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Giro d'Italia 2016

Giro d'Italia 2016

All stages and routes of one of the most prestigious bike races in the world.

© Hans Splinter / flickr

The Tour of Italy

Inspired by the success of the Tour de France, an editor of “La Gazzetta dello Sport” first had the idea to hold a bicycle race through Italy. The first Giro was held the following year, in 1909. Today, the annual event is known as one of the most epic and exciting bicycle races in the world.

The overall race leader is determined after the conclusion of each stage, and gets to wear the “maglia rosa”, the coveted pink jersey. As every year, we are in for a thrilling race with plenty of variety: individual time trials, spectacular mass starts, emotional sprints and gruelling summit finishes are all part of it!

All stages of Giro d'Italia 2016

This year’s Giro d’Italia takes place from 6 May - 29 May and covers 21 challenging stages, including two rest days. Its first three stages are in the Netherlands before the route continues through Italy from south to north. Riders tackle race days in the French Alps, the Dolomites and Italy’s two coasts before the 3,383 km long stage race ends in Turin.

Warm up in the Netherlands

Stage 1:  Apeldoorn - Apeldoorn

Friday, May 6 2016

The opening stage of the 2016 Giro d'Italia is a 9.8 km individual time trial around the Dutch city of Apeldoorn. From the Onisportcentrum (indoor velodrome) in the east to the Paleis Het Loo (royal palace) in the west, this is a fast route along the city's tree-lined boulevards.

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Giro d'Italia 2016 Stage 1: 9.8 km Apeldoorn - Apeldoorn

Apeldoorn, Provincie Gelderland, Netherlands

Stage 2: Arnhem - Nijmegen

Saturday, May 7 2016

The first sprint stage of the Giro is a 190 km long route along flat country roads from Arnhem, beginning with a loop through De Hoge Veluwe National Park before crossing the Rhine, Linge and Waal rivers. The final stretch follows the Maas river and ends in a 8.6 km circuit, covered twice, in the center of Nijmegen. 

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Giro d'Italia 2016 Stage 2: 190 km Arnhem - Nijmegen

Arnhem, Provincie Gelderland, Netherlands

Stage 3: Nijmegen - Arnhem

Sunday, May 8 2016

This day takes the riders from Nijmegen back to Arnhem along the Rhine, the eastern plains of Gelderland and Veluwe Park. A 13.8 km circuit in the city of Arnhem concludes the Dutch stages with a sprint. 

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Giro d'Italia 2016 Stage 3: 198 km Nijmegen - Arnhem

Nijmegen, Provincie Gelderland, Netherlands

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The Italian stages

Stage 4: Catanzaro - Praia a Mare

Tuesday, May 10 2016

After a rest day and a transfer to southern Italy, the Giro begins its fourth stage with a flat 120 km from Catanzaro to the Tyrrhenian coast. There are two fast and sharp climbs up Bonifati and San Pietro di Maierà and picturesque Praia a Mare awaits with a first-time Giro d'Italia finish.

Stage 5: Praia a Mare - Benevento

Wednesday, May 11 2016

One of the longest stages in this Giro kicks off with the immediate Fortino climb from Praia a Mare. The route through hilly Irpinia continues with several dramatic ascents and descents and finishes in Benevento with a 6 km circuit. 

Stage 6: Ponte - Roccaraso

Thursday, May 12 2016

Ups and downs characterize this first summit finish. Beginning in Ponte to climb Torrecuso and 1393 m high Bocca die Selva, two more peaks await before riders face their final ascent of the day in Roccaraso.

Stage 7: Sulmona - Foligno

Friday, May 13 2016

An intense sprint stage which clears its high peaks early on. Stage 7 of the Giro covers a route across the provinces of L'Aquila and Rieti. After the last vigorous climb at Spoleto, riders gear up for the final sprint into Foligno.

Stage 8: Foligno - Arezzo

Saturday, May 14 2016

Foligno presents the start of this 169 km tricky mountain stage which stays mostly flat but for the spectacular Rassinata climb just past the halfway point. Cyclists pass through the heart of the city Arezzo before tackling the final steep ascent of Alpe di Poti, the local peak complete with 6 km dirt road.

