The Netherlands’ Province of Gelderland, will host the Giro d’Italia 2016 start, from 6 to 29 May, organized by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport. The 99th edition of the Corsa Rosa will start for the 12th time from outside the Italian borders, it will be the third time from the land of tulips and windmills, following Groeningen in 2002 and Amsterdam in 2010.
THE 11 PREVIOUS FOREIGN STARTS OF THE GIRO D’ITALIA
1965 San Marino (General Classification winner: Vittorio Adorni); 1966 Monte Carlo – Monaco (Gianni Motta); 1973 Verviers – Belgium (Eddy Merckx); 1974 Vatican City (Eddy Merckx); 1996 Athens – Greece (Pavel Tonkov); 1998 Nice – France (Marco Pantani); 2002 Groeningen – The Netherlands (Paolo Savoldelli); 2006 Seraing – Belgium (Ivan Basso); 2010 Amsterdam – The Netherlands (Ivan Basso); 2012 Herning – Denmark (Ryder Hesjedal); 2014 Belfast – Northern Ireland (Nairo Quintana).
START ON FRIDAY 6 MAY
Thanks to the concession of the Union Cycliste Internationale to allow the long transfer from the Netherlands, the Giro will have an extra rest day on Monday 9 May, when the Carovana Rosa will return to Italy straight to the southern part of the country. The stages:
Stage 1, Friday 6 May – The first stage, an 8.1km Individual Time Trial, will go through Apeldoorn, finishing in the city.
Stage 2, Saturday 7 May – 180km stage for the fastest wheels in the peloton, starting from Arnhem and finishing in Nijmegen.
Stage 3, Sunday 8 May – The third stage, which is expected to be a bunch sprint, will start from Nijmegen and end in Arnhem after 190km.
Rest Day, Monday 9 May – Rest day and transfer to Italy.
The Giro d’Italia is famed for its stunning scenery and gruelling climbs and this year’s route is no different.
Start of the Giro d’Italia will be on May 09 2014.
After a three-stage “Big Start” taking in Belfast, Armagh and Dublin, the race flies south to Italy and ultimately the rider who performs best in the mountain peaks of the Apennines and Alps will be crowned winner of the 21-stage event.
With the route to include a 26.8km mountain time trial on stage 19 before a summit finish on the brutal Monte Zoncolan on stage 20, only a climbing specialist stands a chance of claiming overall victory in Trieste on 1 June.
Britain’s Mark Cavendish won the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia in a dramatic sprint finish in Naples. Cavendish looked to be in trouble when his lead-out man faltered in the final sprint, but the Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider edged Elia Viviani on the line. It is his 11th stage win in the Italian race and he will wear the leader’s pink jersey for a fourth time on Sunday. Sir Bradley Wiggins was 18 seconds back after being held up by a crash but he was given the same time as Cavendish. The accident, which involved fellow Brit David Millar, who rides for Garmin, occurred in the final three kilometres of the stage and race officials eventually applied the neutralising rule which states that those riders who were in the leading bunch, but held up by a crash, should be awarded the same time as the winner. Team Sky’s Wiggins is aiming to become the first British winner of the Giro d’Italia, having won the Tour de France in 2012. The 130km first stage, which featured 207 riders, began and ended in Naples, with Cavendish coming out on top in a dash for the line after eight laps of a short city circuit. ———————————————– Stage one standings: 1. Mark Cavendish (GB/Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) 2:58:38″ 2. Elia Viviani (Ita/Cannondale) same time 3. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra/FDJ) 4. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/RadioShack) 5. Matthew Goss (Aus/Orica) 6. Francisco Ventoso (Spa/Movistar) 7. Adam Blythe (GB/BMC Racing) 8. Leigh Howard (Aus/Orica) 9. Danilo Hondo (Ger/RadioShack) 10. Brett Lancaster (Aus/Orica)
Pinarello is unveiling a new TT bike for Bradley Wiggins’ use at the Giro d’Italia.
In the past Wiggins has ridden the “Graal” from Pinarello.
Mentioned features of the new “Bolide”: -15% improvement in aerodynamics over the Graal due to: -new airfoil tube section -concave seat tube -brake integration -integrated handlebar with frame; electronic shifters are integrated into handlebars -internal cable routing -integration of all electronics into the frame; frame is also compatible with mechanical
The frame has also been increased in stiffness while losing weight (5% less than Graal) through use of new carbon layups, the unique to Pinarello Torayca 65HM1K, and BB86.
Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha) did indeed go to war with himself in the time trial turning in a credible performance but it wasn’t enough to not lose the Maglia Rosa by a mere 16 second to Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin – Barracuda) who rode a superb TT. Sixteen seconds after 91 hours 39 minutes and 2 seconds of racing. Rodriguez’s 2nd place is the narrowest margin in the history of the Giro since Fiorenzo Magni’s victory of 64 years ago.
Marco Pinotti (BMC) was the stage winner in 33’06″ at an average speed of 51.117 km/h
Ryder Hesjedal becomes the first Canadian to win the Giro d’Italia. Joaquin Rodriguez finishes 2nd and a very strong TT performance byThomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil) moved him into 3rd ahead of Michele Scarponi. For the fifth time in Giro history, and for the first time in the last 17 years, since 1995, there are no Italians on the podium.