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Giro d'Italia 2022: Full details of this year's race and stage-by-stage preview

Get excited for the first Grand Tour of the season starting on 6th May. Here's everything you need to know for the Giro d'Italia 2022

Joe Robinson
29 Apr 2022

Giro d'Italia 2022: Key information

Dates: Friday 6th May to Sunday 29th May 2022  
Start: Budapest, Hungary 
Finish: Verona, Italy
Countries visited: Italy, Slovenia, Hungary
UK television coverage: Eurosport, GCN+
2021 winner: Egan Bernal

The 105th Giro d'Italia will start on Friday 6th May in the Hungarian capital of Budapest before concluding three weeks later on Sunday 29th May with 17.1km individual time trial through the streets of fair Verona.

Along the way the peloton will tackle six true mountain stages, six hilly days, five sprinter stages and two individual time trials.  

Highlights of the race include Stage 20 which navigates three giants of the Giro – the Passo San Pellegrino, Passo Pordoi and Passo Fedaia – on top of which the stage will finish, Stage 9 to Blockhaus and Stage 8, a hilly 149km circuit around Napoli. 

With the route only having just been announced, no General Classification rider has yet put their hat in the ring for maglia rosa glory. Defending champion Egan Bernal is in recovery mode after a horrific crash during the off-season, which means pink is very much up for grabs come Verona on Stage 21.

The lack of individual time trial kilometres would suggest a pure climber could fare well here, the likes of Simon Yates and Richard Carapaz springing to mind, although do not discount a returning Tom Dumoulin, Romain Bardet or Alejandro Valverde to be among the shake-up.

Either way, only one rider will be wearing the maglia rosa on Sunday 29th May in Verona while the rest will have experienced nothing more than a Shakespearean tragedy. 

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Giro d'Italia 2022 route

  

This year's Giro begins in Budapest and spends three days in Hungary before getting stuck into Italy on Stage 4 with Mount Etna.

The race heads from the country's most southerly region of Sicily – paying a visit to Vincenzo Nibali's home of Messina – right to the very north with a trip to Napoli along the way before making the most of the mountainous Liguria, Piemonte, Valle D'Aosta, Lombardia and Trentino areas before finishing in Veneto with famous Passos Pordoi and Fedaia in the Dolomites and a final time-trial through Verona.

Expect scenic countryside, coastline and mountain passes as well as bags of history, as per. Here's our breakdown of what to expect from each stage:

Giro d'Italia 2022 route: stage by stage

Stage 1: Friday 6th May, Budapest - Visegrád, 195km

  • Elevation: 900m

A year later than planned, Hungary finally gets its Grande Partenza and kicks things off with an opening stage that finishes with a small climb into Visegrad. Too tough for the pure sprinters, too easy for the General Classification lot, we imagine the first pink jersey will fall in the hands of a punchy classics rider, and the start list is packed with puncheurs going for the maglia rosa. 

Mathieu van der Poel, Magnus Cort, Biniam Girmay, Caleb Ewan, Diego Ulissi and Andrea Bagioli are just some of the names surely looking to taking the first jerseys.

Stage 2: Saturday 7th May, Budapest - Budapest, 9.2km (ITT)

  • Elevation: 150m

Day two and a short time trial around the narrow city streets of Budapest. The technical nature of the course coupled with the steep ramp to the line could results in decent time gaps at the finish. This could be an opportunity for specialists, like João Almeida, to bank time on rivals.

Stage 3: Sunday 8th May, Kaposvár - Balatonfüred, 201km

  • Elevation: 890m

A long, flat stage concludes the Giro's visit to Hungary as the peloton heads to Lake Balaton and the first true sprinters finish of the race. While the final 50km take place alongside coastline, crosswinds are unlikely so expect all to reach the finish together.

Stage 4: Tuesday 10th May, Avola - Etna, 166km

  • Elevation: 3,580m

First rest day and transfer from Hungary banked, the Giro kicks off Stage 4 on the island of Sicily and the first mountain of this year's race, Mount Etna, the big volcano that has been used on many occasions by the race.

