, but breakaways have often succeeded on this kind of day...
Stage 19 is a mixed day. Most likely to the breakaway opportunists, it lacks serious climbing to make difference among the big GC riders. However, the combination of three climbs before the finish in Sappada will ensure that this remains a day for the climbers.
The final mountain stage of the race, a quite different one than the normal. Besides the steep early Muro di Cal' del Poggio, the riders will have to climb Monte Grappa twice before the final at Bassano del Grappa. One of the Giro's most epic climbs will be a gruesome final GC challenge, with the climbers having to ascent it's 8% average slopes throughout 18 kilometers on two closely spaced occasions.
The riders fly into Rome for the final day of the competition, where they will face a circuit finish where the sprinters will have their final shot.