Giro’23 Preview: Final week, RCS Sport introduced the Giro d’Italia route for the 2023 version. Of the three Grand Excursions, ‘La Corsa Rosa’ is for the true followers of cycle racing and so who higher than PEZ Grand Tour professional, Ed Hood, to offer us his ideas on the percorso.
Ed’s Scottish climate doesn’t make you consider the Amalfi Coast
October in Scotland, the times are getting shorter, the sky spends a number of time as an sad shade of gray, the temperature is dropping and winter is shut; la Bella Italia in balmy Could appears a great distance off. However the Giro organisers have gifted us the small print of the 2023 ‘Pink Race’ so as to add some color to that gray above our heads.
And never simply any Giro, this 106th version, while it’s not but forged in tablets of stone appears very very similar to it would have a sure Remco Evenepoel on the beginning sheet; with the primary stage as one the place he might actually finish it in pink.
Has the 2023 Giro been designed for Remco?
The race begins with a chrono in Fossacesia Marina within the Abruzzo, by the Adriatic; when you take the practice to Roma it takes six hours and eight minutes to cowl the 173 kilometres.
However this journey takes 23 days and covers 3449 kilometres, gaining some 51,300 metres of altitude within the course of to achieve the, ‘Everlasting Metropolis.’
Giro d’Italia 2023
The percorso might be summarised thus: 5 grand mountain levels, 5 hilly days, a doable eight dash levels and three particular person time-trials.
Stage One: is a chrono, 18.4 kilometres on the Ciclovia dei Trabocchi – a cycle path alongside the course of the previous ‘Ferrovia Adriatica’ railway line. There was a day once we might have pencilled ‘Pippo’ Ganna’s title in as winner; however that raise to the road must be proper up Remco’s Ciclovia.
Stage 1 uphill end TT
Stage Two: 204K coastal with some ‘blips’ however it has ‘SPRINTER STAGE’ written throughout it. As a result of the ‘chronomen’ can have opened a good hole on Stage One it’s unlikely we’ll see a sprinter seize pink, even with time bonuses.
The Better of Abruzzo
Stage Three: 200K plus once more; flat however with a late blip positive to see off the sprinters who can’t climb the aptly named ‘Monte Vulture’ – the final 20K shall be frantic as these dropped on the climb attempt to get again in rivalry.
Stage 2 and three profiles
Stage 4: 184K by way of the Apennines with 3,500m of elevation, the correct man in the correct break might stake an enormous declare on the climbers’ jersey in the present day.
3,500 metres of climbing on stage 4
Stage 5: 172K, lumpy and bumpy early however a 40K drop to the road signifies that a dash end seems to be on the playing cards.
Stage 5 – A day for the sprinters
Stage Six: 156K and one other for the sprinters (?) with that lengthy, flat run into Napoli – however you realize what many Italians say; ‘Naples is just not Italy’ – nonetheless, the Italian Press are already calling this stage essentially the most stunning on this planet – with Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and Vesuvius they’ve some extent.
Stage 6: Vesuvius – Up Pompeii
Stage Seven: 218K with the final 60 dragging all the best way to the road atop the Gran Sasso d’Italia – the Massive Stone of Italy – at 2,135 metres; while daily is a GC day, this one REALLY is a GC day – one you’ll be able to lose the Giro on.
Stage 7: A day to lose the Giro
Stage Eight: 207K and one for the breakaway and little question frisky GC guys can have a stab on the Salita dei Cappuccini which comes very late within the day.
Stage 8 profile
Stage 9: 33.6K towards the watch and pan flat – Pippo? Remco? They’ll each be on 60 rings. . .
Ganna shall be on the 60 tooth chainring, however he gained’t be in a rainbow jersey
Monday fifteenth: Relaxation Day One – fortunately no ‘fake’ first Monday relaxation day to permit for some mad switch.
Giro relaxation day – time to scrub these jerseys
Stage 10: 190K powerful early however the sprinters’ groups shall be refreshed after the primary relaxation day and it might nicely find yourself in a dash – OR an escape artist may launch on the blip with 18K to experience?
