2018 Giro d'Italia Route Leaked

Climbs of Mount Etna, Colle delle Finestre, Monte Jafferau, the Zoncolan and Cervinia all feature before the race heads to the Vatican to be received by the Pope

After it was confirmed that the 101th edition of the Giro d'Italia would start in the Holy Land with 3 days across Israel, reports are leaking out of the rest of the route.

It looks like the last week, once again will be brutally difficult, leaving no doubt as to who the winner will be, with 3 hard stages in the Italian Alps.

Stage 18 looks likely to start in Milan and finish up the climb up Pratonevoso, a 13 km climb at an average of 7% where Pavel Tonkov and Stefano Garzelli took the stage victory in 1996 and 2000 respectively. Both Tonkov and Garzelli went on to win those editions of the Giro d'Italia.

Also leaked, is details of an incredibly tough Stage 19 that will feature the climb of the Colle delle Finestre and Sestrière before ending on the slopes of Monte Jafferau, a finish that has only been visited once before. The main attraction will be the steep, arduous and half unpaved climb of the Colle delle Finestre, which translated means "Climb of Windows".

The steep wooded climb is an average of at least 10%, which on some of the steep hairpin bends gives glimpses of the surrounding mountains, hence it's name. With 8 kms to go the trees fade away, as so does the tarmac, and road turns into a difficult gravel track with rocks the size of your fist!

It will be fourth time since 2005 that the Colle Delle Finestre has been used, again in 2011 and 2015, when Mikel Landa won that stage.

The Colle delle Finestre aka the "Climb of Windows"

Revealed last week was the penultimate climb of the Cervinia on Stage 20 in the north western Alps. Fabio Aru was the last to win there in 2015, and before that Andrey Amador in 2012 and Ivan Gotti in 1997. Before arriving at the final climb of the Cervinia, what's left of the surviving peloton must face the ascents of the Col Tzecore and the Col di Saint Pantaléon.

Rumours are, that the final Stage 21 will see riders board a plane for a start in Rome to finish in the Vatican in front of the Pope, which could be a ITT, which would favorites Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin. The Pope has also been invited to attend the opening stages in Jerusalem in Israel too.

Once the Giro d'Italia leaves Israel, rumours are it will arrive on the Island of Sicily on May 8th, for three stages that will culminate with a new ascent of Mount Etna.

a new ascent of Mount Etna

Onto the Italian mainland, rumours are the Giro will head towards the climb of Montevergine di Mercogliano, used six times previously, the last time in 2011 where Bart De Clercq won the stage.

Before the second rest day it is rumoured that the Giro d'Italia will visit the climb of Campo Imperatore, a summit used first in 1971 where Spaniard Vicente López Carril won and last used in 1999 when the late Marco Pantani took victory.

After the second rest day, a stage from Farindola to Gualdo Tadino would take place and two days later on May 17th, the Giro will pay homage to the sadly departed Michele Scarponi with a stage leaving from his hometown, Filottrano to arrive in Imola.

A day later, the Giro will commemorate one hundred years since the end of the end of World War I, with a stage between Ferrara and Nervesa della Battaglia.

That weekend should see the return of a high mountains with a stage on Saturday May 19th finishing up the legendary climb of the Zoncolan. First used in 2003, won by Simoni and used on five occasions, the last being in 2014 where Michael Rogers took victory.

The legendary climb of the Zoncolan

The next day it is rumoured to be another spectacular stage finisging in Sappada before the third and final rest day, that wil see the Peloton transfer to Monza before the final 3 stages in the Northern Alps as already described above.

Rumoured Route of the 2018 Giro d'Italia

Stage

Date

Start

Finish

Distance

1

Friday, May 4

Jerusalem 

Jerusalem 

10km ITT

2

Saturday, May 5

Haifa 

Tel Aviv 

167 km

3

Sunday, May 6

Be'er Sheva 

Eilat 

226 km

 

Monday, May 7

1st Rest Day

4

Tuesday, May 8

Catania

Caltagirone

 

5

Wednesday, May 9

Agrigento

Santa Nymph

 

6

Thursday, May 10

Caltanissetta

Mount Etna

 

7

Friday, May 11

 

Montevergine di Mercogliano

 

8

Saturday, May 12

     

9

Sunday, May 13

 

Campo Imperatore

 
 

Monday, May 14

2nd Rest Day

10

Tuesday, May 15

Farindola

Gualdo Tadino

 

11

Wednesday, May 16

     

12

Thursday, May 17

Filottrane

Imola

 

13

Friday, May 18

Ferrara

Nervesa della Battaglia

 

14

Saturday, May 19

 

Mount Zoncolan

 

15

Sunday, May 20

Trolmezzo

Sappada

 
 

Monday, May 21

3rd Rest Day

16

Tuesday, May 22

Trento

Rovereto

ITT

17

Wednesday, May 23

Arc

Monza

 

18

Thursday, May 24

Milan

Pratonevoso

 

19

Friday, May 25

 

Monte Jafferau (Bardonecchia)

 

20

Saturday, May 26

 Saluzzo

Cervinia

 220 km

21

Sunday, May 27

 Rome

Vatican City

 ITT

 

 
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