Giro d'Italia Latest News & Results 2024

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Giro d'Italia
Giro d'Italia
  • Dates 4 May - 26 May
  • Race Length 3,247 kms
  • Race Category Elite Men

Updated: 23 May 2024

Giro d'Italia stage 18: Tim Merlier gets the better of Jonathan Milan

After a number of recent mountain stages, there was a late opportunity for the sprinters on stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia, with Tim Merlier (Soudal-QuickStep) getting the better of Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek).

Merlier had won the opening sprint on stage 3 but Milan had dominated since then with three victories. Both riders found themselves far back as the sprint opened up, as Milan became detached from his lead-out train and they suddenly stalled when they realised. That opened the door for a number of early efforts, but Merlier and Milan both found room on opposite sides of the wide road and came together for a bike throw on the line, with the Belgian edging it by half a wheel.

There were no changes to the general classification, with Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) still holding a commanding lead with three stages remaining.

Read more: Giro d'Italia stage 18 results: Tim Merlier wins sprint finish ahead of Jonathan Milan

Giro d'Italia stage 17: Georg Steinhauser wins atop Passo Brocon as breakaway gets its chance

The breakaway had its day on stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia, but not without some indecision in the peloton and not without another attack from the race leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates).

Georg Steinhauser (EF Education-EasyPost) was part of a breakaway that was caught mid-way through the stage in the Dolomite mountains, but he was allowed to slip clear again soon after, and he stormed his way to a solo victory over two ascents of the Passo Brocon.

Pace from the peloton came in fits and spurts and while UAE were happy not to mow down the break to set Pogačar up for what could have been a sixth stage win, the race leader still couldn't resist clipping off to put yet more time into his rivals.

Pogačar placed second on the stage behind Steinhauser, with Antonio Tiberi (Bahrain Victorious) third as he led home a five-man GC chase group that contained both Dani Martínez (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), who occupy the overall podium spots behind Pogačar. Their deficit, however, is now 24 seconds greater, with Pogačar some 7:42 out in front with four stages remaining.

Read more: Giro d'Italia stage 17 results: Georg Steinhauser wins atop Passo Brocon as breakaway gets its chance

Giro d'Italia stage 16: Win number five for Tadej Pogačar on shortened day in the Alps

As if it were needed, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) issued another demonstration of his dominance at this Giro d’Italia, cruising to his fifth stage win of the race so far. The race leader also put several more seconds into his rivals but at this point the overall title looks sewn up and the only question remaining is how many stages the Slovenian ends up with by Rome.

Stage 16 was shortened due to extreme weather, with chaotic scenes at the start as riders came together to oppose the conditions set out by the race organisers. The start was eventually moved from Livigno some 85km down the road and around the mountains to avoid the high-altitude Umbrail Pass, where snow was falling heavily.

What had been envisaged as a breakaway day suddenly became something more straightforward, and despite a breakaway going clear, Movistar controlled it and the bunch started the final two climbs within touching distance. As late moves threatened to steal the show, Pogačar initially seemed happy not to contest the victory but he cruised up the steep final climb of Monte Pan almost by accident, and certainly with an incredible sense of ease.

He raised five digits to indicate his haul of stage wins so far, and once again the battle for the podium was the more engaging contest, with Dani Martínez (Bora-Hansgrohe) placing third on the day to move back ahead of Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) into second overall.

Read more: Giro d'Italia stage 16: Victory number five for Tadej Pogačar on shortened day

Giro d'Italia stage 15: Tadej Pogačar soars to victory and huge GC gains on queen stage

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) was already in full control of the Giro d'Italia but he effectively put the race to bed on the queen stage, where he collected his fourth stage win of this Giro and put three more minutes into his rivals.

On a day that measured 222km with over 5000 metres of elevation gain, Pogačar took flight 5km from the summit of the penultimate climb, the Passo di Foscagno, and then hurtled up the short final haul to Livigno, to leave an emphatic stamp on the race.

