In 2012 it was the last time the Giro d’Italia opened with an individual time trial. Back then, Taylor Phinney was fastest in Herning, Denmark, on an 8.7 kilometres track.
The riders roll of the ramp in the Velodrome in Apeldoorn for a flat exercise in the small town of 140,000. In 2011 the Track World Championships were held here.
The flat circuit is marked by long straight roads. It is only at the end when the riders have to slow down for two curves, on the other sections it is a matter of all systems go. More or less like in the opening time trial of the 2015 Tour de France in Utrecht, located 70 kilometres to the southeast of Apeldoorn.
The only intermediate checkpoint is at the Generaal Van Heutszlaan after 4.8 kilometres of pushing hard.
Apart from the opening ITT, the 2016 Giro brings a 40.4 kilometres hill ITT in Chianti and a 10.8 mountain ITT in the Dolomites. Obviously, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin will be eyeing up all ITT’s, beginning with the one on home soil in Apeldoorn. As far as 2015 winner Alberto Contador is concerned the Dutchman is one of the big favourites to win the GC.
Race results stage 1, Giro d’Italia 2016.
Giro 2016 Stage 1: height profile, route maps, and more
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