Giro d’Italia 2022 Route: This year the Giro d’Italia organisers, RCS, released the 2022 race route over four days. We have put it all together for the full 2022 ‘Corsa Rosa’ route reveal.
Seven Stages for the Sprinters
After the presentation of the Grande Partenza from Hungary, with two stages best-suited to sprinters and an individual time trial in the heart of Budapest, the journey through the stages, territories and delights of the 105th edition of the Corsa Rosa continues.
The 2022 Giro d’Italia, starting from Hungary, includes seven stages best-suited to sprinters. The first two will take place on Hungarian soil, the remainder in Italy.
Elia Viviani said: “It is a Giro full of excellent opportunities for sprinters. Perhaps the arrival of the first stage is more favorable for a finisseur or a sprinter who can climb well. I would like to be able to fight to win the Maglia Ciclamino again and try to win some stages like the Treviso stage, which is close to where most of my fans are, or that of Reggio Emilia. There is certainly the opportunity to repeat my performance at the 2018 Giro: that would be a dream!”
Here they are in detail the seven stages best-suited to sprinters:
BUDAPEST – VISEGRÁD: 195 km – 900 m – **
A slightly undulating stage through the plains to the north of the capital, skirting the Slovakian border, marked by the Danube, an imposing and constant presence in this area. The stage passes through several renowned towns such as Székesfehérvár and Esztergom with its imposing basilica. A challenging finish awaits the riders once they leave the banks of the Danube. From the centre of Visegrád, the route climbs at 5% for about 5km to the royal castle where the first Maglia Rosa will be awarded at the end of an increasingly narrow sprint.
KAPOSVÁR – BALATONFÜRED: 201 km – 890 m – *
Stage to Lake Balaton, the sea of Hungary. After a first section of the stage in which the riders will approach the lake via a series of gentle undulations, they will reach Nagykanizsa and then Hévíz with its thermal lake. From there, they will ride through the Balaton region. The landscape is called the ‘Provence of Hungary’ and features ‘up and down’ volcanic hills that characterise the route. The last 50km take place along the coast with only the briefest of bumps at Tihany Abbey. The finish is almost without corners, and will set the stage for the race’s first bunch sprint.
CATANIA – MESSINA: 172 km – 1200 m – **
A classic ‘Giro di Sicilia’ stage. From Catania to Messina, starting on the east coast and taking in Portella Mandrazzi and its gentle slopes. Reaching the northern coast, the riders will pass through places like Villafranca Tirrena, Ganzirri with the enormous Pilone dello Stretto of the region’s old power line. This is a stage for sprinters and it is likely to see a bunch sprint at the end.
PALMI – SCALEA (Riviera del Cedri): 192 km – 900 m – **
A slightly undulating stage once more, that will most likely end in a sprint. After a slightly bumpy first part between Mileto, Vibo Valentia and Pizzo, the race follows the Tyrrhenian coast off Calabria, with its short ups and downs. The finale is expected to be very fast.
SANTARCANGELO DI ROMAGNA – REGGIO EMILIA: 201 km – 480 m – *
A completely flat stage that, alongside the race’s third stage, is the longest of this year’s Giro. From the start to Bologna, the route follows the Via Consolare Emilia, almost entirely straight through the Emilian plain. After Bologna, the stage visits some of the towns affected by the 2012 earthquake – San Giovanni in Persiceto, Crevalcore, Camposanto, Carpi and Correggio. The route runs along straight, flat roads until it reaches Reggio Emilia for the sprint, which promises to be a close race.
SANREMO – CUNEO: 157 km – 1450 m – **
A relatively short stage of medium difficulty. It runs in the opposite direction to the summer Sanremo of 2020. From Sanremo the riders reach Imperia to climb up to Colle di Nava and, once in Ceva, turn towards Cuneo. They then touch upon some of the most symbolic places of the Giro in the area such as the Sanctuary of Vicoforte and Mondovì. The stage ends with a fast finale along the Cuneo plain to reach the final sprint.
