The Giro d’Italia will start in a unique way in 2023, with organisers announcing that the first stage will be a time trial along a coastal cycle path made from a disused railway line.
The Costa dei Trabocchi cycle path in the Abruzzo region is the precise destination for what should be a picturesque beginning to the 106th edition of the race.
The 11.4-mile stage against-the-clock will begin at Fossacesia Marina and end with a short climb to Ortona just down the Adriatic coast.
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That first stage will be on Saturday, May 6, with the race ending on Sunday, May 28.
Stages 2 and 3 will also take place in Abruzzo, with the second day taking the riders on a sprinter-friendly 127-mile jaunt from Teramo to San Salvo, and then the next day starting in Vasto.
One rider particularly looking forward to the start is Trek-Segafredo cyclist Dario Cataldo, who is from the region.
“I am excited at the idea of the Grande Partenza [Big Start] of the Giro in Abruzzo,” he said.
“It is a dream come true, especially with regard to the prologue on the Costa dei Trabocchi.
“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.”
The full route for the race will be revealed on October 17 in Milan.
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