Giro d’ Italia 2018
04.05.18 - 27.05.18
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Giro d’Italia 2018: Route and Stages

The Giro d’Italia 2018 route map is the finest and the centenary edition has some key stages that go a long way into deciding the winner.

Regarded as one of the greatest cycling races in the world, Giro d’Italia is set for its 100th edition in 2018. While it was initially held in 1909 by newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport in order to increase its sales, RCS Sport currently frames the Giro route and organise the event.

Giro d'Italia 2017 Route and Key Stages

It is considered as one of the Grand Tours of cycling along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. Like the other two Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia also sticks with the routine of 23 days of racing with a two-day rest period. The winner of the competition gets to wear the prized pink jersey.

Giro d’Italia 2018 Route

One of the defining elements of the Grand Tour is that it is designed to cover the length and breadth of the country. In order to celebrate the centenary edition, Giro d’Italia 2018 map has been specifically designed to cover every aspect of the country. The 100th edition of the tournament will start from the island of Sardinia. The three stages set to take place on this island were already revealed back in September.

It is not surprising that the organisers have come up with some interesting Giro d’Italia stages in order to spice things. Here are some of the key stages that could make a difference in the overall event:

Key Stages

  • Stage 4 – Cefalu to Etna (summit finish)

    The first stage upon return to the mainland sees a summit finish on the incredible Mount Etna. After relatively easy first three stages, it is likely that the overall contenders for the pink jersey will start coming through at this stage. The potential favourite would like to build a time gap in this Giro d’Italia stage, which could become challenging for the rest of the pack.

  • Stage 10 – Foligno to Montefalco (ITT)

    This individual time trial event comes just after a rest day on the Giro d’Italia route. As a result, it is expected to be much more challenging since some riders – even the best – react differently to an individual time trial right after a rest day. There is a significant possibility of the overall leader changing at the end of this stage, as a climber may have failed to put up a substantial lead over a time trial list.

  • Stage 14 – Castellania to Santuario di Oropa (summit finish)

    This is expected to provide a top racing action, which is always associated with Giro. The summit finish is likely to produce a key battle for the pink jersey over the next few stages. The closing slots of this stage would see the title rivals tried to build up as much lead as possible ahead of the climbs coming in the next few stages.

  • Stage 16 – Rovetta to Bormio

    One of the extremely tough Giro d Italia stages, this is likely to reduce the number of challenges for the pink jersey in the three slopes. Riders will be tackling the Mortirolo. This will be followed by the Stelvio, an even higher peak, followed by a brief entry into Switzerland. Stelvio is likely to be the place where title favourites are expected to come in with an attack. If riders managed to make it past the third climb with a substantial advantage, they could very well put the pink jersey under a lot of pressure while on the descent.

  • Stage 20 – Pordenone to Asiago

    Since the final event does not include a sprint, anyone with doubts about the ability on the time trial conclusion would prefer to build a substantial advantage in this event. In this penultimate Giro route, the climb to reach the summit Foza could provide the chance to build a healthy advantage.

  • Stage 21 – Monza to Milan (IIT)

    Unlike a normal sprint finish in the Giro d’Italia map, the 2018 edition will feature an individual time trial to decide the winner. As a result, it straight away promises some interesting results as it did in 2012. Ryder Hesjedal managed to overcome Joaquim Rodriguez in the 2012 event largely because of the final event being a time trial. Riders eyeing the pink jersey will certainly want to build up an advantage before coming into this final stage. Since this is considerably different from the Giro d’Italia 2016 route map, punters have to watch out for drastic changes in the overall leader.

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The Giro d’Italia happens to be one of the toughest races in the cycling calendar. As it is the centenary edition, the organisers have ensured that the Giro d’Italia route is pristine and covers every aspect of Italy. While they seem to have succeeded, the organisers have also ensured a top race and excitement on our hands.

List of stages
Stage Type Date Course Distance
1
Flat
5 May
5 May Alghero – Olbia
203 km
203 km
2
Hilly
6 May
6 May Olbia – Tortoli
208 km
208 km
3
Flat
7 May
7 May Tortoli – Cagliari
148 km
148 km
4
Mountain
9 May
9 May Cefalu - Etna (Rifugio Sapienza)
180 km
180 km
5
Flat
10 May
10 May Pedara - Messina
157 km
157 km
6
Hilly
11 May
11 May Reggio Calabria - Terme Luigiane
207 km
207 km
7
Flat
12 May
12 May Castrovillari - Alberobello
220 km
220 km
8
Medium-mountain
13 May
13 May Molfetta - Peschici
189 km
189 km
9
Mountain
14 May
14 May Montenero di Bisaccia - Blockhaus
139 km
139 km
10
individual time trial
16 May
16 May Foligno - Montefalco
39.2 km
39.2 km
11
Medium-mountain
17 May
17 May Florence (Ponte a Ema) - Bagno di Romagna
161 km
161 km
12
Flat
18 May
18 May Forli - Reggio Emilia
237 km
237 km
13
Flat
19 May
19 May Reggio Emilia - Tortona
162 km
162 km
14
Mountain
20 May
20 May Reggio Emilia - Tortona
131 km
131 km
15
Medium-mountain
21 May
21 May Valdengo - Bergamo
199 km
199 km
16
Mountain
23 May
23 May Rovetta - Bormio
227 km
227 km
17
Medium-mountain
24 May
24 May Tirano - Canazei
219 km
219 km
18
Mountain
25 May
25 May Moena - Ortisei/St. Ulrich
137 km
137 km
19
Mountain
26 May
26 May Innichen/San Candido - Piancavallo
191 km
191 km
20
Mountain
27 May
27 May Pordenone - Asiago
190 km
190 km
21
individual time trial
28 May
28 May Monza (Autodromo) - Milan
28 km
28 km
Total: 3572.2 km