The 2013 Giro d’Italia – cycling’s first Grand Tour event of the season – begins today with live coverage on British Eurosport.
The 96th edition of the race covers 3,405km over the usual 21 stages. Seven of these stages are flat, which will perfectly suit sprinters such as Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel. Of the remaining stages, 11 of them will be more suited to climbers, such as Sir Bradley Wiggins, who has confirmed the race to be his main target for the season.
Last year’s race saw a fascinating battle between one of the pre-race favourites, Joaquim Rodriguez and the Canadian Ryder Hesjedal. Rodriguez held the jersey for a combined 10 stages but Hesjedal managed to overturn a 31 second gap on the final stage, to take the pink jersey. In the points classification, Cavendish held the jersey for over 50% of the race, but Rodriguez reclaimed it on the penultimate stage, denying the Brit his first points jersey in the Giro.
This year’s race will start in Naples, meaning that for the first time in five years, the opening stage will take place in the south of Italy. The small island of Ischia will host a stage for the first time in 54 years. Stage two, which is a team time trial, will start on the east coast of the island, and travel just over 17km west to the idyllic town of Forio, located on the west coast of the island.
All 17 days of the Giro d’Italia will be broadcast live on British Eurosport with commentary from Declan Quigley and cycling legend Sean Kelly. Sky Sports will air a 90-minute highlights programme every night of the event.
|Date||Stage||Live on Eurosport||Highlights on Sky Sports (*)|
|4 May||1: Naples to Naples||1pm - 7.30pm||7.30pm - 9pm (3)|
|5 May||2: Ischia to Forio||1.30pm - 4.30pm||10pm - 11.30pm (2)|
|6 May||3: Sorrento to Marina di Ascea||1.15pm - 4.30pm||7pm - 8.30pm (4)|
|7 May||4: Policastro Bussentino to Serra San Bruno||1.15pm - 4.30pm||7pm - 8.30pm (4)|
|8 May||5: Cosenza to Matera||1.30pm - 4.30pm||8.30pm - 10pm (3)|
|9 May||6: Mola di Bari to Margherita di Savoia||1.15pm - 4.30pm||10pm - 11.30pm (4)|
|10 May||7: San Salvo to Pescara||1.15pm - 4.30pm||9.30pm - 11pm (3)|
|11 May||8: Gabicce Mare to Saltara||1.30pm - 4.30pm||8pm - 9.30pm (4)|
|12 May||9: Sansepolcro to Florence||1.30pm - 4.30pm||7pm - 8.30pm (4)|
|13 May||REST DAY|
|14 May||10: Cordenons to Altopiano del Montasio||1.15pm - 4.30pm||7pm - 8.30pm (4)|
|15 May||11: Cave del Predil to Erto e Casso||1.30pm - 4.30pm||7pm - 8.30pm (4)|
|16 May||12: Longarone to Treviso||1.30pm - 4.30pm||11.30pm - 1am (4)|
|17 May||13: Busseto to Cherasco||1.30pm - 4.30pm||6.30pm - 8pm (4)|
|18 May||14: Cervere to Bardonecchia||1.30pm - 4.30pm||10.30pm - 12am (4)|
|19 May||15: Cesana Torinese to Col du Galibier Valloire||11.30am - 4.30pm||7pm - 8.25pm (2)|
|20 May||REST DAY|
|21 May||16: Valloire to Ivrea||1.30pm - 4.30pm||7pm - 8.30pm (4)|
|22 May||17: Caravaggio to Vincenza||1.30pm - 4.30pm||7pm - 8.30pm (4)|
|23 May||18: Mori to Polsa||1.30pm - 4.30pm||7pm - 8.30pm (4)|
|24 May||19: Ponte di Legno to Val Martello||11.30am - 4.30pm||7pm - 8.30pm (4)|
|25 May||20: Silandro to Tre Cime di Lavaredo||1.30pm - 4.30pm||9pm - 10.30pm (4)|
|26 May||21: Riese Pio X to Brescia||2pm - 4.30pm||7pm - 8.30pm (1)|