Giro d'Italia 2022 - Six key stages

Cycling : 94th Giro Italia 2011/ Stage 9
Illustration Illustratie / Peleton Peloton / ETNA (1892m) Vulcano Vulkaan / Landscape Paysage Landschap /
Messina - Etna (169 Km)/
Tour of Italie / Tour d'Italie / d'Italia / Ronde van Italie / Etape Rit/(c)Tim De Waele
Mount Etna and the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

With just over 26 kilometres in total on the 2022 route, the Giro d’Italia has the lowest amount of time trialling since 1962, which at first glance makes the race one which favours the climbers. But perhaps a closer analysis suggests that it’s all-rounders, not out-and-out mountain specialists, who are going to benefit the most from the profile of the this year's race.

For one thing, the number of consecutive mountain stages is relatively minimal, with the only triptych of days in the Alps and/or Dolomites coming at the end of the second week and start of the third. As such the climbing challenges will be broken by the second rest day, and will be all the easier as a result. Secondly, there are a plethora of hilly stages in the second week and that in turn lends itself to a degree of invention from those willing to test the waters in places beyond the set-piece GC stages. 

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.