Giro d'Italia 2023 route

Giro d'Italia 2023 complete route map
Giro d'Italia 2023 complete route map (Image credit: RCS)

The 2023 Giro d’Italia will begin with a spectacular 18.4km time trial on a bike path along the Abruzzo coast and end with a circuit stage in historic Rome, with a total of 70.6km of time trialling, seven summit finishes, and a tough final week through the Dolomites and Julian Alps.

In April, organisers finalised the Giro d'Italia 2023 route details, highlighting the demanding mountaintop stage finishes at Crans Montana, Monte Bondone, Val di Zoldo and Tre Cime di Lavaredo and an uphill finish of the penultimate stage time trial to Monte Lussari.

There are a few opportunities for the sprinters, as usual. The opening week features a flat stage 2 to San Salvo and a flattish finale to Melfi on stage 3, before the first finale for the climbers on stage 4 finishing on a plateau at Lago Laceno just after the category 2 Colle Mollela.

The climbs come early on stage 5 with a potential regrouping before the flat finish in Salerno, and again on stage 6 around Naples.

The Gran Sasso d'Italia is the first summit finish on stage 7 with a two-phase ascent. First comes the category 1 climb to Calascio followed by a long, steady climb before the final kick up to 2,130 metres.

Stage 8 has a kicker before the finish in Fossombrone where the lighter sprinters will want to distance their more powerful rivals. The next day is the stage 9 35 kilometre time trial from Savignano sul Rubicone to Cesena and the second major GC shakeup.

The second week starts off tame, with three stages with some climbing but flat finishes preceding the brutal Crans Montana stage that features this year's Cima Coppi, the Col du Grand Saint-Bernard at 2,459 metres. The Croix de Coeur comes just after the descent climbing from 712 metres back to 2,174 before plunging back to the valley. Those two climbs dwarf the Crans Montana, but a third climb to 1,456 metres is a real sting in the tail.

Stages 14 and 15 give the GC men a break and favour opportunists. Heading into Switzerland and over the Simplonpass in the first half of stage 14 will give the attackers a solid lead but a flat 100km for the sprinters to chase them down. The next day's stage to Bergamo is a mini-Il Lombardia with the Valpiana coming inside 30km to go.

After the second rest day, the gloves come off with the Monte Bondone stage, one day for the sprinters before the Val di Zoldo and Tre Cime di Lavaredo stages, and the final decider in the Monte Lussari time trial. The riders will definitely be tired enough to sleep through the 750km transfer to Rome for the final sprint stage.  

Giro d'Italia 2023 route rolls back years with big hike in time trialling kilometres

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Stage 1May 6Fossacesia Marina - Ortona19.6 kmTime trial
Stage 2May 7Teramo - San Salvo201 kmFlat
Stage 3May 8Vasto - Melfi216 kmMedium Mountains
Stage 4May 9Venosa - Lago Laceno175 kmMedium Mountains
Stage 5May 10Atripalda - Salerno171 kmHilly
Stage 6May 11Napoli - Napoli162 kmHilly
Stage 7May 12Capua - Gran Sasso d'Italia (Campo Imperatore)218 kmMountains (Summit)
Stage 8May 13Terni - Fossombrone207 kmMedium Mountains
Stage 9May 14Savignano sul Rubicone - Cesena (Technogym Village) Tudor ITT35.0 kmTime trial
Stage 10May 16Scandiano - Viareggio196 kmHilly
Stage 11May 17Camaiore - Tortona219 kmHilly
Stage 12May 18Bra - Rivoli179 kmMedium Mountains
Stage 13May 19Borgofranco d’Ivrea - Crans Montana207 kmMountains (Summit)
Stage 14May 20Sierre - Cassano Magnago193 kmHilly
Stage 15May 21Seregno - Bergamo195 kmMountains
Stage 16May 23Sabbio Chiese - Monte Bondone203 kmMountains (Summit)
Stage 17May 24Pergine Valsugana - Caorle195 kmFlat
Stage 18May 25Oderzo - Val di Zoldo161 kmMountains (Summit)
Stage 19May 26Longarone - Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Rif. Auronzo)183 kmMountains (Summit)
Stage 20May 27Tarvisio - Monte Lussari Tudor ITT18.6 kmTime trial
Stage 21May 28Roma - Roma135 kmFlat

Stage 1: Fossacesia Marina - Ortona, 19.6 km - Time trial

Stage 2: Teramo - San Salvo, 201 km - Flat

Stage 3: Vasto - Melfi, 216 km - Medium Mountains

Stage 4: Venosa - Lago Laceno, 175 km - Medium Mountains

Stage 5: Atripalda - Salerno, 171 km - Hilly

Stage 6: Napoli - Napoli, 162 km - Hilly

Stage 7: Capua - Gran Sasso d'Italia, 218 km - Mountains (Summit)

Stage 8: Terni - Fossombrone, 207 km - Medium Mountains

Stage 9: Savignano sul Rubicone - Cesena ITT, 35.0 km - Time trial

Stage 10: Scandiano - Viareggio, 196 km - Hilly

Stage 11: Camaiore - Tortona, 219 km - Hilly

Stage 12: Bra - Rivoli, 179 km - Medium Mountains

Stage 13: Borgofranco d’Ivrea - Crans Montana, 207 km - Mountains (Summit)

Stage 14: Sierre - Cassano Magnago, 193 km - Hilly

Stage 15: Seregno - Bergamo, 195 km - Medium Mountains

Stage 16: Sabbio Chiese - Monte Bondone, 203 km - Mountains (Summit)

Stage 17: Pergine Valsugana - Caorle, 195 km - Flat

Stage 18: Oderzo - Val di Zoldo, 161 km - Mountains (Summit)

Stage 19: Longarone - Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 183 km - Mountains (Summit)

Stage 20: Tarvisio - Monte Lussari Tudor ITT, 18.6 km - Time trial

Stage 21: Roma - Roma, 135 km - Flat

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