BORGO VALSUGANA – TREVISO: 146 km – 570 m – *
The last true bunch sprint of the 2022 Giro. The first part of the stage is slightly undulating, featuring the historic Scale di Primolano to access the Piave valley. It then crosses the Prosecco production area between Valdobbiadene and Refrontolo. The last climb is the short Muro di Ca’ del Poggio to reach the Treviso plain and tackle the final circuit before the final sprint.
Here are the Six Hilly Stages
The unveiling of the next Corsa Rosa route continues with stages suitable for attackers, breakaway riders or finisseurs. Tomorrow all of the mountain stages will be unveiled.
Following the unveiling of all stages geared towards the sprinters of the peloton, here are six hilly stages from the race route that could witness a breakaway, solo attack, or a finisseur’s bunch sprint.
Three times road world champion and winner of the 2021 Maglia Ciclamino 2021, Peter Sagan, said: “There are six very interesting stages that offer multiple ways of winning – a far away breakaway, attacks in the final or bunch sprints. These stages will certainly be important; certainly for the points classification of the Maglia Ciclamino but also if the GC rider should go on the move, then these stages could become important also for the Maglia Rosa. It was on a very mixed terrain stage, just like these, that I won my first Giro stage in 2020. I really like these kinds of stage profiles and they suit my strengths.”
Here are the six stages:
DIAMANTE – POTENZA: 198 km – 4490 m – ****
This is a truly ‘mixed’ stage through the Calabrian-Lucanian mountains with an overall gradient worthy of a Dolomite stage. The start along the sea is the only flat section – or at least, partially flat. After Maratea the sequence of demanding climbs – some more than others – is uninterrupted. The riders will climb the Passo della Colla, which leads to Lauria, where they will tackle Monte Sirino, an old acquaintance of the Giro, which the riders will meet again after 23 years. After crossing Viggiano, the group will climb the Montagna Grande di Viggiano, a very demanding climb to reach Potenza after the last ascent of the Sellata.
NAPOLI – NAPOLI (Procida Capitale Italiana della Cultura): 149 km – 2130 m – **
A short and intense stage between the capital of the Campania region and the Phlegrean peninsula. From Naples the race heads to Bacoli and begins a demanding circuit of around 19km between Bacoli and Monte di Procida to be covered five times. At the end of the last lap, the race returns to Naples where on the seafront of Via Caracciolo, the finish line will be located. Expect a reduced group for the final sprint.
PESCARA – JESI: 194 km – 1730 m – ***
A mixed stage with a flat and coastal first part and a second that undulates along the Muri of the Jesi area. After Civitanova Marche, there are no obvious opportunities for recovery. The riders will climb Civitanova Alta, Sant’Ignazio di Montelupone, Recanati, Filottrano, Santa Maria Nova and Monsano. These are all demanding climbs, with some very steep sections, which will surely create a select group that arrives in Jesi for the final sprint.
PARMA – GENOVA: 186 km – 2840 m – ***
A medium mountain stage suitable for breakaways. The first part of the stage tackles a constant climb until the riders enter Liguria via the Bocco pass (which PEZ rode here). A quick descent to Chiavari follows and, once the coast is reached, the biggest challenges begin, with the Ruta being tackled this time from the side of Chiesa Vecchia and above all Monte Becco, an unprecedented and very demanding climb. Connected with Monte Fasce, both ascents will thin out the small group that subsequently will arrive in Genoa to compete for victory.
SANTENA – TORINO: 153 km – 3470 m – ****
A short and very intense stage without a moment’s respite. The overall elevation accumulated in relation to the kilometres covered resembles most closely that of an alpine stage. The first ten kilometres from Santena to Chieri are the only ones of the day that are not uphill or downhill. The peloton will ride two and a half times on a circuit that includes the climb to Colle della Maddalena, and after, the climbs of Moncalieri and Santa Brigida. It passes the finish line at the Gran Madre and climbs the Superga climb to arrive again at the foot of La Maddalena and start again. In total, Superga will be climbed twice and Maddalena and Santa Brigida three times for a very intense finale.
