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Title: Giro 2020 - Big Preview
Post by: search on September 29, 2020, 13:21

[1]The Corsa Rosa is set to take place in October (3-25) for the very first time. After a period of strict lockdown, the Giro returns to offer fans a message of hope and renewal from Italy to the world. This year’s edition will feature the 9th ever Grande Partenza from Sicily, with a 15km individual time trial from Monreale to Palermo followed by three more stages on the island and one in Calabria before arriving in Matera. The race will then head to Puglia. The Abruzzo region will host an uphill finish in Roccaraso, with riders tackling the Apennine mountains (starting from San Salvo) – a stage providing more than 4,000 meters of elevation gain. The final two weeks of the Giro remain unchanged from its original schedule except for the start of Stage 10 which begins in Lanciano.


Three Individual Time Trials, with a total distance of 64.7km, six stages suitable for sprinters [well... Matthews' kind of sprinters ;) ], six of medium difficulty and six high difficulty stages are the headline course characteristics of the 103rd edition of the Giro d'Italia. There will be seven uphill finishes. Stage 21, an Individual Time Trial, runs from Cernusco sul Naviglio to Milan, which will host the final stage of the Corsa Rosa for the 78th time.

The Cima Coppi (highest peak) will be atop the 2,758-meter Stelvio. This edition’s Wine Stage will be the Individual Time Trial of the Prosecco Superiore from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene – an area that has been part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2019.

 1. Source of all text: RCS press release
Title: Re: Giro 2020 - Big Preview
Post by: search on September 29, 2020, 13:21


Stage 1 sees riders compete for the race’s first Maglia Rosa over a 15kilometer individual time trial from Monreale to Palermo. The following day, Sunday 4 October’s stage from Alcamo to Agrigento will be targeted by the puncheurs with its short, sharp climb to finish. Monday 5 October will host the Giro’s first day at altitude – a 150km  stage from Enna to Etna (reaching 1775m from Linguaglossa to Piano Provenzana). The climb, previously ridden in part in 2011, will be attacked from the North (Linguaglossa) before riders reach Piano Provenzana at the top. The next day will be the 2020 Giro’s last on the island, starting Stage 4 in Catana and finishing in Villafranca Tirrena.


The region of Calabria will then host Stage 5, covering 225km from Mileto to Camigliatello Silano with a ‘gentle’ 22km-long final climb. Thursday 8 October (Stage 6) from Castrovillari to Matera will be a prime target for breakaway attacks while the next day’s stage from Matera to Brindisi is more likely to result in a sprint finish. The race’s eighth stage, on mixed terrain, will bring the peloton from Giovinazzo to Vieste (Gargano), with a final circuit of 12.7km. Sunday 11 October will see riders begin in San Salvo and finish in Roccaraso (Aremogna) for Stage 9, one of the significant changes to the first half of this year’s route. The stage, set in the Apennine mountains, features over 4,000m of elevation. Riders will climb Passo Lanciano, Passo di San Leonardo amd Bosco di Sant’Antonio. The climbs are long, with the first reaching double-digit gradients. The stage finishes with a 10km long climb averaging a gradient of 5.7%. Monday 12 October will be this Giro’s first rest day.


Week two of the Corsa Rosa begins in the Abruzzo region, with Stage 10 taking place from Lanciano to Tortoreto over 177km. Then Stage 11 will be raced between the regions of Le Marche and Emilia Romagna, on Wednesday 14 October, from Porto Sant’Elpidio to Rimini. The following day the action starts and finishes in Cesenatico for Stage 12 on a challenging route that follows that of the Gran Fondo Nove Colli, now in its 50th edition.

We go from Cervia to Monselice for Stage 13; 192km that will bring the peloton from Emilia Romagna to Veneto where the Individual Time Trial from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene will be contested on Saturday 17. It’s a very demanding 34km test against the clock (including, in the first part, the hard, short climb of the Ca’ del Poggio) between the Prosecco Superiore hills that became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.


A key stage in the Corsa Rosa will start from the Rivolto air base, home of the Frecce Tricolori, on Sunday 18. The finish is in Piancavallo – which will also be the Montagna Pantani – after having climbed Sella Chianzutan, Forcella di Monte Rest and Forcella di Pala Barzana. Monday 19 is the second and final rest day, in Udine.


The Corsa Rosa enters the final and decisive week with a stage raced entirely in the Friuli region. It starts from Udine and finishes in San Daniele del Friuli, with Monte Ragogna at the end – to be climbed three times – included in the two 27km circuit laps.
On Wednesday 21 October (Stage 17) the action will start from Bassano del Grappa and finish in Madonna di Campiglio after 202km. The stage includes more than 5,000 meters of climbing that features the Forcella Valbona, plus Monte Bondone from the Aldeno side and the Durone Pass before the finish line.

