The Giro is 100 years old and the riders will know. It will be a long and difficult endeavour, with many challenges and memories to Marco Pantani.
A Friday start in Sardinia, a visit to Sicily and a cross throughout most of beautifull Italy bring us to the finishing time trial in Milano.
Apart from a very short visit to Switzerland , there are excursions on the way. For its 100rd edition the Giro remains almost "fully Italy".
And pays tribute to one of its stars and many of its star locations in history, including, of course a number of historical climbs.
After the mid mountain range of Sardinia, the first real climbs await the riders on Sicily where, after the Portella Femmina Morta, it goes up to finish at Rifugio Sapienza on the Etna vulcano.
Next, we leave the islands to follow the coast untill we reach the Blockhaus climb in stage 9, the third real challenge in this Giro.
After the first time trial stage follows another difficult stage in the Apennines east of Firenze, over the Passo della Comsuma, Passo della Calla, Sella di Raggio and Monte Fumaiolo.
In stage 14, the Giro pays tribute to Marco Pantani, finishing up the Monte Oropa, referring to the Giro 1999 stage.
watch Marco Pantani finishing up the Oropa in 1999:
Another difficult stage with a final identical to the Tour of Lombardy 2016, brings us to Bergamo Alta after climbing the Miragolo San Salvatore and Selvino.
The Giro has just started, cause we yet have to cross the Alps and Dolomites.
The first stage there has 5400 height meters, climbing the Mortiroli, Passo dello Stelvio (from Bormio) and the Umbrail Pass, the only small part across the Swiss border.
Next we cross the easier Aprica and Tonale to finish in Canazei.
A traditional Sella Tour of 4000 heightmeters over the Pordoi, Valparola, Gardena and Pinei brings us to the Ortisei station.