Giro d'Italia 2023 stage 1 time trial preview - A bike path, a climb, and a crucial opening test

Giro d'Italia 2023 - Stage 1 Individual Time Trial
Giro d'Italia 2023 - Stage 1 Individual Time Trial (Image credit: Alasdair Fotheringham/Cyclingnews)

If you had to name the most striking feature of the opening time trial of the 2023 Giro d’Italia, it wouldn’t be the fact that most of it isn’t on a normal road or that most (but not all) is almost ridiculously flat. The biggest takeaway is its length.


Location: Fossacesia Marina to Ortona
Date: May 6, 2023
Time: 13:50-17:10 CET - full start times
Distance: 19.6km (ITT)

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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.

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