8 - 30 May 2021
The 104th edition of the Giro d’Italia will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the introduction of the race leader’s pink jersey, with a special logo on this year’s maglia rosa.
The 2021 Giro d’Italia will include just 38.4 kilometres of time trials but is packed with six mountain finishes, seven other hilly stages, and almost 47,000 meters of climbing.
The first Grand Tour of the season will also have a stage to Montalcino in Tuscany with 34km of gravel roads in the finale, while stage 9 up to Campo Felice ends with two kilometres of dirt roads.
There are six stages for the sprinters sprinkled along the three weeks of racing but they will have to suffer to make it to Milan.
The two time trials bookend the race route between Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 30. The race starts in Turin with a flat 9km time trial and ends with a 29.4km time trial to the centre of Milan. Yet again, there is no team time trial or mountain time trial.
The total race distance is 3450km for an average of 164.3km per stage.
The Monte Zoncolan is the steepest finish of the race with its double-digit gradients in the final three kilometres.
Stage 16 is the Queen stage - or ‘tappone’ - climbing the Passo Fedaia, the Passo Pordoi and the Passo Giau in the Dolomites before the descent to the finish in Cortina d’Ampezzo. The 212km stage includes a massive 5,700m of climbing. The 2,239m Passo Pordoi will award the Cima Coppi prize as the race's highest point.
Other little-known mountain finishes in the final week include 10 per cent ramps up to Sega di Aia near Trento on stage 17, Alpe di Mera near the Swiss border north of Milan on stage 19, and then up the Valle Spluga on stage 20.
This final mountain stage heads into Switzerland to climb the Passo di San Bernardino and the Splugenpass before returning to Italy and finishing at Alpe Motta.