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Yesterday afternoon Giro d’Italia organiser RCS Sport officially unveiled the 2013 route. After weeks of rumour and speculation – most of which turned out to be true – the 96th edition of the Corsa Rosa was presented in Milan and in stark contrast to this year’s race it will be an almost entirely Italian affair. In 2012 Denmark hosted the opening 3 stages of the race whereas in 2013 the race has been pitched as a Made in Italy Giro, one that can unite Italy as it continues to face economic and political problems. It all kicks off in Naples on Saturday 4 May with a 130 km road stage and ends 3,455 km later on Sunday 26 May in Brescia after a road stage and five laps of a city centre circuit.

In the first week we will see an opening stage in the centre of Naples covering 10 laps of a circuit, with a ferry trip to the island of Ischia the next day for a technically challenging 17.4 km team time trial, followed by a lumpy route that initially heads south via the spectacular Amalfi coast to the toe of the Italian peninsular, before heading back up to the centre.

The second week sees the race continue its journey north stopping briefly in the centre where a 54.8 km time trial from Gabicce Mare to Saltara could be a turning point in the race, and in the year in which the UCI Road World Championships are hosted by Florence there’s a stage finish in the famous Tuscan city – paying respectful homage to the memory of its most famous cycling son and wartime hero, Gino Bartali.

The final week will be spent in the mountains of the north which comes in three parts starting with a visit to the Friuli region in the north-east. The race then heads west for a brief foray into France and an historical summit finish on the Galibier. The final stages are in the Dolomites and include a 20.6 km mountain time trial, a return to the Tre Cime after a six-year absence, and for the second year in a row the Stelvio will be the Cime Coppi.

Traditionally the Giro has favoured steep mountainous routes but it looks like the 2013 route is perhaps more finely balanced with seven mountain top finishes but also 93 km of time trials – in some respects similar to the Tour de France in 2012. Mind you it looks pretty murderous to me with a final week packed full of mountains but don’t take my word for it, watch the YouTube video above and decide for yourself.

Giro Map

Giro Profile

Stage 1

Date: Saturday 4th May, 2013
Start: Napoli
Finish: Napoli
Distance: 130 km
Terrain: Flat
Difficulty:
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Stage 2

Date: Sunday 5th May, 2013
Start: Ischia
Finish: Forio
Distance: 17.4 km
Terrain: Team Time Trial
Difficulty:
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Stage 3

Date: Monday 6th May, 2013
Start: Sorrento
Finish: Marina di Ascea
Distance: 222 km
Terrain: Medium Mountains
Difficulty:
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Stage 4

Date: Tuesday 7th May, 2013
Start: Policastro Bussentino
Finish: Serra San Bruno
Distance: 246 km
Terrain: Medium Mountains
Difficulty:
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Stage 5

Date: Wednesday 8th May, 2013
Start: Cosenza
Finish: Matera
Distance: 203 km
Terrain: Flat
Difficulty:
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Stage 6

Date: Thursday 9th May, 2013
Start: Mola di Bari
Finish: Margherita di Savoia
Distance: 169 km
Terrain: Flat
Difficulty:
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Stage 7

Date: Friday 10th May, 2013
Start: San Salvo
Finish: Pescara
Distance: 177 km
Terrain: Medium Mountains
Difficulty:
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Stage 8

Date: Saturday 11th May, 2013
Start: Gabicce Mare
Finish: Saltara
Distance: 54.8 km
Terrain: Individual Time Trial
Difficulty:
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Stage 9

Date: Sunday 12th May, 2013
Start: Sansepolcro
Finish: Firenze
Distance: 170 km
Terrain: Medium Mountains
Difficulty:
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Rest Day → Stage 10

Date: Tuesday 14th May, 2013
Start: Cordenons
Finish: Altopiano del Montasio
Distance: 167 km
Terrain: High Mountains
Difficulty:
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Stage 11

Date: Wednesday 15th May, 2013
Start: Tarvisio (C. del Predil)
Finish: Vajont (Erto e Casso)
Distance: 182 km
Terrain: Medium Mountains
Difficulty:
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Stage 12

Date: Thursday 16th May, 2013
Start: Longarone
Finish: Treviso
Distance: 134km
Terrain: Flat
Difficulty:
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Stage 13

Date: Friday 17th May, 2013
Start: Busseto
Finish: Cherasco
Distance: 254 km
Terrain: Flat
Difficulty:
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Stage 14

Date: Saturday 18th May, 2013
Start: Cervere
Finish: Bardonecchia
Distance: 168 km
Terrain: High Mountains
Difficulty:
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Stage 15

Date: Sunday 19th May, 2013
Start: Cesana Torinese
Finish: Col du Galibier (Valloire)
Distance: 149 km
Terrain: High Mountains
Difficulty:
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Rest Day → Stage 16

Date: Tuesday 21st May, 2013
Start: Valloire
Finish: Ivrea
Distance: 238 km
Terrain: Medium Mountains
Difficulty:
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Stage 17

Date: Wednesday 22nd May, 2013
Start: Caravaggio
Finish: Vicenza
Distance: 214 km
Terrain: Flat
Difficulty:
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Stage 18

Date: Thursday 23rd May, 2013
Start: Mori
Finish: Polsa
Distance: 20.6 km
Terrain: Individual Time Trial
Difficulty:
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Stage 19

Date: Friday 24th May, 2013
Start: Ponte di Legno
Finish: Val Martello/Martelltal
Distance: 139 km
Terrain: High Mountains
Difficulty:
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Stage 20

Date: Saturday 25th May, 2013
Start: Silandro/Schlanders
Finish: Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Distance: 203 km
Terrain: High Mountains
Difficulty:
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Stage 21

Date: Sunday 26th May, 2013
Start: Riese Pio X
Finish: Brescia
Distance: 197 km
Terrain: Flat
Difficulty:
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