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il Giro d'Italia 2014
9th May to 1st June 2014

a more humane race?

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the italian Giro
"a more humane Giro"
this year’s stages
mountain stages - summit and uphill finishes
this year’s favourites
2013: first ten riders
the classification jerseys
the teams
watching the Giro - on the roadside, on TV
using the il Giro web site

using the il Giro web site

eurosport uk:
British Eurosport is providing daily live coverage from all stages of this year’s Giro d'Italia.
One or other of Sky Sports channels is showing highlights during the evening.

the italian giro

The Giro d’Italia, the Tour of Italy, is the first of the major three-week tours - The Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, the Vuelta d’Espagna - in the annual repertoire of international cycle races.

This year, the Corsa Rosa (Pink race), the Giro d’Italia, takes place from the 9th May to 1st June 2014, starting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, before transferring to Italy and racing from the 'heel' of the Sicilian 'boot' northwards to traverse the Italian Alps, before finishing in Trieste. This year’s race includes just over 73 km of individual time trials, as well as a 21.7 km team time trial on the first day.

The 2014 Giro extends over 3450 km., including 427 km in Northern and southern Ireland.

Route map for 2014 Giro d'Italia
Giro d'Italia 2014 - race map
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“a more humane Giro”

The 2014 Giro is presented as “a more humane Giro”, with fewer long transfers. Each day’s stage finish is only a short journey from the next day’s stage start, while the stages are shorter. A typical mountain stage this year is a mere 170km, instead of say 240Km. Note that the organisers have received permission to start this year's Giro on a Friday, and so can include three rest days. This year's Giro may be less gruelling in some senses, but at the same time the are sill multiple hard climbs. The race will probably be more energetic, with faster finishes.

  • Nine uphill finishes, of which five are “summit” finishes in the high mountains
  • Seven “sprint” stages
  • One team time trial, one classic time trial, one mountain time trial
  • Three rest days.

Italy went to war in 1915, so this could be a theme for next year, just as 1914 is being for the 2014 Tour de France. That said, Stage 6 climbs to Montecassino, scene of a large battle in 1944 where the monastery that was destroyed in fierce fighting.

Ironically, the organisers have also dedicated this year’s Giro to Marco Pantani, il Pirata, winner of the 1998 Giro. A spectacular climber may be, but also a spectacular cycling cheat and general drug taker. Interesting, perhaps, to see the more mute response by cycling officialdom to Pantani's doping. But then he didn't win the Tour de France numerous times, and he was European.

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Complete profile for the 2013 Giro d'Italia
Complete profile for the 2014 Giro d'Italia
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this year’s stages

21 stages are planned, with five high mountain stages, five medium mountain stages, two individual time trials (stages 12 and 20), a team time trial (stage 1) and supposedly seven sprint finish stages. There will be two rest days. All other days are flat stages. The total distance ridden will be 3,405.3 km, kilometres, or roughly 2,116 miles.

1 Belfast >Belfast, Northern Ireland
Friday 9 May [21.7 km] (team time trial)
11 Correggio > Savona
21 May [249 km]
2 Belfast > Belfast
10 May [218 km]
12 Barbaresco > Barolo (individual time trial)
22 May [46.4 km]
3 Armagh > Dublin, Ireland
11 May [187 km]
13 Fossano > Rivarolo Canavese
23 May [158 km] sprint finish
R 12 May - rest day 14 Agliè > Oropa
24 May [162 km] summit finish - 1142 m
4 Giovinazzo > Bari
13 May [121 km] sprint finish
15 Valdengo > Montecampione
25 May [217 km] summit finish - 1665 m
5 Taranto > Viggiano
14 May [200 km] uphill finish

26 May - rest day

6 Sassano > Montecassino
15 May [247 km] uphill finish
16 Ponte di Legno > Val Martello
27 May [139 km] summit finish - 2059 m
7 Frosinone > Foligno
16 May [214 km] sprint finish
17 Sarnonico > Vittorio Veneto
28 May [204 km]
8 Foligno > Montecopiolo
17 May [174 km] summit finish - 1235 m
18 Belluno > Rifugo Panarotta
29 May [171 km] summit finish - 1760 m

Lugo > Sestola
18 May [174 km] uphill finish - 1528 m

19 Maniago > Monte Zoncolan
31 May [167 km] summit finish - 1712 m
R 19 May - rest day 20 Bassano del Grappa > Monte Grappa
30 May [26.8 km]
(mountain individual time trial)
summit finish - 1712 m
10 Modena > Salsomaggiore
20 May [184 km] sprint finish
21 Gemona > Trieste
1 June [169 km]

mountain stages - summit and uphill finishes

To some, repeated summit finishes after a long slog may become repetitious, boring, but the scenery is second to none, and the skill to retain sufficient energy for climbs that can be 13% or more makes for exciting watching.

Here, we show the profiles for the summit and uphill finishes, together with some information on the gradients.










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Stage 8

Monte Carpegna
7.8 km at 8.3%

18 km at 6.3% average

Finish at 13%

Stage 9

Passo del Lupo
10.7 km at 6% with steeper sections


Giro 2014, stage 9 profile

Stage 14

Alpe Noveis is
8.9 km at 7.9%

18.3 km at 6.3%

11 km at 6.2%

Giro 2014, stage 14 profile

Stage 15

18.6 km at 7.8%

a solid 10%

Giro 2014, stage 15 profile

Stage 16

Identical to last year's stage 19, cancelled because of snow.

5.5 km at max. 16%.

