The route for the 2013 Giro d’Italia was unveiled yesterday in Milan, to an audience of cycling celebrities and journalists.
Starting with a circuit race in Naples, the race will then head to the island of Ischia for a team time trial, which will be the first stage to separate the GC contenders. Seven mountainous stages will be balanced somewhat by the long, 55.5km individual time trial on stage 8, which will likely see some large time gaps. The hardest part of the race appears to be in the last week, which features a mountain time trial, followed by arguably the two toughest stages of the tour. Stage 15 heads over the border into France finishing at the summit of the Col du Galibier, whilst stage 19 looks particularly daunting, with the riders having to tackle the infamous Gavia and Stelvio passes, both peaking at over 2600m, before a summit finish to Val Martello.
Race organizers RCS are obviously hoping for a thrilling finale, similar to this years event which wasn’t decided until the very last stage. Managing Director of RCS Sport, Michele Acquarone, described the three weeks as “21 beautiful individual races in one overall race”.
Colnago CSF Inox will once again be looking to gain a wildcard entry into the race, in order to build on a very successful 2012 in which the team took a stage win and 8th overall with Domenico Pozzovivo, plus 3rd in the young rider competition with Gianluca Brambilla.
Ernesto Colnago, who himself was at the presentation, is already looking forward to another beautiful edition of the race:
“I have seen many Giro d’Italia, and the 2013 race is made for real champions.”
Meanwhile, at the Italian National Track Championships, also being held in Milan, Colnago CSF Inox rider Marco Coledan won two titles in the space of 48 hours. Coledan had already won the individual pursuit, before going on to win the points race, ahead of De Marchi, and Elia Viviani, who represtented Italy on the track at the Olympic this summer.