Also in 2016, the Netherlands are hosting the start of a big cycling tour.
The bike mad region in and around Gelderland receives the Giro on its major "cols", the Posbank and Berg en Dal. Be there on time because the Giro will start on Friday this year!
This to compensate for the extra day of rest after the Dutch intro.
Next, we go immediately towards southern Italy to return to the Dolomites and Alps via the rugged Apennine Mountains and the beautiful Chianti region.
This time, it's not the traditional Giro cols alla Stelvio, Gavia, Mortirolo and Zoncolan that await us there. But that doesn't make the Giro 2016 more boring, on the contrary.
After the Sella-round, very famous among climb-crazy cycling tourists, and the Passi Giau and Valparola, there is a time trial on the Seiseralm (Alpe di Siusi).
The third individual time trial in this Giro. Quite different from the 2015 Tour...
Via the majestic Colle d'Agnello (with 2744 meters the Cima Coppi) we head towards France where the Tour is put a nose in its own country with an arrival on Risoul and a giant climb dessert over three 2000-ers; the beautiful Col de Vars, the mighty Col de la Bonette
and the Colle della Lombarda (via Isola 2000). Thus are back in Italy after a highly varied and surprising Giro.