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First cycling event of the Grands Tours

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Besides Vuelta a España and Tour de France, Giro d’Italia is one of the most important cycling events in the world. Being the first of the Grands Tours to take place in the professional calendar, it offers ambitious cyclists – a promising young talent or a seasoned professional – the first opportunity to make an impact on the world stage of cycling.

 

The Corsa Rosa usual challenges cyclists with flat stages, time trials and mountain stages – some as first-ever passes, others are plain legend. But still, even though some mountain tops in the Italian Alps might seem familiar, the Giro still holds some surprises and is unpredictable. Favourites for the Maglia Rosa, the pink jersey, may have to give up on steep climbs while unknown new talents outclass all their competitors – anything is possible.

 

This year’s 102nd edition of the Giro d’Italia marks the second year of Continental’s presence as an official sponsor and Safety Partner of the Corsa Rosa.

 

“Our partnership with Giro d’Italia represents a unique opportunity for Continental to share the culture of safety within the road ecosystem and raise awareness on the topic of road sharing, starting from the cyclists, which are the most disadvantaged category in urban contexts. This is exactly why Continental is Safety Partner of Giro, Safety sponsor of the road” said Alessandro De Martino, CEO of Continental Italia.

 

Through this involvement as Safety Partner, Continental not only provides tyres for the official vehicles in the Giro to ensure that race directors, time-keepers and other officials can completely focus on their task of delivering the best race for both cyclists and spectators. Continental uses the Corsa Rosa also as a platform to raise awareness on security issues. Both riders and drivers have to coexist safely on the road. This links to Continental’s overall Vision Zero – a world with zero crashes, zero injuries and zero fatalities.

 

Six of the 18 World Tour teams – Ineos, Groupama-FDJ, Movistar, Bahrain-Merida, Katusha-Alpecin, and Sunweb – are competing on Continental Competition Pro LTD tyres. Specially designed and handmade with care and dedication at the Continental factory in Korbach, Germany, these tyres offer impressively low rolling resistance while at the same time high grip and puncture resistance.

Giro d’Italia 2019 / 11th May – 2nd June

The route

At 3537,6 kilometres in length, the 102nd edition of the Giro takes the cyclists from Bologna through the heart of Italy (Tuscany, Lazio and Abruzzo) and then up north towards the Italian Alps via San Marino and Emilia-Romagna. From the summits of the Dolomites, the cyclists will find themselves in the narrow streets of Verona with their sharp bends where they will be racing up to the finish line at Piazza Bra just outside the Arena di Verona.

The teams

22 professional racing teams from all over the world compete in Giro d’Italia. Just like at the Tour de France and at La Vuelta, each time will have eight riders, so there will be in total 176 professional cyclists fighting for victory. Six of the World Tour teams will be competing on bicycle tyres from Continental.

The stages

The giro consists of 21 stages plus two rest days, one in Ravenna (20th May) and one in Lovere (27th May). Besides six low difficulty, seven medium difficulty and five high difficulty stages, there are three individual time-trials: the Giro starts with a time-trial in Bologna and finishes with another time-trial in Verona with the finish line in the Arena di Verona

Highlights of the Giro 2019

 

Week 1

Starting with an individual time-trial with an initial steep climb to the Sanctuary of San Luca in Bologna, the Corsa Rosa leads the cyclists south along the coast of the Tyrrenian Sea. The following stages before the first rest day offer something for every taste – flat stages for the sprinters and gentler or sharper ascents and descents across the Apennines, in the hills of Tuscany and Lazio and the Abruzzi mountains for puncheurs. Highlight of the first week is another challenging time-trial just before the rest day. On the nearly 35 km, the cyclists will not only have to beat the clock and their competitors but also have to conquer the final 12 km climb at on average 6.5%.

 

Week 2

After one day of rest, the second week of the Giro starts with flat stages in the Po Valley – predestined for the sprinters. But this serves as a last chance to relax: the following stages take the cyclists to the Italian Alps including several category 1 climbs and mountain finishes at above 2000m. Highlight will be stage 14. With only 131 km it seems rather short, but it is a very intense high mountain stage. The riders have to face several consecutive climbs along panoramic roads and will finish after an 8 km long final climb to Courmayeur right at the bottom of SkyWay Monte Bianco – the cable car up to Mont Blanc. The last stage before the second rest day to Como seems rather relaxing in comparison as the cyclists only have to face two category 2 climbs.

 

Week 3

The final week starts with a difficult alpine stage – 194 km with 4800m of vertical altitude gain on the route from Lovere to Ponte di Legno. This stage is the summit of this year’s Giro as it takes the cyclists up the Gavia pass route and up the legendary Mortirolo with gradients of up to 18%. Another stage with a rather wavy and twisting stage profile on the way to Antholz is the last high mountain stage – now the sprinters will be able to show their very best again. But before, they get to enjoy one last mountain stage with the colossal backdrop of the Dolomites and first 24 km climb up to Passo Manghen, followed by two consecutive climbs of nearly 20 km at gradients between 10% and 16%. These last stages will determine the winner of this year’s Corsa Rosa before the last individual time-trial on the Torricelle Circuit takes the cyclists around the old town of Verona and up to the finish line at Piazza Bra just outside the Arena di Verona.

Winner on Continental tyres

Richard Carapaz won the 102nd edition of the Giro d’Italia and defended the Maglia Rosa since stage 14 until the final time-trial in Verona all the way to the Arena di Verona and the final podium. Carapaz is a rider from the Spanish Team Movistar that rides on Competition Pro LTD bicycle tyres from Continental – handmade in Korbach, Germany. Team Movistar also was the best team in the general classification.

Giro d’Italia 2020

 

The Grand Partenza (the start of the Giro d’Italia) of the 103rd edition will take place on 9th May in Budapest with a 9.5 km individual time-trial through the Hungarian capital including a 1.5 km climb up to the castle district Várnegyed. Stages 2 and 3 will also take place in Hungary and will lead the cyclists towards the west of the country – first towards Györ (Stage 2) and then along Lake Balaton (Stage 3) – before heading to Italy. This will be the 14th time that the Giro starts outside of Italy and for the first time in Hungary.

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