MARANO LAGUNARE – SANTUARIO DI CASTELMONTE: 178 km – 3230 m – ****
A mid-mountain stage that begins from Marano Lagunare to climb along the lowlands up to the morainic hills of Udine between Fagagna and Majano. After crossing Buja, the race reaches the Julian Pre-Alps with the Villanova Caves followed by the Tanamea Pass. The riders will enter Slovenia through the Uccea pass, which leads directly to Kobarid (well known in Italy as Caporetto). This is where one of the new climbs of the Giro 2022 begins: Monte Kolovrat, 10 km at almost 10% (the gradient drops off due to a small period of respite halfway up the climb). A long false flat then slowly descends to return to Italy. From Cividale del Friuli the climb that leads to the Sanctuary of Castelmonte, which has dominated the Cividale area for almost 1000 years, begins.
Six Mountain Stages With 4 Summit Finishes Unveiled
The race’s high mountain stages promise a great spectacle. The six stages are: Avola – Etna (Rifugio Sapienza), Isernia – Blockhouse, Rivarolo Canavese – Cogne, Salò – Aprica (with Mortirolo and Santa Cristina, which will also be the Sforzato Wine Stage), Ponte di Legno – Lavarone and Belluno – Passo Fedaia (Marmolada) which features the San Pellegrino and Pordoi as Cima Coppi (2239m). These climbs will no doubt decide this edition of the Corsa Rosa. Tomorrow, the Grande Arrivo and the full route map of the Giro d’Italia will be unveiled.
The eagerly awaited high mountain stages of the 105th edition of the Corsa.
The winner of the previous Giro d’Italia Egan Bernal commented: “With these six high mountain stages it is clear that the 2022 Giro d’Italia will be another tough one. The first uphill finish on Etna will be important and could really cut out from the GC those who are not at 100% on form for the first week of the race. Then there will be the mythical climbs like the Mortirolo, where great champions have written important chapters in cycling history, riders like Pantani and many others.”
Here are the 6 stages:
AVOLA – ETNA (Rifugio Sapienza): 166 km – 3590 m – ****
A stage in the Sicilian hinterland with an uphill finish. From Avola, the route passes by Noto, center of Sicilian Barocco. It then continues passing by the Pantalica and Vizzini areas while approaching the volcano. The final ascent, which ends at the rifugio Sapienza (as it has done on other occasions), follows an unprecedented route. The climb is approached from Ragalna (as in 2018), but then moves onto the classic Nicolosi side (as in 2011) for the final 14km.
ISERNIA – BLOCKHAUS: 187 km – 4990 m – *****
A high mountain stage among the Apennines. From the very first kilometres from Isernia towards Rionero Sannitico, the route heads upwards. It skims along the historic Macerone and then reaches the first pass at Roccaraso. As far as Guardiagrele, which is only touched on, the only fairly quiet stretch of the stage is mostly downhill. Then begins the double climb to Blockhaus. From Pretoro, the riders will reach Passo Lanciano to then descend to Lettomanoppello and, after skirting the base of the Majella, climb to the finish from Roccamorice as they did in 2017. The stage finale features double-digit gradients along a series of hairpin bends leading to the finish.
RIVAROLO CANAVESE – COGNE: 177 km – 4030 m – ****
A typical stage of the Western Alps that features very long climbs (even if without excessive gradients). The stage begins from Rivarolo Canavese and follows a classic approach along the Dora Baltea to enter the Vallée until reaching the capital. The riders will then climb in quick succession Pila up to Le Fleurs, a climb that welcomes the Giro back after an absence of thirty years, Verrogne (already climbed in 2019) and Cogne to finish in the Gran Paradiso National Park, which is now 100 years old. Over 46km of the final 80km will all be uphill.
