Sardinia is to host the Grande Partenza in the Giro d’Italia for the third time in history. In 1991, the Grand Tour started with the stage Olbia-Olbia and in 2007 the race opened with a team time trial at Caprera, a small island just offshore in the north of Sardinia.
The 2017 Giro d’Italia leaves from Alghero, a town in northwestern Sardinia. It used to be part of Catalonia and the Catalan influences are still everywhere to be seen.
Stage 1 in the Giro d’Italia leads on coastal roads to the north of Sardinia. The stage is not too mountainous, yet, a lot of riders want to be in the break of the day in order to take the first blue mountain jersey. The first KOM-points are to be gained at the Multeddu and La Contra, peaks that are crested with 68.5 and 90.1 kilometres done. The other one, San Pantaleo, is to be climbed with around 20 kilometres remaining, so it could be the break is history by then.
At 5 kilometres, San Pantaleo is a steep climb with an average gradient at around 8% for 3 kilometres. Toughest sections are on the lower flanks.
Once before the Giro d’Italia visited arrival place Olbia. Back in 1991 Philippe Casado sprinted to victory. The Moroccan born Frenchman bested his compatriot Didier Theuex with the tiniest of margins. A finish photo was needed to decide on the stage win and first pink jersey in that edition.
Giro 2017 stage 1: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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