Giro route suits Cunego and climbersClose
The route of the 2005 Giro has finally been released and - surprise, surprise - it seems to favour dPICTURE BY TDWSPORT.COM After a number of delays, the route of the 88th Giro d'Italia was finally unveiled on Saturday night. Starting as previously revealed with a 1.15km time trial in Reggio Calabria on May 27, the event ends in Milan on May 29 after 3,466km of racing. The race is neatly balanced with three time trials and three mountain summit finishes. However, closer inspection suggests that defending champion Damiano Cunego and his fellow climbers should have the best of it. One of those time trials is the mini opener, while the final one of 31km includes the climb of the Superga that features on the route of Milan-Turin. The three summit finishes are at the Zoldo Alto, the Tenda and at the Sestriere ski resort on the penultimate day. But these climbs are merely a taste of what race organisers RCS have served up in the mountains. Among the 30 other categorised climbs on the route are the famous Stelvio and Pordoi passes. May 15's time trial pays homage to Giro legend Gino Bartali, who died on the eve of the 2000 race. That day's 41.5km time trial starts in Lamporecchio and finishes in Bartali's hometown of Florence. Cunego expressed reserved pleasure with the route. "I can only say that on paper I like this Giro, but I will need to go and have a look at it to get a better idea," said the 23 year old. "It seems to me like the race will suit the climbers, but we'll see." The route: May 7, prologo: Reggio Calabria (time trial), 1.150km May 8, stage 1: Reggio Calabria-Tropea, 208km May 9, stage 2: Catanzaro Lido-S. Maria del Cedro, 177km May 10, stage 3: Diamante-Giffoni Valle Piana, 210km May 11, stage 4: Giffoni Valle Piana-Frosinone, 197km May 12, stage 5: Celano-L'Aquila, 215km May 13, stage 6: Viterbo-Marina di Grosseto, 154km May 14, stage 7: Grosseto-Pistoia, 205km May 15, stage 8: Lamporecchio-Florence (time trial), 41.5km May 16, stage 9: Florence-Ravenna, 139km May 17, rest day May 18, stage 10: Ravenna-Rossano Veneto, 212km May 19, stage 11: Marostica-Zoldo Alto, 150km May 20, stage 12: Alleghe-Rovereto, 178km May 21, stage 13: Mezzocorona-Ortisei, 217km May 22, stage 14: Egna-Livigno, 210km May 23, stage 15: Livigno-Lissone, 207km May 24, rest day May 25, stage 16: Lissone-Varazze, 207km May 26, stage 17: Varazze-Limone Piemonte, 194km May 27, stage 18: Chieri-Turin (time trial), 31km May 28, stage 19: Savigliano-Sestriere, 190km May 29, stage 20: Albese con Cassano-Milan, 121km The climbs: May 8: Mileto (365m) May 9: Catanzaro (320m) May 10: Scorzo (474m); S. Tecla (365m) May 12: Passo del Diavolo (1400m); Valico Monte Godi (1564m); Goriano Sicoli (742m) May 13: Scansano (500m) May 14: S. Baronto (348m); Sammomm (553m) May 16: Passo del Muraglione (907m) May 19: Passo di Cereda (1369m), Forcella Aurine (1299m); Passo Duran (1601m); Zoldo Alto (1520m, finish) May 20: Passo di S. Pellegrino (1918m) May 21: Passo di Costalunga (1745m); Passo Pordoi (2239m); Passo di Campolongo (1875m); Passo delle Erbe (2004m). May 22: Avelengo (1287m); Passo dello Stelvio (2758m, cima Coppi). May 23: Forcola di Livigno (2315m). May 25: Bric Berton (773m). May 24: Colle di Cadibona (436m), Madonna del Colletto (1304m), Colletto del Moro (949m), Limone Piemonte (1795m, finish). May 27: Colle di Superga (620m). May 28: Sestriere (2034m), Colle delle Finestre (2178m), Sestriere (2034m, finish).