THE GIRO D’ITALIA AND ITS GRAN FONDO: UNVEILED THE STAGE IN FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA OF THE CORSA ROSA 2016
Stage 13 of the 2016 Giro d’Italia (6 – 29 May 2016) will start in Palmanova and end in Cividale del Friuli 161km later. The sportive riders’ route will start and finish in Cividale del Friuli, using the same course as the pro race except for the first flat 28km. The events will take part on Friday 20 and Sunday 22 May respectively.
It’s going to be a weekend of great cycling that RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport and Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia will deliver between 20 and 22 May 2016.
An entire stage of Giro d’Italia will be raced entirely in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, from Palmanova to Cividale del Friuli. The stage will take place 40 years after an earthquake – in May 1976 – hit the area.
It’s not only going to be a demanding stage for the pro riders but a great challenge for the sportive riders, too; all will have to take on and conquer four mountain passes with a total elevation of 3,400 metres.
CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI – CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI (133km)
Registration opens for the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia today with an initial promotional cost of 30.00 euro until 25 October. The route will be almost entirely the same as the professional riders’ stage (above) with only the first flat part (around 28km) not being raced by the sportive riders. The rest of the course from Cividale del Friuli to Cividale del Friuli will be identical to that raced on the Giro d’Italia stage.
PALMANOVA – CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI (161km)
The stage is entirely raced in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region – famous for its wines – amidst the Italian Julian Alps and its chestnut tree rich woods.
The riders will face five climbs that are well renowned with sportive riders, with four of these included in the King of the Mountain classification. The stage will start from the fortified city of Palmanova with its renowned star shape, and head out towards Cividale del Friuli following the Natisone river.