Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia route guide

Preview of the 95th edition

Last updated: 27th May 2012

May means the Giro d'Italia, the first Grand Tour of the season and the fight for the maglia rosa.

Team Sky line-up:
181. Mark Cavendish
182. Bernhard Eisel
183. Juan Antonio Flecha
184. Sergio Henao
185. Peter Kennaugh
186. Ian Stannard
187. Jeremy Hunt
188. Geraint Thomas
189. Rigoberto Uran

DS: Steven de Jongh
2nd DS: Nicolas Portal
Coach: Kurt-Asle Arvesen
Doctor: Alan Farrell
Physio: Dan Guillemette
Mechanic: Filip Tisma
Mechanic: Diego Costa
Mechanic: David Fernandez
Mechanic: Richard Lambert
Carer: Aldis Cirulis
Carer: Cristian Alonso
Carer: Jose Crespo
Carer: Maarten Mimpen
Carer: Mario Pafundi
Bus driver: Claudio Lucchini
Chef: Soren Kristiansen
Performance assistant: Oli Cookson
Press/PR: Fran Millar/Dario Cioni

21 stages
3476km total
Class: Grand Tour
UCI WorldTour

Pink - General classification
Red - Points classification
Blue - Mountains classification
White - Young Rider classification

Past winners:
2011: Michele Scarponi (ITA) - Lampre-ISD
2010: Ivan Basso (ITA) - Liquigas
2009: Denis Menchov (RUS) - Rabobank

Full 2011 results

Official website

Also see

After a hugely demanding parcours in 2011, the Giro organisers have sought to create a more rounded route for the race's 95th running, albeit one that still provides a host of climbing challenges.

This year the race holds its ceremonial start in Denmark with three stages in Scandinavia before the transfer south into Italy.

The first week provides plenty of opportunity for sprinters who struggled to find a flat run-in the year previous, the race serving up a likely seven possible bunch kicks.

Bookended by time trials, the event has a more balanced feel, albeit with a rest day after three stages to allow for a transfer from Denmark.

All roads lead to the Passo dello Stelvio, perhaps the most mythical climb in Italian cycling and the scene where, on the penultimate day, many expect the race to be decided.


Saturday 5 May - Stage one: Herning (individual time trial) - 8.7km

The race kicks off with a technical TT blast around the streets of Herning. A technical start eventually gives way to some long drags which should allow the most powerful riders a chance to push on. Time gaps will be close and the fight fierce for the first recipient of the maglia rosa.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1430-1830 with highlights at 2300-0000.

Sunday 6 May - Stage two: Herning to Herning - 206km

The first of a potential seven sprint stages, the Danish crowds should be out in force on the first road stage proper along the coast. With the North Sea to their left the teams and riders will be keeping an eye on the wind conditions, with the potential there to rip apart a nervous early-race peloton.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1415-1630 with highlights at 2215-2315.

Monday 7 May - Stage three: Horsens to Horsens - 190km

The final day in Denmark sees the peloton tackle another sprinters' stage which loops around Horsens. Run in memory of Wouter Weylandt who tragically lost his life at this point in last year's edition, the stage could see a new recipient of the leader's jersey as the fast men vie for crucial bonus seconds.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1330-1515 with highlights at 2330-0030.

Rest day

Wednesday 9 May - Stage four: Verona (team time trial) - 32.2km

Always a spectacle, the team time trial could see the first significant time gaps begin to open up on the out-and-back course around Verona. The 'cronosquadra' is a source of bragging rights amongst the top teams and will be an important hurdle to negotiate for a number of top GC contenders.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1430-1630 with highlights at 2245-2345 (BE2).

Thursday 10 May - Stage five: Modena to Fano - 199km

An almost arrow-straight run from Modena to the coastal town of Fano provides another great chance for the sprinters. Pan flat for almost the entire duration, two small climbs as the race hits the coast at Fiorenzula di Focara and Santa Marina should not derail the sprint trains heading into the finale.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1330-1630 with highlights at 2300-0000.

Friday 11 May - Stage six: Urbino to Porto Sant'Elpidio - 207km

The first real climbing of the race, stage six sees the riders venture into the medium mountains. At 772 metres the Passo Della Cappella is the highest point of the day, while two further categorised climbs should thin out the bunch of the approach for home. A break or a reduced peloton will likely contest the sprint into Sant'Elpidio.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1330-1630 with highlights at 1900-2000.

Saturday 12 May - Stage seven: Recanati to Rocca di Cambio - 202km

The race continues south and the climbing continues to increase. The first uphill finish of the race will flush out the GC contenders, and although not tough enough to open out big time gaps, the Abruzzo region and the Rocca di Cambio could highlight any potential signs of weakness with the race a week old.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1330-1630 with highlights at 2130-2230 and 2330-0030.

Sunday 13 May - Stage eight: Sulmona to Lago Laceno - 229km

Climbing from the drop of the flag, the eighth test is a tough one that should see a duel between a breakaway and the bunch. The undulating terrain should provide a chance to stay clear but a final climb up the Colle Molella could see things come back together as the race hits its most southerly point.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1330-1630 with highlights at 2115-2215.

Monday 14 May- Stage nine: San Giorgio del Sannio to Frosinone - 166km

Another chance for the sprinters, the road to Frosinone looks likely to lead to a bunch kick but the sprinters will have to work for the opportunity. A lumpy, technical finish means that the fast men will have to be on song and well-positioned if they are to get over the climbs, the final one coming five kilometres from the line.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1345-1630 with highlights at 2015-2115.