After skittling the day's breakaway hopefuls, the Slovenian celebrated his fourth stage win with a gap of 2:50 over his closest challengers, Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), with Dani Martínez (Bora-Hansgrohe), with 10 bonus seconds thrown in for good measure.

As the race pauses for its second rest day ahead of the final week, Pogačar now enjoys a huge lead of 6:41 over Thomas and 6:56 over Martínez.

Read more: Giro d'Italia stage 15: Tadej Pogačar soars to queen stage victory

Giro d'Italia stage 14: Filippo Ganna storms to victory on second time trial

It was second time lucky for Italian national champion Filippo Ganna on the second time trial of this Giro d'Italia, as he put in a blistering ride to claim his first victory at his home race in three years.

Once again it was a battle between Ganna and race leader Tadej Pogačar for the honours, after the Slovenian came out on top in the hillier, steeper TT earlier in the race.

Ganna set the time to beat early on on the flatter course in Lombardy but this time the maglia rosa would finish almost half a minute behind, leaving Ganna free to celebrate. Pogačar had cause to celebrate too, extending his lead by a minute in the general classification ahead of the race's queen stage.

Read more: Giro d'Italia stage 14: Filippo Ganna storms to victory on second time trial

Giro d'Italia stage 13: Jonathan Milan makes it three

With no categorised climbs whatsoever on the menu, stage 13 was about as nailed-on a sprint opportunity as they come, and Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek) duly cemented himself as the top sprinter at this Giro with his third win of the race so far.

That said, it wasn't all plain sailing, as Milan himself was caught out when crosswinds split the peloton into echelons earlier in the stage, but things came back together for a bunch gallop, albeit a messy one through a series of corners in the final few kilometres.

Milan was well-positioned by his Lidl-Trek teammates and said thank you very much when Movistar's Fernando Gaviria launched his trademark long-range sprint, which provided him with the perfect final platform to stomp his way to a third victory and an extension of his lead in the points classification.

All the main general classification contenders arrived in the main peloton with no changes to the standings and Tadej Pogačar still in the leader's pink jersey.

Read more: Giro d'Italia stage 13: Jonathan Milan makes it three

Giro d'Italia stage 12: Julian Alaphilippe winds back the clock with breakaway victory

It was a breakaway day on stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia and Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal Quick-Step) produced a blast from the past to claim a spectacular first Giro stage win of his career.

After a fast and furious start to the day, the Frenchman infiltrated an unruly breakaway and then attacked it, spending some 100km out front in a two-up move alongside Mirco Maestri (Polti-Kometa). Given the numbers and names behind, it seemed a doomed mission but somehow they pulled it off, arriving at the final steep climb with 45 seconds in hand. From there, Alaphilippe had to wave goodbye to his trusty companion, dancing clear on the double-digit gradients to take a victory that showcased the stuff that has deserted the two-time world champion in the past couple of years.

Behind, the peloton stretched and strained but all the general classification contenders arrived together in Fano with no change to the overall standings.

Race report & Results: Julian Alaphilippe winds back the clock with breakaway victory

Giro d'Italia stage 11: Jonathan Milan wins second stage as crashes mar chaotic sprint

Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek) emerged victorious once more in the battle of the sprinters, comfortably beating Tim Merlier (Soudal Quick-Step) on stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia, with the Belgian later relegated for forcing out Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates) in the approach.

On a flat, transitional stage towards the Adriatic coast there was little chance of a breakaway springing a surprise, with the peloton coming to life on the complicated approach to the finish.

Several riders including race leader Tadej Pogačar's teammate Felix Großschartner crashed in the final 5km, while sprinters Fabio Jakobsen and Tobias Lund Andresen (dsm-firmenich PostNL) also hit the deck a couple of hundred metres from the line.

