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Report: 2015 Giro d’Italia to begin in Sanremo
24km team time trial planned for opening stage
The 2015 Giro d’Italia will start in Sanremo and begin with three stages in the Liguria region, according to a report in Italian newspaper Secolo XIX.
After its successful Irish excursion this year, the Giro’s Grande Partenza is set to return to home roads in 2015. According to Secolo XIX, the race will begin on May 9 with a 24km team time trial on Sanremo’s seafront cycling path.
The following day’s opening road stage is slated to finish in Genoa, while the finale of stage 3 is touted to be in the Tigullio area, which last featured on the route in 2012, when Lars Bak won into Sestri Levante.
Sanremo last held the Giro start in 1987, when Roberto Visentini won the prologue time trial. The following day was a split stage, with Erik Breukink taking the short road leg in the morning, while Stephen Roche won a novel stage 2b – an 8km downhill time trial off the Poggio.
Sanremo has hosted Giro stage finishes on eleven occasions in total. Pietro Caucchioli was the last winner there in 2001, although his victory was overshadowed by police raids on team hotels that evening, and the peloton’s cancellation of the following day’s stage in protest.