Giro d'Italia 2023
The Giro d'Italia is the first men's Grand Tour of 2023
After three weeks of intense racing Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) came away with the victory and his first overall win in the Italian Grand Tour.
The Slovenian had to battle back after losing time in a number of key stages before moving into the maglia rosa thanks to a comprehensive win in the mountain time trial on stage 20. That impressive stage win move Roglič into pink at the expense of previous race leader Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) who was forced to settle for second overall at the completion of the race.
The final step on the podium was sealed by João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates). Almeida also won the white jersey as the best young rider in the overall classification. Jonathan Milan (Bahrain-Victorious) won the points competition, while his team also came away with the teams classification. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) won the mountains jersey in his final appearance in the race.
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The final podium at the Giro d'Italia in 2023
2023 Giro d'Italia Overview
Dates: Saturday May 6th - Sunday May 28th
Race length: 3,448.6 kilometres
Start: Fossacesia Marina, Italy
Finish: Rome, Italy
Race Category: WorldTour
Race Edition: 106th
Previous Winner: Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe)
The 2023 Giro d’Italia marks the first Grand Tour of the season with the Italian stage race taking place between Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 28th.
After starting in Hungary in 2022 the race returns to its homeland for this year’s Grande Partenza with a start on the Abruzzo coastline. A 18.4km time trial raises the curtain on the highly anticipated race with a stack of mountain stages, sprint days and epic climbs crammed into the race before a finish in Rome three weeks later.
Giro d’Italia 2023 Race Route
In October 2022 the Giro d’Italia race organisers unveiled the route for this year, and they did not disappoint with a mouth-watering parcours that should keep the race wide open until the final weekend of racing. In order to tempt world time trial champion Remco Evenepoel to the start line organisers RCS more than doubled the amount of time trialling for this year with 70.6km of TT action split across three pivotal stages. That said, the race is once again a well-balanced affair with seven mountain-top finishes, and a customary final week that’s loaded with predictably epic summit finishes through the Dolomites and Julian Alps.
The first maglia rosa of the 2023 Giro d’Italia will be settled with a 18.4km individual time trial in the Abruzzo region. Most of the opening stage will be raced along flat roads before a final uphill drag to the finish in Ortona. Although the margins between the GC contenders should be relatively slim this stage will act as an ideal indicator of early form. World time trial champion Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) should start as the overwhelming favourite, although Evenepoel could push the home favourite all the way to the line.
While the sprinters should battle for the limelight over the following few days the race returns to more aggressive terrain on stage 4 with a tough finish at Lago Laceno. The first major uphill test for the potential GC contenders comes on stage 7 to Gran Sasso. The second individual time trial arrives on stage 9 with a 33.6km test between Savignano sul Rubicone and Cesena before the first well-earned rest day of the race.
Stave 13, and another summit finish at Crans Montana in Switzerland, has the potential to blow the race wide open with 5,100 metres of climbing and the punishing ascents of the Colle del Gran San Bernardo - the highest point of the race - and the La Croix de Coeur.
Typically the Giro d’Italia takes on a more aggressive nature in the third and final week and the 2023 edition will be no exception with a block of days in the mountains starting with stage 16 and a summit finish to Monte Bondone. There’s a brief respite on stage 17 with the sprinters enjoying a rare final-week flurry before the race dips back into the mountains with a short but brutally tough stage from Oderzo to Val di Zoldo.Stage 19 is the Queen stage of the race with a 182km test that’s crammed with a jaw-dropping 5,400 metres of ascent as the race climbs the Passo Campolongo, Passo Valparola, the legendary Passo Giau, the Passo Tre Croci, and a final slog up to the line at Tre Cime di Lavaredo. If that wasn’t enough climbing to contend with, riders will have to embark on a 18.6km mountain time trial on stage 20 before a flat finishing stage in Rome.
Giro d’Italia 2023 teams
- AG2R Citroen
- Astana Qazaqstan
- Bahrain Victorious
- EF Education-Easypost
- Eolo-Kometa Cycling
- Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizane
- Ineos Grenadiers
- Israel-Premier Tech
- Movistar Team
- Soudal Quick-Step
- Team Arkea-Samsic
- Team Corratec
- Team DSM
- Team Jayco Alula
- UAE Team Emirates
How to watch the 2023 Giro d’Italia
Live coverage of the 2023 Giro d’Italia is available to GCN+ subscribers worldwide. Full on-demand replay of all three stages will also be available worldwide. Click here for more details.
GIro d’Italia history
Jai Hindley became the first Australian to win the Giro d’Italia when he claimed the 2022 edition of the race. Hindley edged out former Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz on the penultimate stage to Marmolada. Carapaz was unable to follow when Hindley and his Bora teammate Lennard Kämna upped the pace on the final climb, with the Olympic road race champion slipping out of the maglia rosa as a result. Spain’s Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) completed the podium with third overall. Sprinter Arnaud Démare (Groupama FDJ) won his second points jersey, while Bahrain Victorious came away with the teams classification. Eddy Merckx, Fausto Coppi and Alfredo Binda have the most Giro d’Italia wins with five victories each. Recently retired rider Vincenzo Nibali is the last Italian to win the race, taking victory back in 2016. Merckx holds the record for the most days in the pink jersey with 77 days in the race lead.
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