SALÒ – APRICA (Sforzato Wine Stage): 200 km – 5440 m – *****
A classic stage in Valtellina with a sequence of climbs, some of which have been rediscovered after many years. The stage begins from Salò to take in the Val Sabbia and, after the Bagolino climb, the Goletto di Cadino (last tackled in 1998 on the occasion of the victorious ride of Pantani in Montecampione). Back up the Val Camonica, the riders climb the Mortirolo from Monno (as in 2017) to descend to Grosio and follow the roads of Sforzato wine to which the stage is dedicated, climbing Teglio (a town that gives its name to the valley) and then reach Aprica through the Valico di Santa Cristina – last passed in 1999.
PONTE DI LEGNO – LAVARONE: 165 km – 3740 m – ****
A mountain stage divided into two parts. It features an uphill start towards Passo del Tonale, followed by a stretch of more than 70km, always substantially downhill. After crossing the Adige, the route climbs to Palù di Giovo (historically a fief of the Moser family), passing through the Valle di Mocheni to reach Pergine Valsugana and the final stretch, which would make for a difficult stage on its own. After Pergine, the riders will climb the Vetriolo Pass from a new side and the Menador climb with its tight hairpin bends and tunnels that are typical of roads carved into the rock during wartime (called Kaiserjägerweg). After the GPM of Monte Rovere, a few undulating kilometres will most likely bring a very small group to the finish.
BELLUNO – MARMOLADA (Passo Fedaia): 167 km – 4490 m – *****
A classic Dolomite stage and the last uphill finish of the Giro d’Italia in 2022. It begins from Belluno with a short detour along the Piave valley between Sedico, Santa Giustina and the Certosa di Vedana. The race then enters the Cordevole valley, which is climbed up through Agrodo and Cencenighe. This is the start of the final trio of climbs with the San Pellegrino Pass (gradients of over 15% after Falcade) followed by the Pordoi Pass (Cima Coppi 2022) and finally the Fedaia Pass with the famous Malga Ciapela straight ahead, which maintains gradients of over 10% and reaches 18%. There is no Serrai di Sottoguda, as its road was obliterated by the Vaia storm. The stage touches on many symbolic places and, after 14 years, the Marmolada is once again the place of arrival.
Verona to Host Grand Finale of Race
Having already unveiled a series of stages from the Corsa Rosa, here is the grand finale of the Giro d’Italia – an individual time trial finishing in Verona, inside the Verona Arena. This announcement completes the unveiling of the 105th Giro route, with 7 stages for sprinters, 6 hilly stages, 6 high mountain stages and 2 individual time trials. 3410.3 kilometers will be covered, with 51.000 meters of elevation. The Grande Partenza from Hungary on 6 May will be the fourteenth to take place from abroad. Verona will host the final stage of the Corsa Rosa for the fifth time.
Verona and its magnificent Roman amphitheatre – the Arena – will host the grand finale of the Corsa Rosa. It will be the fifth time that the Giro ends in Verona, after the editions of 1981, 1984, 2010 and 2019: all individual time trials that crowned the successes in the GC of Battaglin, Moser, Basso and Carapaz.
The UCI ITT World Champion Filippo Ganna said: “The 2021 Giro d’Italia started in pink for me in Turin and finished in pink for the team with Egan Bernal: it would be nice to repeat that again next year. Whoever can take the lead of the GC after Budapest ITT will wear the Maglia Rosa for a few days. Then the final time trial with the arrival at the Verona Arena will be spectacular and decisive for crowning the winner. It will be a very interesting Giro”.
VERONA – VERONA (Colline Veronesi) Tissot ITT: 17.1 km – 280 m – ***
A Time trial on the Circuito delle Torricelle (of the UCI World Championships) run counterclockwise. Its first part runs along straight and very wide roadways. Then a climb of around 5% follows, with some “steps” and a slightly narrower road. After the GPM and an intermediate split at the top of the climb, the riders will tackle 4km of fast downhill. A final 3km along city streets follows with some challenging corners before the final stage’s arrival in Piazza Bra and the Arena of Verona.
