The 21st stages of the 107th edition of the Giro d’Italia are already known, the least mountainous in recent years of the Corsa Rosa, which will have 3,162.2 kilometers in total with 42 mountain passes and two 68 km time trials.

The first ‘Grand Tour’ of the 2024 season presents an ideal route for stopwatch specialists. The menu features six high-altitude finishes (Oropa, Prati di Tivo, Cusano Mutri, Mottolino, Monte Pana and Brocon) and two mid-mountain stages, Sappada and Bassano del Grappa.

The transalpine event will start in Turin on May 4 and will end in Rome on the 26th. The ‘Grande Partenza’ will be from the Piedmont region, for the fourth time in the history of the Italian round.

The ‘Grande Partenza’

The inaugural stage will start on Saturday, May 4, from Turin, from the small municipality of Venaria Reale, in a short first stage (Venaria Reale-Turin) – only 136 kilometers – but with three scoring climbs and a 2nd class climb in its final part. : Colle Maddalena, 6.1 km at 7.4% that is crowned 19.5 km from the finish.

The departure on May 4, 2024 coincides with the date on which the Torino football club’s plane crashed, so a complete tribute will be made, which includes a special jersey.

The second fraction (Sunday, May 5) will have the first high finish of the Giro 2024, in the Oropa Sanctuary, after a climb of 11.8 km at a 6.2% average slope with maximum ramps of 13%.

The third stage (Monday, May 6), between Novara and Fossano of 165 km, is indicated for sprinters, although its final part slopes slightly upwards. RCS Sport has also announced that the following day the town of Acqui Terme will host the start of the fourth stage, in which the Giro peloton will leave the Piedmont region.

A different turn

Both on the seventh day and on the 14th stage, two time trials will be held. The first, between Foligno and Perugia, will be 37.2 kilometers while the second, between Castiglone delle Stiviere ending in Desenzano del Garda, will have another 31 km key to deciding the ‘maglia rosa’.

Likewise, the route will not have much mountain. The accumulated positive slope totals 42,900 meters, almost 9,000 meters less than in 2023 and 8,000 less than in 2022. “This edition has fewer kilometers and less slope,” said Mauro Vegni, director of the Giro.

Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico