The Giro d’Italia is a spectacular annual bike race around Italy. This May it will come to Sardinia for the first time in ten years.
This year sees the Giro d’Italia, which was first held in 1909, celebrate its 100th edition. Inspired by the Tour de France, it was originally a clever marketing ploy to promote the newspaper, La Gazzetta dello Sport, and has been held every year ever since, with the exception of the war years.
In May the race returns to Sardinia for the fourth time in its history, kicking off in Alghero and ending in Cagliari. It is split into three stages, over three days.
ALGHERO - OLBIA
Friday 5th May 2017, 203km
This first stage of the race, starting in Alghero, winds its way through the Sardinian landscape, passing the stunning seaside town of Castelsardo and around the island’s northern coastline. The last ascent climbs up to the lovely village of San Pantaleo, before heading back to the coast and an anticipated sprint finish in Olbia.
Casa Marianina in Alghero and La Mendula in San Pantaleo would both make ideal bases from where to enjoy this portion of the race.
OLBIA - TORTOLÌ
Saturday 6th May 2017, 208km
This hilly stage will pass through the heart of Sardinia, including the small town of Bitti, where you’ll find the charming Hotel Su Lithu.
above: The SS125
From here, the route heads on to Nuoro and the famously scenic SS125, winding its way through the picturesque coastal village of Santa Maria Navarrese and right by the stylish Lanthia Resort.
The last 50km are largely downhill or on the flat which may also lead to an exciting sprint finish in Tortolì.
TORTOLÌ - CAGLIARI
Sunday 7th May 2017, 148km
Carrying on along the SS125 with views of the dramatic coastline, the route heads to Villasimius, where the nearby Cruccuris Resort would make a good base while you await the race.
The final section leading into Cagliari along the coastal road is also flat, where a packed bunch is expected to sprint to the finish.
Following a day’s rest, Stage 4 will then take the riders to Sicily and a gruelling climb up Mount Etna. You can find out more about the race’s entire route around Italy at Giro d’Italia or from the video below.
Giro d'Italia 2017 - Il Percorso (The Route) by giroditalia
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