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Team BoraHansgrohe rider Slovakias Peter Sagan celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the tenth stage of the Giro dItalia 2021 cycling race 139 km between lAquila and Foligno on May 17 2021 Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 10 at the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Giro d'Italia 2021 - 104th Edition - 9th stage Castel di Sangro - Campo Felice (Rocca di Cambio) 158 km - 16/05/2021 - Egan Bernal (COL - Ineos Grenadiers) - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

Egan Bernal of Ineos Grenadiers won on gravel road to Campo Felice on stage 9 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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GUARDIA SANFRAMONDI ITALY MAY 15 Victor Lafay of France and Team Cofidis celebrates at arrival during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 8 a 170km stage from Foggia to Guardia Sanframondi 455m girodiitalia Giro UCIworldtour on May 15 2021 in Guardia Sanframondi Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Victor Lafay of Cofidis glides across the mountaintop finish at Guardia Sanframondi for stage 8 win (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TERMOLI ITALY MAY 14 Fans at arrival during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 7 a 181km stage from Notaresco to Termoli Landscape girodiitalia Giro on May 14 2021 in Termoli Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 7 at the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOPSHOT Team Bahrain rider Switzerlands Gino Mader celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win during the sixth stage of the Giro dItalia 2021 cycling race 160 km between Grotte di Frasassi and Ascoli Piceno San Giacomo on May 13 2021 Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images

Gino Mäder (Bahrain Victorious) won stage 6 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Giro d'Italia 2021 - 104th Edition - 5th stage Modena - Cattolica 177 km - 12/05/2021 - Caleb Ewan (AUS - Lotto Soudal) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Caleb Ewan of Lotto Soudal celebrates sprint win on stage 5 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro dItalia 2021 104th Edition 4th stage Piacenza Sestola 187 km 11052021 Alessandro De Marchi ITA Israel StartUp Nation photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021

With a second-place finish on stage 4, Italy's Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Start-Up Nation) takes over GC lead (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Wanty rider Netherlands Taco Van der Hoorn reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the third stage of the Giro dItalia 2021 cycling race 190 km between Biella and Canale Piedmont on May 10 2021 Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images

Taco Van der Hoorn wins stage 3 at the 2021 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)
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NOVARA ITALY MAY 09 Tim Merlier of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix celebrates at arrival during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 2 a 179km stage from Stupinigi Nichelino to Novara girodiitalia Giro UCIworldtour on May 09 2021 in Novara Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) remembered Wouter Weyland with his stage 2 victory salute (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Team Ineos rider Italys Filippo Ganna wearing the overall leaders pink jersey celebrates on the podium after winning the first stage of the Giro dItalia 2021 cycling race a 86 km individual time trial on May 8 2021 in Turin Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) won the opening time trial (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Giro d'Italia: Peter Sagan wins stage 10

Giro d'Italia stage 10 - As it happened

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hasngrohe) sprinted to victory on stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia beating Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Davide Cimolai (Israel Start-up Nation) in Foligno.

Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) leads the overall classification by 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep), with the Belgian moving one second closer after a mid-race time bonus sprint. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) is in third place overall at 22 seconds back.

Stage 10 at the Giro d'Italia offered the peloton a 139km race from L'Aquila to Foligno in central Italy.

A five-rider breakaway emerged that included Umberto Marengo (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert), Samuele Rivi (Eolo-Kometa), and Kobe Goossens (Lotto Soudal).

Sprinter teams Jumbo-Visma, Bora-Hansgrohe, Alpecin-Fenix, and Cofidis limited the gap to two minutes before reeling them in during the final 25km.

Bernal and Evenepoel challenged one another for a time bonus sprint at 18km to go, with Ineos Grenadiers' Jhonatan Narváez jumping to take first place ahead of Evenepoel in second and then Bernal in third.

Bora-Hansgrohe moved back to the front to set up Peter Sagan for a sprint victory in Foligno.

The riders of the Giro d'Italia will enjoy a rest day on Tuesday and resume racing for stage 11 on Wednesday for 162km from Perugia to Montalcino.

