By Agence France Presse
Organizers unveiled the route for the 88th edition of the Giro D’Italia in Milan on Saturday.
The 3465.65km event, which consists of 20 stages, begins with the prologue down south in Reggio Calabria on May 7 and ends in the northern city of Milan on May 29.
The Giro offers a diverse mix of conditions, including five mountain climbs and two individual time trials besides the opening-day prologue.
On May 15, the race pays homage to the late Gino Bartali, one of the all-time greats of Italian cycling, who died on the eve of the 2000 Giro. A 41.5km time trial starting at Lamporecchio will finish in Bartali’s hometown of Florence.
The riders have two rest days, May 17 and 24.
Last year’s winner, Italian Damiano Cunego, was fairly upbeat about the new route.
“I can only say that on paper I like this Giro, but I will need to go and have a look at it to get a better idea,” said the 23-year-old. “It seems to me like the tour will suit the climbers, but we’ll see.”
A huge fan of the 1960s American rock band The Doors, Cunego is hoping the voice of the late Jim Morrison will inspire him in his bid to defennd his Giro title.
“As usual, there will be Jim Morrison with his ‘Light My Fire’ on my headphones, but not only that one as there are many of his songs that I like,” he added.
Check back to VeloNews.com for a complete report on the 2005 Giro route from European correspondent Andrew Hood
The 2005 Giro d’Italia: Stage by stage
May 7: Prologue – Reggio Calabria, individual time trial (1.150 km)
May 8: 1st stage – Reggio Calabria-Tropea (208km)
May 9: 2nd stage – Catanzaro Lido-Santa Maria del Cedro (177km)
May 10: 3rd stage – Diamante-Giffoni Valle Piana (210km)
May 11: 4th stage – Giffoni Valle Piana-Frosinone (197km)
May 12: 5th stage – Celano-L’Aquila (215km)
May 13: 6th stage – Viterbo-Marina di Grosseto (154km)
May 14: 7th stage – Grosseto-Pistoia (205km)
May 15: 8th stage – Lamporecchio-Firenze, individual time trial (41.5km)
May 16: 9th stage – Firenze-Ravenna (139km)
May 17: Rest day
May 18: 10th stage – Ravenna-Rossano Veneto (212km)
May 19: 11th stage – Marostica-Zoldo Alto (150km)
May 20: 12th stage – Alleghe-Rovereto (178km)
May 21: 13th stage – Mezzocorona-Ortisei (217km)
May 22: 14th stage – Egna-Livigno (210km)
May 23: 15th stage – Livigno-Lissone (207km)
May 24: Rest day
May 25: 16st stage – Lissone-Varazze (207km)
May 26: 17th stage – Varazze-Limone Piemonte (194km)
May 27: 18th stage – Chieri-Torino, individual time-trial (31km)>br>May 28: 19th stage – Savigliano-Sestriere (190km)
May 29: 20th stage – Albese con Cassano-Milan (121km)