But it was a straightforward victory for the maglia ciclamino, who swung out of Merlier's slipstream to charge out of reach and take the win, with Kaden Groves (Jayco-AlUla) taking third on the line but later upgraded to second after Merlier's relegation. Giovanni Lonardi (Polta-Kometa) moved up to third.

Geraint Thomas claimed two bonus seconds in the intermediate sprint to edge closer to Dani Martínez on GC, with every GC place outside the top 5 moving up one thanks to Cian Uijtdebroeks' withdrawal at the start of stage 11.

Read more: Giro d'Italia stage 11: Jonathan Milan powers to victory ahead of Tim Merlier

Giro d'Italia stage 10: Valentin Paret-Peintre takes first pro victory with stunning mountaintop solo

Valentin Paret-Peintre (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale) claimed his first pro victory in style as he attacked from the breakaway on a short, explosive day in the mountains, soloing to finish half a minute ahead of his closest rival.

The Frenchman emulated his brother Aurélien, who won a stage in last year's Giro, and beat another Frenchman in Romain Bardet (dsm-firmenich PostNL) to the win atop Bocca della Selva.

Bardet moved up seven places to 7th in the GC with his strong performance, with Jan Tratnik (Visma-Lease a Bike) coming in third after both Paret-Peintre and Bardet overhauled his near-20km solo effort in the closing kilometres.

Read more: Giro d'Italia stage 10: Valentin Paret-Peintre triumphs atop Bocca della Selva

Giro d'Italia stage 9: Olav Kooij snatches victory in thrilling Naples finale

It was a day for the sprinters but, as ever, a complicated one, with a number of climbs on the run-in to Naples, where Olav Kooij (Visma-Lease a Bike) collected his first Grand Tour stage win.

This time it was stage 1 winner Jhonatan Narváez (Ineos Grenadiers) attempting to rip up the script, attacking alone over an uncategorised climb inside the final 10km. The Ecuadorian champion took seven seconds over the top, extended it to 12 on the descent, and looked to be heading for a remarkable heist, only for his heart to be broken in the dying metres.

That had something to do with a certain Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), with the race leader turned lead-out man for Juan Sebastián Molano. The pink jersey produced a devastating pull to close in on Narváez, and while Jonathan Milan's teammate Simone Consonni provided the final turn, it was Kooij, surfing without a lead-out of his own, who burst through to pip the Italian and claim the biggest win of his career to date.

There was no change to the general classification.

Race report & Results: Giro d'Italia stage 9: Olav Kooij snatches victory in thrilling Naples finale

Giro d'Italia stage 8: Tadej Pogačar doubles up with back-to-back wins

Another day, another win for the maglia rosa, as Tadej Pogačar powered to a second stage victory in as many days, this time at the summit finish at Prati di Tivo, and put more time between himself and his rivals in the process.

On the toughest mountain stage of the race so far his UAE Team Emirates teammates set a steady pace on the front of the peloton, reeling in a doomed breakaway on the final climb.

And as the gradients pitched up on the 14.5km Prati di Tivo the contenders for the stage win were whittled down to a select group of GC favourites. Despite strong showings from Dani Martínez, Geraint Thomas - much improved from his disappointing time trial - Ben O'Connor and Antonio Tiberi, there was only ever one likely victor and Pogačar duly pulled through to claim his third stage of the race so far.

Read more: Giro d'Italia stage 8: Tadej Pogačar triumphs again at Prati di Tivo summit finish

Giro d'Italia stage 7: Tadej Pogačar powers to TT victory

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) destroyed the field on the stage 7 time trial of the Giro d'Italia to extend his lead in the maglia rosa to nearly three minutes.

The Slovenian had to come from behind after Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) had set the fastest time at the first two checkpoints and then taken the provisional lead at the finish. But Pogačar raced up the final climb to win by 17 seconds as several of his GC rivals crumbled under the pressure.

Dani Martínez (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished in the top 10 and moved into second overall, while Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) lost two minutes and dropped a place to third in the overall standings.

