The 1st stage of the Giro is an 8.2 kilometres individual time trial. Following the start in the old town of Bologna the riders tackle the Colle della Guardia at kilometre 6.2. The haul up to the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca at the top is 2 kilometres and averaging 11%, while its steepest ramps are 18%. Presumably, the hilly time trial is included to tempt 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin into participation.
The 4th stage runs to Frascati and stage 5 to Terracina – both are likely sprint finishes . San Giovanni Rotondo is the goal of the 6th stage and it is the southernmost point on the 2019 route. The place lies just south of Rome’s latitude, but close to the opposite coast – the Adriatic Sea.
Stage 7 serves a promising finale in the capital city of the Abruzzo region, L’Aquila, before the 8th stage travels from Tortoreto Lido to a downhill finish in Pesaro. The Giro’s 9th stage is an individual time trial of 34.7 kilometres. The start ramp is situated in coastal town Riccione and the riders tackle two climbs in the final 12 kilometres. The finish is in micro-state San Marino.
Stage 10 starts in Ravenna and runs to a sprint finish in Modena, home to the Ferrari museum. The 11th stage sets off in Carpi and is likely to see another fast finishers showdown in Novi Ligure.
The riders get a first taste of the Alps in the 12th stage, although the climbs are far from trying. The high mountains come in thick and fast on the next day of action though. Stage 13 finishes close to the towering peak of the Gran Paradiso (4,061 metres) and the long final climb on the Colle del Nivolet is marked by thirty hairpins and ramps up to 15%.
The 14th stage runs over four intermediate climbs to an uphill finish in ski resort Courmayeur, which lies almost 10 kilometres from the border with France. Stage 15 ends in the arrival town of the last Tour of Lombardy, Como, with the route covering the same climbs as Il Lombardia.
Following the second rest day in Bergamo the Giro d’Italia continues with a 226 kilometres mountain race. Stage 16 travels over the Gavia and the Mortirolo and the finish lies at the end of a 16 kilometres false flat in Ponte di Legno. The 17th stage takes in four climbs before arriving in Anterselva; stage 18 is likely to see a fast finishers showdown in Santa Maria di Sala; and the 19th stage runs from Treviso to San Martino di Castrozza. The race through the middle mountains ends with a steady 13.6 kilometres climb at 5.6%.
The last chance for the climbers – be it on GC or in regard to a stage victory – presents itself in stage 20. The final mountain stage travels from Feltre to the Passo Croce d’Aune and ultimately to Monte Avena. Following mega long intermediate climbs up the Cima Campo (18 kilometres at 6%), Passo Manghen (18.9 kilometres at 7.6%) and Passo Rolle (20.6 kilometres at 4.7%), the final haul up the Croce d’Aune and Monte Avena amounts to 13.5 kilometres at 6.3%.
The 2019 Giro d’Italia ends in Verona. The city’s Roman amphitheatre sees the finish of stage 21 – an individual time trial of 15.6 kilometres – on the last day of action. So, to all appearances, the Giro d’Italia would not mind Tom Dumoulin lining-up at the Big Start in Bologna. The 1st stage is tailor made for the 2017 winner of the race and to make participation even more tempting stage 9 and the final stage are also tailor made for the Dutchman.
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