2016 Giro d’Italia To Feature Rolling Ride Through Chianti Vineyards
Posted by Mikolaj (26/02/2016)
The 2016 Giro d'Italia, (tour of Italy) cycle race will feature a stage in Chianti. It’s the last big race in the lead up to the Tour de France, and it’s held in May every year. The 2016 race will take place between the 6th to the 29th of May. Expect to see all the main teams that take part in the Tour de France competing in the Giro, including riders such as Contador, Froome and Porte.
The organisers have announced that one of the most important stages (stage 9) will be hosted in Chianti. It will consist of a 40 kilometre time trial, with barely any flat roads in sight. Chianti is a very hilly area thanks to the famous rolling hills of the vineyards. The Chianti section of the route will be raced as a Time Trial where all riders start in sequence a minute or so apart and race against the clock.
Although this will clearly be a tough and challenging stage, the lucky riders will get to take in some of Tuscany’s most impressive and beautiful scenery. It’s expected to be one of the most visually stunning stages in the race. This stage of the race will start in the town of Radda and end in Greve.
Radda is a picturesque hilltop town and a central point in Southern Tuscany.It’s a locally run town that still retains its traditional charm, and it boasts some spectacular views of the surrounding scenery. From Radda the route goes through Castellina, San Donato and Panzano before finishing at Greve in Chianti.
Thanks to the challenging nature of this stage, it has the potential to have a big impact on the overall race and produce sizeable time gaps. Race director Mauro Vegni explains:
‘This is going to be one of the most spectacular stages of the Giro 2016, both in a technical, riding respect as well as for its unique scenery.’
This is excellent news for the Chianti region, as this year the area is celebrating the 300th anniversary of the world famous Chianti Classico wine. The organisers of the race try to recognise cultural events that are happening around Italy every year, and the 300th anniversary is most definitely one of them.
Chianti was declared as a wine growing region by the Grand Duke of Tuscany 300 years ago, and the route of the Giro will salute that significant event. Wine has been grown in the hills since Etruscan and Roman times but 1716 is taken as the beginning of the modern era.
There’s a lot of anticipation building around the Chianti section of the race. This is expected to be a thrilling and exciting event. Why not book a trip to Tuscany in May and witness it for yourself? Click here to book a private villa in Tuscany.