2017 Giro d’Italia

FLORENCE, Italy (VN) — The Giro d’Italia celebrates its centenary edition in 2017, and as race director Mauro Vegni says, “It will be one for the history books.”

The 2017 edition, the 100th since the race first rolled out of Piazzale Loretto in 1909, will visit most of the “Bel Paese” and pay homage to its cycling elite. And that is not all …

1. Happy 100th!

One hundred years means something in a country deprived of historical institutions. Italy only became a republic on June 2, 1946. The Catholic church is the longest-running thread through Italian society. The few remaining industrial giants like Fiat and Pirelli popped up in the late 1800s. It leaves the Giro as Italy’s key annual reference point, a three-week pink party celebrated every May — minus the war years — since 1909.

The Tour de France reached the 100th edition in 2013. Only a handful of races, such as the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix, the Giro di Lombardia, have reached such an important milestone.

“I’m happy to arrive here for the 100th edition,” Vegni told VeloNews. “I was there for the 100th edition of Lombardia, the 100th of Milano-Sanremo. It’s a pleasure to be here and to design the route.”

2. Embracing Italy

The Giro has begun in Northern Ireland and Greece, but this 2017 edition embraces Italy.

“These are particular years, editions that remain in the history,” Vegni said. “We are putting in all the aspects, and being able to have a Giro that touches much of Italy. There are only four or five regions that are missing: Campania, Lazio, Liguria, Val d’Aosta.”

The 2017 Giro starts in Sardinia and transfers to Sicily before traveling north from the boot’s toe to the Alps in the north. Only once, in 1961, did the Giro visit both big islands. The massive undertaking, with Sardinia covering the transportation costs for ferries and airplanes, highlights the edition’s importance.

The 100th Tour departed from France’s big island, Corsica, for the first time. With the logistical difficulties faced, some contended that that the French grand tour would not visit again for another 100 years.

3. Milan — where it all began

La Gazzetta dello Sport began the race to rival the Tour de France. The route started and finished in Milan, the newspaper’s headquarters, and traveled to seven other cities: Naples, Chieti, Rome, Florence, Bologna, Genoa, and Turin. The newspaper later used pink paper and introduced a jersey to match in 1931.

RCS Sport, the sporting subsidiary of the publishing house RCS Mediagroup, still calls the fashion capital home. It will host the final stage, not at the Arena Civica where Luigi Ganna took the first title in 1909, but in front of the city’s iconic cathedral.

“It was important for us to remember Milan, that’s our headquarters and the first edition started and ended there. In Milan, you have to visit the Duomo. Milan’s known for that. We can’t arrive with a road stage due to road complications, and so we needed a time trial.”

Of the original host cities, only Florence and Milan will see stage starts or finishes, Chieti and Bologna are passed during stages. The others were left out to keep the Giro modern.

4. Non solo una pizza Margherita

A simple pizza Margherita with tomato, mozzarella, and basil will do, but not for 21 days. Vegni’s menu shows plenty of variety.

To keep the Giro modern, he limited the historical symbolism in favor of racing. Not so long ago, the Giro featured multiple flat sprint stages. Sprinter Alessandro Petacchi won nine times alone in the 2004 edition. It also suffered from enormous transfers for years.

The new formula works. Top sprinters attend for the early stages and a chance to wear the pink jersey, and the stars stay for a chance to win one of cycling’s most prestigious titles. Because the route avoids some regions, it is able to spend more time weaving through the famous Alps.

Time trials balance the weight of the mountain stages. In fact, this year, the Giro has more time trial kilometers than the Tour. The time trial through the Sagrantino wine zone covers 39.2 kilometers and the final one to Milan’s Duomo, 28 kilometers.

5. The stars align

The Giro should attract cycling’s top grand tour stars. Vincenzo Nibali (with Bahrain next year) and Fabio Aru (Astana) will race. And reportedly, Esteban Chaves (Orica – BikeExchange), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Chris Froome (Sky) are considering it too.

“I don’t want that the Giro’s important because there’s this rider or that. The Giro and Tour make the champions, it’s not the champions that make the races, ” Vegni added.

“A fundamental motivation was to celebrate 100 years of the Giro’s history, our country. To remember some of the famous Italians who’ve participated in this race, with the start in Ponte a Ema for Gino Bartali, Castellania for Fausto Coppi, Mortirolo for Marco Pantani, Bergamo for Felice Gimondi, Forlì for Ercole Baldini … It’s the 100th edition, you have to remember these cyclists.”

