Everything you need to know about the route of the 106th editionRead more
Date: Saturday May 4, 2024 - Sunday May 26, 2024
Total distance: TBC
Defending champion: Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma)
Key info: Route | Previous winners
GIRO D'ITALIA OVERVIEW
Staged over three weeks with 21 individual stage races and two rest days, the Giro features the world’s best cyclists battling it out to win the prestigious pink winner’s jersey.
Last year, the Giro remained on home soil for its Grande Partenza, with Fossacesia hosting the opening individual time trial. Previously, like the two other Grand Tours, the Giro has featured a foreign start in countries like Hungry and Belgium. It is yet to be announced whether the 107th edition of the Giro will feature a foreign start or will follow the 2023 edition and start in Italy.
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) won the 2023 edition, taking the pink jersey Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) on the penultimate stage which was an individual mountain time trial finishing atop Monte Lussari. It has not yet been announced whether he'll be back in 2024 to defend his title.
GIRO D’ITALIA TEAMS 2024
While the 2024 team list has not yet been announced, it is expected that 22 teams will compete in the Giro d'Italia, with 18 of those being WorldTour teams who automatically receive a place on the start line and the four remaining places will be for second-division pro teams who are top-ranking or chosen as a wildcard by the organisers.
GIRO D’ITALIA HISTORY
The Giro d’Italia will be in its 107th edition in 2024, having begun life in 1909. Founded by a local, pink coloured newspaper called La Gazzetta dello Sport, today it’s run by RCS Sport, whose parent company RCS Mediagroup also owns the newspaper.
It has become known for being one of the toughest races in the world, and its savage, varied, and beautiful routes have distinguished its prestige even amongst the other Grand Tours.
Such is the Giro’s accolade, overall wins and stage wins are often career defining moments for riders. Throughout the years the Giro has been running, only 22 riders have won the race more than once, and not many can pull off the back-back Giro wins. For many years no one has, with Spaniard Miguel Indurain the last to pull-off the feat in 1992 and 1993. Three riders – Alfredo Binda, Fausto Coppi, and Eddy Merckx – have won the race a record five times.
Fausto Coppi is one of three riders to win the Giro five times (Getty Images)
Mario Cipollini has won the most stages in the Giro with a grand total of 42 wins. No one has come close to challenging this record, with Eddy Merckx holding second place with 24 stage wins, Francesco Moser with 23, and Alessandro Petacchi and Roger De Vlaeminck both with 22.
Throughout the history of the Giro, Merckx holds the title for the rider to have worn the pink jersey the most, donning it on 77 occasions.
Jai Hindley won the 2022 Giro d’Italia, while Ineos Grenadiers won the two prior editions through Tao Geoghegan Hart in 2020 and Egan Bernal in 2021.
Most Giro d’Italia wins:
5 wins - Alfredo Binda (1925-1933), Fausto Coppi (1940-1953) and Eddy Merckx (1968-1974)
3 wins - Gino Baratli (1936-1946), Bernard Hinault (1980-1985), Fiorenzo Magni (1948-1955), Felice Gimondi (1967-1976), Giovanni Brunero (1921-1926)
Recent Giro d’Italia winners:
2023 - Primož Roglič, Jumbo-Visma
2022 - Jai Hindley, Bora-Hansgrohe
2021 - Egan Bernal, Ineos Grenadiers
2020 - Tao Geoghegan Hart, Ineos Grenadiers
2019 - Richard Carapaz, Movistar Team
2018 - Chris Froome, Team Sky
2017 - Tom Dumoulin, Team Sunweb
2016 - Vincenzo Nibali, Astana
2015 - Alberto Contador, Tinkoff-Saxo
2014 - Nairo Quintana, Movistar Team
2013 - Vincenzo Nibali, Astana
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