Career, profile, favorites… Everything you need to know

The Tour of Italy starts this Saturday from Piedmont, with a first stage of 140 kilometers between Venaria Reale and Turin. The final will be hilly and could already smile on Tadej Pogacar, the big favorite for the final victory. Route, profile, favorites… Discover the profile of the first stage of the Giro 2024.

The start of the first Grand Tour of the season will be given. The Tour of Italy will begin this Saturday with a 140-kilometer stage, traced in Piedmont between Venaria Reale and Turin. The stakes will be double for the riders entered in the peloton of this 107th edition of the Giro: in addition to victory, the winner will also take the leader’s pink jersey. Enough to whet the appetite of many runners, from leaders for the general to those like the Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, who want to seize opportunities.

The route of the 1st stage

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Route 1st stage Giro 2024 © RCS Sport

Located northwest of Turin, the town of Venaria Reale is in the suburbs of the capital of Piedmont. The start will be given at 1:50 p.m. In the finale, the runners will also complete a lap of the circuit, passing the finish line for the first time. The name of the winner should be known around 5:15 p.m.

The profile of the 1st stage

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1st stage of the Tour of Italy 2024 © RCS Sport

Since the initial presentation of the route, the route of the first stage of this Tour of Italy has been modified, with the addition of the San Vito hill in the finale. Estimated at 1.41 kilometers at 10% average, this difficulty should attract attention, with a summit located three kilometers from the goal. Upstream, you will already have to climb Colle Maddalena (6.1km at 7.4%), where some could try to escape from the peloton.

The favorites of the 1st stage

All eyes will already be on Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates). Announced as the favorite for final victory, the Slovenian has the means to win several stages. A first opportunity presented itself to him, as did Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal-QuickStep), who made the appointment.

The punchers will in any case have a good opportunity but a good burst of speed could be necessary in the event of a small group arrival. The sprinters will have to wait until Monday to have their first opportunity.

How to follow the race?

The Giro 2024 will be broadcast on the Eurosport 1 channel, which will be on the air from 1:50 p.m. for the fictitious start of the 1st stage. You will also be able to follow this first stage of the Giro live on the RMC Sport website and application.

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