Giro d'Italia stage 10 - Brief Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:10:56
2Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates
3Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation
4Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
5Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
6Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
7Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën Team
8Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
9Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
10Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates

General classification after stage 10
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 38:30:17
2Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:14
3Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech 0:00:22
4Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:37
5Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:44
6Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:45
7Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:46
8Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:52
9Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange 0:00:56
10Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:02

Giro d'Italia 2021 countdown

Day - 10: Form ranking: Giro d’Italia 2021 contenders
Day - 9:
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Day - 8:
Giro d’Italia 2021: Strade Bianche stage set to add spectacular twist to GC battle
Day - 7:
Giro d'Italia: 90 years of the Maglia Rosa
Day - 6:
Remco Evenepoel: Between stardom and superstardom
Day - 5:
Hindley: The Giro d’Italia is about doing what I did last year or maybe even better

Day - 4: Giro d'Italia 2021: Team-by-team guide

Day - 3: Giro d'Italia 2021 - The seven fastest sprinters to watch
Day - 2:
Giro d'Italia: The ambush stages
Day - 1: Philippa York's Giro d'Italia favourites

Giro d'Italia tech

Grand tours are always a hotbed of tech and you'll often find creative new colourways, innovative inventions and speed-increasing hacks aplenty as riders, teams and sponsors look to eke out marginal gains and take advantage of the enormous publicity surrounding the race. The Giro d'Italia is no different, and we've already seen a range of tech talking points. 

Giro d'Italia summary

How long is the Giro d'Italia? The race begins on May 8 and ends on May 30 after 21 stages and covers 3,479.9 kilometres over three weeks. It is the first Grand Tour of the 2021 season - after the coronavirus upended the 2020 calendar and shifted it to October.

What is the Giro d'Italia route? RCS Sport revealed the parcours of the 104th edition of the 2021 Giro d'Italia on February 24, laying out another Grand Tour packed with arduous mountain stages, opportunities for the sprinters and an ever increasing level of difficulty through to the final 30.3 km time trial in Milan. Compared to last year, there is less of an emphasis on time trialling.

The 44 climbs of the Giro d'Italia 2021

Who are the Giro d'Italia contenders? 2020 champion Tao Geoghegan Hart has not returned to defend his title, so Ineos Grenadiers are instead led by former Tour de France winner Egan Bernal. He'll go up against the likes of Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange), Aleksander Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech), Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious), George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), Marc Soler (Movistar), the Deceuninck-QuickStep duo of João Almeida and Remco Evenepoel, and the Team DSM duo of Romain Bardet and last year's runner-up Jai Hindley. Two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali has been cleared to race for Trek-Segafredo alongside Bauke Mollema and Giulio Ciccone, while other Italians include Domenico Pozzovivo (Qhubeka Assos) and Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates).

There are plenty of opportunities for the sprinters, with home favourites like Elia Viviani (Cofidis) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos) expected to rub shoulders with the likes of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in the bunch finishes.

Giro d'Italia route

Giro d'Italia 2021- the overall route map

Giro d'Italia 2021- the overall route map (Image credit: RCS Sport)

The race opens with a pan-flat 9km time trial - tailor made for world champion Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), although the in-form French champion Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is a threat for the first maglia rosa.

The sprinters will have to work to stay within reach of the race lead on the second stage, an expected sprint after a flat run-in to Novara, and a lumpier but mostly sprint-friendly stage 3.

Climbers will have a chance to stretch their legs with the first uphill finish in Sestola on stage 4 before the third sprint stage to Cattolica on the Adriatic coast. A trio of uphill finishes punctuate the next five stages with two possible sprints, the short 140km stage 10 to Foligno finishes on the flat, but a climb 39 kilometres out might leave behind some of the fast men.

The second phase brings the general classification contenders to the fore with climbs near the finish of stages 11 and 12, although the sprinters will want to stick around for another pan-flat stage to Verona. The overall classification will have its first serious shake-out on stage 14 with a massive 205km stage finishing on the Monte Zoncolan. A transition stage the next day, only 145km in length, provides a bit of a break before the high-altitude leg breakers on stage 16: the Passos Fedaia, Pordoi and Giau all over 2000 metres scattered across 212 painful kilometres.

Another Tuesday rest day gives riders time to recuperate before the summit finish to Sega di Ala. The race organisers came under fire for trying to put a flat, 258km marathon stage in last year's third week and riders protested having to endure the stage in cold rain until they relented and slashed the distance to 124 kilometres. This year, the last week transition stage is only 228km long, taking the riders to Stradella in Lombardy before hitting two Alpine stages before the final time trial in Milan. 

