Giro d’Italia 2017: What we know so far

The 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia in 2017 will stay within Italy’s borders and feature as many of the race’s classic climbs as possible

Giro D’Italia 2017: What We Know So Far

The 2017 Giro d Italia1 next May will start in Sardinia and stay within Italy s borders to celebrate the race s 100th edition. Organiser RCS Sport plans to try and bring in star riders and take its Grand Tour over the race s iconic climbs.

We want to maintain a modern Giro with minimum transfers, but bring in elements from the past, RCS Sport cycling director, Mauro Vegni told Cycling Weekly during the 2016 Giro last month.

We want to give attention to all of Italy, but clearly, we can t touch all 20 regions unfortunately. We are going to hit as many as we can.

>>> Giro d Italia: Latest news and race info2

Newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport began the race in 1909. It continued every year except during the wars with Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) winning this year s race3, the 99th edition, on Sunday in Turin.

Giro D’Italia 2017: What We Know So Far

Vincenzo Nibali won the 2016 Giro d Italia

An insider close with organisation said that the race will start in Sardinia, like it did in 2007. From there, it could travel south via air and ferry to Italy s other big island, Sicily, before continuing up through the boot via Calabria. It would be difficult to reach some regions, such as Puglia, if the race also plans to spend much time in the mountainous north. Visiting the two island regions would certainly help pull in Italy s two Italian stars: Nibali, from Sicily, and Sardinian Fabio Aru4 (Astana).

The last time the race did so was in 1961, when it celebrated the 50th anniversary of Italy s unification.

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Vegni said that he wants to invite the big foreign stars to race, from Sky s Chris Froome6 (Sky) to Colombian Nairo Quintana7 (Movistar). This year s race lacked depth with most Grand Tour stars aiming for the Tour de France, but revealed future contenders Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge).

It s never easy to put all the favourites together in a Grand Tour, Vegni said. The goal would be to do so next year because it s a special year given how it s the 100th edition of the Giro.


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The 100th Giro would not only include star cyclists, but star climbs. Besides the Sardinian start and expected visits to the Giro s original host cities Milan, Bologna, Turin, Genoa, Florence, Rome, Naples and Chieti the RCS Sport is rumoured to be aiming at Italy s star climbs. Probable climbs include Plan de Corones, Monte Zoncolan, Cime di Lavaredo, Mortirolo/Stelvio and Colle dell Finestre.

Vegni ruled out a Milan start, but the race could finish in the city s Arena Civica, where Luigi Ganna was honoured as the first victor, or in Piazzale Loreto, the start of the 1909 edition.

The 2017 course design is well into its design phases, Vegni added.

It s going to be an important year.

References

  1. ^ Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ >>> Giro d Italia: Latest news and race info (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) winning this year s race (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Fabio Aru (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> RCS dismisses rumours of 2017 Giro start in Japan (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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