Giro 2022: The Route
The 105th edition Giro kicks into gear on Friday 6 May and is set to finish on Sunday the 29th. The Grande Partenza will be in Budapest. The first three stages take place in Hungary, two of which finish uphill, including the ITT on the second day. The race continues on Sicily with a finish on Mount Etna.
The Grande Partenza of the 2020 Giro d’Italia would have been in Bupapest until the COVID-19 pandemic decided differently. A new chance is on the cards in 2022.
The 1st stage travels from Budapest to a punchy finish in Visegrád before time trialists will have it their way in the streets of Budapest on stage 2. The finish is at Szentháromság tér, or Holy Trinity Square, after a short and sharp ascent.
The 3rd stage travels on the flat from Kaposvár to Balatonfüred, a coastal town at Lake Balaton.
The Giro continues on Sicily with stage 4, straight away with a ride up the Etna. The 5th stage will finish in Messina before the pink caravan reaches mainland in stage 6 with a finish in Scalea.
The race continues north on stage 7, which will be a demanding race through the middle mountains with a total elevation gain of 4,500 metres. Stage 8 is a lumpy criterium race in and around Naples. The climbing intensifies on stage 9 with a double dose and summit finish on Blockhaus, where Nairo Quintana soloed to victory in 2017, finishing 24 seconds ahead of Thibaut Pinot and Tom Dumoulin.
The 10th stage is flat in the first half and hilly in the second before stage 11 is likely to see a bunch sprint in Reggio Emilia.
Stage 12 will be another lumpy test with a downhill finish into Genua, while stage 13 travels from San Remo to a likely bunch sprint in Cuneo. Stage 14 is a trying circuit race in the hills east of Turin and a downhill finish. That Sunday’s 15th stage presents a mountainous race to an uphill finish in Cogne in the Valle d’Aosta.
The first stage of the last week, stage 16, is travels over the Mortirolo and Passo di Santa Christina before a downhill finish into Aprica. Stage 17 will finish in Lavarone, shortly after cresting the Monte Rovere, which is an ascent of 7.9 kilometres with an average gradient of 9.9%.
Stage 18 travels on mostly flat terrain from Borgo Valsigana to Treviso before stage 19 serves 3,230 vertical metres and an uphill finish to the Santuario di Castelmonte.
The 20th stage features two climbs not done in the 2020 stage of Cortina d’Ampezzo due to bad weather, the Passo Pordoi and Passo Fedaia. The 14 kilometres finish climb at 7.6% serves a brutal second half with solely double digit gradients.
Verona hosts the final stage, which will be 17.1 kilometres ITT ending in the Arena.
Giro d’Italia 2022: route, profiles, more
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