The 18th stage from Pinzolo to Laghi di Cancano (an unprecedented finish), in the Stelvio National Park will be one of the hardest of the Corsa Rosa. From the start the route heads uphill to face Campo Carlo Magno, then Passo Castrin and the Passo dello Stelvio (Cima Coppi) from the Prato allo Stelvio side. After the descent, the climb to the Laghi di Cancano is attacked straight away. Stage 19, from Morbegno to Asti, is the longest stage of the 103rd Giro at 251km, and probably the last opportunity for the sprinters to take a victory.

Stage 20, taking place Saturday 24 October, from Alba to Sestriere (Tappa Bartali) will be breathtaking. It will see riders immediately climbing up towards the 2,744m Colle dell'Agnello. The route will cross the French border to face the Col d’Izoard then return to Italy from Monginevro to face the final ascent of Sestriere from the Cesana Torinese side.
The Giro ends on Sunday 25 October with the Individual Time Trial from Cernusco sul Naviglio, 2020 European City of Sport, to Milan, in Piazza Duomo under the Madonnina. It’s a flat 15.7km ITT to close this 103rd edition.

As usual, a very detailed analysis of all stages of the route can by found in the Cyclingnews Forum Thread, created by Eshnar (
Title: Re: Giro 2020 - Big Preview
Post by: search on September 29, 2020, 14:23
#ciclamino Classifica a punti

The points classification of the Giro was introducesin 1958, called Trofeo A. Carli, but only after a eight year break following the first endeavour, it found its permanent place in the Giro d'Italia on from 1966.

That year there was no associated jersey, while for the two subsequent editions a red jersey was awarded to the leader of the classification. From 1969 to 2009, the jersey was mauve, but often referred to as cyclamen. After another brief period of awarding a red sprints jersey, it turned cyclamen again for the 100th edition of the Giro in 2017, and so it will be again this time.

The points scheme remains the same as in recent years. Notwithstanding the fact, that he have seen battles between riders as different as they could be, with both sprinters and pure climbers fighting for the jersey in the past when every stage counted the same, the organizers decided to stick to the approach of the points system they introduced a couple of years ago. This means stages are separated in four different categories instead, with different amounts of points being awarded.

Points awarded at the finish (by stage category)

cat. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
a) & b)         50      35      25      18      14      12      10      8      7      6
c)         25      18      12      8      6      5      4      3      2      1
d) & e)         15      12      9      7      6      5      4      3      2      1

+ minor points for place 11-15 in category a) and b)

Points awarded at the intermediate sprint (by stage category)

cat. 1st  2nd 3rd  4th 5th  6th 7th 8th
a); b); c) & d)      12      8      6      5      4      3      2      1

...with the stages being categorized in the following way:
Since the rule change in 2015 no non-sprinter has ever come in touch of winning the jersey again, but as only three of the six 50 point sprint-stages this year are actually flat, this could very well change.

Furthermore, the final week of the race is absolutely brutal, so although there's a fairly good opportunity for a big bunch sprint on day #19, question is, if any pure sprinter will be still around at that point.

Favorites for the Maglia Ciclamino:


On paper the fastest sprinters in the race are Caleb Ewan, Fernando Gaviria and Arnaud Démare, but whether they can score enough points on the flat stages and be able to survive the mountains, is a different question.

Therefor, a good-climbing sprinter with a great uphill kick, like Michael Matthews or Peter Sagan, looks like the most likely candidate to win the jersey. But as the hilly full-point sprint stages also offer opportunities for (late) attacks, we could also see some surprises.

Puncheur type of sprinters like Davide Ballerini or Enrico Battaglin should have less problems making it over the mountains, and thereby could become contenders to win the jersey although they are probably unlikely to finish in the Top 3 in the flat sprints early on.

Outsiders could be riders like Diego Ulissi and Simon Yates, who are very capable to finish high up the order on almost all kind of stages.

#blue Classifica scalatori

Not only the jersey for the winner of the points classification has changed it's color in recent years, also the one for the King of the Mountains has - it turned from green to blue in 2012.

Often over the past years it was won by riders not taking part in the fight for pink, like Mikel Landa in 2017, or also Mikel Nieve, Giovanni Visconti or Julián Arredondo - before Chris Froome in 2018 became the first rider since Marco Pantani to win both the general classification as well as the mountain jersey in the same Giro. Last year an escapee had the upper hand again, though, when in impressive manner, Giulio Ciccone took the jersey on day one and defended it till the very end.