This year's ascent will take in parts of the Ragalna climb (used in 2018) and Nicolosi climb (used in 2011). However, big time gaps are not expected.

Stage 5: Wednesday 11th May, Catania - Messina, 172km

  • Elevation: 1,200m

The final stage before the Giro reaches the Italian mainland, a 172km blast down to the Sicilian port city of Messina, the home town of everyone's favourite cycling shark, Vincenzo Nibali.

Again, we expect this day to be taken by a sprinter, however the ascent of Portella Mandrazzi could give breakaway specialists ideas.

Stage 6: Thursday 12th May, Palmi - Scalea (Riviera del Cedri), 192km

  • Elevation: 900m

Another flat sprinters stage, this time along the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria, one of the lesser visited regions of the Giro, to the town of Scalea. 

This will be one for the very quick men to contest, with the rest aiming to reach the finish unscathed. 

Stage 7: Friday 13th May, Diamante - Potenza, 198km

  • Elevation: 4,490m

Oh yes, this is a tasty stage alright. 4,490m of vertical elevation aacross 198km. No mountains, just countless undulating hills that sap the legs of energy with almost zero kilometres of flat road.

This is the kind of stage a particuarly in-form favourite could cause carnage on, deciding to attack early to see who can keep up. Definitely a stage to bookmark in the diary.

Stage 8: Saturday 14th May, Napoli - Napoli, 149km

  • Elevation: 2,130m 

Vedi Napoli e poi muori. See Naples and then die, as Johann Wolgang von Goethe once wrote. These words may ring true for one of two lost souls who fail to tame the technical, testing 19km city circuit around Naopli on Stage 8.

This is another one for the diary, not least to see a rare Giro visit to one of Italy's greatest cities.

Stage 9: Sunday 15th May, Isernia - Blockhaus, 187km

  • Elevation: 4,990m

The opening week of the 2022 Giro concludes with a double ascent and summit finish of the legendary Blockhaus climb. 

First used in 1967, a stage won by an unknown 22-year-old called Eddy Merckx, Blockhaus is a climb steeped in Giro legend and arguably the first stage finish that will provide a clearer picture of the GC situation.

Stage 10: Tuesday 17th May, Pescara - Jesi, 194km

  • Elevation: 1,730m

This is giving us similar vibes to Stage 10 of the 2020 Giro, won in dramatic fashion by Pete Sagan. A fairly mundane first half of the stage which goes into overdrive for the latter half.

This will either fall to a strong breakaway rider or a punchy rider who has bided his time patiently in a reduced peloton.

Stage 11: Wednesday 18th May, Santarcangelo di Romagna - Reggio Emilia, 201km

  • Elevation: 480m

480m of vertical elevation in 201km, that makes Cambridgeshire look hilly! Honestly, while the route may be heading through Italy's culinary heartland, this route is anything but tasty. One of those days where you feel sorry for the commentators. 

What could there possible be to talk about?

Stage 12: Thursday 19th May, Parma - Genova, 186km

  • Elevation: 2,840m

This as close to a cut-and-dry breakaway stage as you get. A rolling medium-mountain day halfway through the second week with a descent to the finish. I've heard Simon Pellaud has already got himself up the road.

Highlight of this day being the race finishes in Genoa, home of Serie A football team Sampdoria, wearers of the best kit in Italian football (which, as it turns out, some enterprising soul has already turned into a cycling jersey). 

Stage 13: Friday 20th May, Sanremo - Cuneo, 157km

  • Elevation: 1,450m

Starting in a town well-known to pro cycling fans, San Remo, the race will head north towards the town of Cuneo, home of a lovely desert called Cuneesi al Rhum, meringue filled with a dark chocolate and rum-based filling.

Unfortunately, despite visiting the town of Cuneo, the Giro misses yet another opportunity to climb the nearby Colle Fauniera, one of the great Italian Alps

Stage 14: Saturday 21th May, Santena - Torino, 153km 

  • Elevation: 3,470m

The day before a trip to the moutains, this punchy 153km stage to Torino – home of the Fiat – could prove a dud if the GC men are worried about what's to come in 24 hours time. If they decide to go for it, there will be fireworks.

