Giro d’Italia

Giro d’Italia news, results, commentary, and photos from Italy’s grand tour.

A Tour de France victory does not guarantee success at the Giro d’Italia.

Just ask Louison Bobet.

In the mid 1950s Bobet was the world’s top stage racer, having become the first man to win three consecutive Tours de France in the postwar period (1953, 1954, 1955). For 1957, Bobet set upon a new challenge. He wanted to become the first Frenchman to win the Giro d’Italia, opting to race the Italian tour instead of the Tour de France that year. Bobet had previously struggled at the Giro, finishing 7th in 1951 and abandoning in 1953. This time, however, he had a plan.

Bobet took the lead early in the race, and eventually surrendered the maglia rosa to alleviate the pressure on his team. He planned to win it back during the race’s final week, which featured punishing stages in the Alps.

On the final climbing stage, Bobet dropped race leader, Italian Gastone Nencini, on the steep summit finish to Monte Bondone. The Giro seemed to be in his hands. And then, the tides turned. First, Italian tifosi began to push Nencini up the steep slopes. And then, Luxembourger Charly Gaul dropped back to pace the Italian rider up to Bobet—it was revenge for Bobet attacking Gaul during a nature break several stages before.

Bobet lost the Giro by just 19 seconds, and learned a valuable lesson: Tour de France winners are fair game at the Giro.

Such a lesson could be on display in 2018 as Chris Froome looks to add a Giro d’Italia victory to his growing palmares. Froome is on a mission to rewrite history. A Giro d’Italia win would mark his third-straight grand tour victory. It would also elevate him into the elite class of men to have won all three grand tours: Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Alberto Contador, and Vincenzo Nibali.

On paper, Froome enters the race as the outright favorite. His Sky team boasts the largest budget in the WorldTour; some of his domestiques are strong enough to themselves challenge for grand tour glory. And Froome’s four Tour de France and one Vuelta a España victories are proof that he has the legs, lungs, and temperament to win any grand tour.

But this is the Giro — the race of chaos.

One could write thousands of words about the Giro’s long history of bedlam and unforeseen disasters. The Italian peloton attacks with relentless aggression. Pacts are made on the road. And every year the Italian grand tour serves up unpredictable hurdles that can derail even the most seasoned stage racers. While other races have strived for control and calm, even the modern Giro is a race of turmoil.

In 2014 the peloton slowed on the descent of the Stelvio, believing that race officials had neutralized the downhill due to heavy snow. The lull allowed Nairo Quintana to escape and snatch the maglia rosa from Rigoberto Urán. Race organizers allowed the result and winning gap to stand.

In 2015 a spectator rode his fixed-gear bicycle into the peloton; the ensuing crash destroyed Domenico Pozzovivo’s chances at the overall. In 2016 a waist-high snow bank on the Colle dell’Agnelo became a hurdle too great for race leader Steven Kruijswijk; the Dutch rider catapulted into the snow and saw his slim lead vanish.

And who could forget the chaos of last year’s Giro? On stage 9 a poorly parked police motorcycle caused a catastrophic pileup that derailed the GC ambitions of Teams Sky and Orica-Scott, and weakened Team Sunweb. Then, Tom Dumoulin had to fight through diarrhea at the base of the Umbrail Pass to protect his lead. The image of Dumoulin sprinting into a roadside ditch to relieve his gastrointestinal pain will live on in Giro lore.

For a champion of Froome’s level, the Tour de France is a controlled and predictable race. To win, a champion must simply excel on the climbs and time trials and then rely on his team to keep him out of harm’s way. That’s not the case with the Giro d’Italia. Lurking around every corner is the opportunity for a crash. Directions from the race organizer can be ignored or followed. The finicky springtime weather may dump rain and even snow onto the peloton at any moment. And even the best-laid plans for the maglia rosa can vanish in a snow bank, or in a crowd of excited tifosi.

Such was the fate of Kruijswijk, Urán, and Pozzovivo. And yes, it even happened to Bobet. Will Chris Froome suffer a similar fate, or will he tame the unpredictable Giro? It’s the story to follow at this year’s race.

