From Turin to Turin without passing through the start.
The first stage of the Giro-E 2021 starts on a gentle note: 43.8 kilometres (precision is important) to stretch the legs and test the engines and batteries. Instead of the time trial, the director of the electric Giro, Roberto Salvador, has opted for a hilly route with two bumps with a gentle profile, at least uphill: Revigliasco and, above all, Superga. The latter is beautiful in the ascent, tough in the descent, steep and technical. At the end, back to Turin entering the racecourse of the professionals, totally flat as befits a pure time trial. Finally, the finish line, and the usual emotion of the electric cyclists who pass for the first time under a sacred place of cycling as the finish line of a stage of his majesty the Giro d’Italia.
This is an overview of the opening stage of the Giro-E 2021, which took place in sunny weather and ended with 800 metres of positive elevation gain. A (light) appetizer of what is to come. To summarise: 21 stages, one of which is a time trial (the last one), a total distance of 1,540 km, an average distance of 73.3 km for each stage, a total positive elevation gain of 25,500 metres (almost three times the height of Mount Everest) (the pros will climb 47,000 metres). Despite the motors with which the bikes are equipped, the electric cyclists will still have to sweat, especially due to some tough stages, such as number 14 Maniago-Monte Zoncolan, 2,700 metres in elevation gain, and number 16 Canazei-Cortina D’Ampezzo, 2,200 metres in positive elevation gain that include the Passo Giau and the Pordoi, Cima Coppi of the Giro 2021. There will be six stages with more than 2,000 metres of positive elevation gain. Everything perfect to turn into a real grimpeur.