The 2023 edition of the 930 km Giro Donne will take place in Italy between 30th June and 9th July. During this third edition organised by Starlight, the peloton of great riders from around the world will fight for the pink jersey through 5 Italian regions.
The organisation has put in a massive effort by creating a varied route that welcomes all types of riders, from sprinters to climbers, which will no-doubt create an exciting and unpredictable race until the very end.
The race starts on Friday 30th June with a short Individual Time Trial in Chianciano Terme. The second stage in the province of Florence will be good for a breakaway. Emilia Romagna will host the third and the fourth stages that could not be more different form each other: Modena may welcome the sprinters, Borgo Val di Taro the climbers. The pink race then moves to Piemonte for two days, Liguria hosts the last stage on the continent. After a rest day to allow for the riders to transfer, the race will restart from Sardinia. The final Pink Jersey will be awarded in Olbia.
1st stage- 30th June: Chianciano Terme (FI)- Chianciano Terme (FI), 4,4 km (individual TT)
Giro d’Italia Donne 2023 opens with a 4,4 km fast individual TT around Chianciano Terme. On a totally flat track, there will be a chance for both the experts in TT and for the sprinters.
2nd stage- 1st June : Bagno a Ripoli (FI)- Marradi (FI), 102,1 km
The race restarts in Tuscany with a day in the province of Florence. The first 70 km are practically flat. Passo Colla is the first climb of Giro Donne and awards the first green jersey. Then a rapid downhill that leads to the finish line.
3rd stage – 2nd July: Formigine (MO)- Modena (MO), 118,2 km
For the first day in Emilia Romagna, there is a flat stage without particular difficulties. The only roughness is Villabianca Marano, the 3rd category climb with 70km to go. Barring unforeseen events, in Modena we will see a sprint.
4th stage – 3rd July: Fidenza (PR)- Borgo Val di Taro (PR), 134,1 km
The Giro Donne’s longest stage runs through the Province of Parma. A stage clearly divided in two: the first part is almost flat, then at the 80th km the climb begins: Bardi, Passo Montevacà and Strela, all three are 3rd category climbs. The last is at 14 km to go.
5th stage – 4th July: Salassa (TO)- Ceres (To), 103,3 km
The first day in Piemonte is an adrenaline pumping stage with three climb. Passo del Lupo (1407 m) is the Cima Coppi of Giro Donne. The last climb is 10 km to go, but the final kilometres are slightly uphill. Climbers can’t hide.
6th stage – 5th July: Canelli (AT)- Canelli (AT), 104,4 km
Canelli hosts the first real uphill finish of Giro Donne 2023. The first part of the stage is almost flat, the climb begins after 60 km with the QOM of Castino, then Calosso climb, the finish is on the top of Canelli.
7th stage- 6th July: Albenga (SV)- Alassio (SV), 109,1 km
The only stage in Liguria has an interesting track that could offer surprise. The menu of the day includes 4 QOM especially in the second part of the stage. Riders will face the climb of Passo del Ginestro, il Vigneto, Garlenda and the final climb in Alassio. This stage will suit climbers, but, because of the imminent rest day, everyone will try to attack.
8th stage- 8th July: Nuoro (SS)- Sassari (SS), 125,7 km
Giro Donne arrives in Sardinia for the last two stages. From Nuoro to Sassari across the ups and downs of the Sardinian hinterland. There is only one QOM, but the finish is on the top of a slight uphill. This stage is perfect for a breakaway.
9th stage- 9th July: Sassari (SS)- Olbia (SS)- 126,85 km
Olbia hosts the Giro Donne gran Finale. During the day, there are two 3rd category QOM, but the race for the GC should be closed. Someone may well try to surprise the peloton…