The 100th Giro d'Italia descends on Sicily

Updated on May 05, 2017 by Alastair McClymont

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Italy's world-famous cycle race comes to the island of Sicily for two days of racing as part of the Giro d'Italia's 100th edition.

2017 will host the 100th edition of Italy's iconic Giro d'Italia cycle race, inspired by the Tour de France and today considered as an equal to the prestigious French event. The race begins on the 5th May on the neighbouring island of Sardinia, before heading south on 9th May for two days of tackling the stunning and challenging landscapes of Sicily.

 

Stage 4

CEFALÙ - ETNA

9th May 2017, Tuesday, 180km

Stage 4, and the first of two stages on the island of Sicily, begins in Cefalù on the north coast before gradually descending south east towards the famed Mount Etna for a final climb to the finish line. This is a mountain stage that will see the riders accumulate around 3,500m of elevation gain, including two giant ascents. The final ascent will take place in the Mount Etna National Park, with the finish line located at 1,892m.

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Stage 5

PEDARA - MESSINA

10th May 2017, Wednesday, 157km

An up and down stage punctuated by small ascents and quick descents, Stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia primarily hugs the east coast of the island, after a bit of winding around the likes of Catania and beautiful Taormina. The second half of this stage is predominantly flat, ensuring some exciting racing that is expected to culminate in a filed sprint.

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If you'd like to visit the island and experience the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia, check out our accommodation in Taormina and the North East in order to find an ideal location to base yourself for two days of spectating. 

 

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