Read more: Giro d'Italia stage 7: Tadej Pogačar powers to TT victory taking time on Thomas and rivals

Giro d'Italia stage 6: Pelayo Sánchez wins three-up sprint after frantic gravel stage

Spanish youngster Pelayo Sánchez (Movistar) claimed the biggest win of his pro career on his Giro d'Italia debut as the peloton tackled an epic stage of climbs and white gravel roads in Tuscany, while race leader Tadej Pogačar had an unusually quiet day.

The relentless pace at this year's Giro d'Italia continued as attack after attack was reeled in, before a successful breakaway formed on the second of three gravel sectors.

That break would be whittled down over the remaining 42km and with the peloton rapidly approaching, the three survivors - Sánchez, Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal-QuickStep) and GC contender Luke Plapp (Jayco-AlUla) - battled for victory in a three-man sprint, with the Frenchman just pipped on the line and the Australian forced to settle for third.

Read more: Giro d'Italia stage 6: Pelayo Sánchez wins epic gravel stage ahead of Alaphilippe and Plapp

Giro d'Italia stage 5: Benjamin Thomas victorious as breakaway foils the sprinters

Stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia was supposed to be another day for the sprinters, but it ended in victory for France's Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis) after a four-rider breakaway survived to the finish.

The day had been far from straightforward from the start, with Alpecin-Deceuninck resolving to make things hard on the first climb of the day, succeeding in making some of their rivals hurt but bringing back the early break in the process.

This left the door open for a second, stronger break to get away in the second half of the stage, and they were never to be seen again. Lidl-Trek tried to chase them down, but with little help from the other teams – including Alpecin – the judgement in the peloton proved to be off, and the break survived to the finish, with Thomas the fastest in the finale.

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Giro d'Italia stage 4: Jonathan Milan powers to victory in downhill sprint

Much to the sprinters' delight, it was a second fast finish in a row on Tuesday's stage 4, though this time with a little more intrigue than stage 3's largely flat day.

As well as a challenging climb in the middle of the day, the Milan-San Remo-style day from Acqui Terme to Andora saw the short Capo Mele climb dropped into the final 5km, which threatened to disrupt the sprint.

In the end, a threatening attack did go on the climb, with Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) chipping off the front of the peloton with 4km to go, and it briefly looked like he may be able to take it to the line.

However, the motivated sprint trains were charging behind him, and on the fast, furious downhill run to the line, the team of Lidl-Trek pegged back the Italian, coming round him in the final kilometres and the sprint opened up.

It was Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek) who hit the front first, taking it up from a long way out, but the length didn't trouble the super strong Italian who was able to hold off all of his competitors and storm to his first win of this years race, taking the lead in the sprints classification with it.

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) finally had a quieter day, but remained in the race lead.

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Giro d'Italia stage 3: Tim Merlier takes the win on first sprint day, as Pogačar and Thomas test legs in finale

Monday's third stage offered up the first sprint day of this year's Giro d'Italia after two tough days on the opening weekend, and the big field of sprinters were primed to go head to head for the first time.

After a calm start to the day – no breakaway went, with the peloton taking a chance to relax – there was a tense hour in the middle of the race when a group of sprinters went up the road and looked to be pushing on, but they were ultimately brought back.

The final 40km looked like it was leading into a conventional sprint finish, but a small kicker in the last 5km gave some riders other ideas, with Mikkel Honoré (EF Education-EasyPost) launching an opportunistic move that drew race leader Tadej Pogačar and Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) into action, with the GC duo quickly going past the Dane.

This move briefly looked threatening, but ultimately even 2km was too long in the face of a charging, motivated mob of sprinters, and the pair was swept up in the final 500m.

After the fierce chase, it was a hectic sprint with not many lead-outs to be seen, and in the end it was Tim Merlier (Soudal Quick-Step) who emerged victorious to stamp his authority on the race's first bunch finish. Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek) and Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty) took second and third, whilst Pogačar continues to lead the overall classification.

