Giro d'Italia has started and we're counting down the days until the Slovenian stage

Published: 6.5.2022

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Giro d'Italia has started and we're counting down the days until the Slovenian stage

The world famous cycling race, Giro d'Italia, has started today in Budapest and we can not wait until the cyclists reach Slovenia on 27 May. This is a great opportunity to promote Slovenia as a destination for great active experiences.

Giro d'Italia has started and we're counting down the days until the Slovenian stage

The 105th edition of the Giro d'Italia will feature a total of 21 stages. The race, which has started today in Budapest, will run through 14 of the 20 Italian regions, and take a turn out of the Italian territory twice – to Hungary and to Slovenia. This is already the second year in a row that the race takes place also in Slovenia. While hosting the race, the Slovenian Tourist Board and the Soča Valley Tourism Board are carrying out promotional activities to strengthen Slovenia's visibility as a destination for active, especially cycling experiences. The latest activity was a press conference in Milan on Wednesday, 4 May, where promotional activities related to the cycling sporting event Giro d'Italia and Giro-E on 27 May have been presented to the Italian media. This is also where the cover photo has been taken.

The 19th stage will start in Italy's Marano Lagunare, and the cyclists will enter Slovenia through the Učja gorge. They will then descend towards the Soča river, go past Žaga, through Trnovo to Kobarid (famous as Caporetto in Italian), and from there to Idrsko. After that they will climb to Livek and Livške ravne up to Kolovrat and over the Solarji saddle and go back into Italy to Cividale del Friuli (Čedad in Slovenian), where they will begin the final ascent to the famous pilgrimage centre of Castelmonte above Cividale. 

The 178 km long "Slovenian" stage will feature almost 3,230 metres of climbing, including a new 10 km climb with an average gradient of 10%, and a challenging finishing climb at the end. The cyclists will ride through the pictureque Soča Valley.

Read more intriguing facts about Giro d'Italia and its 19th stage.

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