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Giro d’Italia 2022
May 6, 2022 - May 29, 2022
Budapest was originally slated to host the start in 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the race and the revision of the route, with the start instead taking place in Sicily. The Giro’s last foreign start was in 2018, when the race began in Israel, and the race had also set out from the Netherlands, Denmark and Ireland during the preceding decade.
With a Hungarian Grande Partenza for the Giro, all three Grand Tours will have foreign starts in 2022, with the Tour de France starting from Copenhagen and the Vuelta a España setting out from Utrecht.
The 2022 course covers 3,410.3km with a total of 51,000 metres of climbing across three weeks of racing. There will be just two time trials, on stage 2 in Budapest and stage 21 in Verona, totaling 26.3km. With its mix of flat, hilly and mountain stages, organisers RCS Sport saved the key days of climbing for the third and final week, including back-to-back mountain days on stages 16 and 17, then the final weekend in the Dolomites.
The first week begins in Hungary with three days of racing, the Grand Tour’s first ITT at 9.2km sandwiched between two flat road days. But uphill finishes on stage 1 and 2 will make this interesting for the early battle of the pink jersey. After an early rest day, stage 4 features the first mountain challenge with a summit finish at Mount Etna. After one more day in Sicily, the race moves north along the Tyrrhenian coast that includes a summit finish at Blockhaus on stage 9.
Week two offers a number of hilly stages, including finales for puncheurs in Jesi, Genoa and Turin. A mountainous stage 15 in the Alps brings the week to a crescendo with category 1 ascents of Le Fleurs and Verrogne ahead of a summit finish at Cogne in the Gran Paradiso National Park.
After the third rest day, the final week opens with one of the toughest days of the race. Stage 16 provides 5,540 metres of climbing with three tough first category climbs that lead to ‘Montagna Pantani’ on the route, the Santa Cristina. Another mountain day leads to sprint day to Treviso then leads to back-to-back climbing stages, with stage 20 passing the Cima Coppi, the highest point of the race on the Passo Pordoi at 2,239 metres, followed by a summit finish of Marmolada. The 17.1km time trial in Verona may then decide the overall champion on the final Sunday.