The Giro d’Italia is an annual bicycle race held in Italy. Like most major bike races, the Giro d’Italia is contested in stages, with the event divided into several parts over multiple days. The race was first held in 1909 to increase sales of one of the most prominent newspapers in the country, the La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race has since been held every year since its inception, except during the two world wars.
The Giro, alongside the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana, makes up cycling’s prestigious Grand Tours. Since the beginning, the race has been held in late May to early June and is the first major cycling event of the year. Every stage of the race is timed to the finish, and after the rider completes the leg, the time is added to their previous stage times. The rider with the lowest aggregate time is given the coveted pink jersey, as they are the leader of the race at the time. While majority of the riders are fighting for the top of the general classification (pink jersey), there are other incentives for riders during the race. The points classification (red jersey) accommodates the sprinters of the race, the mountains classification (blue jersey) favours the climbers, the young rider classification (white jersey) is for riders under the age of 25 and the team classification is for competing teams.
The Giro d’Italia, or Tour of Italy, is held in Italy and nearby countries, includes at least two time trials and passage through the Alps. It normally consists of 21 day-long stages and two rest days. The event has gained notoriety for the steep and agonising climbs which have swallowed up numerous riders over the years. Given the races is held in Italy, it is no surprise that it has been dominated by its countrymen. In 96 races, an Italian rider has tasted victory on 68 occasions. There are three men who share the title for most victories in Italy (five times); Italian Alfredo Binda (1925, 1427, 1928, 1929, 1933), Italian Fausto Coppi (1940, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953) and Belgian Eddy Merckx (1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974).
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