1 05/05/2017 Alghero to Olbia 203km REPORT / PHOTOS
2 05/06/2017 Olbia to Tortoli 221km REPORT / PHOTOS
3 05/07/2017 Tortoli to Cagliari 148km REPORT / PHOTOS
4 05/09/2017 Cefalu to Etna 180km REPORT / PHOTOS
5 05/10/2017 Pedara to Messina 157km REPORT / PHOTOS
6 05/11/2017 Reggio Calabria to Terme Luigiane 217km REPORT / PHOTOS
7 05/12/2017 Castrovillari to Alberobello 224km REPORT / PHOTOS
8 05/13/2017 Molfetta to Peschici 189km REPORT / PHOTOS
9 05/14/2017 Montenero di Bisaccia to Blockhaus 139km REPORT / PHOTOS
10 05/16/2017 Foligno to Montefalco 39.2km REPORT / PHOTOS
11 05/17/2017 Firenze to Bagno di Romagna 161km REPORT / PHOTOS
12 05/18/2017 Forli to Reggio Emilia 237km REPORT / PHOTOS
13 05/19/2017 Reggio Emilia to Tortona 162km REPORT / PHOTOS
14 05/20/2017 Castellania to Oropa 131km REPORT / PHOTOS
15 05/21/2017 Valdengo to Bergamo 199km REPORT / PHOTOS
16 05/23/2017 Rovetta to Bormio 227km REPORT / PHOTOS
17 05/24/2017 Tirano to Canazei 219km REPORT / PHOTOS
18 05/25/2017 Moena to Ortisei/St. Ulrich 137km REPORT / PHOTOS
19 01/01/1970 San Candido to Piancavallo 191km REPORT / PHOTOS
20 05/27/2017 Pordenone to Asiago 190km REPORT / PHOTOS
21 05/28/2017 Monza to Milano 29.3km REPORT / PHOTOS
1FROOME ChrisTeam Sky 89:02:39
2DUMOULIN TomTeam Sunweb 0:46
3LÓPEZ Miguel ÁngelAstana Pro Team4:57
4CARAPAZ RichardMovistar Team5:44
5POZZOVIVO DomenicoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team8:03
6BILBAO PelloAstana Pro Team11:50
7KONRAD PatrickBORA - hansgrohe13:01
8BENNETT GeorgeTeam LottoNL-Jumbo13:17
9OOMEN SamTeam Sunweb 14:18
10FORMOLO DavideBORA - hansgrohe15:16
11GENIEZ AlexandreAG2R La Mondiale17:30
12POELS WoutTeam Sky17:40
13HENAO SergioTeam Sky29:41
14GONÇALVES JoséTeam Katusha - Alpecin34:29
15BETANCUR CarlosMovistar Team41:48
16DENNIS RohanBMC Racing Team56:07
17NIEVE MikelMitchelton-Scott58:16
18BRAMBILLA GianlucaTrek - Segafredo1:00:30
19WOODS MichaelTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:01:24
20DUPONT HubertAG2R La Mondiale1:03:54
21YATES SimonMitchelton-Scott1:15:11
22REICHENBACH SébastienGroupama - FDJ1:15:18
23GESINK RobertTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:19:49
24CONTI ValerioUAE-Team Emirates1:23:04
25SÁNCHEZ Luis LeónAstana Pro Team1:23:11
26MASNADA FaustoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec1:26:13
27GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe1:28:47
28ULISSI DiegoUAE-Team Emirates1:31:28
29PREIDLER GeorgGroupama - FDJ1:33:24
30MOHORIČ MatejBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:40:18
31SCHACHMANN MaximilianQuick-Step Floors1:41:36
32POLANC JanUAE-Team Emirates1:58:09
33CATTANEO MattiaAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec2:00:17
34BATTAGLIN EnricoTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:02:15
35TEN DAM LaurensTeam Sunweb 2:02:53
36HAIG JackMitchelton-Scott2:03:06
37BIDARD FrançoisAG2R La Mondiale2:06:25
38VISCONTI GiovanniBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team2:07:32
39DE LA PARTE VíctorMovistar Team2:08:19
40CICCONE GiulioBardiani - CSF2:08:55
41LAMMERTINK MauritsTeam Katusha - Alpecin2:10:27
42MONTAGUTI MatteoAG2R La Mondiale2:17:10
43FRANKINY KilianBMC Racing Team2:20:10
44KING BenTeam Dimension Data2:24:26
45HERMANS BenIsrael Cycling Academy2:25:01
46HIRT JanAstana Pro Team2:26:47
47PLAZA RubénIsrael Cycling Academy2:27:57
48JAUREGUI QuentinAG2R La Mondiale2:29:16
49CAPECCHI ErosQuick-Step Floors2:42:24
50BOUWMAN KoenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:42:38
51ELISSONDE KennyTeam Sky2:42:39
52BROWN NathanTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
53GAVAZZI FrancescoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec2:45:41
54PANTANO JarlinsonTrek - Segafredo2:48:11
55KREUZIGER RomanMitchelton-Scott2:51:50
56DE LA CRUZ DavidTeam Sky2:52:42
57ARMÉE SanderLotto Soudal2:53:44
58PFINGSTEN ChristophBORA - hansgrohe2:56:01
59TORRES Rodolfo AndrésAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec2:58:56
60HANSEN AdamLotto Soudal3:00:57
61ATAPUMA DarwinUAE-Team Emirates3:04:46
62DENZ NicoAG2R La Mondiale3:06:03
63DOMBROWSKI JoeTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:09:17
64PUCCIO SalvatoreTeam Sky3:10:40
65DE MARCHI AlessandroBMC Racing Team3:11:06