Stage Date Location Distance
1 05/04/2018 Jerusalem to Jerusalem 9.7km
2 05/05/2018 Haifa to Tel Aviv, Israel 167km
3 05/06/2018 Be'er Sheva to Eilat, Israel 229km
4 05/08/2018 Catania to Caltagirone 191km
5 05/09/2018 Agrigento to Santa Ninfa (Valle del Belice) 152km
6 05/10/2018 Caltanissetta to Etna 163km
7 05/11/2018 Pizzo to Praia a Mare 159km
8 05/12/2018 Praia a Mare to Montevergine di Mercogliano 208km
9 05/13/2018 Pesco Sannita to Gran Sasso d'Italia (Campo Imperatore) 224km
10 05/15/2018 Penne to Gualdo Tadino 239km
11 05/16/2018 Assisi to Osimo 156km
12 05/17/2018 Osimo to Imola 213km
13 05/18/2018 Ferrara to Nervesa della Battaglia 180km
14 05/19/2018 San Vito al Tagliamento to Monte Zoncolan 181km
15 05/20/2018 Tolmezzo to Sappada 176km
16 05/22/2018 Trento to Rovereto (time trial) 34.5km
17 05/23/2018 Riva del Garda to Iseo 155km
18 05/24/2018 Abbiategrasso to Prato Nevoso 196km
19 05/25/2018 Venaria Reale to Bardonecchia 181km
20 05/26/2018 Susa to Cervinia 214km
21 05/27/2018 Roma to Roma 118km
1FROOME ChrisTeam Sky 89:02:39
2DUMOULIN TomTeam Sunweb0:46
3LÓPEZ Miguel ÁngelAstana Pro Team4:57
4CARAPAZ RichardMovistar Team5:44
5POZZOVIVO DomenicoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team8:03
6BILBAO PelloAstana Pro Team11:50
7KONRAD PatrickBORA - hansgrohe13:01
8BENNETT GeorgeTeam LottoNL-Jumbo13:17
9OOMEN SamTeam Sunweb14:18
10FORMOLO DavideBORA - hansgrohe15:16
11GENIEZ AlexandreAG2R La Mondiale17:30
12POELS WoutTeam Sky17:40
13HENAO SergioTeam Sky29:41
14GONÇALVES JoséTeam Katusha - Alpecin34:29
15BETANCUR CarlosMovistar Team41:48
16DENNIS RohanBMC Racing Team56:07
17NIEVE MikelMitchelton-Scott58:16
18BRAMBILLA GianlucaTrek - Segafredo1:00:30
19WOODS MichaelTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:01:24
20DUPONT HubertAG2R La Mondiale1:03:54
21YATES SimonMitchelton-Scott1:15:11
22REICHENBACH SébastienGroupama - FDJ1:15:18
23GESINK RobertTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:19:49
24CONTI ValerioUAE-Team Emirates1:23:04
25SÁNCHEZ Luis LeónAstana Pro Team1:23:11
26MASNADA FaustoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec1:26:13
27GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe1:28:47
28ULISSI DiegoUAE-Team Emirates1:31:28
29PREIDLER GeorgGroupama - FDJ1:33:24
30MOHORIČ MatejBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:40:18
31SCHACHMANN MaximilianQuick-Step Floors1:41:36
32POLANC JanUAE-Team Emirates1:58:09
33CATTANEO MattiaAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec2:00:17
34BATTAGLIN EnricoTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:02:15
35TEN DAM LaurensTeam Sunweb2:02:53
36HAIG JackMitchelton-Scott2:03:06
37BIDARD FrançoisAG2R La Mondiale2:06:25
38VISCONTI GiovanniBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team2:07:32
39DE LA PARTE VíctorMovistar Team2:08:19
40CICCONE GiulioBardiani - CSF2:08:55
41LAMMERTINK MauritsTeam Katusha - Alpecin2:10:27
42MONTAGUTI MatteoAG2R La Mondiale2:17:10
43FRANKINY KilianBMC Racing Team2:20:10
44KING BenTeam Dimension Data2:24:26
45HERMANS BenIsrael Cycling Academy2:25:01
46HIRT JanAstana Pro Team2:26:47
47PLAZA RubénIsrael Cycling Academy2:27:57
48JAUREGUI QuentinAG2R La Mondiale2:29:16
49CAPECCHI ErosQuick-Step Floors2:42:24
50BOUWMAN KoenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:42:38
51ELISSONDE KennyTeam Sky2:42:39
52BROWN NathanTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
53GAVAZZI FrancescoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec2:45:41
54PANTANO JarlinsonTrek - Segafredo2:48:11
55KREUZIGER RomanMitchelton-Scott2:51:50
56DE LA CRUZ DavidTeam Sky2:52:42
57ARMÉE SanderLotto Soudal2:53:44
58PFINGSTEN ChristophBORA - hansgrohe2:56:01
59TORRES Rodolfo AndrésAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec2:58:56
60HANSEN AdamLotto Soudal3:00:57
61ATAPUMA DarwinUAE-Team Emirates3:04:46
62DENZ NicoAG2R La Mondiale3:06:03
63DOMBROWSKI JoeTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:09:17
64PUCCIO SalvatoreTeam Sky3:10:40
65DE MARCHI AlessandroBMC Racing Team3:11:06
66MORI ManueleUAE-Team Emirates3:12:32
67ZEITS AndreyAstana Pro Team3:13:51
