Giro d'Italia raises curtain on 2021 edition with short Turin TT

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers)
Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) (Image credit: Getty Images)

It somehow feels appropriate that after an unprecedentedly short time gap between two editions of the Giro d’Italia, when the curtain rises on the 2021 race this Saturday afternoon, the opening stage will provide only be the briefest of glimpses and possible insights into what could subsequently occur on Italy’s roads over the next three weeks.

Just 8.6 kilometres long, largely flat and held entirely on the streets of central Turin, Saturday’s individual time trial challenge essentially consists of a straightforward blast along one side of the River Po, across a bridge and back along the opposite bank to a finish in the shadow of the Gran Madre church. Although city courses nearly always have some unexpected obstacles, neither a single, short well-lit tunnel roughly half-way through the time trial, nor the briefest of uphill ramps and dowhill sections scattered along the course, should represent even minor challenges for the Giro field.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.