66MORI ManueleUAE-Team Emirates3:12:32
67ZEITS AndreyAstana Pro Team3:13:51
68BALLERINI DavideAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec3:14:02
69MARCATO MarcoUAE-Team Emirates3:19:46
70VILLELLA DavideAstana Pro Team3:19:53
71HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb 3:20:46
72CHAVES EstebanMitchelton-Scott3:21:31
73NEILANDS KristsIsrael Cycling Academy3:28:13
74JUUL-JENSEN ChristopherMitchelton-Scott3:28:31
75BOARO ManueleBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team3:30:05
76ROUX AnthonyGroupama - FDJ3:39:48
77CARTHY HughTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:43:25
78JANSE VAN RENSBURG JacquesTeam Dimension Data3:43:35
79MORABITO SteveGroupama - FDJ3:45:10
80ŠTYBAR ZdeněkQuick-Step Floors3:50:40
81WÜRTZ SCHMIDT MadsTeam Katusha - Alpecin3:53:07
82QUINTANA DayerMovistar Team3:54:32
83BERHANE NatnaelTeam Dimension Data3:54:37
84GIBBONS RyanTeam Dimension Data3:58:31
85FERNÁNDEZ RubénMovistar Team3:59:36
86TURRIN AlexWilier Triestina - Selle Italia4:02:56
87LUTSENKO AlexeyAstana Pro Team4:04:11
88MODOLO SachaTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale4:05:44
89VENTOSO Francisco JoséBMC Racing Team4:06:01
90VENDRAME AndreaAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec4:06:38
91KNEES ChristianTeam Sky4:07:02
92PEDRERO AntonioMovistar Team4:07:15
93EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo4:08:20
94BARBIN EnricoBardiani - CSF4:08:34
95VENTER JacoTeam Dimension Data4:10:02
96SEPÚLVEDA EduardoMovistar Team4:10:17
97DIDIER LaurentTrek - Segafredo4:11:05
98MOSCA JacopoWilier Triestina - Selle Italia4:11:21
99VAN EMDEN JosTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:14:22
100NIBALI AntonioBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team4:14:30
101NOVAK DomenBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team4:15:24
102LAENGEN Vegard Stake UAE-Team Emirates4:17:23
103HAMILTON ChrisTeam Sunweb 4:19:34
104VENTURINI ClémentAG2R La Mondiale4:20:56
105KUZNETSOV VyacheslavTeam Katusha - Alpecin4:21:56
106BAK Lars YttingLotto Soudal4:22:00
107MØRKØV MichaelQuick-Step Floors4:22:56
108BENEDETTI CesareBORA - hansgrohe4:23:41
109ROY JérémyGroupama - FDJ4:24:39
110MARTIN TonyTeam Katusha - Alpecin4:27:59
111SBARAGLI KristianIsrael Cycling Academy4:28:29
112BENNETT SamBORA - hansgrohe4:32:23
113BONIFAZIO NiccolòBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team4:34:24
114LINDEMAN Bert-JanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:36:23
115CAVAGNA RémiQuick-Step Floors4:36:25
116PLANCKAERT BaptisteTeam Katusha - Alpecin4:39:44
117BOIVIN GuillaumeIsrael Cycling Academy4:40:13
118DRUCKER JempyBMC Racing Team4:40:19
119FRAPPORTI MarcoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec4:41:35
120DOWSETT AlexTeam Katusha - Alpecin4:41:53
121VAN POPPEL DannyTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:43:41
122VAN HOECKE GijsTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:44:25
123BELLETTI ManuelAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec4:45:51
124ROELANDTS JürgenBMC Racing Team4:45:53
125ANDREETTA SimoneBardiani - CSF4:46:51
126DEMPSTER ZakIsrael Cycling Academy4:49:40
127BELKOV MaximTeam Katusha - Alpecin4:51:09
128CURVERS RoyTeam Sunweb 4:55:00
129SABATINI FabioQuick-Step Floors4:55:09
130BEWLEY SamMitchelton-Scott4:55:48
131DOCKER MitchellTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale4:56:30
132VIVIANI EliaQuick-Step Floors4:57:04
133VAN ASBROECK TomTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale4:57:56
134IRIZAR MarkelTrek - Segafredo4:59:12
135SÉNÉCHAL FlorianQuick-Step Floors4:59:31
136DEBUSSCHERE JensLotto Soudal5:03:59
137VAN POPPEL BoyTrek - Segafredo5:05:39
138MULLEN RyanTrek - Segafredo5:08:12
139SCHILLINGER AndreasBORA - hansgrohe5:08:33
140PEDERSEN MadsTrek - Segafredo5:09:34
141SAGIV GuyIsrael Cycling Academy5:15:42
142FRISON FrederikLotto Soudal5:15:59
143BERTAZZO LiamWilier Triestina - Selle Italia5:18:15
144HOFSTEDE LennardTeam Sunweb 5:18:53
145SIMION PaoloBardiani - CSF5:25:31
146COLEDAN MarcoWilier Triestina - Selle Italia5:32:07
147TUFT SveinMitchelton-Scott5:32:52
148ZHUPA EugertWilier Triestina - Selle Italia5:34:14
149FONZI GiuseppeWilier Triestina - Selle Italia5:48:37

