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This year marks the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia. The organisers tried to include every region of Italy, but unfortunately this was impossible from a logistical perspective. Still, we'd say they have done a fantastic job of taking in the best areas for cycling in Italy. Over the next three weeks we'll be diving deeper into some of the best cycling in the areas it passes through.
For now, we'll give you a quick teaser of the main areas it passes through. Click on the region name to find bike rental in that area too!
Sardinia (Stages 1-3): a mix of flat and hilly routes, the first three days of the Giro showcase the stunning views and roads of Sardinia. A relatively undiscovered cycling destination, we think that may all change after the Giro...
Sicily (Stages 4-5): Stage 4 finishes at the top of Mount Etna, an active volcano...while the following day finishes in the bustling town of Messina. This is a gorgeous place for cycling year-round, and we can't wait to see the Pros race through it.
Basilicata and Calabria + Puglia (Stages 6-8): Some flatter stages, but no less beautiful. The South is less frequently visited by cycling tourists, but there is plenty on offer here. From stunning coastal routes along the Adriatic Sea, to short-sharp climbs.
Abruzzo and Molise (Stage 9): This stage takes in the transition zone between North & South Italy. A sparsely populated, mountainous region, it is also home to some of Italy’s wildest terrain. Expect striking photography.
Perugia (Stages 10): The first time trial stage takes in one of Italy’s least well-known wine producing regions, celebrating the Sagrantino di Montefalco wines. Umbria is a beautiful place to cycle, and arguably an even better place to eat and drink!
Tuscany (Stage 11): Starting in Florence, the Giro takes in a classic route in the Apennines, highlighting this gorgeous area of Italy. Despite being a popular destination for tourists, we are often surprised not to see more cyclists here. Check out our more detailed guide to the area here.
Emilia-Romagna (Stage 12): A culinary enthusiasts dream. Stage 12 takes in some of Italy's finest food-producing areas. A must visit area for any Parmesan lovers!
Piemonte & Valle d'Aosta (Stages 13-14): Two largely flat stages for the sprinters, although the climb that finishes Stage 14 could prove pivotal. Cycling aficionados will know the finishing climb (Oropa) as the “Pantani Mountain”, as the race pays tribute to this Italian legend’s legacy.
Lombardy & The Lakes (Stage 15-16, 21): The area North of Milan is one of cycling’s heartlands. Adopting some of the roads and climbs used in the Giro di Lombardia, expect spicy stages which showcase Italy’s great cycling tradition.
Trentino & The Dolomites (Stages 16-19): The epic mountains of the Dolomites are a truly awe inspiring place to ride a bike. The pros may get rather less enjoyment on these stages, but we expect them to be amongst the most thrilling of the race. Look out for the climbs of the Stelvio (twice!) and the Mortirolo on the Queen Stage (16).
Venice & The Veneto (Stage 20): The race stays inland, skirting above Venice and the coast. But this is all the better for the racing, as the final Mountain stage (before the TT in Milan), takes in the classic Monte Grappa climb and a difficult climb to Foza. Expect thrilling racing if the General Classification is close.
All in all – this should be a stellar race. We’ll be writing more on specific areas over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out!
And if you are travelling to Italy soon, rent a bike and take in some of the route for yourself!
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BICILET Bike Rental Team: 5th May 2017 11:00:00