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Giro d'Italia stage 2: Tadej Pogačar storms to victory and into race lead at first summit finish

It only took him two days, but after his visible disappointment at only coming third on stage 1, Tadej Pogačar threw down the gauntlet to all his rivals as he accelerated on the tough upper slopes of the Oropa to take his first ever Giro d'Italia stage win, and with it, the maglia rosa.

In a performance which echoed Marco Pantani's 25 years ago, the Slovenian suffered a near-identical mechanical and crashed at the foot of the final climb. But he recovered in sensational style to rejoin the peloton and launch his decisive attack with 4.5km to go.

Once he kicked up there was no stopping him completing the set of stage victories at all three Grand Tours, with his GC rivals toiling in his wake. Geraint Thomas and Dani Martínez took the minor places on the stage and moved onto the general classification podium 45 seconds behind Pogačar, while several others shipped more time.

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Giro d'Italia stage 1: Jhonatan Narváez outsprints Tadej Pogačar to claim first leader's jersey

The 107th edition of the Giro d'Italia started with a short, punchy stage before the peloton tackles the real mountains, but it was still enough for overwhelming race favourite Tadej Pogačar to put time into his rivals.

His UAE Team Emirates distanced several GC hopefuls on the day's steepest climb, the Colle Maddalena, before the Slovenian launched an attack and bypassed the day's breakaway.

But it didn't all go his way as Jhonatan Narváez (Ineos Grenadiers) latched onto his wheel and outsprinted him to the line, claiming his first maglia rosa and second-ever Giro stage win, while Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) pipped Pogačar to second place.

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Giro d'Italia 2024 overview

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First established back in 1909, around six years after the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia is one of three Grand Tours on the calendar, and the first of the season.

While nothing can touch the Tour in terms of scale, the Giro has no shortage of prestige, with the maglia rosa (pink jersey) one of the most iconic and coveted prizes in professional cycling.

Read more: Giro d’Italia 2024: Essential race preview

The 2024 Giro d'Italia will be the 107th edition of the so-called 'corsa rosa' and will take place from 4-26 May. The race will comprise 21 stages, with a mixture of mountains, time trials, flat terrain, and everything else Italy has to offer in a true test of a bike rider's all-round credentials.

While the Vuelta a España tends to throw up punchier terrain, the Giro d'Italia often plays host to some of the most gruelling stages you'll see in Grand Tour racing, with long days in the saddle and epic helpings of climbs in the Alps and Dolomites. The test is made harder by the weather, which is unpredictable in May, when rain can bucket down and where snow can still render some of the mountains unscalable.

Read more: The jerseys of the Giro d’Italia explained

The rider who comes through those three weeks in the shortest overall time will be crowned the winner and will get to lift the famous Trofeo Senza Fine - the 'infinite' spiralling golden trophy.

Giro d'Italia 2024 key information

When is the Giro d’Italia 2024? The 2024 edition of the Giro d’Italia will start on Saturday 4 May and run until Sunday, 26 May.

Where does the Giro d’Italia 2024 take place? The Giro d’Italia takes place in Italy, starting in Piemonte and finishing in Rome. The race heads south hugging the west coast, before nipping over to the east and heading up the opposite coast to the Alps, where the main mountain stages take place in the final week.

Who won the Giro d’Italia in 2023? The 2023 edition was won by Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), with the Slovenian taking the pink jersey from Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) in a dramatic penultimate-day mountain time trial on Monte Lussari.

How old is the Giro d'Italia? The Giro d'Italia was first held in 1909. The 2024 edition is the 107th.

Who won the first Giro d’Italia? Luigi Ganna was the first ever winner of the Giro d'Italia in 1909, winning three stages en route to the overall title. Ganna immortalised both himself and the tortuous race he had just won with six simple words, “Mi fa tanto male il culo!” or, “My ass hurts so much!”

