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Giro d'Italia 2024 Giro d'Italia route rumours

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Fwiw this is the Mottolino finish, the ramp really isn't that brutal and therefore shouldn't hurt all that much.
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Oh look, stage perfect for roglic. I see a sky jumping ramp between the top of stelvio and the start of the last climb. Seriously, this year at leat they tried to not backload that much the route, but some high mountains are a joke. Absolutely a waste of passo stelvio.
At least the stage of grappa is quite good.
Funnily enough, there is a ski jumping ramp right at the finish of Monte Pana 😎
 
Sterrato a joke
Stages 16-19 are very much a bunch of whatever

So thats already average at best. Some early MTFs on stage 2, 8 and 10 are quite nice, and an early and mid race TT at least means there will be some gaps. Stage 15 and 20 are very nice mountain stages Im looking forward to.
 
Absolutely a waste of passo stelvio
Right? I mean Tirano, Mortirolo, Gavia and finish up Stelvio could be something to behold :) Even starting from Livigno they could have gone on the Swiss Side to Prad, climb from there and finish on say Bormio 2000 hill. So many ways to make Stelvio and another climb in the area count and they put it at the start with a long mild descent after to ensure no breakaway is feasible.
 
Today on cycling fans are idiots: there are about 576 valid reasons to criticise this Giro route, but the criticism (especially away from this forum) focuses on using Stelvio early in the stage when that's the only way to get from Livigno to Val Gardena within a UCI-compliant distance. It's even dumber because what comes towards the end of the stage (especially using the wrong side of Pinei) is clearly the real problem with that stage.

'But they could have finished closer to Stelvio!' Yes, that's clearly how stage hosts work.
 
Quite an interesting stat in this tweet confirming what I alreaady thought, this is a very, very mellow Giro d'Italia:

View: https://twitter.com/StatsOnCycling/status/1712879263752306935


I kinda know where it comes from with the Giro this year being so boring until the last TT because of the 'backloading', but then again, I don't think this is the solution either. The Giro for me had its charm when I started following cycling around 2011 just because of it's extremeness and beauty in climbs. Stripping that away to attract more GC contenders (which I think, will be highly doubtable since I see al the big guns lining up for the Tour next year) feels like stripping the herbs and Parmezan cheese from a good pasta.
 
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Quite an interesting stat in this tweet confirming what I alreaady thought, this is a very, very mellow Giro d'Italia:

View: https://twitter.com/StatsOnCycling/status/1712879263752306935


I kinda know where it comes from with the Giro this year being so boring until the last TT because of the 'backloading', but then again, I don't think this is the solution either. The Giro for me had its charm when I started following cycling around 2011 just because of it's extremeness and beauty in climbs. Stripping that away to attract more GC contenders (which I think, will be highly doubtable since I see al the big guns lining up for the Tour next year) feels like stripping the herbs and Parmezan cheese from a good pasta.
Then again, despite that the 2010 Giro was god-tier.
 
Today on cycling fans are idiots: there are about 576 valid reasons to criticise this Giro route, but the criticism (especially away from this forum) focuses on using Stelvio early in the stage when that's the only way to get from Livigno to Val Gardena within a UCI-compliant distance. It's even dumber because what comes towards the end of the stage (especially using the wrong side of Pinei) is clearly the real problem with that stage.

'But they could have finished closer to Stelvio!' Yes, that's clearly how stage hosts work.

Fair enough but I don't think not knowing every road between Livigno and Val Gardena automatically makes you an idiot, though.
 
A Giro with 9 possible sprint stages is simply way too much.

The first weekend is pretty good but the rest of the first week is really disappointing apart from Prato di Tivo and the Perugia TT. Four possible sprint stages, 3rd to 6th is something that I never though that I would see in the Giro and the Napoli stage can also finish in a sprint.

The second week continues the mediocre trend set in the first week. Stages 10,14 and 15 are decent enough (15 is probably the queen stage but is missing the Mortirolo) and stage 12 could have an interesting breakaway fight but I expect no

As usual in the Giro, the third week is the one where most of the 'hard' stages are concentrated, but stage 16 is incredibly dissapointing as the Stelvio will likely just to be used to form the breakaway and while stages 17 and 20 are good, having two double ascents of the same climb for a country with so many climbs is difficult to understand. The Sappada stage shouldn't provide any meaningful GC gaps.

I don't think any of the three best GC riders will come to the Giro (or Remco anyway) but this easy Giro route, would provide a good opportunity for any of them to double up with the Tour. I think UAE has a really good chance here, both Almeida and Ayuso should be favoured from more than 60km of TT and I expect one of them to show up here. Riders like Hindley, Carapaz or Kuss will have a hard time recovering time to these guys in the mountains. If Thomas shows up with the same fitness level as this year he will a serious contender too.
 
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