The 2024 edition of the Giro d’Italia Women, the first to be organised by RCS Sport, was presented at the Grattacielo Pirelli, the historic headquarters of the Lombardy Region. The event was attended by two great athletes of the recent past, such as Marta Bastianelli, 2007 World champion and 2018 European champion, along with many well-known faces from sport and institutions. Mavi Garcia, Elisa Longo Borghini, and Silvia Persico, spoke from their training camps
The first edition of the stage race dedicated to the best female athletes on the international cycling scene organised by RCS Sport will start in Brescia on the 7th of July and will finish in L’Aquila on the 14th. With almost 12,000 metres of altitude gain, the route includes an individual time trial, two flat stages, three medium-mountain and two high-mountain stages with two uphill finishes. Blockhaus is the ‘Cima Alfonsina Strada’, the highest peak of the race, established in memory of the cyclist who took part in the men’s Giro d’Italia in 1924. Scarpetta Rossa will be the Charity Partner of the race. The event was attended by many well-known faces from sport and institutions.
The 2024 Giro d'Italia Women route
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07/07/2024, STAGE 1, BRESCIA-BRESCIA 14.6 KM ITT
An individual time trial entirely on urban roads. Starting from the Stadium, the route initially runs along the river Mella on mainly flat and straight roads. After a second pass over the Mella, the riders enter the city centre, reaching the Castle, which marks the only short climb of the stage, descending towards the historic centre and finishing in Piazza della Loggia.
08/07/2024, STAGE 2, SIRMIONE-VOLTA MANTOVANA 102 KM
A flat stage with a closing circuit. Starting on the shore of Lake Garda, the route follows the waterside through Desenzano and then enters the Brescia plain, touching Lonato, Montichiari, Asola and Medole before reaching Guidizzolo, where it enters a 20-km circuit to be repeated once. Inside the circuit, there are minor undulations in Cavriana before arriving at the final sprint in Volta Mantovana..
09/07/2024, STAGE 3, SABBIONETA-TOANO 111 KM
This will be the first uphill finish in a stage that is clearly divided into two parts: the first one, up to Ponte Secchia, is a very gentle ascent across the Po valley, and the last 12 km are entirely uphill, all the way to the finish. The first part crosses several towns in the Reggio Emilia area before entering the Secchia valley and climbing it up to the foot of the final ascent. The closing climb, around 11 km, is the first GPM of the Giro. The first part has gradients around 6%, easing out just past “La Collina”.
10/07/2024, STAGE 4, IMOLA-URBINO 133 KM
Another stage divided into two parts: a completely flat first half and a very hilly finale. From Imola to Savignano sul Rubicone, the route follows the Via Emilia, virtually straight and flat, only dotted with villages and their collection of common traffic impediments. After Savignano, the route gradually enters the Romagna Apennines, it crosses the Republic of San Marino taking in a GPM, and directly reaches Urbino via Mercatino Conca, negotiating a few more climbs before the final closing ascent.
11/07/2024, STAGE 5, FRONTONE-FOLIGNO 111 KM
This will be the last quiet stage before the final three that will decide the Giro classification. The route crosses the Umbro-Marchean Apennines, passing by Pergola and Sassoferrato before entering the Via Flaminia, which will lead to the finish through its continuous and gradually downhill undulations. After a very fast-running finale in the city, the stage homes in Foligno, as it has happened in previous editions of the Tirreno-Adriatico or the Giro d’Italia.
12/07/2024, STAGE 6, SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO-CHIETI 155 KM
This stage consists of a succession of climbs and descents as the race moves from one valley to another. The route features around ten tough climbs, and just as many descents, with virtually no flat terrain. The finale is all uphill with double-digit gradients leading to the centre of Chieti.
13/07/2024, STAGE 7, LANCIANO-BLOCKHAUS 123 KM
This mountain stage starts essentially with a succession of short climbs with no pause for breath, all the way to the double ascent of Passo Lanciano, which then continues to the Blockhaus (Mamma Rosa) upon the second pass. The riders will climb Bocca di Valle after Guardiagrele, and La Forchetta after Pretoro, before entering the gruelling final circuit. The first climb from Lettomanoppello ends at Passo Lanciano and descend to La Forchetta; back in Lettomanoppello, the route will tackle another climb to Passo Lanciano, all the way to the finish at Blockhaus. The roads are very demanding, rising and falling repeatedly, especially in the first part.
14/07/2024, STAGE 8, PESCARA-L’AQUILA 109 KM
The last mountain stage. The first part runs entirely uphill through Cepagatti, Civitaquana and Brittoli to Forca di Penne. This is followed by the toughest climb of the day to reach Castel del Monte, at the foot of the Gran Sasso, then descending slightly towards Calascio and Santo Stefano di Sessanio. The last long descent of almost 20 kilometres leads to the outskirts of L’Aquila, where the short climb of Acquasanta is a prelude to the final sprint on the straight of the Villa Comunale, where the Giro d’Italia has already homed several times.