A double climb of the Blockhaus with vertiginous slopes, thrilling sprints along the Neapolitan seafront, epic climbs on the Lucanian Apennines, city time trials in Budapest and Verona – the battle for this year's Maglia Rosa promises to be a great spectacle and an occasion not to be missed if you’re a fan of road cycling.
Scheduled for the 6th to 29th May 2022, the 105th edition of the Giro d'Italia will start in the Hungarian capital of Budapest and will end in the extraordinary Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheatre. All 21 stages promise to be intense and exciting with two individual time trials, seven sprint stages, six medium-mountain stages and six Gran Premi della Montagna. The future winner has more than 3,400 kilometres (2,100 mi) with a total of around 51,000 metres (167,000 ft) of elevation gain ahead of him. Simon Yates, Richard Carapaz or João Almeida – who’s the favourite? Don’t overlook the Italians: Nibali, Ciccone and Pozzovivo. The exploits of these homegrown champions will be cheered on by the millions of Italian fans who’ll gather by the roadside.
The Giro d'Italia is a potent blend of novelty and tradition. In addition to the classic stages, such as the Catania-Messina and the Salò-Aprica, with its legendary Mortirolo Pass, the 2022 route includes some brand new climbs. They include Montagna Grande di Viggiano, the Passo della Ruta in Liguria and Mount Kolovrat in Slovenia – the latter with 10 deadly kilometres (6 mi) with a constant 10% gradient.
A spectacle is guaranteed on stage 20, a day that includes a triptych of climbs to conquer the passes of San Pellegrino (1,918 m/6,293 ft) , Pordoi (2,239 m/2,346 ft) and Fedaia (2,057 m/6,749 ft) while being surrounded by the epic scenery of the Belluno Dolomites.
In this Collection, we’ve brought together the official stages of the Giro. Please bear in mind that, during the race, the athletes cycle on roads closed to traffic, along stretches normally forbidden to bikes, and often in the opposite direction to the one usually allowed. Should you decide to take these routes as a basis for planning a Tour, please adapt the route to make it safe for you and others.
If you’re a more relaxed cyclist in your spare time and following the Giro means discovering the unique beauty of the landscapes that are the backdrop to the event, we have something new for you. Thanks to a special collaboration between komoot and Giro d'Italia, we’ve also created a Collection of routes in areas crossed by the 105th edition of this fantastic cycling competition. It contains rides of varying difficulties and lengths that’ll allow you to discover the wonders of Italy on your bike. You can find them here: komoot.it/collection/1496519
The first stage of the 2022 Giro begins in Budapest, follows the course of the Danube and then climbs north until it almost touches the Slovenian border. It is a stage with a modest difference in height, but characterized by the spectacular scenery.
The individual time trial takes place in the streets of Budapest, first on one side and then on the other side of the Danube. The final part represents an interesting challenge with gradients of up to 14% and treacherous stretches of cobblestone.
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The stage is characterized by the beautiful landscapes surrounding Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe. The modest height difference makes it particularly suitable for sprinters and their thrilling sprints.
The first Italian stage of the 2022 Giro is also one of the most evocative. It starts from Avola and then goes into the Sicilian hinterland to the foot of Etna, passing through the baroque city of Noto. It ends with an ascent among the volcano's lava flows to the Sapienza Refuge (1,910 meters above sea level).
It is a classic stage that unites the beautiful cities of Catania and Messina. After the ascent of Portella Mandrazzi, the sprinters will compete.
This stage, one of the least demanding, goes up to Calabria keeping mostly close to the coast and on smooth roads.
The Lucanian Apennines, with its natural wonders, are the stage for this stage, which has an absolute protagonist: the unprecedented and hard climb of the Great Mountain of Viggiano.
Perfect stage for sprinters, it starts from the streets of Naples and includes a circuit on Monte Procida to be repeated four times. The main challenges of the circuit are the constant changes of direction and the frequent variations of slope. The route ends with a flat straight on via Caracciolo, with…
The route begins immediately with a climb from Isernia to Roccaraso, interspersed with short descents, and then ends with a spectacular double ascent of the Blockhaus. It is a deadly Apennine stage with almost 5,000 meters in altitude.
The stage that connects Pescara to Jesi is divided into two parts: the first, in Abruzzo, is flat and remains close to the coast, the second goes into the Marche hinterland and includes real walls with prohibitive slopes.
The stage cuts across the Emilian plain from Santarcangelo di Romagna to Reggio Emilia. Entirely on the flat, it is a course where the sprinters will prevail.
Mid-mountain stage, it starts in Parma, in Emilia Romagna, and enters Liguria through the Bosco pass, ending in Genoa.
This rather short stage, starting in Sanremo and arriving in Cuneo, has only one ascent, the Nava pass, and then leaves room for sprints.
Challenging stage from the point of view of the difference in height, it starts from Santena and arrives in the heart of Turin. In the middle it includes a hard circuit, to be repeated twice, on the Superga hill and the Maddalena hill.
The first alpine stage follows the course of the Dora Baltea, crosses Aosta and ends in Cogne, at the foot of the Gran Paradiso National Park.
Classic stage of the Giro d'Italia, including the iconic climb to the Mortirolo pass. The altitude difference of the route is mind-boggling: it exceeds 5,000 meters in altitude.
An alpine stage with enchanting landscapes, it includes the two tough climbs of the Vetriolo pass and Monterovere, the latter on the spectacular winding road of the Menador.
The stage starts from Borgo Valsugana and arrives in Treviso, crossing the memorable landscapes of the Piave Valley and Valdobbiadene.
The stage starts from Marano Lagunare to go into the Friuli hinterland and then into Slovenian territory, where it includes the unprecedented climb to Mount Kolovrat.
This stage, one of the most spectacular, includes a tough triptych of climbs immersed in the magical landscapes offered by the Marmolada: San Pellegrino pass, Pordoi pass and Fedaia pass.
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