Stage 9: Radda in Chianti - Greve in Chianti

Sunday, May 15 2016

A sequence of climbs and descents through the world-famous Chianti wine region presents a real endurance challenge to the riders. Day 9 of the Giro d'Italia is a 40 km long individual time trial.

Stage 10: Campi Bisenzio - Sestola

Tuesday, May 17 2016

After a rest day, the new week starts off with a difficult, 216 km long stage through the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine mountains. Highlights are Passo della Collina, Pietracolora and the long grind up Pian del Falco with up to 10% gradient. This stage ends in a summit finish at Sestola.

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Stage 11: Modena - Asolo

Stage 11 takes country roads from Modena across the plains around the River Po. The last 15 km present a rare challenge of two quick and steep ascents after 200 km of flat race. The finish line is in Asolo. 

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Giro d'Italia 2016 Stage 11: 212 km Modena - Asolo

Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Stage 12: Noale - Bibione

Thursday, May 19 2016

Starting in Noale near Venice, this 168 km entirely flat route will culminate in a sprint towards and through Bibione on the Mediterranean. 

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Stage 13: Palmanova - Cividale del Friuli

Friday, May 20 2016

From the unique fortified historical city of Palmanova, shaped like a nine-pointed star with three city gates, Stage 13 of the Giro leads north to take in five monumental climbs in the southern Alps. The finish line is in Cividale del Friuli.

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Giro d'Italia 2016 Stage 13: 161 km Palmanova - Cividale del Friuli

Palmanova, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

Stage 14: Alpago - Corvara

Saturday, May 21 2016

An incredible stage incorporating the Maratona dles Dolomites from Alpago to Corvara. Riders tackle mountain after moutain on this 210 km route through spectacular scenery.

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Stage 15: Castelrotto - Alpe di Siusi (ITT)

Sunday, May 22 2016

An individual time trial up to Alpe di Siusi with a punishing, steady 8.3 % uphill gradient for 9 of its 10.8 km. 

Stage 16: Bressanone - Andalo

Tuesday, May 24 2016

From Bressanone to Bolzano, this stage follows the Isarco river valley - slightly downhill - until it meets the Mendel pass. A steep climb and a long gradual descent around Lago di Santa Giustina prepare riders for their final vigorous ascent to Fai della Paganella before finishing in Andalo.

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Giro d'Italia 2016 Stage 16: 133 km Bressanone/Brixen - Andalo

Brixen, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Stage 17: Molveno - Cassano d’Adda

Wednesday, May 25 2016

Beginning at high elevation in Molveno, this stage descends to its final sprint in Cassano d'Adda after taking in two peaks, Bondo and Passo Sant'Eusebio. 

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Giro d'Italia 2016 Stage 17: 196 km Molveno - Cassano d'Adda

Molveno, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Stage 18: Muggiò - Pinerolo

Thursday, May 26 2016

From Muggiò outside Milan, this 234 km long stage across the Po plain passes through Turin, which is the setting of the Giro finale in just a few days. The flat ride is followed by the fierce Pramartino climb with an average gradient of 10%.

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Stage 19: Pinerolo - Risoul

Starting in Pinerolo, this high mountain stage sees the riders tackle the 2744 m peak of Colle dell'Agnello, which is the Cima Coppi, the highest peak of the entire race. After a descent to Guillestre, the final 12.8 km climb to the Risoul ski resort in another summit finish. The Trofeo Torriani goes to the winner of this dramatic stage!

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Stage 20: Guillestre - Sant’Anna di Vinadio 

Saturday, May 28 2016

A rise and drop of over 4000 m is all in a day's work at this challenging stage of the Giro d'Italia. The French Alps await with Col de Vars and Col de la Bayonette before Colle della Lombarda leads back to Italy with a difficult descent. Sant'Anna di Vinadio presents the final climb of this 134 km long mountain stage. 

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Giro d'Italia 2016 Stage 20: 134 km Guillestre - Sant'Anna di Vinadio

Guillestre, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, France

Stage 21: Cuneo - Turin

Sunday, May 29 2016

This is the 41st time in history that the final finish line of Giro d'Italia will be in Turin. After a long, steady descent from Cuneo, the 8 km circuit in the city center must be completed 8 times before the final stage concludes in a thrilling chase.

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