The most prominent stage race on the Women’s WorldTour calendar announced its 2017 route Wednesday. The Giro Rosa runs from north to south in Italy, with a final day that finishes on the shoulder of Mount Vesuvius. Running 10 days this year, the race is also one stage longer than it was in 2016.
With a stage 1 team time trial and a stage 5 team time trial, this year’s race could provide a balanced route, less favorable to pure climbers, who have won the Giro Rosa in years past. Megan Guarnier won the 2016 race, which included the famed Mortirolo on stage 5, a day won by her fellow American and climbing specialist Mara Abbott. Abbott won the race overall in 2010 and 2013; she is now retired from professional racing.
That’s not to say the 2017 Giro Rosa will be devoid of tough climbs. Organizers say stages 7 and 8 will both challenge the peloton with difficult ascents situated close to the finish on the race’s two longest days. Plus, the final stage will include a climb that goes partway up Mount Vesuvius.
2017 Giro Rosa stages
Stage 1: Aquileia to Grado, 11.5km team time trial
Stage 2: Zoppola to Montereale Valcellina, 122.25km
Stage 3: San Fior to San Vendemiano, 100km
Stage 4: Occhiobello to Occhiobello, 118km
Stage 5: Saint’Elpidio a Mare to Saint’Elpidio a Mare, 12.73km individual time trial
Stage 6: Roseto Degli Abruzzi to Roseto Degli Abruzzi, 116.16km
Stage 7: Isernia to Baronissi, 141.98km
Stage 8: Baronissi to Centola (Palinuro), 141.8km
Stage 9: Centola (Palinuro) to Polla, 122.3km
Stage 10: Torre del Greco to Torre del Greco, 124km