4 - 26 May 2024
The Giro d'Italia race organisers announced their plans to reduce the average length of their stages, with most hitting the 170km mark for the 2024 edition. However, it will be a tough task to win, with plenty of climbs to navigate as well as two sprint stages.
The 2024 Giro includes two time trials for the 107th edition of the Corsa Rosa.
There is also a 12km Strade Bianche gravel stretch for part of Stage 6, as well as six taxing mountain-top finales, revealed organisers RCS Sport.
The first Grand Tour of next season begins in Turin on Saturday, May 4, finishing in Rome with a circuit around the Colosseum on Sunday, May 26.
With three weeks of racing to take on, the organisers have elected to reduce the average length of stages in line with other Grand Tours, and there are just four stages that are over 200k, with most around the 170km mark.
The route was announced in Trento, Italy, with 2023 winner Primoz Roglic, Jai Hindley, Filippo Ganna, Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali all in attendance.
Umbria hosts stage 7, with Stage 14 near Lake Garda for the two time trials.
Mountain stages are close to the start of the tour, including Stage 2 towards Oropa, as well as challenging routes on Stage 8 and Stage 10.
Then, in the last week, Stage 15’s climb gets as high as 2,385 metres in Livigno as the tour earlier takes a detour to Switzerland. At the Passo dello Stelvio, the 2024 tour reaches its highest point of 2,758m.
Stage 17 has several tough climbs, with a double-climb stage at Monte Grappa in Veneto will be a tough ask with an equally difficult discent.
The final stage will take place in the capital Rome before the winner is crowned.