Giro d’Italia organizers outline 6 more stages of next year’s race

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MILAN — Six more stages of next year’s Giro d’Italia were revealed as race organizers continued their staggered presentation of the route.

In a break with tradition, race organizer RCS Sport has decided to release details of the Giro in instalments. The hilly stages were announced on Tuesday, the day after seven stages best suited for sprinters were revealed. The high mountain stages will be outlined on Wednesday.

RCS Sport will not confirm precisely when those stages will take place until the route is revealed in full on Thursday, when the finale will also be announced.

The second hilly stage of the Giro sees the race return to Naples for the first time since the city hosted the start of the Italian grand tour in 2013. The 149-kilometer (93-mile) stage starts and finishes in Naples, but it leaves the seaside city to take in five laps of a 19-kilometer (12-mile) circuit in the volcanic surrounding area.

There will be finishes in Genoa and Turin. The leg to Turin packs in 3,470 meters (11,385 feet) of climbing in only 153 kilometers (95 miles). There are five categorized climbs and the first 10 kilometers (6 miles) are the only ones of the day that are not uphill or downhill.

The Giro will also go briefly into Slovenia in the last hilly stage.

“There are six very interesting stages that offer multiple ways of winning – a far away breakaway, attacks in the final or bunch sprints,” three-time road world champion Peter Sagan said. “These stages will certainly be important … I really like these kinds of stage profiles and they suit my strengths.”

The Giro starts with three stages in Hungary and will run from May 6-29.

Giro d’Italia to start on former railway line in Abruzzo

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L’AQUILA, Italy — The 2023 edition of the Giro d’Italia will start with an individual time trial on a coastal cycle path that has been recreated from a former railway line in the region of Abruzzo.

At a ceremony in the Abruzzo capital of L’Aquila, race organizers announced that the Grand Tour will run from May 6-28 and begin with an 18.4-kilometer (11.4-mile) time trial on the Adriatic coast.

Almost the entire time trial will be on the spectacular Costa dei Trabocchi cycle path that hugs the coast line before a short climb to the finish in Ortona.

“I am excited at the idea of the Grande Partenza (Big Start) of the Giro in Abruzzo . It is a dream come true, especially with regard to the prologue on the Costa dei Trabocchi,” said Trek-Segafredo cyclist Dario Cataldo, who is from the region.

“I well remember that when the cycle path project was born and I saw the first tracks, I imagined the beauty of a Giro d’Italia passing along the route. It looked perfect.”

Stage 2 is a 204-kilometer (127-mile) leg from Teramo to San Salvo that is hilly in the first part but expected to end in a bunch sprint.

Stage 3 will also start in the Abruzzo region, in Vasto, but it will then head south and will be detailed when the full route is revealed on Oct. 17 in Milan.

The Giro will also return to the region for Stage 7, a daunting climb on the Gran Sasso d’Italia to Campo Imperatore. The high mountain stage, on May 12, will be the edition’s first finish above 2,000 meters.

Australian Jai Hindley won this year’s Giro.

Norway takes gold-medal lead at world road cycling titles

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WOLLONGONG, Australia – Soren Waerenskjold repeated Norway’s gold medal success at the world road cycling championships a day after Tobias Foss finished first in the elite men’s time trial.

Waerenskjold won the men’s under-23 time trial on the second day of the championships with a dominant performance. He clocked 34 minutes, 13.40 seconds over the 28.8-kilometer course to beat Belgian Alec Segaert by 16.34 seconds.

British rider Leo Hayter, the younger brother of elite rider Ethan Hayter, was 24.16 seconds off the pace for the bronze medal.

Foss beat a strong field to win the elite time trial, the biggest win of his career.

Norway has two gold medals, while Dutch ace Ellen van Dijk beat Australian Grace Brown to take out the women’ elite time trial.

The mixed relay time trial is set for Wednesday. The championships conclude on the weekend with the women’s road race on Saturday and the men’s on Sunday.