The 2021 Giro d’Italia will start with an individual time-trial (ITT) in the streets of Turin on May 8, organizers for the Italian Grand Tour announced today.
The first three stages of the 104th edition will be hosted in the northern Piedmont region.
The opening ITT will feature a 9 kilometer course along the city streets of Torino, which will start at the Piazza Castello before looping around the Po River and heading down the Corso Casale to the finish at Gran Madre at the foot of the Superga climb.
The second stage, which will suit the sprinters, will cover 173 kilometers from Stupinigi to Novara, followed by 187 kilometers from Biella to Canale.
It will be the third time that Turin has hosted the Grande Partenze after 1961 to celebrate the centenary of Italian unification and in 2011 for the 150th anniversary.
The remainder of the route for this year’s Giro has not yet been revealed.
Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart of Team Ineos won last year’s race which took place in October because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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