The Giro d’Italia 2023 will start in Abruzzo with an 18 km time trial on a cycle track
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The 2023 Giro d’Italia will kick off in Italy’s Abruzzo region, on the central Adriatic coast, with an 18.4km opening time trial largely on a spectacular coastal cycle route, followed of a sprint stage to San Salvo. The Corsa Rosa will then return to Abruzzo on stage 7 for a high mountain finish at 2135 meters at Campo Imperatore in the shadow of the spectacular Gran Sasso.
Next year’s Giro will start on Saturday May 6 and end three weeks later on Sunday May 28.
This is the second time that Abruzzo has hosted the Giro d’Italia Grande Partenza. In 2001, Rik Verbrugghe won a prologue time trial in Pescara.
The opening stage of the 18.4 km time trial will follow a long section of the Via Verde-Costa dei Trabocchi cycle path which was created from an old railway line that runs along the Adriatic coast.
The Italian Grand Tour is set to include 60km of time trials and so may tempt new world champion and Vuelta a España winner Remco Evenepoel to aim for the Giro in 2023 instead of making his Tour de France.
Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the 2022 Giro, snatching the maglia rosa from Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) on the final mountain stage then defending the jersey in the Verona time trial.
The first week of the Giro will visit southern Italy, with the second and third weeks set to take place in the north, with a final mountain time trial on the steep climb of Monte Lussari.
The race was due to finish in Trieste, perhaps in hopes of tempting Tadej Pogačar to ride, but reports of a late bid from the capital could see the riders make the long transfer to Rome instead for a arrival around the Eternal City.
Organizers RCS Sport will unveil the full route for the Giro 2023 on October 17 in Milan.