After organizer RCS previously announced the start weekend in Budapest, the sprint stages and the hill stages, today presented the six mountain stages.
The first real confrontation between the GC men will already take place in the 4th stage, with start in Avola and arrival at the top of Etna. A ride of 166 kilometers, which it is already uphill at the start. The final climb starts from Ragalna – as in 2018 – but then follows the route as in 2011 for the last 14 kilometers to finally finish again at Rifugio Sapienza.
Five days later – in stage 9 – it is again a summit finish with an arrival at the top of Blockhaus, the mythical climb that was also on the menu in 2017, exactly 50 years after Eddy Merckx achieved his first stage victory in the Giro. The stage is considered heavy, because Passo Lanciano (1st category) must also be climbed to arrive at Blockhaus.
If these two stages are served as an aperitif and starter, the main course follows six days later, with three mountain stages in four days. Starting with the stage from Rivarolo Canavese to Cogne on Sunday, followed by a rest day.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the GC riders have to work hard again. First in the stage from Salò to Aprica, with the climb of the Mortirolo en route, then during the stage from Ponto di Legno to Lavarone, with two first category climbs in the final.
Finally, there is the penultimate stage in 2022 Giro d’Italia, with start in Belluno and finish in Marmolada, at the top of the Passo Fedaia. On the way, the peloton also has to cross the Passo Pordoi, Cima Coppi of this 105th edition of the Giro d’Italia.