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17th to 27th May 2013
After a historic 95th Giro d'Italia in 2012, which saw a first time cycling Grand Tour win for Canadian Ryder Hesjedal, we are already looking forward to the 2013 Giro d'Italia.
Will Bradley Wiggins forego leading the SKY team during the Tour de France in favor of Chris Froome and go for a famous double victory in the Giro and the Vuelta in 2013?
As the second most important stage race in the cycling World, the Giro always has a major bearing on who may potentially win the same year's Tour de France.
The route of the 2013 Giro d'Italia has now been announced and our travel packages are now available to be booked. We have one long trip, offering all the most exciting stages plus a shorter trip with the Dolomites stages and the finish.
For detailed info & stage profiles on the 96th Giro d'Italia visit the Official Giro website.
In the evening there will be a welcome dinner where you will get to know the Sports Tours staff and your fellow travelling companions. Your Sports Tours International guide will do a briefing in the evening to outline the order of the events to come over the next week.
Saturday 18h May:
We will park in the town of Bardonecchia, at the base of the Jafferau climb. Those with bikes will be able to ride the Jafferau Mountain, whilst those without bikes will be able to walk onto the lower slopes to see the stage.
After seeing the stage, we return to the minibus and travel into France and the ski town of Valloire, located at the foot of the Col du Galibier, ready for tomorrow's epic stage to this iconic mountain.
We will spend 3 nights on half board basis at the hotel** Christiania in Valloire.
Sunday 19th May:
Our location in Valloire could not be better located for accessing the stage. Those with bikes will be able to ride from Valloire to the summit of the Col de Galibier whilst those without bikes will be able to walk to watch the stage.
After seeing the stage we return to our hotel in Valloire. As it is a rest day the day after, all teams and the caravan will be staying in Valloire for the night.
Monday 20th May:
Those not riding can either spend the day in Valloire and look around the Giro rest day or come over to Alpe d'Huez for the day.
Tuesday 21st May:
After breakfast we leave Valloire and travel to the stage finish town of Ivrea. It is here that those with bikes will be able to ride the Andrate climb and either see the stage there or descend back to Ivera for the stage finish.
Those without bikes will be able to see the stage twice as it passes through Ivera before the Andrate climb and then the stage finish.
After seeing the stage we will travel to the beautiful Lake Como, where we spend 1 night at the 4* Hotel Palace on a half board basis.
Wednesday 22nd May:
Those without bikes will be taken to the Madonna del Ghisallo (Chapel & Museum) by minibus. After our visit to the Madonna del Ghisallo Chapel & Museum, we will travel to see the stage. We hope to catch up with the stage in the final stages, somewhere near Verona. After seeing the stage, we will travel to the beautiful Lake Garda where we spend the night at the 4 star Hotel Astoria Park. Lake Garda will give us great access to tomorrow's important mountain time trial.
Thursday 23rd May:
After seeing the stage we travel to Bolzano, where we spend 3 nights at the 4* Hotel Four Points Sheraton . Our location in Bolzano is excellent for the next two crucial and deciding mountain stages of the 2013 Giro d’Italia.
Friday 24th May:
With 3 very difficult climbs all compacted into a short 138km stage, this is going to be a very explosive stage, with all out racing from the beginning of the stage.
After breakfast we travel to the stage. Those with bikes will be able to ride the 77km from the hotel in Bolzano to the stage finish in Val Martello, whilst those without bikes will be taken there by minibus.
Alternatively, those with bikes can travel to the base of the climb to Val Martello and ride the iconic Passo Stelvio to see the stage. After seeing the stage on the Stelvio return to the minibus. This is a ride of approx. 80km including the 20km climb of the Passo Stelvio.
After seeing the stage we return to our hotel in Bolzano.
Saturday 25th May:
Our location in Bolzano is excellent for accessing the stage, and the stage passes through Bolzano after 59km and before starting the first climb of the day.
Those with bikes have numerous options of seeing the stage. They can ride the stage route ahead of the race to either of the first two climbs, Passo Costalunga or Passo San Pellegrino, see the stage and return on the bike to the hotel in Bolzano. Alternatively, travel by minibus with those without bikes to the base of the final climb to Tre Cime Lavaredo and ride this super steep climb to see the stage.
Those without bikes will be taken to the base of the final climb to Tre Cime Lavaredo from where they can walk onto the climb to see the stage.
After seeing the stage we return to Bolzano.
Sunday 26th May:
After breakfast we leave Bolzano and travel to Brescia to see the stage and the finish of the 2013 Giro d’Italia.
Those with bikes can be dropped in the town of Peschiera from where they can ride alongside Lake Garda and the final 50km of the stage route to Brescia.
After seeing the stage we travel to Milan and our hotel near to Milan Malpensa airport. Hotel Sheraton Milan****.
Monday 27th May:
Travel to the 2013 Giro d'Italia with Sports Tours International