You can ride the Virtual Giro d'Italia while you wait for the real thing!
Ride 7 virtual stages of the Giro d'Italia and compete for the Maglia Garmin, Maglia Bianca and Maglia Rosa jerseys. Top Pros including Viviani, Borghini, Roglic and Ellen van Dijk taking part. More than 4000 amateurs registered so far!
The Giro d’Italia Virtual by Enel, the digital experience created in collaboration with Garmin Edge and Tacx. We are all waiting for the excitement of the Giro along the roads of Italy, the Giro d’Italia Virtual is a unique opportunity to be a part of a lively community of cycling enthusiasts, all sharing the same Amore Infinito – an endless love for the Giro d’Italia.
Taking part are Astana Pro Team, Team Bahrain McLaren, Movistar Team, Team Jumbo-Visma and Bardiani CSF Faizanè, three women's squads: Trek–Segafredo, Movistar Team Women, Astana Women's Team and members of Italy's under-23 national team.
That includes Vuelta a España winner Primoz Roglic, former world champion Lizzie Deignan, European champion Elia Viviani, Italian star Elisa Longo Borghini and Dutch time trial specialist Ellen van Dijk among the participants.
It's easy and free to join in and take part, the following jerseys are up for grabs:
The jersey is awarded to the winner based on the stage classification at the end of each stage, and to the winner of the Giro based on the General Classification at the end of the Giro d’Italia Virtual. The jersey will be awarded to both male and female participants, based on two different rankings.
The jersey is awarded to the UNDER 26 winner based on the stage classification at the end of each stage, and to the UNDER 26 winner of the Giro based on the General Classification at the end of the Giro d’Italia Virtual. The jersey will be awarded to both male and female participants, based on two different rankings.
The jersey is awarded at the end of each stage at the rider hitting the highest speed during that stage. The jersey will also be awarded to the fastest rider of the Giro d’Italia Virtual based on the general classification at the end of the Giro d’Italia Virtual. The jersey will be awarded to both male and female participants, based on two different rankings.
Virtual Giro d'Italia Stages
Stage 1: April 18-21
Last 32.1km of stage 10: Controguerra to Tortoreto with 480m vertical elevation
This "virtual" stage is grafted onto the real one at km 177 in CONTROGUERRA (where there would have been a TV stop). Controguerra is known for its wine and olive oil production. In 1996 the name Controguerra DOC was conceived and Controguerra was awarded the title, City of Wine. In 2014 Controguerra was also recognised as a City of Olive Oil .
This is a hilly stage with 2 sprints in the upper part of Tortoreto (Tortoreto Alta).
The second of the 2 sprints is a GPM situated in the Upper Town. As soon as the descent begins, you pass the panoramic terrace of Fortellezza. Leaving behind Tortoreto Alta, the stage descends towards Tortoreto Lido. First you head north, in the direction of Alba Adriatica, and then south. You reach the finishing line along the Promenade Sirena.
Stage 1 Update - April 19th
Astana Pro Team took the Maglia Rosa with Lutsenko and Martinelli. More than 4000 amateurs registered to race so far.
Astana Pro Team won the first stage of the Giro d’Italia Virtual. The team’s two riders, Alexey Lutsenko (44’41”, best individual time of the stage) and Davide Martinelli, crossed the virtual finish line with a combined time of 1h35’04”, taking the race’s first Maglia Rosa. The Kazak team sits at the top of the General Classification with an advantage of 6’46” over the Italian national team (represented by Elia Viviani and Under 23 rider Samuele Zoccarato), and 9’40” over Team Bahrain-McLaren (Fred Wright and Grega Bole).
In the Pink Race, the General Classification is led by Trek-Segafredo (combined time of 2h10’04”), thanks to the performances of Elisa Longo Borghini (the stage’s fastest finisher at 1h01’02) and Lizzie Deignan. Trek-Segafredo finished 4’18” ahead of the Italian national team in second place (represented by Maria Giulia Confalonieri and Arianna Fidanza). Movistar Team Women is third at 11’03”.