Passo dello Stelvio
21.7 km at av. 7.2%, max. 12%


Giro 2014, stage 16 profile
Val Martello: 22.3 km at av. 6.4%, max. 14% near top

Stage 18

Passo San Pelegrino

Passo del Redebus

Rifugio Panarotta
16 km at 8%, rising to 16%

Giro 2014, stage 18 profile

Stage 19

Individual time trial

26.9 km at av. 8%,
max. 14%

Giro 2014, stage 20 profile

Stage 20

Passo del Pura
11.2 km at 7.7%

Sella Razzo
15.8 km at 5.2 %, 15% near summit

Monte Zoncolan
10.1 km at av. 11.1%, max. 22%

Giro 2014, stage 19 profile

this year’s favourites

Favourites for 2014 include Cadel Evans (BMC), Nairo Quintana (MOV), Joaquim Rodríguez (KAT), Rigoberto Urán (OPQ).
Other possible contenders are Ivan Basso (CAN), Rafał Majka (TCS), Dan Martin (GRS), Przemysław Niemiec (LAM), Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM) and Michele Scarponi (AST).


first ten riders in the 2013 giro

  1.  Vincenzo Nibali | ITA | AST | 84h 53' 28"
  2.  Rigoberto Urán | COL | SKY
  3. Cadel Evans | AUS | BMC
  4.  Michele Scarponi | ITA | LAM
  5.  Carlos Betancur | COL | ALM
  6.  Przemysław Niemiec | POL | LAM
  7.  Rafał Majka | POL | TST
  8. Beñat Intxausti  | ESP | MOV
  9. Mauro Santambrogio | ITA | VIN
  10. Domenico Pozzovivo | ITA | ALM


the classification jerseys

The four leaders jersey for Giro 2013

Here are the four classification jerseys for the 2014 Giro.

The overall winner’s jersey is pink, like the paper on which the sponsoring newspaper is printed.
The points jersey is red to illustrate the fiery passion of the fight for points.
The best climber’s jersey is the blue of the sky to which they are climbing.
The best young rider’s jersey is white like the innocence of youth.


the teams

There are 22 teams this year, 18 professional teams and four wildcard teams: Colombia (COL), Yellow Fluo (ITA).
team country code strip lead rider
ASTANA PRO TEAM KAS AST  jersey 1 Michele Scarponi (Ita)
AG2R LA MONDIALE FRA ALM  jersey 11 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita)
ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI ITA AND  jersey  21 Franco Pellizotti (Ita)
BARDIANI CSF ITA BAR  jersey 31 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita)
32 Enrico Battaglin (Ita)
BELKIN PRO CYCLING TEAM NED BEL Belkin Pro Cycling Team jersey 41 Wilco Kelderman (Ned)
BMC RACING TEAM USA BMC  jersey 51 Cadel Evans (Aus)
CANNONDALE ITA CAN  jersey 61 Ivan Basso (Ita)
COLOMBIA COL COL  jersey 71 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col)
FDJ FRA FDJ  jersey 81 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra)
GARMIN SHARP USA GRS  jersey 91 Ryder Hesjedal (Can)
LAMPRE-MERIDA ITA LAM  jersey 106 Przemyslaw Niemiec
LOTTO BELISOL BEL LTB  jersey 111 Sander Armee (Bel)
MOVISTAR TEAM ESP MOV  jersey 121 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col)
NERI SOLLOTI-YELLOW FLUO ITA YEL yellow fluoro jersey 131 Matteo Rabottini (Ita)
ORICA-GREENEDGE AUS OGE  jersey 151 Ivan Santaromita (Ita
TEAM EUROCAR FRA EUC  jersey 161 Pierre Rolland (Fra)
TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO NED GIA  jersey 171 Marcel Kittel (Ger)
TEAM KATUSHA RUS KAT  jersey 181 Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver (Spa)
TEAM SKY GBR SKY  jersey 191 Dario Cataldo (Ita)
TINKOFF SAXO RUS TCS  jersey 201 Nicolas Roche (Irl)
TREK FACTORY RACING USA TFR  jersey 211 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro)


Watching the Giro - on the roadside, on TV

Watching the Giro in Italy is very similar to watching the Tour in France. has several pages giving general advice on how to be a effective road-side spectator.

Daily live TV coverage will be available from British Eurosport, who will provide daily live coverage from all stages of this year’s Giro d'Italia.
One or other of Sky Sports channels is showing highlights during the evening.


using the il Giro web site

  1. This web site is created by La Gazzetta dello Sport, an Italian sports newspaper, that has been the organisers of Le Giro cycle race since 1909.

  2. To find details of a stage [tappa], use the navigation bar, that’s the circles and dots, near the top of the page
    Day's race listing, showing classification tab
    Note the response time will probably be very slow, this site appears to be regularly overloaded at the moment.
    The navigation pop-up at the bottom of the window just gives basic details of a stage - date, distance and difficulty, start and end towns.
    Day's race listing, showing classification tab

    While a stage is is actually taking place, this pop-up bar changes and includes the word LIVE!, here indicated with an arrow:
    Day's race listing during the stage

    Clicking on LIVE! changes the page to a display like below (for a rainy stage 9):
    Live - road and weather conditions

    Clicking on the time splits changes the road to show the cyclists on the road (the display reverts to just the road when the site is not keeping up):
    Live - cyclists

    Clicking on the road gives a close-up of the cyclists, with the Maglia Rosa group highlighted:
    Live - cyclists showing Maglia Rosa group

  3. For classification information, you must first choose Classifiche from Giro 2013 dropdown menu on the pink navigation bar.
    Day's race listing, showing classification tab
    Then when the page updates, there is a new array of navigation choices a bit further down the page:
    Day's race listing, showing classification tab
    Tappa - stage, Generali - general, Retrati - retired; tapa golosa - feeding station

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