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Giro d'Italia 2010

Date range:
May 8-30, 2010
  • Giro d'Italia, Italy, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      8.4km
      Start location:
      Amsterdam
      End location:
      Amsterdam (ITT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      210km
      Start location:
      Amsterdam
      End location:
      Utrecht
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      224km
      Start location:
      Amsterdam
      End location:
      Middelburg
    • Rest day

      Start location:
      Savigliano
      End location:
      Savigliano
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      33km
      Start location:
      Savigliano
      End location:
      Cuneo (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      162km
      Start location:
      Novara
      End location:
      Novi Ligure
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Fidenza
      End location:
      Marina di Carrara
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Carrara
      End location:
      Montalcino
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Chianciano
      End location:
      Monte Terminillo
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Frosinone
      End location:
      Cava de' Tirreni
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      230km
      Start location:
      Avellino
      End location:
      Bitonto
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      262km
      Start location:
      Lucera
      End location:
      L'Aquila
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      206km
      Start location:
      Città Sant'Angelo
      End location:
      Porto Recanti
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      223km
      Start location:
      Porto Recanti
      End location:
      Cesenatico
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      205km
      Start location:
      Ferrara
      End location:
      Asolo (Monte Grappa)
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Mestre
      End location:
      Zoncolan
    • Rest day

      Start location:
      Friuli
      End location:
      Friuli
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      12.9km
      Start location:
      San Vigilio di Marebbe
      End location:
      Plan de Corones (TT)
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Brunico
      End location:
      Pejo Terme
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      156km
      Start location:
      Levico Terme
      End location:
      Brescia
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      195km
      Start location:
      Brescia
      End location:
      Aprica
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      178km
      Start location:
      Bormio
      End location:
      Passa del Tonale
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      15km
      Start location:
      Verona
      End location:
      Verona (ITT)
  • Race history

May 08, Stage 1: Amsterdam - Amsterdam (ITT) 8.4km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
October 26, 2009, 17:47 GMT,
Updated:
May 11, 2010, 22:44 BST

Starting out

The 2010 Giro begins with a short and high-speed time trial through the heart of one of the world's most famously bike-loving cities. Linking two of Amsterdam's most renowned attractions, the Rijksmuseum and the city's Olympic stadium, this course is more of a flat-out drag strip than a technical tester. That should mean that the specialists will stand out, but there's unlikely to be big gaps between the main contenders, who will want to save most of what they've got for the frightening final week.

Procycling's favourite to win:

With the emphasis for the Dutch teams very much on making an impact on home soil, Rabobank have just the rider to do so in Lars Boom. A former world cyclo-cross champion who announced himself on the road scene with a Vuelta stage victory last year, Boom convincingly won the prologue at Paris-Nice in March on a course of the same length but with more climbing than this.

Flashback: Where to start…

This is the ninth time that the Giro has started on foreign soil. The first was in San Marino in 1965, when the 48th corsa rosa began on soil that wasn't Italian but still surrounded by it. Monte Carlo got the honour the year after.

In 1973, to mark the expansion of the European Community, Giro boss Vincenzo Torriani had what was described by one of his successors as "the reckless idea" to start the race in the Belgian town of Verviers. The route moved on through Germany, Luxembourg and France. Travel arrangements weren't so complicated in 1974 when the Giro set off from the Vatican City.

Foreign starts fell out of vogue for the next two decades until the Giro bosses took the race to Athens in 1996 and Nice in '98. In 2002, the Giro started in Holland for the first time, marking the introduction of the euro.

Pinotti says:

Marco Pinotti (HTC-Columbia)

"On paper, stage one is a typical city-centre course. This is a bit short for me but perfect for Wiggins or, if he rides, Cancellara. Some say such a short TT is a good litmus test of even the overall contenders' form. It may be, but a bad result may also just mean someone's had a bad day."

Stage Details

Distance: 8.4km
Vertical climb: 10m
Highest point: 8m
Terrain: Flat
Category: Individual Time Trial

 

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