Amateurs have until April 1st to tackel stage 1.
Stage 2: April 22-24
32.7km of stage 12 from Linaro to Sogliano al Rubicone with 980m vertical elevation.
This "virtual" stage is grafted onto the real one around km 70 in LINARO (part of Mercato Saraceno), along the Nove Colli route, the famous granfondo, which has been held since 1971 and is probably one of the cycling events with the highest number of participants. The name reflects the fact that cyclists climb nine different ascents along the way. The "virtual" stage of the Nove Colli covers 2 ascents, the GPMs of CIOLA and BARBOTTO. CIOLA would also have been a GPM in the real event. BARBOTTO is the symbolic ascent of Nove Colli, in the area that acted as a training ground and point of reference for Marco Pantani.
Arrival of the "virtual" stage in Sogliano al Rubicone, in the typical Apennine landscape of Romagna.
Stage 3: April 25-28
One 26.9km lap of the stage 16 finishing circuit in San Daniele del Friuli, 550m vertical elevation
This "virtual" stage is grafted to SAN DANIELE DEL FRIULI at the finishing line of the stage circuit, which in reality would have been run twice. The circuit is raced counterclockwise, first pointing towards the Castle of Susans and then up the eastern slope of Monte di Ragogna, finally descending towards the finishing line in San Daniele.
The sprint that leads to the Castle of Susans is short but intense. The Castle, in an elevated position compared to the town, is always visible at the end of a steep straight stretch of the ascent.
The MONTE di RAGOGNA is the GPM of this stage and in the real stage it would have been crossed 3 times. Its east side, from Muris, is its steepest slope.
Arrival of the "virtual" stage in SAN DANIELE DEL FRIULI, which is located on a hill and is, in fact, the main centre of the area known as Friuli Collinare.
Stage 4: April 29-May 1
Final 25.9km from Villa Rendena to Madonna di Campiglio, 930m vertical elevation
This "virtual" stage is grafted onto VILLA RENDENA at the southern entrance of the valley of the same name.
In the past the economic activity of Villa Rendena was linked to several traditional handicraft activities: the wooden clogs, but also the lace and lacework (with a school founded by Maria Theresa of Austria), are particularly well-known. These activities were supported by an economy based on forests and pastures, as evidenced by the numerous huts found across the slopes of the valley .
PINZOLO is the largest centre of Val Rendena and is situated on a grassy plain between the Adamello Group to the west and the Brenta Group to the east. A few kilometers from the finishing line (about 7 km), the ascent passes through Sant'Antonio Mavignola. On the right side of the road the view overlooks the Brenta Dolomites. Adamello and Presanella can be seen on the left.
Arrival of the "virtual" stage in MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, a GPM with an uphill arrival point in both the real and the "virtual" stages.
Stage 5: May 2-5
Final 30km of stage 18 to Laghi di Cancano (Stelvio National Park) - 710m vertical elevation
Stage 6: May 6-8
Final 31.5km of stage 20 from Briancon to Sestriere - 1,180m vertical elevation
Stage 7: May 9-10
The full course for the individual time trial in Milan - 15.7km with 30m vertical elevation
How do I Join In?
It’s free and easy. To take part in the event, you will need a Garmin Edge cycling computer and a smart trainer.
Subscribe to the Garmin Virtual Ride site by entering your data and creating your profile. During the registration process, you will be asked to connect your Garmin Connect account to share your performance data. Once you have created your account, you will be ready to ride the Giro d’Italia Virtual stages.
The stage tracks (.gpx files) will be available for download shortly before the start of the race on the Garmin Virtual Ride site and must be installed on your Garmin Edge, previously “coupled” with the smart trainer.
Benefiting the Italian Red Cross
Support the fundraising campaign in aid of the Italian Red Cross via the Rete del Dono online portal.
Donations from participants are open until May 10, and all proceeds will be donated to the Italian Red Cross, which has been working at the front line since the onset of the Covid-19 emergency, offering first responder aid, control and screening, medical, psychological, information and logistical support, amongst other vitally important activities in the fight against.
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