Stage 10 for the sprinters? Perhaps
Stage 11: 218K, the longest stage of the race, there are hills however with 40 plus Ok downhill to the road is seems to be sure to be a dash.
Stage 12: 179K for the breakaway; if they’ll survive over the Colle Braida summit with 28K to go then the quick run to the end must be sufficient for them to make it.
The ‘Break of the Day’ might go all the best way
Stage 13: 208K and the Cima Coppi, excuse me; ‘GRUPPETTO!’ sorry, the place was I? Ah sure, Switzerland and the Colle del Gran San Bernardo, this yr’s Cima Coppi at 2,469 metres, [snow permitting, that is] then the 15K ascent of the Croix de Coeur which tops 2100 metres, with the end atop Crans Montana – a BIG GC day.
Fausto could be completely happy on stage 13
Stage 14: 194K, the break will go on the large, early climb of the Simplon Go however then with 140K predominantly flat or downhill it’s onerous to see them surviving.
Stage 14 map and profile
Stage 15: 191K and a mini il Lombardia, a breakaway day for positive.
A bit Lombardy
Monday twenty second: Relaxation Day Two
Get these large sprockets prepared for the ultimate week
Stage 16: 194K flat early then 5 powerful ascents, not the day for a ‘giornata no,’ one other day when your GC hopes can evaporate over these 5,000 metres of ascents.
A tricky stage after the remainder day
Stage 17: 192K and pan flat – a tricky day for the doomed break and the commentators. . .
I believe you’ll be able to guess – Dash
Stage 18: 160K a tough, onerous day with the break damned by the GC battle within the finale, which features a new climb, the second final ascent to Coi, a tricky one – the boys within the gruppetto finest watch that point reduce in the present day.
Who will take the wine on stage 18?
Stage 19: 182K within the Dolomites with 5 savage ascents and arguably the ‘Queen Stage.’ The final time Dave and I have been on the Tre Cime end climb there was a blizzard with winner, Vincenzo Nibali’s maglia rosa caked with snow – ‘nicely onerous, old skool!’
The climate on stage 19 may very well be essential
Stage 20: 18.6K and people of us who love chronos are spoiled as we get our third of the race in what the organisers say is a ‘Zoncolan duplicate,’ the GC might nicely be selected this beast of an ascent.
Will Remco be in pink on the finish of the day?
Stage 21: 115K within the ‘Roma crit’ with pink the whole lot the order of the day for the winner.
Remaining stage 21 in Roma
Six levels over 200K, 50,000 metres plus of climbing, 70K of time checks, no ‘gimmick’ levels – we prefer it!
Remco? Roglic? or will Jai shock us once more?
Giro d’Italia 2023 Phases 06 Could to 18 Could 2023:
Stage 1: Fossacesia Marina – Ortona (18.4 km, ITT)
Stage 2: Teramo – San Salvo (204 km)
Stage 3: Vasto – Melfi (210 km)
Stage 4: Venosa – Lago Laceno (184 km)
Stage 5: Atripalda – Salerno (172 km)
Stage 6: Naples – Naples (156 km)
Stage 7: Capua – Campo Imperatore/Gran Sasso d’Italia (218 km)
Stage 8: Terni – Fossombrone (207 km)
Stage 9: Savignano sul Rubicone – Cesena (33.6km, ITT)
15/05 – Relaxation day
Stage 10: Scandiano – Viareggio (190 km)
Stage 11: Camaiore – Tortona (218 km)
Stage 12: Bra – Rivoli (179 km)
Stage 13: Borgofranco d’Ivrea – Crans-Montana (208 km)
Stage 14: Sierre – Cassano Magnago (194 km)
Stage 15: Seregno – Bergamo (191 km)
22/05 – Relaxation day
Stage 16: Sabbio Chiese – Monte Bondone (198 km)
Stage 17: Pergine Valsugana – Caorle (192 km)
Stage 18: Oderzo – Zoldo Alto/Val di Zoldo (160 km)
Stage 19: Longarone – Tre Cime di Lavaredo (182 km)
Stage 20: Tarvisio – Monte Lussari (18.6 km, ITT)
Stage 21: Rome – Rome (115 km).
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The ‘Better of 2022’