Giro d'Italia jerseys and classifications

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Maglia rosa Simon Clarke (Orica GreenEdge)

The leader of the race wears the maglia rosa, or pink jersey - a credit to founders Gazzetta dello Sport whose pages are pink (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Groupama-FDJ’s Arnaud Démare celebrates winning the cyclamen points jersey in Milan at the finish of the 2020 Giro d’Italia

The points classification leader wears the cyclamen jersey (ciclamino) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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MILANO ITALY OCTOBER 25 Podium Ruben Guerreiro of Portugal and Team EF Pro Cycling Blue Mountain Jersey Celebration Duomo di Milano Milan Cathedral during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 21 a 157km Individual time trial from Cernusco sul Naviglio to Milano ITT girodiitalia Giro on October 25 2020 in Milano Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

The mountains classification winner wears a blue jersey in the Giro d'Italia. It used to be green until 2012, but here Ruben Guerreiro (EF) the winner in 2020 displays the maglia azzurra. (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Giro dItalia 2020 103rd Edition 10th stage Lanciano Tortoreto Lido 177 km 13102020 Harm Vanhoucke BEL Lotto Soudal photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2020

The best young rider in the Giro d'Italia wears the white jersey (maglia bianca) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Giro d'Italia general classification: Maglia rosa (pink jersey)

The Giro d'Italia is based on the time it takes riders to complete all 21 stages. The rider with the lowest overall time at each stage wears the pink jersey and, at the finish, the rider with the lowest time wins the overall (general) classification.

Young riders classification: Maglia bianca (white jersey)

Riders who are born after January 1, 1996 compete in their own time-based competition for the white jersey of best young rider (under 25).

Points classification: Maglia ciclamino (cyclamen jersey)

There are also points awarded at intermediate sprints - one sprint mid-stage on each day except in the individual time trials - and at the finish line. The rider who accumulates the most points wears the maglia ciclamino - a purple (cyclamen) jersey.

More points are given on sprint stages to keep the overall winners from taking home both jerseys. On these (a, b*) days, the finish points are worth 50-35-25-18-14-12-10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top 15 riders and intermediate sprints worth 20-12-8-6-4-3-2-1.

On non-sprint (c) stages, the finish is worth 25-18-12-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for top 10 and intermediate sprints are worth 10-6-3-2-1. On the hardest stages (d, e), the finish is only worth 15-12-9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 and the value of intermediate sprints is higher to encourage breakaways, worth 12-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

*see table below

Mountains classification: Maglia azzurra (blue jersey)

In the mountains classification, riders are given points on a scale of difficulty of the climb, with the hardest climbs worth the most points. The rider who gathers the most mountain points wears a blue jersey.

Mountains are graded on a scale where category 4 is the easiest and Category 1 is the hardest (the Giro doesn't have above category (HC) climbs). 

On the 11 category 4 ascents in the Giro, there are 3, 2 and 1 points for the first three over the top. At the top of the 11 category 3 climbs, the points are 9, 4, 2 and 1. There are nine category 2 ascents worth 18, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1 points and 12 category 1 climbs where points are 40, 18, 12, 9, 6, 4, 2, 1.

The Cima Coppi is the prize for the first rider across the highest mountain, this year it's the Passo Pordoi on stage 16, and is worth 50 points (50, 30, 20, 14, 10, 6, 4, 2, 1).

Teams classification

Cycling is a team sport even if only one rider can win. The teams classification ranks teams by the lowest cumulative time of each team's best three riders.

Other classifications

The Giro d'Italia is also famous for having more non-jersey classifications than any other Grand Tour, with four more competitions that offer cash prizes but not jersey time.

Most competitive: Based on accumulated points gained in stage finishes (6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1), intermediate sprints (5, 4, 3, 2, 1), and mountain sprints (Cat. 1 or Cima Coppi - 4, 3, 2, 1; Cat 2 - 3, 2, 1; Cat 3 - 2, 1; Cat 4 - 1).

Sprint classification: Regardless of stage category, riders get 10, 6, 3, 2, 1 for first through fifth in the intermediate sprint on each non-time trial stage.

Breakaway classification: The most kilometers spent off the front of the peloton - kilometers only count if the breakaway is 10 riders or fewer, and are away for 5km or more during a stage. Tie breaker is the highest placing on GC.

Fair play classification: Teams are penalized for UCI rule infractions such as sticky bottles, urinating in front of the public, feeding outside designated zones, littering, etc. The team with the fewest penalties leads this classification.