Tuesday 15 May - Stage 10: Civitavecchia to Assisi - 186km

The punchy climbers will be targeting honours in Assisi on another rolling day in the medium mountains. Despite just the one categorised peak in the form of the Sella di Viepri, the undulations could also play into the hands of a break. A 4km drag up to the line in the fortress town could spring a surprise, particularly with bonus seconds on the line.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1345-1630 with highlights at 2025-2130.

Wednesday 16 May - Stage 11: Assisi to Montecatini Terme - 255km

A tired peloton will not relish the thought of the longest stage of the race, albeit one without any significant climbs. That does not mean that the sprinters will have things all their own way, with a tough ramp at Vico 12km out continuing the trend of making the sprint trains work for their bunch kicks.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1345-1630 with highlights at 2345-0045.

Thursday 17 May - Stage 12: Seravezza to Sestri Levante - 155km

A tricky day and a categorised climb just 10km from home could make this one of the more intriguing mid-race tests and one every attacker will have an eye on. A large portion of the day is spent heading north-west up the coast but two significant climbs in the form of the Valico Guaitarola and the Valico la Mola could play into the hands of a breakaway.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1345-1630 with highlights at 1900-2015.

Friday 18 May - Stage 13: Savona to Cervere - 121km

A short blast at 121 kilometres, attacking racing could make life difficult for the sprinters. On paper the profile doesn't look too testing, but 30km of climbing out of the blocks will make life difficult on a day with plenty of undulating terrain. The sprinters' teams will be looking to set something up in what is the penultimate chance of the fast men.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1330-1630.

Saturday 19 May - Stage 14: Cherasco to Cervinia - 206km

The most significant mountain test of the race arrives as the riders head into the Alps. All eyes will be on the twin tests at the end of the stage, with ascents of the Col de Joux (159.9km) and up to Cervinia shining a spotlight on the form of the favourites. The selections may not be huge but a bad day could see the race lost.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1245-1630.

Sunday 20 May - Stage 15: Busto Arsizio to Lecco/Pian del Resinelli - 169km

Another mountain test, the riders enter Il Lombardia country to tackle four categorised climbs, culminating in a mountaintop finish up Pian del Resinelli. Steep ramps and technical descents are favoured over high altitude but could do just as much damage to the overall contenders if they are beginning to feel the pace.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1245-1630.

Rest day

Tuesday 22 May - Stage 16: Limone sul Garda to Falzes/Pfalzen - 173km

After a well-earned rest day the action continues with a north-easterly run which, despite featuring no categorised climbs, will still be a painful one for the peloton. Heading along the valley floor the road does eventually ramp up gradually for close to 80 kilometres before a final steep ramp to decide the winner. A break could prevail here.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1330-1630.

Wednesday 23 May - Stage 17: Flazes/Pfalzen to Cortina d'Ampezzo - 186km

A quartet of painful climbs should ensure an epic battle for the GC in the Dolomites. The long drag of the Passo Valparola (71.6km) must be tackled before the Duran and Forcella Staulanza respectively. The epic Passo Giau is the focal point of the day at 2236m, with a technical 18km descent into Cortina all that remains on the stage.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1230-1630.

Thursday 24 May - Stage 18: San Vito di Cadore to Vedelago - 149km

The holy grail for the remaining sprinters in the race - a downhill stage! The race drops south but a gradual gradient will still mean plenty of pedalling for the teams on the front. The GC contenders will need to stay out of trouble and avoid any crashes en route to what looks like being an inevitable bunch sprint.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1330-1630.

Friday 25 May - Stage 19: Treviso to Alpe di Pampeago/Val du Fiemme - 198km

The first of an epic double-header in the high mountains, the Alpe di Pampeago will again prove why it is such an epic climbing test. Yet before the riders arrive at the foot of the final climb they must toil over the Passo Manghen, Pamepago and Lavaze in a true test of rider endurance. Time gaps should widen in the GC fight.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1230-1630.

Saturday 26 May - Stage 20: Caldes/Val di Sole to Passo dello Stelvio - 219km

The final climbing test of the race and the place where many expect the Grand Tour to be won, the Passo dello Stelvio will have its say. Tackling the famous 48 hairpin bends from the western side, the climb is not only hellishly steep but at 2757m is the highest finish in Grand Tour history. The winner on the mountain will write their name into the history books.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1230-1630.

Sunday 27 May - Stage 21: Milan (individual time trial) - 30km

The Giro comes to a close with a time trial around the city streets of Milan. The pan-flat course has a bit of everything to test the riders, yet the spectacle is very much dependent on the time gaps up and down the leaderboard. Either way a new winner will be crowned in the Piazza Duomo.

TV coverage: Live on British Eurosport between 1530-1630.

Follow Us

Stage by Stage

  • Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3
  • Stage 4
  • Stage 5
  • Stage 6
  • Stage 7
  • Stage 8
  • Stage 9
  • Stage 10
  • Stage 11
  • Stage 12
  • Stage 13
  • Stage 14
  • Stage 15
  • Stage 16
  • Stage 17
  • Stage 18
  • Stage 19
  • Stage 20
  • Stage 21

Team Sky Shop

TeamSky App