Who has the most wins at the Giro d’Italia? Three riders stand at the top of the all-time honours list, with five victories each for Alfredo Binda, Fausto Coppi, and Eddy Merckx. They claimed their fifth titles, respectively, in 1933, 1953, and 1974.

Giro d'Italia 2024 route: Lots of time trialling, lighter on climbing and distance

The 2024 Giro d’Italia route will feature 68.2km of individual time trialling, six summit finishes, stages inspired by Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo, and a lighter touch.

The full route for the 107th edition of the corsa rosa was officially unveiled in Trento on October 13, with organisers RCS Sport rolling out a 3,321km journey that starts in Turin on 4 May and finishes, 21 stages and two rest days later, in Rome on 26 May.

Read more: A beginner’s guide to the Giro d’Italia

The headline news is that the Giro d’Italia has stuck to its guns as the most time trial-friendly of the three Grand Tours. The total distance against the clock of 68.2km – spread across two tests in weeks one and two – may be a couple of kilometres short of the 2023 total, but then the final TT there was on a mountain, whereas the terrain here is generally flat, tilting the balance in favour of the rouleurs.

That theme is reinforced by a relatively light helping of mountains, although there are still six summit finishes. Last year, those 70km against the clock were balanced out by a savage final week, but, while the high mountains are similarly backloaded in the 2024 route, there are simply not as many of them; the total elevation gain for the Giro as a whole is 42,900 metres, compared to 51,000m in the past two years.

It’s also interesting to note that the total distance for the Giro (3,321km) is the shortest since 1979. So while the 2023 edition was considered extreme in its dimensions, this is a Giro with a lighter touch.

That said, difficulties can arise in different places, and one of the standout elements of this Giro is that it’s the hardest start for some time. The opening stage takes riders over tough climbs around Turin, while the haul to Oropa on stage 2 is the earliest summit finish since Mount Etna in 1989. The opening week also features a mini versions of Milan-San Remo and a trip over the Tuscan gravel of Strade Bianche, although not in as big a dose as the dramatic previous visit in 2021.

The climbing may feel less extreme, but there are still some spectacular and savage mountains stages. There are three summit finishes before we even reach the half-way mark and a monster to end the second week on the Swiss border, measuring 220km with 5,200m of elevation. The mighty Stelvio opens the final week as the Cima Coppi – the highest point of the Giro – but the other critical mountain stages come afterwards and both feature double ascents, of the Passo Brocon on stage 17 and the fearsome Monte Grappa on stage 20.

Aside from the time trialling and the climbing, there is enough to go around the sprinters, with five clear-cut opportunities, including the finale in Rome. There are a few more opportunities, too, if they can survive the scattering of small hills in the first two weeks that will tempt the ambitious among the puncheurs.

For a full look at the route, including a breakdown of each of the three weeks, head to our route announcement page.

Giro d'Italia 2024 contenders: Tadej Pogačar makes his debut

The outright favourite for the maglia rosa, Pogačar wil go up against the likes of Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) and Romain Bardet (dsm) for the overall title, while Jonas Vingegaard, Primož Roglič, and Remco Evenepoel have all decided to skip the Italian Grand Tour and focus on the Tour de France this July.

Which teams are racing the Giro d’Italia 2024?

The 2024 Giro d'Italia will comprise 22 teams, 18 of which are the WorldTour teams, and two of which are set to be the automatically-invited top two second-division ProTeams. That leaves two wildcard slots for the organisers to grant to teams of their choosing.