Stage categories
StageRouteDistanceTime limit/points3km rule
Stage 1Torino - Torino (ITT)8.6e 
Stage 2Stupinigi - Novara179axx
Stage 3Biella - Canale190cx
Stage 4Piacenza - Sestola187c 
Stage 5Modena - Cattolica177axx
Stage 6Grotte di Frasassi - Ascoli Piceno160c 
Stage 7Notaresco - Termoli181axx
Stage 8Foggia - Guardia Sanframondi170c 
Stage 9Castel di Sangro - Campo Felice158d 
Stage 10L'Aquila - Foligno139bxx
Rest Day 1    
Stage 11Perugia - Montalcino162d 
Stage 12Siena - Bagno di Romagna212cx
Stage 13Ravenna - Verona198axx
Stage 14Cittadella - Monte Zoncolan205d 
Stage 15Grado - Gorizia147cx
Stage 16Sacile - Cortina d'Ampezzo212d 
Rest Day 2    
Stage 17Canazei - Sega di Ala193d 
Stage 18Rovereto - Stradella231bxx
Stage 19Abbiategrasso - Alpe di Mera176d 
Stage 20Verbania - Valle Spluga-Alpe Motta164d 
Stage 21Senago - Milano (ITT)30.3e

2021 Giro d'Italia time limit

Riders have to finish within a certain percentage of the stage winner's time in order to remain in the race. The time limit they have depends on the difficulty of the stage and the winner's average speed using categories listed in the table above.

a) winner's time plus
7% if the average speed is less than or equal to 40 km/h.
8% if the average speed is between 40 and 45 km/h
10% if the average speed is over 45 km/h
b) winner's time plus
9% if the average speed is less than or equal to 37 km/h
10% of the average speed is between 37 and 41 km/h
11% if the average speed is over 41 km/h
c) winner's time plus
11% if the average speed is less than or equal to 35 km/h
12% if the average speed is between 35 km and 39 km/h
13% if the average speed is over 39 km/h
d) winner's time plus
16% if the average speed is less than or equal to 30 km/h
17% if the average speed between 30 km/h and 34 km/h
18% if the average speed is over 34 km/h;
for stages measuring 150 km or less, the winner’s time plus:
19% if the average speed is less than or equal to 30 km/h
21% if the average speed between 30 km/h and 34 km/h
22% if the average speed is over 34 km/h; (does not apply unless stages are shortened)
e) (Time trials) winner's time plus 30 %

Giro d'Italia history and records

The Giro d'Italia started in 1909 and the 2021 race is the 104th edition. The race was created by the sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport in reaction to the success of the Tour de France for French counterpart L'Auto.

Luigi Ganna was the first winner in 1909 but Alfredo Binda dominated the post-World War I Giro d'Italia, taking five victories between 1925 and 1933 and 41 stages - a record not beaten until Mario Cipollini took his 42nd in 2003.

Gino Bartali might have had as much success were it not for World War II - the winner in 1936 and 1937, "the iron man of Tuscany" returned from his work in the Italian resistance, where he used his fame to help shield Jews from the Nazis. After the war, Bartali returned to win the first post-War edition in 1946 before Fausto Coppi's ascent to fame.

Coppi won the Giro d'Italia in 1940 at the age of 20 before the race stopped for the War but when racing resumed Coppi went on to win four more Giri while racking up 22 stage wins.

No rider was as successful until the emergence of Eddy Merckx, who, in his utter dominance in the sport, equalled Coppi's record of five overall victories, spent 78 days in the maglia rosa and won 25 stages.

  • Most stage wins: Mario Cipollini (42) - active riders: Mark Cavendish (15)
  • Most days in maglia rosa: Eddy Merckx (78) - active riders: Vincenzo Nibali (21)
  • Most overall wins (5) Eddy Merckx, Fausto Coppi, Alfredo Binda - active riders: Vincenzo Nibali (2)

2020 Giro d'Italia

Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) claimed the overall victory in the 2020 Giro d'Italia in a close-fought battle with Jai Hindley (Sunweb) that came down to the final time trial, where the Briton sealed the final classification by 39 seconds over his Australian rival.

Final general classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 85:40:21
2Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:39
3Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:29
4Joao Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:02:57
5Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 0:03:09
6Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:07:02
7Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:08:15
8Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:08:42
9Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:09:57
10Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain McLaren 0:11:05

Giro d'Italia 2021 teams

  • AG2R Citroën Team
  • Alpecin-Fenix
  • Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec (replaces Vini Zabu)
  • Astana-Premier Tech
  • Bahrain Victorious
  • Bardiani CSF Faizanè
  • Bora-Hansgrohe
  • Cofidis
  • Deceuninck-QuickStep
  • EF Education-Nippo
  • Eolo-Kometa
  • Groupama-FDJ
  • Ineos Grenadiers
  • Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
  • Israel Start-up Nation
  • Jumbo-Visma
  • Lotto Soudal
  • Movistar Team
  • Team BikeExchange
  • Team DSM
  • Team Qhubeka Assos
  • Trek-Segafredo
  • UAE Team Emirates

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