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 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 phases within the south are adopted by a sequence of phases up the east coast, taking the hometown of the late Marco Pantani throughout 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 probably be decided.
Nonetheless, whereas the stage racers can be specializing in the Giro, the one-day specialists can be contesting for the honours in a number of the hardest races on the calendar. The dates could 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 — going down concurrently with the Giro, stay protection on some days will concentrate on the large one-day races, whereas these eager on realizing what is going on at Ghent-Wevelgem can be stored in control inside our Giro liveblogs.
These with subscriptions to Eurosport are in luck because the self-styled ‘house of biking’ is broadcasting each stage, whereas the recently-launched GCN Race Go app may also be exhibiting the motion.
Alternatively, if you’re caught at work or don’t subscribe to Eurosport then you’ll be able to observe the motion, because it unfolds, in our stay blogs — see under for schedule — that can embrace information, evaluation, response and full outcomes.
All dates, instances and distances are right at time of publishing, or have but to be launched. Telegraph Sport will replace accordingly.