9 Mountain Stages with 4 Mountain Finishes and 2 Individual Time Trials
The route for 2017 has been revealed ahead of the presentation. La Corsa Rosa celebrates its centenary in 2017 and therefore remains entirely in Italy.
It was announced earlier this year that the first 3 stages of the Giro d'Italia would feature three days on the island of Sardinia from May 5th-8th. After a transfer to Sicily there is a mountain stage arriving on Mount Etna volcano.
Stage 9 on Sunday May 14th arrives on top of the climb of Passolanciano (aka Blockhaus), after which the riders get to enjoy a rest day.
The next day is the a long time trial in the Umbria region. On Saturday May 20th, riders start in Castellania (the birthplace of Fausto Coppi) and then finish in Oropa, where Marco Pantani (1999) and Enrico Battaglin (2014) won. The day before the 3rd rest day is a stage to Bergamo, which takes in the roads used on the Tour of Lombardy.
The final week begins with a brutal Stage 16 with a double climb of the Stelvio, after first climbing the legendary Mortirolo, one of the hardest climbs in the world.
The Dolomites await on stage 18 with the climbs of the Pordoi, Falzarego and Erbe arriving in Ortisei.
The regions of Friuli and Veneto are the backdrop of mountain stages 19 and 20 to Piancavallo (with the climb of Monte Grappa) and Asiago.
The Giro ends on Sunday, May 28th in Milan, where the final time trial will crown the 2017 Giro d'Italia winner.