Giro Donne 2022: The Route

Annemiek van Vleuten - Giro Donne 2022: The Routeimage: Cor VosAnnemiek van Vleuten targets the double. She is the hot favourite to win the Giro Donne before she continues to the Tour de France Femmes. The Italian race starts on Thursday 30 June on Sardinia and finishes on Sunday 10 July in Padova. Arguably, the stages 7, 8 and 9 are going to be decisive in terms of the GC win. (Slideshow route/profile)

The 10-day stage race kicks off in Cagliari with a 4.7 kilometres prologue. The route on the seafront is as flat as can be.

The 2nd stage travels from Villasimius to Tortoli. The route is flat to undulating, although there are some steep uphill kickers along the way.

The 3rd stage is the last one on Sardinia. The course between Cala Gonone and Olbia looks promising for the sprinters.

After a rest/transfer day the 4th stage features four climbs. The last one is crested with 10 kilometres remaining before the finale flies downhill.

The 5th stage is virtually flat, so odds are that we’ll see a bunch sprint in the streets of Regio Emilia.

Punchers can eat their hearts out on stage 6. During the race the peloton tackles the same short and sharp climb five times, while the finale in Bergamo is the real treat. First a 1.6 kilometres climb at 7.9% – partly on cobbles – into the old town of Bergamo and then a plunge down to the line.

The 7th stage comes down to the Passo Maniva. After a flat opener the route starts to climb gradually in the last 50 kilmetres, getting steeper and steeper, until the last 9.7 kilometres – the official climb – rise at 7.8% to the line.

Stage 8 is more diverse. Following two massive climbs – 15 kilometres at 6,3% and 9.3 kilometres at 7.7% – the finale is a 10 kilometres downhill.

The riders are to crest three climbs on stage 9. The Passo Danone is not only the last one, it’s also the most intimidating – 6.2 kilometres at 10.9%. There are 26 kilometres remaining at the summit.

The last stage of Giro Donne is predominantly flat. Just one climb in the first 25 kilometres, the rest of the route is tailor-made for sprinters.

Giro Donne 2022: profiles

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