Sean Yates, sport director at Team Sky, said the route of the 2011 Giro d’Italia could be “one of the toughest races in grand tour history.”
Yates, who helped orchestrate overall victory for Paolo Savoldelli when he was behind the wheel at Discovery Channel, said the 94th Giro could be one for the history books.
“It’s savage, there’s no other description for it,” Yates said in a team release. “Seven mountain-top finishes has got to be some kind of record, and the fact that they are hard ones as well means it’s going to be an unbelievably tough race. It’ll be great to watch from a spectator’s point of view though.”
Giro officials unveiled the route during a presentation Saturday and left many in the hall gasping.
Seven summit finishes during the 21-stage route could be one of the most challenging in race history and all of the arrivals are real mountains, including Mount Etna, Sestriere, Grossglockner, Monte Zoncolan and a climbing TT up Nevegal.
With such a brutal route, Yates said the Giro will be a war of attrition.
“Although the (Team Sky) hasn’t been decided yet, we are going to have someone there who’ll be looking to contest the GC,” Yates said. “If they are able to ride consistently well over the three weeks then they will have a great chance of finishing right up the standings.”