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Thursday 3rd to Monday 27th May
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 long weekend.
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. Details here.
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 our hotel near to Bergamo Orio al Serio airport. The hotel is only 50km from Brescia which will allow us to stay for the maximum time possible in Brescia.
Monday 27th May:
Travel to the 2013 Giro d'Italia with Sports Tours International