2019 Giro d'Italia - Overview
The 2019 Giro d'Italia will kick off with the Grande Partenza of the 102 edition in Bologna on May 11 with a selective 8.2km individual time trial that has an uphill finish at the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca.
RCS Sport revealed details of the event at the presentation in Milan on October 31. The second stage will also start in Bologna before the race heads south. There will be a second individual time trial on stage 9 from Riccione to San Marino, at a longer distance - 34.7km.
The race will take its first rest day on May 20 and resume with stage 10, a 147km stage from Ravenna to Modena. Two flat stages will ease the peloton back into the racing before they hit the high mountains, with a sting in the tail of the second week.
The first major summit finish comes on stage 13 to Ceresole Reale (Lago Serrù) - a grinding 20km ascent. The next day is a relatively short but mountain-packed stage to Courmayeur.
After one medium mountain stage to Como, the peloton will take a second rest day on May 27. They will race resume with a punishing week of climbing, heading straight back into the fray with a massive 226km stage crossing over the Gavia and Mortirolo passes before finishing up to the finish at Ponte di Legno.
Another summit finish comes the next day in Anterselva before riders get a 220km downhill ride for the sprinters to Santa Maria di Sala.
It's then back up to the mountains, with a summit finish in San Martino di Castrozza and another monster stage with four passes in 193km before the finish on Monte Avena.
Only a 15.6km time trial in Verona will then stand between the contenders and the final finish line.
Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) won the 2018 edition thanks in large part to a solo attack on the dirt-road Colle delle Finestre climb. He is expected to focus on winning a fifth Tour de France in 2019, but said he isn't yet ruling out another attempt at the double.
For more information on the route, click here.
2018 Giro d'Italia - Final general classification
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky||89:02:39|
|2||Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb||0:00:46|
|3||Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team||0:04:57|
|4||Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team||0:05:44|
|5||Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida||0:08:03|
|6||Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team||0:11:50|
|7||Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:13:01|
|8||George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo||0:13:17|
|9||Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb||0:14:18|
|10||Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:15:16|