Cycling fans know it’s almost that time for the seasonal start of their favorite sport with the G’Iro d’Italia.
The Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy) is the first of Europe’s three biggest cycling events, making up the triple crown of cycling alongside the Tour de France and Vuelta a España.
This is the 102nd edition of the great Italian race, which first began in 1909. This year, Giro will start in Bologna – for the first time in 25 years – with an 8-kilometer (6-mile) individual time trial. The remaining trials will take cyclists all over Italy, ending in Verona with two rest days in between.
Chris Froome, who in 2018 was the first British competitor to don the coveted pink jersey, will return in 2019 as part of Team Ineos.
Sporting News has everything you need to know to tune into the Giro d’Italia 2019, including dates, locations, stage information and streaming option.
How to watch, live stream Giro d’Italia 2019
The 2019 Giro d’Italia is broadcast exclusively on fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial for new subscribers. The streaming service will show each stage of the race live and on demand.
Giro d’Italia 2019 race stages, schedule
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Giro d’Italia facts
– The 2019 Giro d’Italia will be the 102nd running of the race. 15 of the last 22 editions have crowned an Italian rider, including Vincenzo Nibali in 2013 and 2016.
– The Giro d’Italia’s last five winners have been from five different nationalities: Nairo Quintana in 2014 (Colombia), Alberto Contador in 2015 (Spain), Vincenzo Nibali in 2016 (Italy), Tom Dumoulin in 2017 (Netherlands) and Chris Froome in 2018 (United Kingdom).
– The last time Bologna hosted the Big Start of the Giro was 25 years ago, in 1994, with Endrio Leoni picking up the first pink jersey of that edition.
– Evgeni Beryin (1994) & Nairo Quintana (2014) are the only riders to have won the General Classification and the Young Rider Classification in the same year in the history of the Giro d’Italia.
– The last rider to win the Giro D’Italia and pick up more than two stage victories along the way was Ivan Basso in 2006 (3 stage wins).
– In 2018 Chris Froome became the first British winner of the Giro and the first rider to win both the General Classification and the Mountain Classification in the same year since Marco Pantani in 1998.
– The late Michele Scarponi was the last rider to win both the General & Points classifications at the Giro, back in 2011; this was also the last time a rider won the race riding for a team registered in Italy (Lampre-ISD).
– Three of the last four winners of the Points Classification at the Giro have been Italian riders: Giacomo Nizzolo in 2015 & 2016, Elia Viviani in 2018.
– Ryder Hesjedal won the Giro in 2012, finishing only 16 seconds ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez, the smallest margin for a winner since 1974. Five of the last eight editions, including the last three have been decided by a margin of less than a minute.
– Fausto Coppi (1940) is the youngest ever rider to win the Giro d’Italia at 20 years & 8 months, whereas Fiorenzo Magni (1955) is the oldest at 34 years & 6 months.
– Simon Yates will take part in his second Giro, after last year’s edition when he finished 21st despite wearing the pink jersey for 13 stages. He is aiming to become the third rider in the 21st Century to win La Vuelta and the following Giro after Alberto Contador (Vuelta 2014 & Giro 2015) and Chris Froome (Vuelta 2017 & Giro 2018).
– Primož Roglič will take part in his second Giro d’Italia, after 2016 when he finished 58th in what was his first Grand Tour. He has already won a road stage race in Italy in 2019, finishing 1st in the general classification of Tirenno-Adriatico
– Ricardo Carapaz finished 4th last year in his first Giro d’Italia and the 2nd best young rider. He also won stage 8 last year, his only win in a Grand Tour.
– Miguel Angel Lopez finished in third place in the two Grand Tours he entered in 2018 (Giro & Vuelta), and won the young rider classification in the Giro d’Italia 2018. He has already won a stage race in 2019, the Volta a Catalunya.
– Rafal Majka will return to the Giro d’Italia for the first time since 2016. He has finished in the Top 10 in each of his previous three appearances in the Giro (7th in 2013, 6th in 2014, 5th in 2016) while only finishing once in the Top 10 during his 11 appearances in the other two Grand Tours (3rd Vuelta 2015).
– Davide Formolo will take part in his 5th Giro d’Italia in a row. He finished 31st in 2015 & 2016 then finished 10th in both 2017 & 2018. He hasn’t won a stage at the Giro since stage 4 at La Spezia in 2015.
– Esteban Chaves will take part in his 4th Giro d’Italia. He finished second in the 2016 edition, his best result to date in a Grand Tour and has won one stage in each of his last two Giros.
– Egan Bernal will take part in his first Giro d’Italia this year. He has finished in the Top 5 in each of the three stage races he has entered in 2019 (4th Tour of Colombia, 1st Paris-Nice & 3rd Volta a Catalunya) and became at 22 years-old the youngest rider to win Paris-Nice in the last 80 years.
– Tom Dumoulin has finished in the Top 2 in his last three Grand Tours, including two at the Giro d’Italia (1st in 2017 & 2nd in 2018). He has been in the Top 3 in each of his last seven individual time trials in a Grand Tour, bagging four wins in this span.
– Vincenzo Nibali will start his 8th Giro d’Italia, finishing on the podium in his last five appearances in his home Grand Tour, with two wins in 2013 and 2016. The “Shark of Messina” is one of just seven riders to have won all three Grand Tours (1 Tour de France, 1 Vuelta and two Giro d’Italia) alongside Anquetil, Gimondi, Merckx, Hinault, Contador & Froome.
– Elia Viviani won the points classification in the Giro 2018, also bagging four stage wins, wearing the red jersey from stage 2 until the last day of the race.
– Sam Bennett won three stages in the Giro d’Italia 2018, finishing second in the points classification. He has won six finish-line sprints in 2019 and won the points classification in the Tour of Turkey in April.
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