While thereby Ciccone scored more than double the amount of Masnada in 2nd, actually, more often than not, it has been a very open fight for the jersey between the opportunists and gc contenders over the past years. One example for that is the 2015 edition, when there was a battle between Visconti, Mikel Landa, Steven Kruijswijk and Beñat Intxausti basically until the final climb of the race, with each of them at times looking like the one to wear blue in Milano in the end.

Back in 2014 the scores of the hardest climb categories were exponentially increased to give them proportionally higher value - and this is still the case now, with points allocated in the following way:

CIMA COPPI GPM 1a Cat. GPM 2a Cat. GPM 3a Cat. GPM 4a Cat.
      50      40      18      9      3
      30      18      8      4      2
      20      12      6      2      1
      14      9      4      1      
      10      6      2            
      6      4      1            
      4      2                  
      2      1                  

(this year's Cima Coppi is the Passo dello Stelvio on stage 18)

So the allocation of points is very top-heavy. 1st category climbs are of much more importance than the smaller ones, and the big differences between the top finishers gives a massive advantage to those who manage to come 1st on the big climbs - now even more so, as the score for coming 1st was increased from 45 to 50 on the Cima Coppi, 35 to 40 on 1st category climbs, 15 to 18 on 2nd category climbs and 7 to 9 on 3rd category climbs last year, while all other numbers remaines the same.

But in the end, the winner of the jersey it not only determined by the number of points awarded on the climbs, but also by the fact where those climbs are located during the stages:

Stage Pt / Underway Pt / Finish
1      Monreale - Palermo ITT      3      
2      Alcamo - Agrigento      3      3
3      Enna - Etna            40
4      Catania - Villafranca Tirrena      9      
5      Mileto - Camigliatello Silano      9+9+40      
6      Castrovillari - Matera      9      
7      Matera - Brindisi            
8      Giovinazzo - Vieste      18+3      
9      San Salvo - Roccaraso      40+18+18      40
10      Lanciano - Tortoreto      3+3+9+3      
11      Porto Sant’Elpidio - Rimini      3      
12      Cesenatico - Cesenatico      3+9+9+9+3      
13      Cervia - Monselice      3+3      
14      Conegliano - Valdobbiadene ITT      3      
15      Base Area Rivolto - Piancavallo      18+18+18      40
16      Udine - San Daniele del Friuli      18+9+9+9+9+9      
17      Bassano del Grappa - Madonna di Campiglio      40+40+9      40
18      Pinzolo - Laghi di Cancano      18+40+50      40
19      Morbegno - Asti            
20      Alba - Sestriere      40+40+18      40
21      Cernusco sul Naviglio - Milano ITT            
TOTAL            654      243

So contary to 2018 for example, where many point heavy mountain-top finishes favored the GC guys, the organizers have gone back to the approach of having the total maximum number of points available during the stages clearly exceeding those at the stage finishes.

On paper this should suit the eager escapees, but with the two early point-heavy climbs at (or close to the) finish in week 1, a GC contender looks likely to take the jersey early on, meaning he'll probably be more eager to defend it.

Consequently, this points scheme should offer opportunities for both breakaway riders as well as GC contenders to win the jersey.

Favorites for the Maglia Azzuro:


As usual, it's difficult to name clear favorites to win the Maglia Azzura as it always is also determined by the outcome of the general classification, with riders casting an eye on the jersey only after losing time early on. Riders like Fuglsang or Majka could take it early though and try to defend it, until gifted cimbers not having an eye on GC take over, like maybe Ilnur Zakarin, Alexander Cepeda or last year's winner Giulio Ciccone.

#white Classifica giovani

The white jersey for the best young rider was first introduced in 1976 and is awarded to the best rider not born before January 1st 1994. In 2019, for the second year in a row, it was won by Miguel Angel Lopez, becoming the fifth Colombian winner in eight years. Between 2012 and 2014 it were Rigoberto Uran, Carlos Betancur and Nairo Quintana who were victorious, before Fabio Aru brought it back to Italy in 2015 and Bob Jungels took over for Luxembourg in 2016 and 2017. The other winners since it's reintroduction in 2007 were Andy Schleck, Riccardo Riccò, Kevin Seeldraeyers, Richie Porte and Roman Kreuziger.

Favorites for the Maglia Bianca:


After many top GC riders competing for the white jersey over the past years, the list of potential winners born after Januar 1st 1995 is surprisingly short this time. Alexander Vlasov looks like the standout contender, while others will probably only have a chance if he runs into some kind of problems, or needs to spend too much energy helping his team mate Jakob Fuglsang.

Edit: ...but only as I missed Sam Oomen, who already finished 9th in the 2018 Giro ;).

All detailed rules for the various classifications can be found in the ~pdf Giro d'Italia Regulations (