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.

This is the preliminary list of starters for the 2017 Giro d’Italia, and it will be updated continually as teams confirm their rosters for the race.

Ag2r La Mondiale (F)

Julien Bérard (F)
François Bidard (F)
Clément Chevrier (F)
Hubert Dupont (F)
Ben Gastauer (Lux)
Alexandre Geniez (F)
Quentin Jaurégui (F)
Matteo Montaguti (I)
Domenico Pozzovivo (I)

Astana (Kaz)

Pello Bilbao (Sp)
Zhandos Bizhigitov
Dario Cataldo (I)
Jesper Hansen (Dk)
Tanel Kangert (Est)
Luis Leon Sanchez (Sp)
Paolo Tiralongo (I)
Andrey Zeits (Kaz)

Bahrain-Merida (Brn)

Vincenzo Nibali (I)
Valerio Agnoli (I)
Manuele Boaro (I)
Enrico Gasparotto (I)
Javier Moreno (Sp)
Franco Pellizotti (I)
Luca Pibernik (Slo)
Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr)
Giovanni Visconti (I)

BMC Racing (US)

Rohan Dennis (Aus)
Silvan Dillier (Swi)
Ben Hermans (B)
Manuel Quinziato (I)
Joey Rosskopf (US)
Manuel Senni (I)
Dylan Teuns (B)
Tejay Van Garderen (US)
Francisco Ventoso (Sp)

Bora-Hansgrohe (G)

Jan Barta (Cz)
Sam Bennett (Irl)
Cesare Benedetti (I)
Gregor Mühlberger (A)
Patrick Konrad (G)
José Mendes (Por)
Matteo Pelucchi (I)
Lukas Pöstlberger (A)
Rudi Selig (G)

Cannondale-Drapac (US)

Davide Formolo (I)
Joe Dombrowski (US)
Pierre Rolland (F)
Daivde Villella (I)
Mike Woods (Can)
Tom-Jelte Slagter (Nl)
Kristijan Koren (Slo)
Alex Howes (US)
Hugh Carthy (GB)

Dimension Data (SA)

Igor Antón (Sp)
Natnael Berhane (Eri)
Omar Fraile (Sp)
Ryan Gibbons (SA)
Nathan Haas (Aus)
Jacques Janse van Rensburg (SA)
Kristian Sbaragli (I)
Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri)
Johann Van Zyl (SA)

Quick-Step Floors (B)

Eros Capecchi (I)
Laurens De Plus (B)
Dries Devenyns (B)
Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col)
Bob Jungels (Lux)
Iljo Keisse (B)
Davide Martinelli (I)
Maximiliano Richeze (Arg)
Pieter Serry (B)


