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#PelotonShorts: 100th Giro Route to be Unveiled Tomorrow

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The official unveiling of next year’s 100th Giro d’Italia takes place this Tuesday in Milan’s Palazzo del Ghiaccio —a former ice hockey arena built in 1923 that’s been refurbished to accentuate the beauty of its Liberty-style architecture. It’s a fitting setting to reveal the details of the Giro’s 100th edition, which is expected to celebrate both the country, by visiting most of Italy’s 20 regions, and the race, by including as many of the Giro’s iconic climbs as possible.

Words: John Wilcockson | Image: Yuzuru Sunada

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What’s already known is that the 2017 Giro’s Big Start on Friday, May 5 will be on the island of Sardinia, which has hosted the Giro start twice before—in 1991 and 2007. This image of a Sardinian donkey and his owner, both dressed in Giro pink, was taken during stage three of the ’07 race, a flattish 181 kilometers from Barumini to Cagliari, which was won in a mass sprint by Italian Alessandro Petacchi from German Robert Forster, Argentinian Maximiliano Richeze and Australian Robbie McEwen.

Next May’s stage three is a flat 148 kilometers along Sardinia’s southeastern coast, from Tortoli to Cagliari. There may (or may not) be any donkeys watching next year, but if so they’ll likely be fans of Fabio Aru—who grew up on this Mediterranean island and will be vying for home-country honors with defending champion Vincenzo Nibali.

Back in 2007, the Giro entourage spent the following day sailing from Cagliari to Naples before the race continued; next year, it’s rumored the Giro will be heading to another island, Sicily, for a couple of hilly stages before reaching the mainland. We’ll get all the details on Tuesday inside the Palazzo del Ghiaccio.