The 2010 Giro d’Italia which marks the 93rd edition of this race will start on 8 May and end 3416,5km later in Verona on 30 May.
The course, which includes 21 stages and loads of climbing was unveiled on Saturday in Milan. The highest altitude that the riders will reach is 2618m above sea level on stage 20 where they will have negotiate the Passo Gavia with some parts reaching a testing 15 percent gradient.
Every year one climb in the Giro is dedicated to the late Marco Pantani. The climb is affectionately known as the ‘Pantani Mountain’ and this year The Mortirolo pass makes its return as that climb. Marco ‘The Pirate’ Pantani won the Giro in 1998.
Below is a breakdown of the 2010 Giro stage by stage.
Stage 1 Saturday May 8 Amsterdam (TT) 8.4km
Stage 2 Sunday May 9 Amsterdam to Utrecht 209km
Stage 3 Monday May 10 Amsterdam to Middelberg 209km
Rest day Tuesday May 11 Travel to Italy
Stage 4 Wednesday May 12 Savigliano to Cuneo (TTT) 32.5km
Stage 5 Thursday May 13 Novara to Novi Ligure 168km
Stage 6 Friday May 14 Fidenza to Carrara 166km
Stage 7 Saturday May 15 Carrara to Montalcino 215km
Stage 8 Sunday May 16 Chianciano Terme to Terminillo 189km
Stage 9 Monday May 17 Frosinone to Cava De Tirreni 188km
Stage 10 Tuesday May 18 Avellino to Bitonto 220km
Stage 11 Wednsday May 19 Lucera to L’Aquila 256km
Stage 12 Thursday May 20 Citta Sant’Angelo toPorto Recanati 191km
Stage 13 Friday May 21 Potro Recanati to Cesenatico 222km
Stage 14 Saturday May 22 Ferrara to Asolo 201km
Stage 15 Sunday May 23 Mestre to Monte Zoncolan 218km
Rest day Monday May 24
Stage 16 Tuesday May 25 St. Vigil to Plan de Corones (TT) 12.9km
Stage 17 Wednesday May 26 Brunico/Bruneck to PeioTerme 173km
Stage 18 Thursday May 27 Levico Terme to Brescia 151km
Stage 19 Friday May 28 Brescia to Aprica 195km
Stage 20 Saturday May 29 Bormio to Tonale 178km
Stage 21 Sunday May 30 Verona (TT) 15.3km
2009 Giro Podium – 2nd Danilo Di Luca (Ita), 1st Denis Menchov (Rus), 3rd Franco Pellizotti (Ita)
Danilo Di Luca’s 2nd position was subsequently taken away after failing two dope tests.