Jai Hindley in the maglia rosa after 2022 Giro d’Italia Stage 20 (picture credit LaPresse) Now, as the Eurosport commentators used to say in 2008, moments after announcing the latest positive test or doping scandal (ah, those were the days), ‘Anyway, back to the racing…’ So, what’s the 2023 Giro route like, and who does it suit? Well, Remco Evenepoel, that’s who.
Nevertheless, RCS Sport’s charm offensive towards the world champion perhaps isn’t as overt as one may have expected.
There are three individual time trials totalling 71km, of course – a relative rarity in the modern era – but the quantity and nature of the kilometres against the clock can hardly be compared to the Tours de France of the Jean-Marie Leblanc era.
The race kicks off with a surprisingly long 18.4km TT, with a slight drag to the line, in the Abruzzo region. The next siren song for Vuelta winner Evenepoel – who has yet to confirm his participation in the Giro, but will almost certainly be spending next May in the bel paese – is stage nine, a pan-flat 34km time trial to Cesena, seemingly tailormade for the powerful, super-aero Belgian.
The third and final time trial of the race, however, is something completely different – and could have the potential to upend the entire race right at the last moment. 2023 Giro d’Italia stage 20 finish The first eleven kilometres of stage 20 may be gently rolling, but the final seven to Monte Lussari are anything but – averaging […]