Giro d’Italia cycling tour

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Tour Description

[2020 Example] Sierra Sports & Tours is looking forward to showcasing 3 big stages of the 2020 Giro d’Italia. When searching for the best Giro action our aim is to select what are truly emblematic and race defining stages! Stage 12 follows the roads made famous by the Nove Colli Gran Fondo which in 2020 is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Fantastic mountain climbs that are all close to the popular Rimini coastline will make for perfect cycling conditions.

For the time trial specialists in our group we have also earmarked the Stage 14 ITT along the Prosecco wine roads. This stage will be sure to shake up the race leader board and you will be captivated by the magnificent vineyard scenery! By joining us you will experience an authentic Italian travel experience with the first three nights also in the heart of Tuscany. Cycling the Chianti wine region will be a great way to get your 2020 Giro d’Italia cycling tour kick started!

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Daily Tour Overview

Day 1 – Florence to Chianti wine region

Following a short transfer there will be plenty of time to set-up the bikes and enjoy an afternoon warm up ride through Chianti wine region. ‘Chianti’ is positioned right in the heart of Tuscany and as many cycling enthusiasts will know is home to the vintage l’Eroica gran fondo ride that is held every October. Tonight you will enjoy a tour welcome dinner with the Sierra guides over a glass or two of the Sangiovese variety!

Distance: 60km / Meals: Dinner Included / Sleep: Chianti region

Day 2 – Cycle the Chianti heartland

The Chianti region is loved for its natural beauty, postcard perfect small towns, friendly locals, quality wine and fresh produce. Just quietly, the riding is pretty special as well! This hotel loop ride is brilliant as the pedalling takes you along winding roads, past old agricultural estates and manor houses. Cypress trees, olive groves and lots of fun is what is in store for everyone today.

Distance: 100km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Chianti region

Day 3 – Strada bianca & medieval Siena

Cycling from the hotel and we are straight into a few short sections of strada bianca!  The white gravel roads make for an exhilarating ride and everyone who rides in Tuscany must experience a few sections for themselves. The cycling follows rolling terrain and the arrival in Piazza del Campo in Siena is a truly special moment. The medieval piazza is one of Europe’s greatest squares! There will be time to explore Siena before a 45min transfer back to our tour hotel.

Distance: 85km / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Incl. / Sleep: Chianti region

Day 4 – Montepulciano wine estates

Today´s route heads off from the hotel and towards Asciano and the famous ´Senesi Crete´. The clay fields during earlier days were overworked and abandoned and erosive forces have created a lunar type landscape. Our final destination on the bikes will be Montepulciano which is renowned worldwide for its wine estates. Over lunch you can sample a bottle of the wonderful Nobile di Montepulciano wine before transferring to our next base on the Emilia-Romagna coastline.

Distance: 100km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Emilia-Romagna

Day 5 – Nove Colli Gran Fondo at the Giro

The Emilia-Romagna coastline is an excellent base for accessing both Stages 11 and 12 of the 2020 Giro d’Italia. Today the ride takes the group in search of two of the Nove Colli Gran Fondo’s most iconic climbs; Barbotto (507m altitude) and Monte Pugliano (791m altitude). The Monte Pugliano climb is the highest point on the course and its 10km climb at 5% average gradient means it is within reach for cyclists of all levels. From this vantage point it is all now downhill as we ride 40km back to the coast where the Giro Stage 11 finish will be contested in Rimini.

Distance: 100km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Emilia-Romagna

Day 6 – Giro Stage 12 & the Nine Climbs

Stage 12 of the 2020 Giro rides the full course of the Nove Colli Gran Fondo (205km & 3840m of elevation gain). The Nove Colli is Italy’s oldest gran fondo event and in short stands for ‘Nine Climbs’. We will ride two or three climbs today before intersecting the middle section of the race near the Pieve di Rivoschio climb. Watching the breakaway and peloton pass over a mid-mountain summit will provide great access and photo opportunities. Today is also a tribute to Marco Pantani who grew up and trained in the Cesenatico region so it is going to be a very special day for the locals.

Distance: 100km / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Incl. / Sleep: Emilia-Romagna

Day 7 – Veneto & the Prosecco wine roads

Today we take a detour from the Giro race as we move north into Veneto region and in striking distance for tomorrow’s compelling Stage 14 individual time trial in Valdobbiadene. The local countryside and small hills between Montebelluno and the river Rio Piave though will provide a beautiful afternoon ride.

Distance: 60km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Veneto region

Day 8 – Time trial action from Giro Stage 14

The Individual Time Trial between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene offers an exciting 34km stage that will set-up the final week of the 2020 Giro d’Italia. Following Stage 14 the race will have been whittled down to a short list of real contenders for the Maglia Rosa. The Prosecco Wine Roads will be a spectacular backdrop for one of the most picturesque stages of the 2020 Giro. To add some additional wow factor we will also scale the Passo San Boldo climb. The road near the summit includes a series of five switchback tunnels carved into the rock. 

Tonight will be a celebration of many great individual cycling accomplishments, friendships formed and Giro d’Italia appreciation! There is only one way to mark the occasion in true style and that is with a celebratory Spritz! 

Distance: 80km / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Incl. / Sleep: Veneto region

Day 9 – Goodbye to the Giro d’Italia

Following breakfast we will be available to transfer you to Marco Polo International Airport (Venice) or Piazzale Roma (Venice). We hope you enjoyed the 2020 Giro d’Italia!

Meals: Breakfast included


Dates & Prices

Dates2021 dates subject to Covid-19
Duration8 nights / 9 days
Price (per person)3350€ (twin share)
Bike Hire350€
Single Room Supplement650€

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Client Reviews (Giro d’Italia)

Ian (Canberra, ACT, Australia)

I’m unaware of the other ex-pros you use for your tours, but if they are half as good as Andrea, you are very lucky. He was exceptional, be it with hotel and restaurant staff, planning rides, ushering riders up hills, explaining Italian customs and recalling his pro riding days. He was just great to have around. Adding to our cycling tour experience were evening visits to a spectacular mountain top lake near Canazei and to a secluded Prosecco wine bar another time. I have already recommended you to a couple of mates.

Jos & Judy (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Hi Paul, we would like to thank you and andrea for a wonderful giro d’italia. judy and i couldn’t have faulted your attention detail. we were made to feel very welcome and treated to some amazing experiences. every day is etched into our minds.

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