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2010 Giro d’Italia Route Announced – Maps, Elevation Profiles, More

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2010-giro-ditalia-stage-mapThe 2010 Giro d’Italia route and stage maps were announced on Saturday, and Russian Denis Menchov will have his work cut out for him defending the Pink Jersey!  Twenty one stages, four time trials, three starts from Amsterdam, two rest days and lots of big mountains.

The 93rd riding of the Giro will cover 3,416.5km over 23 days from May 8 through May 30, starting in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and ending in Verona as it winds its way around the coast of Italy.  For the first time in 21 years, the Giro will not run through Milan after race organizers had to neutralize last year’s stage there due to heavy traffic and trams parked along the course, angering both racers and the officials (Milan should be back on the schedule for 2011, though).

The 2010 Giro will cover six mountain stages, start and end with individual time trials and have a team and individual time trial thrown in during the race for a total of four TT stages. Stage 8 sees the first big mountains, with a summit finish, followed by six stages of mountains and hills before Stage 15 puts riders over 218km of climbs before a 10.1km climb up 1,200m to the summit of Zoncolan for the stage finish.

Stage 16 is the one to watch…following a rest day, it’s a sadistic uphill time trial (King of the Mountain, anyone?) with maximum grades of 24% that climbs 1,086m (3,563 ft) in just 12.85km (8mi).  Oh, and the last bit is on gravel roads…and the first time they tried this (2006), snow on the mountain top prevented them from using the last leg of that stage. Good times; look for that stage to separate the men from the boys.

On the final day of team racing, the peloton will face a brutal Stage 20 over four huge peaks before a summit finish on the Paso del Tonale, making the 2010 Giro more like its classic forebears with tough mountain stages through the Dolomites and Alps.  The last day’s ITT, if it’s not clear after all the climbing, could span the range from a ceremonial time trial to an every-millisecond-counts sprint to the finish!

Hit ‘more’ for:

  • Stage maps
  • Elevation profiles
  • Full stage list
  • Links


Stage 1 Saturday, May 8 Amsterdam TT 8.4km
Stage 2 Sunday, May 9 Amsterdam – Utrecht 209km
Stage 3 Monday, May 10 Amsterdam – Middelburg 209km
Rest day Tuesday, May 11 Savigliano
Stage 4 Wednesday, May 12 Savigliano – Cuneo TTT 32.5km
Stage 5 Thursday, May 13 Novara – Novi Ligure 168km
Stage 6 Friday, May 14 Fidenza – Marina di Carrara 166km
Stage 7 Saturday, May 15 Carrara – Montalcino 215km
Stage 8 Sunday, May 16 Chianciano – Monte Terminillo 189km
Stage 9 Monday, May 17 Frosinone – Cava de’ Tirreni 188km
Stage 10 Tuesday, May 18 Avellino – Bitonto 220km
Stage 11 Wednesday, May 19 Lucera – L’Aquila 256km
Stage 12 Thursday, May 20 Città Sant’Angelo – Porto Recanati 191km
Stage 13 Friday, May 21 Porto Recanati – Cesenatico 222km
Stage 14 Saturday, May 22 Ferrara – Asolo (Monte Grappa) 201km
Stage 15 Sunday, May 23 Mestre – Zoncolan 218km
Rest day Monday, May 24 Friuli
Stage 16 Tuesday, May 25 San Vigilio di Marebbe – Plan de Corones TT 12.9km
Stage 17 Wednesdday, May 26 Brunico – Pejo Terme 173km
Stage 18 Thursday, May 27 Levico Terme – Brescia 151km
Stage 19 Friday, May 28 Brescia – Aprica 195km
Stage 20 Saturday, May 29 Bormio – Passo del Tonale 178km
Stage 21 Sunday, May 30 Verona – Verona TT 15.3km



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Stage 8 is the first big mountain day of the 2010 Giro d’Italia, taking riders to a mountain top finish at the summit of Monte Terminillo.  Check out the official Giro d’Italia website for bigger images and the elevation profiles, maps and climb detail graphics for every stage of next year’s race.

If you understand Italian, there are video rundowns of each stage here, otherwise you’re better off just checking out the graphics on the official website.

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