Giro d'Italia 2021: Five key stages

The Giro d'Italia on the Passo Giau in 2016.
The Giro d'Italia on the Passo Giau in 2016. (Image credit: Getty Imagea)

There is rarely a straightforward day on the Giro d’Italia, with potential pitfalls painted into just about every panel of the route. The 2021 edition continues in that tradition. With some 47,000 metres of total climbing on the route, there are obstacles littering the gruppo’s path all across the peninsula, as they make their way from Turin down to Foggia and then back into the high mountains in the final week.

As ever, the mighty passes catch the eye – most notably, the extreme tappone on stage 16 – but the modern Giro doesn’t limit its difficulties to the biggest mountains or the obvious set pieces. Some rugged days across the Apennines in the opening 10 days have the potential to create early drama – at Guardia Sanframondi on stage 8, for instance, or at Campo Felice the following afternoon.

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