"The 2015 route is going to be superb! Having lived  & raced in Northern Italy for over 4 years, I know these roads like the back of my hand...."

Trent Wilson

Thursday 21st May
Our tour starts with our staff meeting you at Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) at 2.30pm where we will transfer to our Italian HQ in the beautiful town of Cossato, about an hours drive from Milan Airport.
We'll get you checked in, your bike assembled and perhaps get your legs turning on a short discovery tour of Cossato!
Tonight will be our official Welcome dinner and a great opportunity to meet your fellow travelers and the Grupetto team.
We also finish our tour in Cossato which means we can leave any bike bags or boxes till we return.
Overnight - Cossato

Venezia

Venezia

Friday 22nd May
We'll head out for a little ride this morning to work the jet lag out of your body then begin our transfer to get our first taste of the Giro at the finish of Stage 13 in Jesolo. Being so close to the city of Venice it would be remiss of us not to take a sojourn there before we head toward our next destination in the Veneto region, a magnificent part of Italy famous for its wines and in particular the dry white wine Prosecco
Overnight - Veneto Region

Saturday 23rd May
This morning we'll ride toward Vittorio Veneto and discover this beautiful wine growing region straddled by mountains and get back to town in time to watch the individual time trial that will be passing by the front door. The individual time trial is quite long at 59.2km and at this stage of the race could be quite decisive in the who's wearing the Maglia Rosa.
We'll enjoy another night in the Veneto region and get to sample some of the regions finest Vino.
Overnight - Veneto Region

Passo Daone

Passo Daone

Sunday 24th May
Today the Giro heads through the Dolomites and we head for the Trentino region.  We plan on riding the last 39kms of this stage starting with the Passo Daone The first three kilometres are tough with an average grade of 11.3%, next comes a kilometre of modest climbing and then the steepest section of 14% appears. Passo Daone is no shop ride with 8.4 kilometres at 9.2%. Following a steep descent of 7 kilometres the ascent to Madonna di Campiglio awaits us. It’s a 15.5 kilometres climb at 5.9% with the first 10 kilometres being a perfect example of a regular ascent. Until Madonna di Campiglio the climbs flattens with a section at 2.8% giving some welcome relief. Don't worry - we'll have a sag wagon & plenty of refreshments to aid you in your climb
Overnight - Trentino Region

Madonna di Campiglio

Madonna di Campiglio

Passo dello Stelvio

Passo dello Stelvio

Monday 25th May
Today is a rest day for the pro-peleton, so we'll use this opportunity to head across to the Alps & climb the famous Passo dello Stelvio. Situated in Trentino-Alto Adige in the Alps, its the highest paved road in the Eastern Alps with awesome views across to Switzerland. Starting from Prato, the Stelvio ascent is 24.3km long and climbs over 1808 metres at an average gradient of 7.4%. Bring your arm warmers & vest for this one!
Overnight - Trentino Region

Tuesday 26th May
Today the Giro resumes with a classic mountain stage from Pinzolo to Aprica containing five climbs, one of which is the famous Passo del Mortirolo!  If the legs are feeling good, we plan on climbing this bad boy before the Pro's show us how its done.
Located at 1,854 meters the pass was unpaved until 1990, but when the road was paved at last it became stuff for legends in an instant. In 12.8 kilometres we'll gain 1,300 metres, meaning an average grade 10.1%, but that’s not the whole story. Four kilometres up the climb we face an alarming 18%, making it even more difficult is the fact that this is in the tough middle section between kilometre 3.5 to kilometre 9.7 – a section with an average grade of 12%. The Mortirolo is ruthless without one moment of rest for the exhausted muscles. Again, we'll have the sag wagon, sticky bottles & loads of refreshments
Overnight - Trentino Region

Passo del Mortirolo

Passo del Mortirolo

Wednesday 27th May
Today we plan on riding the last 70km of Stage 17 where we finish on Swiss soil. The Tirano - Lugano stage is almost completely flat which is quite unique given we'll be in the middle of the Alps. We'll relax by Lake Como while we wait for the sprinters to mix it up on the finish line before heading to our lakeside accommodation for the next couple of nights.
Overnight  - Como Region

Bellagio, Como

Bellagio, Como

Thursday 28th May
Today we'll ride a good chunk of the race route. Stage 18 departs Melide, Switzerland & heads back into Verbania, Italy. We'll ride from Bellagio to the start in Melide. Spectacular lakeside scenery will bring us into Suisse where we can soak up the festivities at the start & then head back torward Menaggio where we can jump on the ferry to Bellagio, find a local bar and watch the finish on TV
Overnight  - Como Region

Cossato

Cossato

Friday 29th May
Today the race heads through the town of our Italian Headquarters of Cossato, so after doing a little more lakeside exploring we'll head back to Cossato to relax and watch the race go through the town. Todays stage is a monster at 236kms with over 60kms of climbing finishing in Cervinia on the Southern slopes of the Matterhorn, Should make for incredible viewing
Overnight - Cossato

Saturday 30th May
Today is the Queens stage of the Giro finishing in Sestriere. This penultimate stage could be decided by the famous Colle delle Finestre. The Finestre is the highest point of this years Giro at 2,178m and the rider who crests first wins the Cima Coppi (double mountain classification points). We need to decide whether we're going to climb the Finestre (18.45kms at average 9.2% of which 7.8kms are unpaved)  or the ascent to Sestriere (9.2kms with an average grade of 5.4%) or both!  A massive crowd will be on hand and the atmosphere will be electric!
Overnight - Cossato

Colle delle Finestre

Colle delle Finestre

Sunday 31st May
Today is the last day of the 98th Giro d'Italia & sprinters who held on through the mountains will be rewarded as the 186 km stage between Turin and Milan is completely flat. We'll ride a good chunk of the route & head to Milan where the riders will complete 7 laps of the city before the fast men let loose. We'll then head back to Cossato to celebrate the end of our tour and join in with some team town celebrations
Overnight - Cossato

Monday 1st June
Today we bid you farewell as our tour comes to an end after breakfast. No doubt you'll be reflecting on new friendships made, how good the pro's actually are and how you've climbed some of the best roads in the world.
We'll then load you up and transfer you to Milan Malpensa airport by approximately 11.30am