One of professional cycling’s three Grand Tours (along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España), the Giro d’Italia (meaning Tour of Italy) is a 3 week long multiple-stage race held every year, primarily in Italy.
The pink jersey (maglia rosa) is given to the General Clarification winner of the Giro d’Italia, with three riders winning the race on five occasions – Alfredo Binda and Fausto Coppi of Italy, along with the famed Eddy Merckx of Belgium.
When is the Giro d’Italia?
The Giro d’Italia is held annually, usually over 3 weeks in May and sometimes continuing into June. The next edition of the Giro will be held from the 6th to the 28th May 2023.
Where is the Giro d’Italia?
The Giro is predominantly held in Italy but has been known to pass through neighbouring countries such as San Marino, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and the Vatican City State.
The start of the Giro, known as the Grande Partenza takes place in a different town each year. It has become more common for the start of the Giro to be held outside of Italy to increase international international interest in the event. Other starts to the Giro outside of Italy, include the following:
- 1965 – San Marino, San Marino
- 1966 – Monte Carlo, Monaco
- 1973 – Verviers, Belgium
- 1974 – Rome, Vatican City
- 1996 – Athens, Greece
- 1998 – Nice, France
- 2002 – Groningen, Netherlands
- 2006 – Seraing, Belgium
- 2010 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
- 2012 – Heming, Denmark
- 2014 – Belfast, Northern Ireland
- 2016 – Apeldoorn, Netherlands
- 2018 – Jerusalem, Israel
- 2022 – Budapest, Hungary
Further information on the route can be accessed on the official website here.
How do I get to the Giro d’Italia?
Italy has a number of international airports, including in Rome, Milan, Venice, Catania, Naples, Bologna and Pisa among others which between them serve many destinations across Europe and the World.
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