The 97th GIRO D’ITALIA 2014
10 Days at the Giro
With or without bikes
26th May to 2nd June 2014
This week we will take you to watch the final stages of the 2014 Giro d'Italia from stage 14 all the way until the final day in Trieste.
It includes the mountain time trial from Bassano del Grappa to Cimo Grappa, and the crucial final mountain stages before the circuit finish in Trieste.
The third weekend of racing will commemmorate two of Pantani's most spectacular attacks at the Giro d'Italia. Stage 14 finishes the Oropa sanctuary, where in 1999, before he was disqualified due to a high haematocrit, Pantani chased back on after dropping his chain, passed 49 riders and won the stage.
Sunday's 15th stage ends in Plan di Montecampione, where Pantani threw away his nose piercing and managed to drop rival Pavel Tonkov to set up victory in the 1998 Giro.
For detailed info & stage profiles on the 96th Giro d'Italia visit the Official Giro website.
Friday 23rd of May: Arrival day
Please arrange your flight to Milan Malpensa International airport and either make your own way to our hotel in Turin, the Holiday Inn Torino or you can take our arranged coach transport. Please advise us of your flight details nearer the time so we can welcome you at Malpensa Airport. Our coach will be leaving Milan at 15.30 to make the two hour journey. This evening we will eat the evening meal together at the Holiday Inn Torino and our guides will introduce you all to each other and do a briefing on the exciting days ahead.
Saturday 24th of May: Stage 14 - Aglie to Oropa - 162km
After breakfast you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the 2014 Giro d'Italia. We will go to the start in Aglie which is only 40km from the hotel. Stage 14 finishes at the Oropa sanctuary, where in 1999, before Marco Pantani was disqualified due to a high haematocrit level in his blood. Pantani chased back on after dropping his chain, passed 49 riders and won the stage. Each day we will plan riding options for those who have brought their bikes. The great thing about the Giro is that access is not as restricted as the Tour de France for example which gives you the opportunity to ride the roads on the day of the stage in many cases.Tonight we stay for a second night at the Hotel Holiday Inn Torino.
Sunday 25th of May: Stage 15 - Valdengo to Montecampione - 217km
Another Pantani memorial stage is on the programmme today.Sunday's 15th stage ends in Plan di Montecampione, where Pantani threw away his nose piercing and managed to drop rival Pavel Tonkov to set up victory in the 1998 Giro. Tonight we stay at the Hotel Mirella in Ponte di Legno where the Giro will have its third and final rest day tomorrow.
Monday 26th of May: Rest day
Tonight we stay a second night at the Hotel Mirella in Ponte di Legno. The riders will spend the third rest day in Ponte di Legno in the Lombardy mountains before the start of the final week in the Dolomites and the Friuli mountains. You can enjoy getting close to the Giro caravan and riders and our cycling guide will take you out for a guided ride today.
Tuesday 27th of May - Stage 16 - Ponte di Legno to Val Martello - 139km
Snow forced the cancellation the mountain stage over the Gavia and the Stelvio and up to the finish in Val Martello in 2013 but the same short stage packed with three long and difficult climbs will be back in 2014, causing the sprinters nightmares about finishing inside the time limit. Tonight we stay at the Hotel Four Points Sheraton in Bolzano
Wednesday 28th of May - Stage 17 - Sarnonico to Vittorio Veneto - 204km
Fortunately the finish in Vittorio Veneto offers some respite from the climbing and a likely sprint finish. Tonight we stay a second night at the Hotel Four Points Sheraton in Bolzano
Thursday 29th of May - Stage 18 - Belluno to Rif. Panarotta - 171km
The mountains return for the finish at the Rifugio Panarotta at Pergine Valsugana. Tonight we stay at the Hotel Casgrande in Feltre like each day with your evening meal provided at the hotel.
Friday 30th of May - Stage 19 - Bassano del Grappa to Cimo Grappa - 26.8km
Today there is a 26.8km mountain time trial from the Bassano del Grappa to Crespana del Grappa. There is a total of 95km of time trialling in the 2014 Giro and this difficult mountain time trial could shake up the general classification more than any mountain stage. Tonight we stay at the Montereale in Pordenone.
Saturday 31st of May - Stage 20 - Maniago to Monte Zoncolan - 167km
The northeastern Friuli region hosts the grand finale of the 2014 Giro d'Italia with the final mountain finish on the leg breaking slopes of Monte Zoncolan. Tonight we stay at the Hotel Best Western La di Moret in Udine.
Sunday 1st of June - Stage 21 - Gemona to Trieste - 169km
Today's road stage and circuit finish in Trieste is to celebrate the anniversary of the return of the city under Italian control. For our final night we stay at the excellent Hotel Excelsior Palace in Trieste.
Monday 2nd of June - Departure day
After breakfast our coach will take you back to Venice airport. We expect the transfer to take a good 2 hours so please book flights after 13.00 to allow for transfer and check-in.
£1899 per person, based on two people sharing a double room or twin room
Single supplement for the sole occupancy of these rooms is £509 per person
Twin to share:
If you would like to join us as a single traveller but you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our 'twin to share' option.
We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option..
10 nights at various 3 and 4 star hotels
10 breakfasts and evening meals
Bike storage at the hotels
Daily transport to watch the different stages
Various pre-mapped riding options with GPX files and maps
The services of our Sports Tours representatives
Your flights to and from Italy
Any other meals and drinks to what is included above
Travel insurance (Very important)
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