Giro dell'Emilia 2023

The Italian Classics gather pace with a star-studded hit-out a week before Il Lombardia

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Giro dell'Emilia
  • Dates 30 Sept
  • Race Length 204 kms
  • Start Carpi
  • Finish Bologna
  • Race Category Elite Men

Giro dell'Emilia 2023 overview

Taking place on September 30, the Giro dell'Emilia has become an increasingly important fixture on the Italian Classics campaign, providing a stern test a week out from the final Monument of the season, Il Lombardia.

This year, the one-day race has one of its strongest start list ever, with two-time winner Primož Roglič set to line up against his fellow Slovenian, the two-time Tour de France and Il Lombardia champion, Tadej Pogačar. With defending champion Enric Mas in attendance, along with Julian Alaphilippe, Richard Carapaz, Simon Yates, Pavel Sivakov, Thibaut Pinot, and many more, there is absolutely nothing to be desired in terms of the field.

The Giro dell'Emilia is one of the oldest races on the calendar, starting out in 1909 and now more than 105 editions old. With a roll of honour that includes Merckx, Coppi, Bartali, Moser and Ullrich, it's a race that might not be in the WorldTour but doesn't lack prestige.

As with this late-season swing of Italian one-days, the parcours is hilly and the defining part of the Giro dell'Emilia is the short but viciously steep climb towards the San Luca basilica in Bologna. Pitching well into the double-digits, it's tackled five times on a finishing circuit, the last taking the riders to the line at the top.

Mas won the 2022 edition, surprisingly dropping Pogačar on San Luca to solo in, but the Slovenian would turn the tables at Il Lombardia a week later.

Giro dell'Emilia 2023 route

The 2023 edition follows a familiar format, with an opening loop to dull the legs before five laps of the short finishing circuit based on the San Luca climb in Bologna.

The 204km route starts out in Carpi and tracks south on largely flat roads for 70km until the opening climb at Samone, which is followed by a rolling plateau, a descent, and the second climb, Monte Nonascoso. From there, it's a descent and then a gentle run-in to Bologna, with the riders hitting the first ascent of San Luca with just over 40km to race.

They'll ascend the punishing climb - 2.1km at an average of 10% - before crossing the finish line for the first time as they embark on four full laps of the 9.1km finishing circuit, which dips, kicks, and then descends back around to the foot of the San Luca climb.

With little flat - just steep up and fast down - and with a few tight corners, it's tailor-made for aggressive racing, and the lung-busting out-of-the saddle final couple of ascents up San Luca always make for thrilling viewing.

Giro dell'Emilia 2023 contenders

Defending champion Enric Mas (Movistar) heads up the start list, but all eyes will be on Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) as he eyes the Il Lombardia treble, and Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), as his future remains up in the air.

UAE and Jumbo-Visma are tussling for the top spot on the year-end UCI team ranking, with Pogačar's men just out in front. nevertheless, their lead narrowed after Roglič and co's recent exploits at the Vuelta a España. Jumbo aren't bringing a weak team by any stretch - with Tiesj Benoot here - but UAE are going all guns blazing for the Italian Classics, and can also count on Adam Yates, Juan Ayuso, Jay Vine and Diego Ulissi, who won this race a decade ago.

Former world champion Julian Alaphilippe is on the start list for Soudal QuickStep, but the Frenchman hasn't had his best season and his team have uncertainty of their own hanging over them. Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) is a rider bang in form, winning the recent Giro della Toscana, while Simon Yates (Jayco-AlUla), Richard Carapaz (EF Education-EasyPost), Michael Woods (Israel-Premier Tech), and former winner Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) are among a huge raft of potential winners.

Check out the full start list using the tab above.

Giro dell'Emilia 2023 key information

Dates: September 30, 2023

Country: Italy

Category: 1.Pro

Editions: 105 (as of 2022)

First winner: Eberado Pavesi

Most recent winner: Enric Mas

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