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Giro organizer unveils challenging mountain stage for 2016 route

The race's full route will be announced October 5 at the World’s Fair in Milan.

MILAN (VN) — The Giro d’Italia is slowly unveiling its 2016 route like Risotto Milanese, the famous dish served daily in restaurants neighboring the organizer’s headquarters in Milan. First the start in the Netherlands, then the Chianti time trial, and on Monday, RCS Sport presented the mountain stage through the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.

RCS Sport announced the 13th stage of its Giro, which will run from May 6-29 next year. The stage in Italy’s northeastern region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia is scheduled for May 20 and will climb four categorized passes and finish in Cividale del Friuli, just over the border from Slovenia.

It is part of a developing menu that will be fully unveiled at Milan’s EXPO on October 5.

RCS Sport announced June 26 that the 2016 Giro will start in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn with an 8.1-kilometer time trial and continue with two road stages. Similar to the last two editions of the race, which had wine-themed time trials through Barolo and Prosecco, it will include a race against the clock through Chianti’s vineyards on May 15.

RCS Sport remains tight-lipped on the remaining 15 stages of its grand tour. It is waiting to present them at the World’s Fair, or EXPO 2015, the Monday after its one-day monument, Il Lombardia. However, local press has been given a taste of what is to come.

After the Arnhem stage 3 finish, the Giro caravan will travel 1,360 miles to reach the toe of Italy’s boot in the Calabria region. Il Quotidiano della Calabria wrote that the race will re-start after a rest day in Catanzaro. Afterwards, it will travel toward the Chianti time trial in Tuscany, with stages in the Campania, Abruzzo, and Umbria regions.

Other news outlets reported the Giro will climb to its first summit finish in Roccaraso (1,250m) in stage 6 and navigate the white gravel roads used each year in the famous Eroica cycle sportive at the end of a stage to Arezzo. After the 40.4-kilometer Chianti time trial, it will stop for its second of three rest days.

The Giro will travel to the Alps, and its valleys, in the north for the remainder of the race. The Cividale del Friuli should open the door to several high mountain stages as the Giro cuts westerly through the country’s north.

The route should include two stages under the distinctive blunt peaks of the Dolomites. The Corriere dell’Alto Adige reported there will be a finish at Alpe di Siusi (1,844m). However, the Corvara ski resort at 1,568 meters could instead host the finish of stage 14. A mountain time trial the following day, similar to the 26.8km Monte Grappa stage Movistar’s Nairo Quintana won en route to taking the 2014 Giro title, would reportedly close the second week.

The Gavia Pass at 2,652 meters, before a finish in Livigno, could be the highest pass of the 2016 Giro. It would offer a good view to the west of the Alps and Turin, where the race should finish. According to La Stampa, the Giro will climb Pra’Martino to the finish in Pinerolo, travel over the border to Risoul, where Rafal Majka of Tinkoff-Saxo won a stage of the 2014 Tour de France, and conclude the general classification battle at the Sant’Anna di Vinadio sanctuary, at 2,046 meters. Turin, wrote the newspaper, will host the Giro’s finish for the first time since 1982 with a flat stage.