Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy will host the Big Start of the 102nd edition of the Giro d’Italia, which begins on Saturday 11 May.
The Corsa Rosa will begin with an 8.2km Individual Time Trial from the city center to the hilltop San Luca Sanctuary. Stage 2 on Sunday 12 May will start in Bologna and head south. The other stages in the Emilia-Romagna region are from Riccione to San Marino (the only stage to leave Italian soil in 2019) on Sunday 19 May for a 34.7km Individual Time Trial that will also be the so-called ‘Wine Stage’ of the Giro d’Italia. Monday 20 May is a rest day, while on Tuesday 21 May, the 147km Stage 11 runs from Ravenna to Modena and clearly suits the sprinters. On Wednesday 22 May the Giro d’Italia will leave Emilia-Romagna from Carpi and head west.
The 2019 Giro d’Italia will start on Saturday 11 May from the Emilia-Romagna region in the heart of Italy, specifically from the region’s capital Bologna, exactly 25 years after the city last hosted the Big Start in 1994. As part of a wide-reaching agreement between RCS Sport and the Emilia-Romagna region, stages of the Giro d’Italia will visit other parts of the region with starts or finishes in Riccione, Ravenna, Modena and Carpi. The 2019 Giro d’Italia is the 102nd edition of the Italian Grand Tour and will be organized by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, running between 11 May and 3 June.
THE EMILIA-ROMAGNA STAGES
STAGE 1, Saturday 11 May – Bologna-Bologna (San Luca) ITT – 8.2km
This is a short Individual Time Trial with 6km of flat roads followed by 2km of steep climbing. The route covers wide, largely straight, city streets until the foot of the San Luca climb. It lasts 2.1km and has an average gradient of 9.7% with long sections above 10% and the steepest section at 16% in the final kilometer.
STAGE 2, Sunday 12 May – The Giro d’Italia leaves Bologna and heads south