Interesting fact time: Torino has the most Italian football championship titles of any city in Italy with 43; 36 belonging to Juventus and seven to Torino.

Stage 15: Sunday 22nd May, Rivarolo Canavese - Cogne, 177km

  • Elevation: 4,030m

Three big mountains in the final 80km the day before the final rest day, what better incentive for GC riders to attack. This should be a day in which stronger climbers take the initiative and go off in pursuit of glory, hopefully making moves before the final climb to Cogne.

Stage 16: Tuesday 24th May, Salo - Aprica, 200km

  • Elevation: 5,440m

This year's Giro 'wine stage' by virtue of its visit to the Sforzato region which runs along the Valtellina valley, this mountain stage visits the mythical Mortirolo pass some 70km from the finish. Fingers crossed for long range missiles everyone.

Stage 17: Wednesday 25th May, Ponte di Legno - Lavarone, 165km

  • Elevation: 3,740m

Like a naughty sucker punch, Stage 17 comes hot of the heels of Stage 16 and takes the race back into the mountains, this time to Lavarone in Italy's Trento region. 

That first 8km uphill straight from the start should provide a good springboard for breakaway artists but we expect the stage to be contested by the big GC men. 

Stage 18: Thursday 26th May, Borgo Valsugana -  Treviso, 146km

  • Elevation: 570m

Finally a rest from the high mountains with a fast sprinters' stage that is basically downhill all day. We expect this to be a rapid one. 

The winner will be whoever has managed their body best in the high mountains which means a surprise sprinter could take the spoils. 

Stage 19: Friday 27th May, Marano Lagunare - Santuario Di Castelmonte, 178km

  • Elevation: 3,230m

The penultimate 'bumpy' day, Stage 19 takes the peloton for a brief visit to Slovenia although do not expect this to tempt Tadej Pogačar or Primož Roglič into racing, they have bigger, yellower fish to fry in July.

With the giant day that lies in wait the day after, we expect the GC men to leave this to breakaway artists and those whose ambitions of pink are already over. So Mikel Landa, then.

Stage 20: Saturday 28th May, Belluno - Marmolada, 167km


  • Elevation: 4,490m

And for our last song, one of the classics. A monumental mountain stage through Italy's imposing Dolomites, Stage 20 takes on the Passo di San Pellegrino, Passo Pordoi, this year's Cima Coppi, and the Passo Fedaia, the stage's summit finish venue.

The last roll of the dice for any GC rider hoping to improve their position, we'll be watching this day from start to finish. 

Stage 21: Sunday 29th May, Verona - Verona, 17.1km (ITT)

In fair Verona, where we lay our final scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny. Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. 

The final day of the 2022 Giro will be a 17.1km individual time trial through the Shakesperean city of Verona where one man will be crowned champion. Who will it be?

  

Giro d'Italia 2022 live TV guide

Live TV coverage of the 2022 Giro d'Italia will be on Eurosport and GCN+.

  

Giro d'Italia 2022 start lists:

WorldTour teams

AG2R Citroën (FRA)

Lilian Calmejane
Mikaël Cherel
Felix Gall
Jaakko Hänninen
Lawrence Naesen
Nans Peters
Nicolas Prodhomme
Andrea Vendrame

Astana Qazaqstan (KAZ)

Valerio Conti
David De La Cruz
Joe Dombrowski
Fabio Fellini
Miguel Àngel López
Vincenzo Nibali
Vadim Pronskiy
Harold Tejada

Bahrain Victorious (BHR)

Phil Bauhaus
Pello Bilbao
Santiago Buitrago
Mikel Landa
Domen Novak
Wout Poels
Jasha Sütterlin
Jan Tratnik

Bora-Hansgrohe (GER)

Giovanni Aleotti
Cesare Benedetti
Emanuel Buchman
Patrick Gamper
Jai Hindley
Lennard Kämna
Wilco Kelderman
Ben Zwiehoff

