03 May 2013

Are you ready for the 2013 Giro d'Italia?

The Giro starts tomorrow May 4th!

Here is my list of recommended fan viewing and reading to get you prepared for the race. I have tried to gather a sampling from various sources across the internet, rather than the typical leading cycling magazines. But if you want those typical articles, you can find them listed on this page. I think this selection below should nicely prepare you to watch the race as a fan.


Learn about the time bonuses, mountain top finishes, history, prize money and more. Read: Giro d'Italia 2013: 10 things you need to know, By Simon Richardson and Gregor Brown in Naples for CyclingWeekly. Did you know, the winner of the Giro will earn €90,000.

2013 Giro d'Italia Percorso
Route / Percorso

Read a 2013 Giro Route Preview: Giro d'Italia 2013: Stage-by-stage guide,

Or clink the stage link for details of each stage with a preview by CyclingNews.com:
Stage 1 May 4 Naples 130 km

Stage 2 May 5 Ischia - Forio (TTT) 17.4 km

Stage 3 May 6 Sorrento - Marina di Ascea 222 km

Stage 4 May 7 Policastro - Serra San Bruno 246 km

Stage 5 May 8 Cosenza - Matera 203 km

Stage 6 May 9 Mola di Bari - Margherita di Savoia 169 km

Stage 7 May 10 San Salvo - Pescara 177 km

Stage 8 May 11 Gabicce Mare - Saltara (ITT) 54.8 km

Stage 9 May 12 Sansepolcro - Firenze 170 km

Rest day May 13

Stage 10 May 14 Cordenons - Montasio 167 km

Stage 11 May 15 Tarvisio - Vajont (Erto e Casso) 182 km

Stage 12 May 16 Longarone - Treviso 134 km

Stage 13 May 17 Busseto - Cherasco 254 km

Stage 14 May 18 Cervere - Bardonecchia 168 km

Stage 15 May 19 Cesana Torinese - Col du Galibier 149 km

Rest Day 2 May 20

Stage 16 May 21 Valloire - Ivrea 238 km

Stage 17 May 22 Caravaggio - Vicenza 214 km

Stage 18 May 23 Mori - Polsa (ITT) 20.6 km

Stage 19 May 24 Ponte di Legno - Val Martello 139 km

Stage 20 May 25 Silandro - Tre Cime di Lavaredo 203 km

Stage 21 May 26 Riese Pio X - Brescia 197 km

View video preview of the route, featuring Daniel Lloyd:


2013 Giro d'Italia - Mountains Preview, By Podium Cafe


Twenty-three teams of 9 riders each representing 54 nations. See the Team Roster list of riders Giro d'Italia 2013: An Overview & Team lists, By Ciclismo

View Riders at the 2013 Giro d'Italia (photos), By Pedal Dancer

Top Contenders

For a list of the usual suspects, read: Giro d'Italia. Contender short-takes. By Twisted Spoke.

Or read Giro d’Italia 2013 - Preview & Favorites, By C-Cycling.

2013 Giro Classification jerseys by Paul Smith  
(Red: sprint; Pink: general; Blue: mountain, White: best young)

Read: Great Moments in Giro d'Italia History, By Cycling Tips


Think Pink! By adamblythe89
View the Garmin-Sharp team gallery of photos from the team presentation
Ryder Hesjedal, last year's winner
Giro Promo Video:

The Italian's have a way with their promotional videos, I half giggle and half get shivers down my spine. No denying it, I love bike racing!

And here is one for the Fans

Get connected

Facebook - giroditalia
Twitter - @giroditalia  #GIRO
Google plus - Giro d'Italia
Instagram - @giroditalia
Official website: http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/Giroditalia/2013/en/

Watch the race LIVE

According to Steve at Steephill.TV, we can begin watching the race tomorrow online. Visit Steephill.TV daily for LIVE links to watching the race.

Stage 1 start time: Saturday 14:20 CET (6:20:00 AM MDT); Weather for Napoli, Italy
Earliest live video: 14:00 CET (6:00:00 AM MDT); Live/delayed coverage options
Approximate finish: 17:14 CET (9:14:00 AM MDT); Weather for Napoli, Italy

Italian cycling terms

And to round out your cultural education, learn a new vocabulary of Italian cycling term PEZ Speak: Italian For Cyclists, By PezCycling News.

Terms to know:

Grand Tour - The Giro d'Italia is one of the 3 Grand Tours together with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana.
Maglia Rosa - the Leader's jersey (yes it's pink!)>
Percorso - route
Corso Rosa - the affectionate name for the race route
Giro Rosa - the women's version of the Giro race
Gruppo compacto - everyone is back together, no gaps
Gruppo - peloton
Grupetto - the group in the back
Nella scia - in the wake (slipstream) - Team Time Trial!
Arm Warmers - Manicotti (!)
Tifosi - fans
Dai - go!

Related posts by Pedal Dancer:
Word of the Day: Passista, Scattista, Velocista
Word of the day: tifosi

The Grand Tour Jerseys (Maglia) - a comparison of colors
Grand Tour classification jerseys
Advertisement for the 2013 Giro d'Italia were in big lights in Times Square during my recent visit to New York in April 2013.
The Giro d'Italia advertised in Time Square, New York.  Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®