Thibaut Pinot (F)
William Bonnet (F)
Matthieu Ladagnous (F)
Tobias Ludvigsson (S)
Rudy Molard (F)
Steve Morabito (S)
Sebastien Reichenbach (S)
Jeremy Roy (F)
Benoit Vaugrenard (F)

Lotto-Soudal (B)

Adam Hansen (Aus)
Maxime Monfort (B)
André Greipel (G)
Tomasz Marczynski (P)
Moreno Hofland (Nl)
Lars Ytting Bak (Dk)
Sean De Bie (B)
Jasper De Buyst (B)
Bart De Clerq (B)

Movistar (Sp)

Nairo Quintana (Col)
Andrey Amador (CR)
Winner Anacona (Col)
Daniele Bennati (I)
Víctor de la Parte (Sp)
José Herrada (Sp)
Gorka Izagirre (Sp)
José Joaquín Rojas (Sp)
Rory Sutherland (Aus)

Orica-Scott (Aus)

Alexander Edmondson (Aus)
Caleb Ewan (Aus)
Michael Hepburn (Aus)
Chris Juul-Jensen (Dk)
Luka Mezgec (Slo)
Ruben Plaza (Sp)
Svein Tuft (Can)
Carlos Verona (Sp)
Adam Yates (GB)

Katusha-Alpecin (Swi)

Ilnur Zakarin (Rus)
Maxim Belkov (Rus)
José Gonçalves (Por)
Robert Kiserlovski (Cro)
Pavel Kochetkov (Rus),
Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus)
Alberto Losada (Sp)
Matvey Mamykin (Rus)
Angel Vicioso (Sp)

LottoNL-Jumbo (Nl)

Steven Kruijswijk (Nl)
Jurgen van den Broeck (B)
Stef Clement (Nl)
Twan Castelijns (Nl)
Jos van Emden (Nl)
Bram Tankink (Nl)
Martijn Keizer (Nl)
Victor Campenaerts (B)
Enrico Battaglin (I)

Sunweb (G)

Phil Bauhaus (G)
Laurens ten Dam (Nl)
Tom Dumoulin (Nl)
Simon Geschke (G)
Chad Haga (US)
Wilco Kelderman (Nl)
Georg Preidler (A)
Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (N)
Tom Stamsnijder (Nl)

Team Sky (GB)

Philip Deignan (Irl)
Kenny Elissonde (F)
Michal Golas (P)
Sebastian Henao (Col)
Vasil Kiryienka (Blr)
Mikel Landa (Sp)
Salvatore Puccio (I)
Diego Rosa (I)
Geraint Thomas (GB)

Trek-Segafredo (US)

Bauke Mollema (Nl)
Giacomo Nizzolo (I)
Eugenio Alafaci (I)
Julien Bernard (F)
Laurent Didier (Lux)
Jesus Hernandez (Sp)
Mads Pedersen (Dk)
Peter Stetina (US)
Jasper Stuyven (B)

UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

Valerio Conti (I)
Rui Costa (Por)
Roberto Ferrari (I)
Marco Marcato (I)
Sacha Modolo (I)
Matej Mohoric (Slo)
Simone Petilli (I)
Jan Polanc (Slo)
Edward Ravasi (I)

CCC Sprandi Polkowice

Marcin Bialoblocki (P)
Félix Grosschartner (A)
Jan Hirt (Cz)
Lukasz Owsian (P)
Maciej Paterski (P)
Simone Ponzi (I)
Branislau Samoilau (Blr)
Michel Schlegel (Cz)
Jan Tratnik (Slo)

Gazprom – Rusvelo

Alexander Foliforov (Rus)
Sergey Firsanov (Rus)
Ivan Savitskiy (Rus)
Pavel Brutt (Rus)
Sergey Lagutin (Rus)
Evgeny Shalunov (Rus)
Ivan Rovny (Rus)
Alexey Tsatevich (Rus)
Dmitry Kozonchuk (Rus)

Bardiani CSF

Simone Andreetta (I)
Nicola Boem (I)
Mirco Maestri (I)
Stefano Pirazzi (I)
Giulio Ciccone (I)
Nicola Ruffoni (I)
Enrico Barbin (I)
Vincenzo Albanese (I)
Lorenzo Rota (I)

Wilier Triestina

Filippo Pozzato (I)
Julen Amezqueta (Sp)
Manuel Belletti (I)
Matteo Busato (I)
Yonder Godoy (Ven)
Ilia Koshevoy (Blr)
Jakub Mareczko (I)
Daniel Felipe Martinez (Col)
Cristian Rodriguez (Sp)

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