Giro d'Italia "Experience" Week 2 - Piemonte, the Alps and Lake Como

  • Location

    Piemonte to Lake Como

  • Duration

    8 days | 7 nights

  • Length

    60-100km daily

  • Climb

    500-2,000m daily

20 May 2019 - 27 May 2018

From the home town of 'il campionissimo' Fausto Coppi in Piemonte, to the magnificent mountains of the Valle d'Aosta in the Italian Alps, and finishing by stunning Lake Como in Lombardy - this will be a beautiful week of cycling, as we enjoy the scenery, local food and wine, great hotels, and camaraderie of our cycling friends. And as an "Official Tour Operator" of the Giro, we'll be as close to the race action as you can possibly get, including riding 60-100km on the race route just a few hours ahead of the pros.


"This experience of riding on the same course as the pros, and just a few hours ahead of them, is unique in the sporting world. The atmosphere is simply incredible." Keith Tuffley, Founder - Grand Tours Project.

We have designed this tour to allow you to ride the best 60-100km of each stage during the second week of the Giro, and at the same time enjoy watching the race itself, from the best possible vantage points.

This week has some great variety - starting with two flat stages in the Emila Romagna and Piemonte regions, before two hilly stages in the north and two epic mountain stage in the Italian Alps, and finishing by Lake Como. You just have to relax and enjoy the kilometres, the views, the food, and the culture, and soak up the Giro atmosphere! Each evening, we'll enjoy local cuisine and stay in a lovely hotel - for this tour, the quality of hotels, food and wine are as important as the cycling.

As an "Official Tour Operator" of the Giro d'Italia, we have special access to the full race route, so we will have our support vehicle with us the whole distance, all the way to the finish line each day. Riding on the race course just a few hours before the pros makes this an unforgettable experience. Check out this story from one of our 2018 guests to be convinced!

Total price: From €3,950

  • Ride on the best 60-100km of 6 stages of the Giro, on the same day as the race, just hours ahead of the pros
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery as we ride from Emilia Romagna, through Piemonte, the Italian Alps, and finishing at Lake Como in Lombardy.
  • Watch the Giro starts fight for the pink jersey, from the best vantage points.
  • On every stage, enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Giro and the support of the public
  • On at least one of the stages, cycle across the finish line, stand on the winners podium, and watch the race from the Giro VIP zone with a prosecco in hand
  • Savour fantastic Italian food and wine, and relax in our hand-picked high quality hotels each evening
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Bianchi bike rental available (Infinito CV disc + Ultegra di2 electronic)
  • Day 1 - 20 May

    Benvenuto

    We will meet you at Bologna airport, and transport you to our hotel in the beautiful city of Bologna, where this great adventure will begin. We'll help you unpack and build your bike, we'll hand out the team kit, and make final preparations before tomorrow's ride. After discussing the week's program, we'll enjoy a hearty Italian dinner in our hotel.

  • Day 2 - 21 May

    Stage 10 - Bologna - Modena

    73km / flat

    Bologna is situated in the beautiful region of Emilia Romagna, so after our delicious breakfast, the cycle out of town in the morning will be one to behold. We'll ride through the agricultural lands within the ancient and vast Po River Delta and join the race route until the finish line in Modena. This flat stage is the perfect way to warm up the legs for the week! As we approach Modena, the crowds will grow in size and passion, and we will be cheered on to the finish line. After savouring the Giro race atmosphere, we'll transfer to Piacenza, where we will be staying for the evening. Piemontese cuisine and wine is world famous, so our dinner will be one to remember.

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  • Day 3 - 22 May

    Stage 11 - Piacenza - Novi Ligure

    95km / flat

    Today we start the day with a coffee in the city of Piacenza. Its picturesque centre reveals a beautiful Gothic town from where we will start riding, our route being the the final 95km of the official race route. We're in for a real treat over the following two stages, as we will ride on the roads of two cycling legends, Fausto Coppi and Costante Girardengo, both named in their times as "il campionissimo" (the ‘champion of champions’). As we arrive into Novi Ligure for the finish of today’s stage, we are also riding into the birthplace of Girardengo, with Coppi born in nearby Castellania. 2019 marks the 100th year anniversary of Girardengo’s first Giro win at the 9th edition; the 100th anniversary of Coppi's birth; and the 60th anniversary of Coppi's dual win of the Giro and Tour de France in the same year (1949), the first time this was ever achieved.

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  • Day 4 - 23 May

    Stage 12 - Pinerolo - Pinerolo

    62km / mountains

    Today we will ride on one of the most awaited stages - Cuneo to Pinerolo - a tribute to the Campionissimo Fausto Coppi and his legendary feat in the Giro of '49, where he won after a solitary escape of 192km by gaining an eleven-minute advantage on Gino Bartali. Our goal is to ride the same final loop as the pros, starting and finishing in Pinerolo, and just a few hours before them. We will also face our first mountain climb of the week, up the 1,248m high Montoso. We will be staying in Pinerelo, so we will enjoy the finish of this special stage from the comfort of the VIP area with a glass of prosecco and cheers to the new stage winner.

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  • Day 5 - 24 May

    Stage 13 - Rivoli - Ivrea

    78km / mountains

    From our hotel in Pinerolo, we'll drive to our start point in the city of Rivoli. From here we will immediately join the race route. It’s the first official "mountain stage" of the Giro and after an evening celebrating Fausto Coppi and his outstanding achievements we will be in full spirit! We will ride the first climb of today's stage - the 14km (6.7% avg) route up the southern side of the Colle del Lys. After the descent and our final Piedmontese lunch we will continue to our final destination, Ivrea, and then a transfer to Aosta.

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  • Day 6 - 25 May

    Stage 14 - Aosta - Courmayeur

    66km / mountains

    Our penultimate day of cycling, and another big and beautiful day in the mountains ... today's stage is one of the toughest in the 2019 Corsa Rosa. From our hotel in Aosta, we will attempt to ride the final 3 climbs of Stage 14. We start with Truc d'Arbe (1,582m) and Colle San Carlo (1,951m), before riding through La Thuile and arriving in Pre Saint Didier for the final climb to Courmayeur, at the foot of Monte Blanc! Once in Courmayeur, we'll be sure to watch the pros as they fight for the pink jersey ... the crowds will be huge and the atmosphere will be electric.

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  • Day 7 - 26 May

    Stage 15 - Lake Como

    90km / hilly

    The magnificent scenery of Lake Como has enchanted artists and travellers for centuries, and we will ride along the wonderful roads around Como. During our ride, we will cross some of the routes where Fausto Coppi won the Tour of Lombardy (one of the 5 "Monuments" of pro cycling) a record 5 times. From Como, we tackle the steep wall of Muro di Sormano, where later we will go up to Civiglio and ending with a mythical climb called San Fermo. Once again, the crowds will be huge and vocal, and we'll soak up this adulation to drive our legs to the finish line. Enjoy the moment, as it will be an experience and a feeling you will not want to forget.

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  • Day 8 - 27 May

    Arrivederci

    Having transported you back to our hotel at Bergamo airport last night, and enjoyed our celebratory dinner, we can relish the well earned sleep-in. After breakfast and good Italian coffee, we'll help you with packing your bike and transport you to the airport for your trip home. Or can we tempt you to stay longer for the third week? Or maybe join us in Verona for the final stage? In any event, you'll be taking home memories, achievements, new friendships and bragging rights that you will never forget.