The Giro presents the 2023 route: Crans Montana, Giau, unprecedented time trial and final in Rome

They say that all roads lead to Rome, although at the end of the Italy spin be dropper. The Italian capital will make the 106th edition of the Corsa Rosa, since in 2023 it will host the end of the race for the third time in the 21st century (before, in 2009 and 2018). This Monday, under the watchful eye of illustrious guests such as Alberto counter, The next Giro (May 6 to 28) raised the curtain at the Giorgio Gaber Teatro Lirico in Milan, the stage where a tour that paints the most attractive was officially presented. Its main dishes, easily recognizable: the end in Crans Montana, the stage of Lavaredo with the Giau Pass included and the final time trial to Monte Lussari.

But the race will begin to be decided much earlier, from the first day of competition. That will also be one of the peculiarities of the test in 2023, since the total time trial distance will be 70 km, This figure is much higher than that of the last edition, which had the shortest distance in the last 60 years. So the great party, As the organization of the Giro announced a few weeks ago, it will be in the coastal town of Fossacesia Marina, Abruzzo region, where the first of the tests against the clock will take place: 18.4 km with a steep climb at the end of around 1 km. Quite possibly, we will not have to wait to see a favorite dressed in pink at the first change, especially if Remco Evenepoel ends up stripping the daisy in favor of the Giro and not of the Tour for 2023. In addition, the first week concludes for him on an idyllic stage with a completely flat time trial of 33 km, with the finish line in Cesena, in which it could open significant differences in the general.

Tour of the Giro d'Italia 2023.


Tour of the Giro d’Italia 2023.RCS Sports

In the second block of competition, the runners will enter Swiss territory to complete one of the most epic days of the entire route. The numbers are scary: 208 km and 5,100 meters of elevation gain that are divided between three colossi such as Grand Saint Bernard (Cima Coppi at 2,469 m.), Croix de Coeur (15.4 km at 8.8%) and the high end in Crans Montana (13.1 km at 7 ,two%). The icing will come, after a second week that ends with a mid-mountain day in Bergamo ideal for ambushes, with a last race block in which three stages stand out above the rest. The 16th, with a chain of five climbs and the high end of Monte Bondone; the 19th, which could well be considered the queen stage with the ascent of five heights (Passo Giau crowned 40 km from the finish line) that always pass above 1,200 m. of altitude, including the demanding end in Lavaredo (ramps of up to 18%); and the 20th, which is probably the most decisive of the entire Giro with the fearsome and unprecedented time trial climb to Monte Lussari (7.3 km at 12% and ramps of 22%).

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It is still too early to guess and talk about favourites, but there is no doubt that with a 70 km time trial (something almost extinct nowadays) and a high mountain that, although tremendously demanding, it will not have the greatest colossi that are part of the history of the race (Zoncolan, Stelvio, Mortirolo, Blockhaus…), Evenepoel would leave in the pole position to win his first Senza Fine Trophy. With a Jay Hindley probably absent (his intention is to run the Tour) as defending champion, Rome awaits its new emperor. Will Remco pick up the gauntlet?

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