68BALLERINI DavideAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec3:14:02
69MARCATO MarcoUAE-Team Emirates3:19:46
70VILLELLA DavideAstana Pro Team3:19:53
71HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb3:20:46
72CHAVES EstebanMitchelton-Scott3:21:31
73NEILANDS KristsIsrael Cycling Academy3:28:13
74JUUL-JENSEN ChristopherMitchelton-Scott3:28:31
75BOARO ManueleBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team3:30:05
76ROUX AnthonyGroupama - FDJ3:39:48
77CARTHY HughTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:43:25
78JANSE VAN RENSBURG JacquesTeam Dimension Data3:43:35
79MORABITO SteveGroupama - FDJ3:45:10
80ŠTYBAR ZdeněkQuick-Step Floors3:50:40
81WÜRTZ SCHMIDT MadsTeam Katusha - Alpecin3:53:07
82QUINTANA DayerMovistar Team3:54:32
83BERHANE NatnaelTeam Dimension Data3:54:37
84GIBBONS RyanTeam Dimension Data3:58:31
85FERNÁNDEZ RubénMovistar Team3:59:36
86TURRIN AlexWilier Triestina - Selle Italia4:02:56
87LUTSENKO AlexeyAstana Pro Team4:04:11
88MODOLO SachaTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale4:05:44
89VENTOSO Francisco JoséBMC Racing Team4:06:01
90VENDRAME AndreaAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec4:06:38
91KNEES ChristianTeam Sky4:07:02
92PEDRERO AntonioMovistar Team4:07:15
93EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo4:08:20
94BARBIN EnricoBardiani - CSF4:08:34
95VENTER JacoTeam Dimension Data4:10:02
96SEPÚLVEDA EduardoMovistar Team4:10:17
97DIDIER LaurentTrek - Segafredo4:11:05
98MOSCA JacopoWilier Triestina - Selle Italia4:11:21
99VAN EMDEN JosTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:14:22
100NIBALI AntonioBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team4:14:30
101NOVAK DomenBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team4:15:24
102LAENGEN Vegard Stake UAE-Team Emirates4:17:23
103HAMILTON ChrisTeam Sunweb4:19:34
104VENTURINI ClémentAG2R La Mondiale4:20:56
105KUZNETSOV VyacheslavTeam Katusha - Alpecin4:21:56
106BAK Lars YttingLotto Soudal4:22:00
107MØRKØV MichaelQuick-Step Floors4:22:56
108BENEDETTI CesareBORA - hansgrohe4:23:41
109ROY JérémyGroupama - FDJ4:24:39
110MARTIN TonyTeam Katusha - Alpecin4:27:59
111SBARAGLI KristianIsrael Cycling Academy4:28:29
112BENNETT SamBORA - hansgrohe4:32:23
113BONIFAZIO NiccolòBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team4:34:24
114LINDEMAN Bert-JanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:36:23
115CAVAGNA RémiQuick-Step Floors4:36:25
116PLANCKAERT BaptisteTeam Katusha - Alpecin4:39:44
117BOIVIN GuillaumeIsrael Cycling Academy4:40:13
118DRUCKER JempyBMC Racing Team4:40:19
119FRAPPORTI MarcoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec4:41:35
120DOWSETT AlexTeam Katusha - Alpecin4:41:53
121VAN POPPEL DannyTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:43:41
122VAN HOECKE GijsTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:44:25
123BELLETTI ManuelAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec4:45:51
124ROELANDTS JürgenBMC Racing Team4:45:53
125ANDREETTA SimoneBardiani - CSF4:46:51
126DEMPSTER ZakIsrael Cycling Academy4:49:40
127BELKOV MaximTeam Katusha - Alpecin4:51:09
128CURVERS RoyTeam Sunweb4:55:00
129SABATINI FabioQuick-Step Floors4:55:09
130BEWLEY SamMitchelton-Scott4:55:48
131DOCKER MitchellTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale4:56:30
132VIVIANI EliaQuick-Step Floors4:57:04
133VAN ASBROECK TomTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale4:57:56
134IRIZAR MarkelTrek - Segafredo4:59:12
135SÉNÉCHAL FlorianQuick-Step Floors4:59:31
136DEBUSSCHERE JensLotto Soudal5:03:59
137VAN POPPEL BoyTrek - Segafredo5:05:39
138MULLEN RyanTrek - Segafredo5:08:12
139SCHILLINGER AndreasBORA - hansgrohe5:08:33
140PEDERSEN MadsTrek - Segafredo5:09:34
141SAGIV GuyIsrael Cycling Academy5:15:42
142FRISON FrederikLotto Soudal5:15:59
143BERTAZZO LiamWilier Triestina - Selle Italia5:18:15
144HOFSTEDE LennardTeam Sunweb5:18:53
145SIMION PaoloBardiani - CSF5:25:31
146COLEDAN MarcoWilier Triestina - Selle Italia5:32:07
147TUFT SveinMitchelton-Scott5:32:52
148ZHUPA EugertWilier Triestina - Selle Italia5:34:14
149FONZI GiuseppeWilier Triestina - Selle Italia5:48:37

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.


1. Tom Dumoulin (NED)
2. Roy Curvers (NED)
3. Chad Haga (USA)
4. Chris Hamilton (AUS)
5. Lennard Hofstede (NED)
6. Sam Oomen (NED)
7. Laurens ten Dam (NED)
8. Louis Vervaeke (BEL)

Ag2r La Mondiale

11. Alexandre Geniez (FRA)
12. François Bidard (FRA)
13. Mikaël Chérel (FRA)
14. Nico Denz (GER)
15. Hubert Dupont (FRA)
16. Quentin Jaurégui (FRA)
17. Matteo Montaguti (ITA)
18. Clément Venturini (FRA)


21. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA)
22. Davide Ballerini (ITA)
23. Manuel Belletti (ITA)
24. Mattia Cattaneo (ITA)
25. Marco Frapporti (ITA)
26. Fausto Masnada (ITA)
27. Rodolfo Torres (COl)
28. Andrea Vendrame (ITA)


31. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL)
32. Pello Bilbao (ESP)
33. Jan Hirt (CZE)
34. Tanel Kangert (EST)
35. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ)
36. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP)
37. Davide Villella (ITA)
38. Andrey Zeits (KAZ)


41. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA)
42. Manuele Boaro (ITA)
43. Niccolo Bonifazio (ITA)
44. Matej Mohoric (SLO)
45. Antonio Nibali (ITA)
46. Domen Novak (SLO)
47. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BIE)
48. Giovanni Visconti (ITA)


51. Giulio Ciccone (ITA)
52. Simone Andreetta (ITA)
53. Enrico Barbin (ITA)
54. Andrea Guardini (ITA)
55. Mirco Maestri (ITA)
56. Manuel Senni (ITA)
57. Paolo Simion (ITA)
58. Alessandro Tonelli (ITA)


61. Rohan Dennis (AUS)
62. Alessandro De Marchi (ITA)
63. Jempy Drucker (LUX)
64. Kilian Frankiny (SUI)
65. Nicolas Roche (IRL)
66. Jürgen Roelandts (BEL)
67. Francisco Ventoso (ESP)
68. Loïc Vliegen (BEL)


71. Davide Formolo (ITA)
72. Cesare Benedetti (ITA)
73. Sam Bennett (IRL)
74. Felix Grossschartner (AUT)
75. Patrick Konrad (AUT)
76. Christoph Pfingsten (GER)
77. Andreas Schillinger (GER)
78. Rudi Selig (GER)