  • AG2R Citroën
  • Alpecin-Deceuninck
  • Arkéa Samsic
  • Astana Qazaqstan
  • Bahrain Victorious
  • Bora-Hansgrohe
  • Cofidis
  • dsm-firmenich
  • EF Education-EasyPost
  • Groupama-FDJ
  • Ineos Grenadiers
  • Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
  • Jayco AlUla
  • Jumbo-Visma
  • Lidl-Trek
  • Movistar
  • Soudal-Quick Step
  • UAE Team Emirates
  • Lotto Dstny (if they take up their invite)
  • Israel Premier Tech (if they take up their invite)
  • Wildcard invite
  • Wildcard invite

Giro d'Italia jerseys

Pink jersey (maglia rosa) – worn by the leader of the general classification, the rider with the lowest overall time.

Blue jersey (maglia azzurra) – worn by the leader of the mountains classification, with points awarded on all categorised climbs.

Purple jersey (maglia ciclamino) – worn by the leader of the points classification, which is based on finishing positions on all road stages. This is often a sprinter.

White jersey (maglia bianca) – worn by the best young rider, being 25 or under, on the general classification.

Additional classifications: Although there are no jerseys, there is a teams classification, a dedicated classification for the intermediate sprints found on each stage, and a 'Fuga Pinarello' prize for the most kilometres spent in breakaways.

Giro d'Italia history

The Giro d’Italia, or Tour of Italy, was first established back in 1909, around six years after the Tour de France. Like its French counterpart, the Giro was born out of an attempt to boost sales of a national sports newspaper, La Gazzetta dello Sport. The first edition almost didn’t go ahead as the organisers lacked the 25,000 lire needed to hold the race.

After a few charitable donations from other Italian businesses, which included a 3,000 lire donation from La Gazzetta’s publishing rivals, Corriere della Sera, the race went ahead and 127 riders rolled out of Milan on the 13th May at 02:53am, ready to embark on an eight-stage adventure into the unknown.

The home favourite, Luigi Ganna, won three of these stages on his way to winning the overall classification - crowning himself the first ever victor of what would soon become Italy’s most prestigious bicycle race. After his landmark victory, Ganna immortalised both himself and the tortuous race he had just won with six simple words, “Mi fa tanto male il culo!” or, “My ass hurts so much!”

Like the Tour de France did in its early years, the Giro d’Italia snowballed in popularity and by the 20s it was one of the biggest sporting events in the country. One of the Giro’s legends, Alfredo Binda, dominated during this decade, taking four overall victories before a record-breaking fifth in the early 30s.

Only two riders that followed him have managed to equal his incredible achievement and score five wins in this race, Fausto Coppi in the 40s and 50s, and Eddy Merckx in the 60s and 70s.

Coppi’s name is one of the many synonymous with the Giro d’Italia, as is his arch-rival’s, Gino Bartali. The two Italians animated some of the most memorable editions of the Giro and created a rivalry that split an entire nation, much like Jacques Anquetil and Raymond Poulidor did in France during the 60s.

Several other legends of Italian cycling followed Coppi and Bartali, each one claiming Giro titles of their own. These Italian icons include: Felice Gimondi, the second-ever rider to win all three Grand Tours, Gianni Bugno, a two-time World Champion, and of course, Marco Pantani, a rider known to many as ‘Il Pirata’.

In more recent years the Giro d’Italia has diversified its pool of winners and has seen a number of other nations flourish. Canada, Colombia, Ecuador and Australia have all taken maiden overall victories in the last 11 years, courtesy of Ryder Hesjedal (Canada) in 2012, Nairo Quintana (Colombia) in 2014, Richard Carapaz (Ecuador) in 2019, and Jai Hindley (Australia) in 2022.

The Italians have remained stalwart and ever-present in this race however; since 2010 they’ve taken four overall titles, one with Ivan Basso in 2010, one with the late Michele Scarponi in 2011, and two with the evergreen Vincenzo Nibali in 2013 and 2016.

The number of Italian wins in this race gets even greater the further back through history you go. In all, the home nation has taken an incredible 69 overall titles in this race. To put that figure into perspective the closest nation to them is Belgium who sit on a lowly seven, followed by France on six.

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