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The Giro d'Italia 2023 is an Italian stage race much loved by all cycling enthusiasts, which keeps them glued to the TV and involves them personally on the route to cheer on the greatest champions on the world cycling scene.
Also known as the Giro or Corsa Rosa, this famous road stage race was born in 1909 from the idea of some journalists and is today one of the 3 most important stage races on the cycling calendar, as well as being the first in chronological order (held in the month of May).
The prestige and the wave of enthusiasm that it brings with it make the Giro not only a competition, but a great sporting event, a much loved and followed event even by those who are not experts in the field. Three weeks of sport, effort and great emotions!
Let's get to know some details and curiosities together…
The 2023 edition, starting on Saturday 6 May, will be number 106.
It is expected to be very tough. We will start from the Costa dei Trabocchi in Abruzzo and the grand finale, the 21st stage, will be in the Italian capital, Rome, on 28/05.
Let's give some numbers: the total km will be 3,489.20, of which around 73 will be individual time trial, the altitude difference will be 51,400.
Like every year, the stages will be 21 and of different types.
The regions of the 2023 Giro will be, in alphabetical order, Abruzzo, Basilicata, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Marche, Molise, Piedmont, Tuscany, Trentino, Umbria, Veneto and will also touch the Canton of Valais region of Switzerland.
The 2023 program includes 8 stages for sprinters, 7 uphill finishes, 5 medium mountain stages and 5 high mountain stages.
The time trial kilometres, all individual, will be around 73, divided into 3 stages… almost three times as many as last year.
There will be 176 participants in this 2023 edition, as per the UCI regulation for 3-week stage races, divided into 22 teams.
In addition to the 18 WorldTour teams that have the right to participate and the Israel Premier Tech team, which has the right to participate, the Italian teams Team Corratec, Green Project-Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè and Eolo-Kometa have obtained the "wild card". cycling team.
These are great professionals who, like every edition, will be able to put on a show and make this sporting event absolutely not obvious!
For the pink jersey, the reigning world champion Remco Evenepoel and the Slovenian Primoz Roglic stand out among the big favourites. But among the suitors there are also Tao Geoghegan Hart, winner of the 2020 Giro d'Italia, Geraint Thomas, Damiano Caruso, Thibaut Pinot, Alexandr Vlasov and Rigoberto Uran... And above all, past editions teach us that the Giro d'Italia is like a journey, full of twists and turns and even unexpected events!
Among the sprinters, the main favorites for the cyclamen jersey are the British athlete of Team Astana Mark Cavendish, followed by the Colombian Fernando Gaviria of Team Movistar, the Australian Michael Matthews of team Jayco-Alula and the former world champion Mads Pedersen of the Trek-Segafredo team.
In short, like every year there are many predictions and bets... but the Giro will be able to surprise us and keep our attention high.
The Giro can be followed live every day on Rai channels or on Eurosport, Discovery+ and many other pay-TV platforms.
It can also be followed through social channels or from the official website or on gazzetta.it.
There are also numerous websites that allow you to follow the direct written report of the "Corsa Rosa".