All through October the main target of the biking world switches to Italy because the 103rd version of the Giro d’Italia programs the size and breadth of the nation, turning its villages and cities pink because it winds in the direction of Milan.
After setting off on its 3,497.9-kilometre journey from Monreale with a uncommon sighting — a downhill time trial — la corsa rosa spends two days on Sicily earlier than heading over to the mainland. 4 levels within the south are adopted by a collection of levels up the east coast, taking the hometown of the late Marco Pantani in the course of the twelfth day of racing. The third and ultimate week will see the race enter the excessive mountains of northern Italy the place the ultimate vacation spot of the maglia rosa will most definitely be decided.
Nevertheless, whereas the stage racers shall be specializing in the Giro, the one-day specialists shall be contesting for the honours in a number of the hardest races on the calendar. The dates might have modified, however the challenges stay the identical within the steep Ardennes or the cobbled roads of Flanders and northern France. Which begs the query: how do you observe all of it?
With two monuments of biking — Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Tour of Flanders — happening concurrently with the Giro, dwell protection on some days will deal with the large one-day races, whereas these eager on realizing what is going on at Ghent-Wevelgem shall be stored on top of things inside our Giro liveblogs.
These with subscriptions to Eurosport are in luck because the self-styled ‘house of biking’ is broadcasting every stage, whereas the recently-launched GCN Race Cross app can even be exhibiting the motion.
Alternatively, in case you are caught at work or don’t subscribe to Eurosport then you may observe the motion, because it unfolds, in our dwell blogs — see under for schedule — that may embody information, evaluation, response and full outcomes.
All dates, occasions and distances are appropriate at time of publishing, or have but to be launched. Telegraph Sport will replace accordingly.