Three time trials, including one climbing time trial, and 7 uphill finishes, with three real highlights with the stages to Crans-Montana, Monte Bondone and Tre Cime di Lavaredo. A stage schedule that promises fireworks next year in the Giro.
It is not yet entirely clear whether it will be a Giro with or without Remco Evenepoel. Organizer RCS has in any case put together an ideal course for the world champion. Renaat Schotte also knows that.
“70 time trial kilometers, that’s a dream for Evenepoel. If you know that he put on almost a minute in the time trial over 30 kilometers in the Vuelta Roglic, then you know that this is a dream course for him.”
The tough closing week can be treacherous. “Stages above 5000 altimeters with arrivals such as the Tre Cime di Lavarado, that appeals to the imagination. But that sequence of monster stages, that is something new for Evenepoel.”
“But it should be clear that the Giro would like to unpack with Evenepoel, the golden boy of current cycling and the world champion. Perhaps they see him in Italy as a kind of heir to Fausto Coppi,” said Schotte.