17 regions—starting from Venaria Reale Torino and finishing off at Milano-Piazza Duomo cathedral, includes a total of 23 days–21 race days, 2 rest days. Expect 4 flat stages, 6 medium mountain stages, 8 mountain stages, 8 mountaintop finishes, a 45k individual time trialing, 21.5k team time trialing, yet an unknown number of categorized climbs (cat 2, 1 and HC) and an overall distance of 3498k now comes the most awaited 2011 Giro d’Italia Route. Celebrating 150 years of unification, Dir. Angelo Zomegnan makes this one a distinctive, innovative and above all difficult race, making a full tour of the country.
The tour also includes a stage in Reggio Emilia the Italian Tricolor flag’s birthplace; a dirt-track finish at the top of the 18.5km, 9.2% climb of the Colle de Finestre; and a trip to the tip of Italy’s boot into Sicily.
Mentioning the double climb at Etna volcano in one of the stages of the tour will surely be favorable to pro cyclist Vincenzo Nibali since the start of that stage is in his hometown Messina. On the other hand, his former teammate Roman Kreuziger already declared himself up for the challenge since it is a good start to the grand tour season.