Giro 2019: Grande Partenza - and rumours

Giro d'Italia 2019The 2019 Giro d'Italia starts with a hilly time trial in Bologna. On May 11th, the first Grand Tour of the season offers its Grande Partenza and the race is set to end on the 2nd of June. Verona is a likely candidate to host an individual time trial on the last day of action.

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.

Stage 2 sets off in Bologna to a destination that is not yet revealed, although the Tuscan town Fucecchio is a rumoured destination. Reportedly, the nearby village of Vinci, birth place of Leonardo da Vinci, hosts the start of stage 3 and the the Giro d’Italia continues south.

San Giovanni Rotondo is expected to be 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 is supposed to finish the capital city of the Abruzzo region, L’Aquila. The history of the town is marked by earthquakes – the last one struck in 2009 and killed 308 people.

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 the ninth day of action serves a hilly 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 of this already confirmed ITT is in micro-state San Marino.

Week 2
Another confirmed stage takes place after the first rest day. Stage 10 starts in Ravenna and runs to a sprinters finish in Modena, home to the Ferrari museum. The town was included in the Giro d’Italia’s of 2012, 2014 and 2016, but on all occasions as a departure place. Carpi has been confirmed as the departure place of the 11th stage and runs to a destination that is not officially known yet, although Novi Ligure had been rumoured, where Fausto Coppi lived a large part of his life.

Supposedly, the riders get a first taste of the Alps in the 12th stage, which travels from Cuneo to Pinerolo. Bringing the early break home, Matteo Trentin won 2016’s Giro stage in Pinerolo. Stage 13 is set to finish close to the towering peak of the Gran Paradiso (4,061 metres). The final climb to Lake Serrù is marked by thirty hairpins and sections at 15%.

The 14th stage is reported to run from Saint Vincent to ski-resort Courmayeur, which lies almost from the border with France, while stage 15 should end in the arrival town of te last Tour of Lombardy, Como.

Week 3
The Italians love their traditions and a tough and trying last week of the Giro d’Italia is one of them. Among many rumours, the first Grand Tour of 2019 is supposed to take in climbs up the Mortirolo, Passo dello Stelvio, Passo di Gavia, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Monte Maddalena, Izoard, Colle del Monginevro, and to Vars, Sestriere and San Martino di Castrozza.

According the Italian newspaper La Stampa this is partially true. Following the second rest day in Bergamo the Giro d’Italia reportedly continues with a race over the Mortirolo and the Gavia to finish downhill in Ponte di Legno. The 17th stage us supposed to run from Val di Sole to Anterselva, the 18th from Dobbiaco to Santa Maria di Sala, and the 19th from Treviso to San Martino di Castrozza. The final mountain stage should be from Feltre to the Passo Croce d’Aune. Following intermediate climbs up the Cima Campo, Passo Manghen and Passo Rolle, the final haul up the Croce d’Aune amounts to 8.5 kilometres at 7.8%.

Supposedly, the 2019 Giro d’Italia will finish in Verona. The city’s Roman amphitheatre is said to see the finish of an individual time trial of 15 kilometres on the last day of action.

The full route of the first Grand Tour of 2019 will be announced in November.

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