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Giro d'Italia Donne route revealed with promise of live TV, €250,000 prize money

CORMONS ITALY JULY 11 Anna Van Der Breggen of Netherlands and Team SD Worx Pink Leader Jersey and teammates celebrates at podium during the 32nd Giro dItalia Internazionale Femminile 2021 Stage 10 a 113km stage from Capriva del Friuli to Cormons Trophy Super Team Champagne GiroDonne UCIWWT on July 11 2021 in Cormons Italy Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Anna van der Breggen and SD Worx win the 2021 Giro d'Italia Donne (Image credit: Getty Images)

Organisers of the 2022 Giro d’Italia have revealed the route details for the 10-day race that will begin in Cagliari, the capital city of the Italian island of Sardinia, on June 30 and conclude in Padova on July 10. 

Sardinia will host the first three stages along the eastern coastline. Following a rest day on July 3, the race will travel from Sardinia to the mainland ahead of stage 4 in Cesena. 

The route will then travel northward, passing through Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto, and includes a mountain-top finish at Passo Maniva. 

As the event returns to the Women’s WorldTour, Pulse Media Group (PMG Sport) and Starlight have promised two hours of daily live broadcast along with a €250,000 prize purse to match the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift held from July 24-31. Of the total purse, €50,000 will go to the overall classification winner.

"Once ASO, this very big organisation, decided to introduce the Tour de France Femmes again, it is a strong sign that women's cycling is growing fast. I think there is no competition but it is a big opportunity to develop the race together and women's cycling movement together. The prize money that we set at €250,000 is a big sign of this growth," said Roberto Ruini, founder of PMG Sport and General Manager of the Giro Donne, who said the budget of the event has increased compared to the previous years with sponsorship and media agreements to be announced separately at a later date.

It has confirmed media visibility, with a daily production of 120 minutes of live footage, distributed in agreement with Discovery-Eurosport. The network will ensure broadcasting in over 160 countries around the world, and an agreement with Italian broadcaster RAI, according to a press release.

The event will feature 13 of the 14 Women's WorldTeams, including Canyon-Sram Racing, EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Liv Racing Xstra, Movistar Team Women, Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad, BikeExchange-Jayco Women, Team DSM Women, Jumbo-Visma Women, SD Worx, Trek-Segafredo Women, UAE Team ADQ, and Uno-X Pro Cycling Women.

However, American team Human Powered Health were not listed as a participating team.

The race will also invite 11 Continental women's teams that include Valcar-Travel & Service, Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team, Bizkaia-Durango, Cofidis Women Team, Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria, Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW Shimano, Team Mendelspeck, Servetto-Makhymo-Beltrami TSA, Top Girls Fassa Bortolo, Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano and BePink.

PMG Sport, along with Starlight, became the new organisers of the Giro d'Italia Donne in 2021. The event was downgraded to the 2.Pro Series for not providing required live television in 2020, but the new organisation had a stated aim to be back on the Women’s WorldTour in 2022.

Although PMG Sports promised live TV ahead of the 2021 event, just before the race started it was revealed that the live coverage would be of the final 15km of each stage and fans were left frustrated by the inconsistent live footage. 

Ruini has promised more for this year's event.

"The well-deserved return to the UCI Women's WorldTour of the Giro Donne is an important international result that honours, first of all, the high sporting quality of the competing athletes, the true heritage of this historic race, together with our commitment to make the most of it, as organisers, producers and distributors," said Ruini.

"If in 2021 bringing the Giro Donne back to the Women's WorldTour was the main objective for us, this year we intend to further accelerate the process of growth and enhancement of this memorable competition to make it one of the great and most important sporting events of the year, expanding its national and international echo.

"Commitment and passion are guiding our work in the organisation of the Giro Donne 2022 with great technical, sporting, and organisational value to get the best result for everyone, first of all for all the athletes involved and for the increasingly large and passionate public. 

"An objective that can be reached thanks also and most of all to the great involvement and valuable collaboration by the institutions, Regions and Municipalities that will host the race, proud with us to bring a great not only sporting event through the environmental, historical and artistic beauty of our country; precious partners all united by our vision, that is to consider sport and women a winning combination and on which to bet every year more and more."

Giro d'Italia Donne 2022 - Route

Giro d'Italia Donne 2021 - 32nd Edition - 10th stage Capriva del Friuli - Cormons 113 km - 11/07/2021 - Scenery - Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto©2021

The peloton racing the 2021 Giro d'Italia Donne (Image credit: Giro d'Italia Donne)
  • June 30: Stage 1, Cagliari - Cagliari, ITT, 4.7km 
  • July 1: Stage 2, Villasimius - Tortoli, 117.3km  
  • July 2: Stage 3, Cala Gonone - Olbia, 112.7km 
  • July 3: Rest Day
  • July 4: Stage 4, Cesena - Cesena, 120.9km 
  • July 5: Stage 5, Carpi - Reggio Emilia, 123km 
  • July 6: Stage 6, Sarnico - Bergamo, 114,7km 
  • July 7: Stage 7, Prevalle - Passo Maniva, 113.4km (mountain-top finish)
  • July 8: Stage 8, Rovereto - Aldeno, 92.2km 
  • July 9: Stage 9, San Michele All’Adige - San Lorenzo Dorsino, 112,8km 
  • July 10: Stage 10, Abano Terme - Padova, 90.5km 

Giro d'Italia Donne 2022 - Teams

  • Canyon-SRAM Racing
  • EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
  • FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
  • Liv Racing Xstra
  • Movistar Team Women
  • Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
  • BikeExchange-Jayco Women
  • Team DSM Women
  • Jumbo-Visma Women
  • SD Worx
  • Trek-Segafredo Women
  • UAE Team ADQ
  • Uno-X Pro Cycling Women
  • Valcar-Travel & Service
  • Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
  • Bizkaia-Durango
  • Cofidis Women Team
  • Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria
  • Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW Shimano
  • Team Mendelspeck
  • Servetto-Makhymo-Beltrami TSA
  • Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
  • Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
  • BePink

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.