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Giro 2014 Route Revealed
By Mark Sharon
Date: 10/18/2013
Giro 2014 Route Revealed
2013 Daily Peloton

October 2013: Giro 2014 Route Revealed with Irish opener and a bow to Pantani

Report by Gavin Hughes

It was not just Irish eyes that were smiling when the route of the 2014 Giro D'Italia was announced on October 7th.  The 97th edition of the race that sets out from Belfast on Friday May 9th and ends in Trieste on June 1st was hailed by organisers as a "kinder, gentle" Giro and promised to be more "human".

A quick glance at the map would suggest that the organisers have delivered on the promise of a "human" Giro, there are three rest days on each Monday of the race and the transfers between stages should be quick and painless.  The organisers also resisted the long stages, gone are the 240KM Alpine behemoths, in favour of shorter - punchier and faster stages.

Some notable milestones are recognised by the route organisers.  The race will mark 100 years since the birth of Gino Bartali and 10 years since the lonely death of Marco Pantani.  Il Piratas Greatest Hits will be celebrated with stages that recognise his wins at Oropa and Plan di Montecampione - in what few people can deny as a controversial gesture in the post Armstrong era.  The race will also crest the Passo del Stelvio - which was postponed this year due to bad weather, as well as MonteCassino - scene of some horrific fighting during the Second World War.

Giro Route 2014

The line up reveals five high mountain stages, five mid-mountain stages, eight flat stages, a team time trial and two individual time trials, of which, one is mountainous.  Such diversity should ensure that there is something for everyone but whether that everyone includes 2013 Giro champion Vincenzo Nibali is doubtful, having stated that the Tour de France will be his main focus for 2014. 

At the unveiling Nibali said, "The winner will be someone capable on all terrains. You will need to be complete. The final week will be the key."

Last year's runners up, Cadel Evans and Omega-Pharma new boy Rigaberto Uran may well be eyeing up the race and it would be hard to imagine an Irishman not wanting to be in the Maglia Rosa as the first three days visit the Emerald Isle. 

Stage List:

Stage date location distance
Stage 1 May 9 Belfast 21.7 km
Stage 2 May 10 Belfast 218 km
Stage 3 May 11 Armagh - Dublin 187 km
Rest Day May 12
Stage 4 May 13 Giovinazzo - Bari 121 km
Stage 5 May 14 Taranto - Viggiano 200 km
Stage 6 May 15 Sassano - Montecassino 247 km
Stage 7 May 16 Frosinone - Foligno 214 km
Stage 8 May 17 Foligno - Montecopiolo 174 km
Stage 9 May 18 Lugo - Sestola 174 km
Rest Day 2 May 19
Stage 10 May 20 Modela - Salsomaggiore 184 km
Stage 11 May 21 Collecchio - Savona 249 km
Stage 12 May 22 Barbaresco - Barolo 46.4 km
Stage 13 May 23 Fossano - Rivarolo Canavese 158 km
Stage 14 May 24 Aglič - Oropa 162 km
Stage 15 May 25 Valdengo - Montecampione 217 km
Rest Day 3 May 26
Stage 16 May 27 Ponte di Legno - Val Martello/Martelltal 139 km
Stage 17 May 28 Sarnonico - Vittorio Veneto 204 km
Stage 18 May 29 Belluno - Rif. Panarotta 171 km
Stage 19 May 30 Bassano del Grappa - Cima Grappa 26.8 km
Stage 20 May 31 Maniago - Monte Zoncolan 167 km
Stage 21 Jun 1 Gemona - Trieste 169 km

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