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2019 Giro d'Italia presentation - Gallery

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Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) at the presentation of the 2019 Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) at the presentation of the 2019 Giro d'Italia
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) at the presentation of the 2019 Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome (Team Sky) at the presentation of the 2019 Giro d'Italia
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RCS Sport announce the route of the 2019 Giro d'Italia in Milan

RCS Sport announce the route of the 2019 Giro d'Italia in Milan
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The winner's trophy

The winner's trophy
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Elia Viviani at the Giro d'Italia presentation

Elia Viviani at the Giro d'Italia presentation
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Elia Viviani

Elia Viviani
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Chris Froome with Giro d'Italia director Mauro Vegni

Chris Froome with Giro d'Italia director Mauro Vegni
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Chris Froome at the Giro d'Italia presentation

Chris Froome at the Giro d'Italia presentation
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Defending Giro d'Italia champion Chris Froome

Defending Giro d'Italia champion Chris Froome
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The presentation of the 2019 Giro d'Italia route

The presentation of the 2019 Giro d'Italia route
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The 2019 Giro d'Italia

The 2019 Giro d'Italia
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Chris Froome and Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) at the presentation of the 2019 Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome and Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) at the presentation of the 2019 Giro d'Italia
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RCS Sport announce the route of the 2019 Giro d'Italia in Milan

RCS Sport announce the route of the 2019 Giro d'Italia in Milan
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) at the presentation of the 2019 Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome (Team Sky) at the presentation of the 2019 Giro d'Italia
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Urbano Cairo (ITA - RCS Media Group President) with the trophy at the presentation of the 2019 Giro d'Italia route

Urbano Cairo (ITA - RCS Media Group President) with the trophy at the presentation of the 2019 Giro d'Italia route
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) at the presentation of the 2019 Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) at the presentation of the 2019 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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RCS Sport announce the route of the 2019 Giro d'Italia in Milan

RCS Sport announce the route of the 2019 Giro d'Italia in Milan
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RCS Sport announce the route of the 2019 Giro d'Italia in Milan

RCS Sport announce the route of the 2019 Giro d'Italia in Milan
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

RCS Sport announced the full route details of the 2019 Giro d'Italia from the Rai studios in Milan on Wednesday. The audience that eagerly awaited the big reveal included defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) and last year's points winner Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors).

The 2019 race will begin with the Grande Partenza in Bologna, and stage 1 will offer an 8.2km time trial to the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca. There will be another two individual time trials; stage 9 will be 34.7km from Riccione to San Marino, and the finale stage 21 will be 15.6km in Verona, where the overall winner will be crowned.

In between, the race will see five mountaintop finishes on the Colle del Nivolet (stage 13), Ponte di Legno (stage 16), Anterselva (stage 17), San Martino di Castrozza (stage 19) and Crocce d'Aune (stage 20), along with climbs over Manghen, Gavia and Mortirolo.

Froome noted that he was undecided on whether he would return to the Giro d'Italia to defend his title, but noted that one of his teammates would fill his place if he decided to focus only on the Tour de France. Gianni Moscon was also in attendance and is expected to be a contender for the maglia rosa next year. Viviani, who won four sprint stages last year, was also watching the route presentation.