Cofidis (FRA)

Davide Cimolai
Simone Consonni
Wesley Kreder
Guillaume Martin
Anthony Perez
Pierre-Luc Périchon
Rémy Rochas
Davide Villella

EF Education-EasyPost (US)

Jonathan Caicedo
Diego Camargo
Simon Carr
Hugh Carthy
Magnus Cort
Owain Doull
Merhawi Kudus
Julius van den Berg

Groupama-FDJ (FRA)

Clément Davy
Arnaud Démare
Jacopo Guarnieri
Ignatas Konovalovas
Tobias Lugvigsson
Roman Sinkeldam
Miles Scotson
Attila Valter

Ineos Grenadiers (GBR)

Richard Carapaz
Jonathan Castroviejo
Jhonatan Narváez
Richie Porte
Salvatore Puccio
Pavel Sivakov
Ben Swift
Ben Tulett

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux (BEL)

Aimé De Gendt
Biniam Girmay
Jan Hirt
Barnabás Peák
Domenico Pozzovivo
Lorenzo Rota
Rein Taaramäe
Loic Vliegen

Israel-Premier Tech (ISL)

Matthias Brändle
Jennthe Biermans
Alexander Cataford
Alessandro De Marchi
Alex Dowsett
Reto Hollenstein
Giacomo Nizzolo
Rick Zabel

Jumbo-Visma (NED)

Edoardo Affini
Koen Bouwman
Pascal Eenkhoorn
Tom Dumoulin
Tobias Foss
Gijs Leemreize
Sam Oomen
Jos van Emden

Lotto-Soudal (BEL)

Thomas De Gendt
Caleb Ewan
Matthew Holmes
Roger Kluge
Sylvain Moniquet
Michael Schwarzmann
Rüdiger Selig
Harm Vanhoucke

Movistar (ESP)

Jorge Arcas
Will Barta
Oier Lazkano
Antonio Pedrero
José Joaquín Rojas
Sergio Samitier
Iván Sosa
Alejandro Valverde

QuickStep Alpha Vinyl (BEL)

Davide Ballerini
Mark Cavendish
James Knox
Michael Mørkøv
Pieter Serry
Mauro Schmid
Bert Van Lerberghe
Mauri Vansevenant

Team BikeExchange-Jayco (AUS)

Lawson Craddock
Lucas Hamilton
Michael Hepburn
Damienn Howson
Chris Juul-Jensen
Callum Scotson
Matteo Sobrero
Simon Yates

Team DSM (GER)

Thymen Arensmman
Romain Bardet
Cees Bol
Romain Combaud
Alberto Dainese
Nico Denz
Chris Hamilton
Martijn Tusveld

Trek-Segafredo (USA)

Dario Cataldo
Giulio Ciccone
Juan Pedro López
Bauke Mollema
Jacopo Mosca
Mattias Skjelmose
Edward Theuns
Otto Vergaerde

UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

João Almeida
Rui Costa
Alessandro Covi
Davide Formolo
Fernando Gaviria
Rui Oliveira
Maximiliano Richeze
Diego Ulissi

ProTeams

Alpecin-Fenix (BEL)

Tobias Bayer
Dries De Bondt
Alexander Krieger
Senne Leysen
Jakub Mareczko
Stefano Oldani
Oscar Riesebeek
Mathieu van der Poel

Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè (ITA)

Luca Covili
Davide Gabburo
Filippo Fiorelli
Sacha Modolo
Luca Rastelli
Alessandro Tonelli
Filippo Zana
Samuele Zoccarato

Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli (ITA)

Mattia Bais
Jefferson Cepeda
Andrii Ponomar
Simone Ravanelli
Eduardo Sepùlveda
Filippo Tagliani
Natnael Tesfatsion
Edoardo Zardini

EOLO-Kometa (ITA)

Vincenzo Albanese
Davide Bais
Erik Fetter
Lorenzo Fortunato
Francesco Gavazzi
Mirco Maestri
Samuele Rivi
Diego Rosa

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