Thursday, April 9, 2015
98th Giro d'Italia Starts in One Month
We are only a month away from the official start of 98th Giro d’Italia – organized by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport and held from 9 to 31 May – with the new spectacular Team Time Trial stage being held, for the first time in Grand Tours history, on a cycling path: along the Italian Riviera dei Fiori from San Lorenzo a Mare to Sanremo. Edition 98 of the Corsa Rosa will finish in Milan during Expo 2015. 22 teams, each with nine riders, will start the race.
THE 98TH GIRO D’ITALIA IN NUMBERS
4 – Giro d'Italia race starts in Liguria (Genoa 1980, 1992, 2004; Sanremo 1987)
5 – Mountain stages (Fiuggi-Campitello Matese, Marostica-Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo-Aprica, Gravellona Toce-Cervinia, Saint Vincent-Sestriere)
7 – Sprint stages (Albenga-Genova, Montecatini Terme-Castiglione della Pescaia, Grosseto-Fiuggi, Civitanova Marche-Forlì, Montecchio Maggiore-Jesolo, Tirano-Lugano, Turin-Milan);
7 – Medium mountain stages (Rapallo-Sestri Levante, Chiavari-La Spezia, La Spezia-Abetone, Benevento-San Giorgio del Sannio, Forlì-Imola (Enzo & Dino Ferrari Autodrome), Imola-Vicenza (Monte Berico), Melide-Verbania)
7 – Uphill finishes (Abetone, Campitello Matese, Vicenza (Monte Berico), Madonna di Campiglio, Aprica, Cervinia, Sestriere)
29 – Overall Giro d’Italia wins by non-Italians
68 – Overall Giro d’Italia wins by Italians
77 – Kilometers of time trials (17.6km “Riviera dei Fiori” team time trial, 59.4km individual time trial Treviso - Valdobbiadene)
2,178 – altitude, in meters, of the Colle delle Finestre, the Cima Coppi in the 2015 Giro
3,489.0 – the total length of the Giro d'Italia, in kilometers
43,000 – vertical meters climbed during the 2015 Giro d'Italia
Balocco will sponsor the Maglia Rosa, worn by the General Classification leader.
Banca Mediolanum will sponsor the Maglia Azzurra, dedicated to the King of the Mountains classification leader.
Algida will sponsor the Maglia Rossa, worn by the Points Classification leader.
Eurospin will sponsor the Maglia Bianca, which goes to the Young Riders classification leader.
Photo Credit: LAPRESSE AND GRUBER
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