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#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.

The points scheme remains unchanged compared to recent years. This means stages are separated in four different categories, 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 first (of two) intermediate sprint of the day:

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:
  • categoria a) & b): 2a - 5a - 7a - 10a - 13a - 18a
  • categoria c): 3a - 4a - 6a - 8a - 12a - 15a
  • categoria d) & e): 1a - 9a - 11a - 14a - 16a - 17a - 19a - 20a - 21a
Since the rule change in 2015 no non-sprinter has ever come in touch of winning the jersey again, and with most flat stages mostly looking unusually, well..., "flat" this year, it looks unlikely to change. Stage 10 has some climbs early on at least, though, and #18 offers a hilly finale with a good chance for (late) escapees to take the points.

Time limits haven't been much of an issue in the Giro in recent years, but the very tough final week could obviously lead to some sprinters (especially those also aiming for the Tour) to leave the race, potentially influencing the fight for #ciclamino.

Favorites for the Maglia Ciclamino:

With Viviani, Nizzolo and Gaviria there are three former jersey winners in the race, all tending to lack a bit of consistency, though, nowadays. When it comes to speed, Caleb Ewan and Tim Merlier are likely to be the quickest, with first-named aiming to do all three Grand Tours in 2021, though, and the latter competing in his very first one, maybe shifting the focus more on early stage victories - which is also likely to be the case for Matteo Mischetti, given his lack of climbing skills.

Normally also Dylan Groenewegen would obviously be a guy to be named, but for him it's the first competition after his ban from racing, and only as a late inclusion to the team, so it would be quite a surprise to see him competitive enough already. He may even be on domestique duties for his team mate David Dekker., from time to times.

This could very well lead to Peter Sagan adding another points jersey to his already huge collection. He is also scheduled to do the Tour de France right afterwards, but should normally still be motivated to finish the race, especially after just losing out to Arnaud Démare last year.

Same as Sagan, also puncheur type of sprinters like Andrea Vendrame or Patrick Bevin should have no major problems to make it over the mountains, and thereby could theoretically become contenders to win the jersey as well, but they are probably unlikely to score enough points in the flat sprints early on.

#blue Classifica scalatori

The mountain classification of the Giro was introduced in 1933, and most of the times offers an opportunity for string climbers outside the GC picture to gain glory. Examples over the last years were riders like Mikel Landa in 2017, or also Mikel Nieve, Giovanni Visconti or Giulio Ciccone - with Chris Froome as the only exception to win both the general classification as well as the mountain jersey in the same Giro, since Marco Pantani in 1998.

Last year Ruben Guerreiro won the jersey with a considerable margin of 77 points, and in 2019 Giulio Ciccone even managed to wear the jersey to wear the jersey from day one till the very end, but most of the years it was a fairly close competitions, sometimes also with the GC guys not too far off.

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 - and now even more so than in history, as the score for coming 1st was increased in 2020, 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 remain 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 / (near the) Finish
1      Torino - Torino TISSOT ITT            
2      Stupinigi (Nichelino) - Novara      3      
3      Biella - Canale      9+3+3      
4      Piacenza - Sestola      9+9      18
5      Modena - Cattolica            
6      Grotte di Frasassi - Ascoli Piceno      18+9      18
7      Notaresco - Termoli      3      
8      Foggia - Guardia Sanframondi      18      3
9      Castel di Sangro - Campo Felice      18+9+18      40
10      L'Aquila - Foligno      3      
11      Perugia - Montalcino      9      9
12      Siena - Bagno di Romagna      9+18+18      9
13      Ravenna - Verona            
14      Cittadella - Monte Zoncolan      3+18      40
15      Grado - Gorizia      3+3+3      
16      Sacile - Cortina d'Ampezzo      40+40+50      40
17      Canazei - Sega di Ala      3+40      40
18      Rovereto - Stradella      3      
19      Abbiategrasso - Alpe di Mera      40+9      40
20      Verbania - Valle Spluga - Alpe Motta      40+40      40
21      Senago - Milano TISSOT ITT            
TOTAL            521      297

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 favor escapees, but with the two most point-heavy climbs during the first two weeks situated at the finish, a GC contender could take the jersey early on, leading to him being a bit more eager to defend it.

Just two days after stage #16 comes up with at least 130 points almost certain to be distributed among breakaway riders, though, meaning that a non-gc threat is very likely to have the upper hand in the end.

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. Guerreiro and Visconti are former winners, most certainly giving it a go again, and having an unusual amount of freedom on their teams could also lead to Reichenbach or Davide Formolo ending up in the mix. #trek Trek Segafredo probably lines up the best pair of contenders with the esceptional escapees Ciccone and Brambilla, but in their case a lot will depend on the shape Vincenzo Nibali arrives at the Giro with.

And it has been quite a while since #androni Androni dominated the competition with Freddy González and Jose Rujano during the early Zero-Years, but going by his shape in the Tour of the Alps, Alexander Cepeda looks right on track to become Savio's first #blue winner since 2005.

#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 1996. Most recently Bob Jungels and Miguel Angel Lopez took back to back wins in 2016/17 and 2018/19, but this won't be the case this time, as last year's white jersey Tao Geoghegan Hart is not around for the 104th Giro

Favorites for the Maglia Bianca:

It feels a bit like this competition has lost relevance over the past years, as the birth of the new generation of cycling has let to more young riders fighting for bigger glory at young age already, but the last #white winner to finish outside the Top 10 in GC was actually Vladimir Poulnikov in 1989, so in the Giro youngsters have always mixed up the overall standings as well.

This year the list of first-class contenders looks particularly long, though, with basically more GC favourites competing for #white than not.

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