The route for the 2017 Giro d’Italia has been revealed and it will contain four summit finishes and two individual time trials totalling 67.2km.
The entire round is 3,572km and it strikes an even balance between climbing and time-trialling and it seems perfectly suited to Chris Froome who has already Tweeted his approval of it.
The race will begin in Sardinia on May 5 and it will visit Sicily and the Alps before it comes to a finish in Milan on May 27.
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) October 21, 2016
The four summit finishes are taking place on Mount Etna (stage four), Blockhaus (stage nine), Oropa (stage 14) and Piancavallo (stage 19). The extremely difficult Passo del Mortirolo and the famous Passo dello Stelvio are both featured in the particularly tough stage sixteen.
The first time trial is along a rolling 39.2km course on stage 10 and the second covers 28km of flat land from the Monza racing circuit to central Milan on the last day of the race.
Vincenzo Nibali, who won this year’s Giro, has said that he intends to return and defend his title especially as stage five ends in his home city of Messina. It is also expected that fellow Italian Fabio Arus will take part as the race’s first three stages are taking place in his native Sardinia.
It is not known if Froome will take part but thanks to the time trials he would be favourite for overall victory and it is a particularly good opportunity to target the Giro and Tour de France double, a feat not managed since Marco Pantani in 1998.
Another rider that the race is sure to interest is the Dutch Tom Dumoulin who is an up-and-coming Grand Tour rider. However, Nairo Quintana and Esteban Chaves are likely to be put off by the time trials.