Urbano Cairo, President of RCS MediaGroup said: “Next year the Giro d’Italia will celebrate its 105th edition with a route from Budapest to Verona. The fact that we have reached this number itself already reflects the importance of the Corsa Rosa for the world of sport and for our group. For the fourteenth time, the race will start from abroad, proof of its international profile.
We are coming straight from two previous editions which, despite the difficult period we have experienced, have left a lasting sporting and cultural impact. This has given us an even greater understanding of the public’s love for the Giro across five continents and an appreciation for all the great athletes who have participated in the race to make every Giro spectacular until the last stage. The next edition will be one of the toughest in recent years with its 51,000 metres of total elevation gain. It will touch climbs that have made cycling history such as the Mortirolo, Pordoi and Marmolada, making the journey of the Giro unique once again.”
Federico Sboarina, Mayor of Verona, said: “It’s a dream come true for the second time in four years. After the great event of 2019, we will again host the grand finale of the Giro d’Italia with an arrival in the Arena. This is a source of enormous pride for Verona. By all accounts it is the most striking setting to conclude the ‘queen’ of cycling races and our city is ready to welcome the caravan of the Corsa Rosa. We have a strong bond with the Giro, not only in terms of public participation but also from an organisational point of view because in these last four years we also hosted the ‘Dante stage’ in 2021. I would like to thank RCS and the President of the Region Luca Zaia, without his personal commitment, Verona would not have had this great opportunity. The event will spread the image of Verona everywhere through photos, videos and filming. Our amphitheatre will be at the centre of the sporting world, not only will it therefore be a temple of music but also a venue for major competitive events”.
Luca Zaia, President of Regione Veneto said: “I’d like to thank RCS Sport for what will certainly be another great Giro! My thanks go to RCS Sport also for again choosing the roads of Veneto to celebrate these intense and technically spectacular stages, up to the arrival at the Arena of Verona, passing through Unesco sites that are a source of pride for the region. The collaboration with Director Mauro Vegni and his staff has been perfect as always and the great Veneto passion for all things on two wheels will live on through the race’s other stages – which are filled with sporting, historical and cultural value at each of the territories crossed. Now let’s start the clock – the hands turn joyfully towards the minute of the Go!”
Paulo Bellino, CEO of RCS Sport, said: “Once again this year the Giro d’Italia will be ‘narrated’ not only in sporting terms but also in cultural, historical and touristic terms. This edition, number 105, will have an important international significance, given the Grande Partenza from Hungary with the start in Budapest. Showing the world the beauty of our country has become one of the key points on which we work all year round and during the race in particular. Images of the race will be broadcast across 5 continents and will give great visibility to all the outstanding elements that make the Giro special. I’m convinced that in this edition, especially, there are all the right ingredients to make an international sporting event like the Giro d’Italia both attractive and appealing.”
Mauro Vegni, Director of the Giro d’Italia, said: “This Giro has been developed in order to give the riders the opportunity to fight for the Maglia Rosa and GC from the very first few stages. It will be one of the toughest routes in recent years with almost 51,000 metres of elevation gain. There will be a lot of difficult stages as soon as we return to Italy after the three in Hungary. We wanted to include a selection of mountains in the route that have shaped the history of our race such as the Santa Cristina – which will be the Montagna Pantani – the Mortirolo, the Pordoi (Cima Coppi) and the Passo Fedaia at the foot of the Marmolada. These climbs will be included in the two key stages of the Giro, the Salò – Aprica (which will also be the Forzato Wine Stage) and the Belluno – Marmolada (Passo Fedaia). Also the two time trials (in Budapest and in Verona between the Colline Veronesi) will have an important role to play: the first one because it should assign a new Maglia Rosa that could be worn for several days while the second one could be the decider of this Giro and will definitely change the General Classification.”