Giro d'Italia

Giro to start in Venice

The Giro d’Italia will have some pretty spectacular digs for its 100th anniversary bash. Giro officials announced that the centennary edition of the rosa corsa will begin May 9 in Venice. The Giro will return to city of canals for the first time in 12 years. With Lance Armstrong leading an all-star cast that also will likely include 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre and Damiano Cunego, the Giro couldn’t ask for a better send off to celebrate a century of history.

The Giro d’Italia will have some pretty spectacular digs for its 100th anniversary bash.

Giro officials announced that the centennary edition of the rosa corsa will begin May 9 in Venice.

The Giro will return to city of canals for the first time in 12 years. With Lance Armstrong leading an all-star cast that also will likely include 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre and Damiano Cunego, the Giro couldn’t ask for a better send off to celebrate a century of history.

The opening stage will take place not on the canals of Venice, but in the nearby Lido island. The island last saw the Giro in 1997, when Mario Cipollini won a bunch sprint.

This time it will be an individual time trial covering a distance of 21km over the pancake-flat island. The stage will start in the Lido´s Piazzale Rava and end back at the same place after an out-and-back route on the narrow island.

The rest of the Giro route will be unveiled December 13 in the La Fenice theater in Venice.