Giro d'Italia

2015 Giro d’Italia route announced; organizers say it is balanced, modern

2015 Giro will include the Mortirolo, long time trial, and a stage 1 team time trial in Sanremo

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MILAN — The 98th Giro d’Italia route has been unveiled, and according to the organizer, RCS Sport, “The philosophy behind the race route is balance, in line with recent years, with fewer transfers and an approach geared up for modern cycling.”

The race will start in Riviera dei Fiori (Liguria) on May 9 and finish in Milan on May 31.

Along the way, the course will include a team time trial, one long individual time trial, five high mountain stages, seven flatter stages, and seven medium mountain stages.

UCI president Brian Cookson attended the Giro presentation, and said, “I am delighted to see that the 2015 Giro d’Italia will go through some of Italy’s most iconic regions and cities. It reminds me of some of the great battles of past editions. The Giro d’Italia is a true legend in our sport and an important race for the future of road cycling. I believe that this 2015 edition will be extremely challenging, combining some testing early stages together with the highest mountains in the last week. I really cannot wait for May 2015.”

2015 Giro d’Italia route

May 9, Stage 1: San Lorenzo Al Mare – Sanremo (team time trial), 17.6km
May 10, Stage 2: Albenga – Genoa, 173km
May 11, Stage 3: Rapallo – Sestri Levante, 136km
May 12, Stage 4: Chiavari – La Spezia, 150km
May 13, Stage 5: La Spezia – Abetone, 152km
May 14, Stage 6: Montecatini Terme – Castiglione Della Pescaia, 181km
May 15, Stage 7: Grosseto – Fiuggi, 263km
May 16, Stage 8: Fiuggi – Campitello Matese, 188km
May 17, Stage 9: Benevento – San Giorgio Del Sannio, 212km
May 18, Rest day
May 19, Stage 10: Civitanova Marche – Forlì, 195km
May 20, Stage 11: Forlì – Imola (Autodromo Ferrari), 147km
May 21, Stage 12: Imola – Vicenza (Monte Berico), 190km
May 22, Stage 13: Montecchio Maggiore – Jesolo, 153km
May 23, Stage 14: Treviso – Valdobbiadene (individual time trial), 59.2km
May 24, Stage 15: Marostica – Madonna Di Campiglio, 165km
May 25, Rest day
May 26, Stage 16: Pinzolo – Aprica, 175km
May 27, Stage 17: Tirano – Lugano, 136km
May 28, Stage 18: Melide – Verbania, 172km
May 29, Stage 19: Gravellona Toce – Cervinia, 236km
May 30, Stage 20: Saint-Vincent – Sestriere, 196km
May 31, Stage 21: Turin – Milan, 185km

The 98th Giro d’Italia by the numbers

1 – National border crossing (Switzerland)
2 – Rest days (May 18 and May 25)
4 – Giro race starts in Liguria (Genoa 1980, 1992, 2004; Sanremo 1987)
5 – Mountain stages (Fiuggi-Campitello Matese, Marostica-Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo-Aprica, Gravellona Toce-Cervinia, Saint Vincent-Sestriere)
7 – Sprint stages (Albenga-Genova, Montecatini Terme-Castiglione della Pescaia, Grosseto-Fiuggi, Civitanova Marche-Forlì, Montecchio Maggiore-Jesolo, Tirano-Lugano, Turin-Milan)
7 – Medium mountain stages (Rapallo-Sestri Levante, Chiavari-La Spezia, La Spezia-Abetone, Benevento-San Giorgio del Sannio, Forlì-Imola (Enzo & Dino Ferrari Autodrome), Imola-Vicenza (Monte Berico), Melide-Verbania)
7 – Uphill finishes (Abetone, Campitello Matese, Vicenza (Monte Berico), Madonna di Campiglio, Aprica, Cervinia, Sestriere)
29 – Overall Giro d’Italia wins by non-Italians
68 – Overall Giro d’Italia wins by Italians
76.8 – Kilometers of time trials (17.6km “Riviera dei Fiori” team time trial, 59.2km individual time trial Treviso-Valdobbiadene)
136 – Length of the two shortest road stages in kilometers (Rapallo-Sestri Levante, Tirano-Lugano)
152 – Kilometers in the stage dedicated to Gino Bartali, La Spezia–Abetone
263 – Kilometers in the longest stage (Grosseto–Fiuggi)
1,854 – Altitude, in meters, of the Mortirolo, the Montagna Pantani in the 2015 Giro
2,178 – Altitude, in meters, of the Colle delle Finestre, the Cima Coppi in the 2015 Giro
3,481.8 – Total length of the Giro, in kilometers
43,000 – Vertical meters climbed during the 2015 Giro