It will be Bologna, Regional County Seat of Emilia-Romagna, to kick off the 102nd edition of Corsa Rosa on Saturday 11th May.
A spectacular and selective start, with an ITT of 8,2 km, which will bring the athletes from the city center to San Luca.
The 2nd stage, Sunday 12th, will bring the athletes from Bologna to the south.
The other stages in the Region will be the ITT of 34,7 km Riccione-San Marino (RSM) (the only trespassing), Sunday 19th May, which will be also the Wine Stage of this Giro d’Italia.
Monday 20th is the day off. Tuesday 21st there will be the 11th fraction of 147 km, from Ravenna to Modena, dedicated to sprinters.
Wednesday 22nd the Giro leaves the Emilia-Romagna with the stage starting from Carpi to the west.
Short ITT with the first 6km flat and the next 2km of slope. The route covers large and mostly straight city roads up to the bottom of the San Luca climb of around 2.1km at 9,7% average gradient and with long parts at over 10/12% until the peak of 16% at the last kilometer. Therefore, the GC riders will have to face each other since the first stage, which will outline a draft of the standing of the “Top” athletes.
ITT divided in two parts: the first one including ups and downs up to the San Marino Republic (RSM) and the second one is a climb up to the finish line. The roads are articulate and full of ups and downs up to Faetano covering the first 22km. Once passed through Faetano, the road rears up reaching an incline in double figures and leading to Fiorentino. From there up to the arrival the altimetry has uphill sections alternating with short inclines.