81. Thibaut Pinot (FRA)
82. William Bonnet (FRA)
83. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA)
84. Steve Morabito (SUI)
85. Georg Preidler (AUT)
86. Sébastien Reichenbach (SUI)
87. Anthony Roux (FRA)
88. Jérémy Roy (FRA)

Israel Cycling Academy

91. Ben Hermans (BEL)
92. Guillaume Boivin (CAN)
93. Zakkari Dempster (AUS)
94. Krits Neilands (LAT)
95. Guy Niv (ISR)
96. Ruben Plaza (ESP)
97. Kristian Sbaragli (ITA)
98. Guy Sagiv (ISR)

Lotto Fix All

101. Tim Wellens (BEL)
102. Sander Armée (BEL)
103. Lars Bak (DEN)
104. Victor Campenaerts (BEL)
105. Jens Debusschere (BEL)
106. Adam Hansen (AUS)
107. Tosh Van der Sande (BEL)
109. Frederik Frison (BEL)


111. Esteban Chaves (COL)
112. Sam Bewley (NZL)
113. Jack Haig (AUS)
114. Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN)
115. Roman Kreuziger (CZE)
116. Mikel Nieve (ESP)
117. Svein Tuft (CAN)
118. Simon Yates (GBR)


121. Carlos Betancur (COL)
122. Richard Carapaz (EQU)
123. Victor De la Parte (ESP)
124. Ruben Fernandez (ESP)
125. Antonio Pedrero (ESP)
126. Dayer Quintana (COL)
127. Eduardo Sepulveda (ARG)
128. Rafael Valls (ESP)

Quick-Step Floors

131. Elia Viviani (ITA)
132. Eros Capecchi (ITA)
133. Rémi Cavagna (FRA)
134. Michael Morkov (DEN)
135. Fabio Sabatini (ITA)
136. Maximilian Schachmann (GER)
137. Florian Sénéchal (FRA)
138. Zdenek Stybar (CZE)

Dimension Data

141. Louis Meintjes (RSA)
142. Igor Anton (ESP)
143. Natnael Berhane (ERI)
144. Ryan Gibbons (RSA)
145. Benjamin King (USA)
146. Ben O’Connor (AUS)
147. Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA)
148. Jaco Venter (RSA)

EF Education First-Drapac

151. Michael Woods (CAN)
152. Tom Scully (NZL)
153. Hugh Carthy (GBR)
154. Mitchell Docker (AUS)
155. Joe Dombrowski (USA)
156. Sacha Modolo (ITA)
157. Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL)
158. Nate Brown (USA)


161. Maxim Belkov (RUS)
162. Alex Dowsett (GBR)
163. José Goncalves (POR)
164. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS)
165. Maurits Lammertink (NED)
166. Tony Martin (GER)
167. Baptiste Planckaert (BEL)
168. Mads Würtz Schmidt (DEN)


171. Enrico Battaglin (ITA)
172. George Bennett (NZL)
173. Koen Bouwman (NED)
174. Jos van Emden (NED)
175. Robert Gesink (NED)
176. Gijs van Hoecke (BEL)
177. Bert-Jan Lindeman (NED)
178. Danny Van Poppel (NED)

Team Sky

181. Chris Froome (GBR)
182. David De la Cruz (ESP)
183. Kenny Elissonde (FRA)
184. Sergio Henao (COL)
185. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR)
186. Christian Knees (GER)
187. Wout Poels (NED)
188. Salvatore Puccio (ITA)


191. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA)
192. Laurent Didier (LUX)
193. Niklas Eg (DEN)
194. Markel Irizar (ESP)
195. Ryan Mullen (IRL)
196. Jarlinson Pantano (COL)
197. Boy Van Poppel (NED)
198. Mads Pedersen (DEN)

UAE Team Emirates

201. Fabio Aru (ITA)
202. Darwin Atapuma (COL)
203. Valerio Conti (ITA)
204. Vegard Laengen (NOR)
205. Marco Marcato (ITA)
206. Manuele Mori (ITA)
207. Jan Polanc (SLO)
208. Diego Ulissi (ITA)

Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia

211. Jakub Mareczko (ITA)
212. Liam Bertazzo (ITA)
213. Marco Coledan (ITA)
214. Giuseppe Fonzi (ITA)
215. Jacopo Mosca (ITA)
216. Alex Turrin (ITA)
217. Edoardo Zardini (ITA)
218. Eugert Zhupa (ALB)