Stuey, Gossy and our GreenEDGE Travel staff will meet you at Treviso Central station today as we begin our Giro d’Italia Inner Sanctum Tour. After a meet and greet we will transfer you to our accommodation where you can freshen up while our mechanics build and set up your bikes.
Once settled in, two-time Giro Stage winner Matt Goss and Australian cycling legend and five time Giro rider, Stuart O’Grady, will take you on a short ride to watch the exciting sprint stage finish into Nervesa Della Battaglia.
Following the stage finish we will have an opportunity to meet with Mitchelton-SCOTT team including team leaders Estaban Chaves and Simon Yates and Matt White. This will be our first opportunity to hear about the team’s upcoming strategy for the remaining stage of the Giro before riding back to the hotel as a group where will get to know one another over dinner and enjoy some of Gossy and Stuey’s stories from their time at the Giro.
Today’s ride: 40km easy ride to Stage 13 finish
This morning after a big breakfast we will set off by van to the Province of Udine where under the guidance of Matt Goss and Stuart O’Grady we will climb the epic Monte Zoncolan, just hours before the pros!
After descending into Tolmezzo we will watch the peloton pass as they approach Avaglio before driving back to our hotel to (hopefully) watch the finish on TV.
This evening you are free to enjoy dinner in town at your leisure.
Today’s ride: Challenging 80km ride including Monte Zoncolan (10.1 kilometres, average of 11.9% with an elevation gain of 1,210 metres)
A day in Venice
This morning enjoy a (much needed) sleep in and late breakfast. We will then set off mid morning on our bikes and ride mainly downhill south towards the beautiful coastline of Mestre before changing and transferring to the majestic city of Venice.
We will enjoy a group lunch in Venice before you are free to explore city and enjoy dinner at your leisure, be sure to enjoy a gondola ride through this incredible city. Be sure to pick Gossy’s brain for the best pizza in Italy as he spent over four years in this region.
Today’s ride: 45km easy ride towards Venice
Team Meet and Greet
Today while the pros enjoy a much needed rest day, we will tackle the iconic Monte Grappa, the final major summit of the 100th Giro d’Italia. Of course you will once again be escorted by our expert former pros Matt Gossy Stuart O’Grady and our support vans will also follow to ensure we all safely summit in our own time.
For those wanting some extra kilometres you will also have the option of riding the additional 70kms towards Trentino.
This afternoon we will check into our new hotel then depart for Mitchelton-SCOTT’s team hotel for a quick drink and dinner with the team.
Today’s ride: 60km including Monte Grappa (29km gradual climb with 1,540m ascent at a 6% average)
This morning after breakfast at our hotel we will set off for an early morning ride around Trento, that will include the 2013 UWCT Amateur Road World Championship course and Monte Bondone, where Charly Gaul wrote history during the Giro d’Italia of 1956. Along our ride we will drop into the start area to wish the boys the best of luck as they warm up for today’s important Individual Time Trial.
Following our ride we will set up roadside on the ITT course and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch as we take in the stage with expert commentary from Gossy and Stuey. Can Estaban or Simon gain some precious seconds on his GC rivals?
Individual time trial is fit for against-the-clock racers. The course is almost completely flat with long straight stretches connected by wide bends where the speed doesn’t drop. The final section in the city is slightly more complex, but still very fast-running. Expected average speed around 50 km/h, and two split time recordings along the course.
This evenings dinner will be at your leisure.
Today’s ride: 60km ride including Monte Bondone (19.4km at 7.5%)
Lake Iseo Stage Finish
This morning, after breakfast we will check out and drive to Brescia. From Brescia we will ride as a group to the stage finish on Lake Iseo where we will watch the final 20km across the entire Franciacorta area.
Today’s stage marks the last opportunity for sprinters before the final showcase stage in Rome, this is a stage Matt Goss would be licking his lips about if still racing. Who will be in the points Jersey as the 2018 Giro draws to a close?
Today’s ride: 45km undulating into Lago d’Iseo
Orica-Scott Service Course Visit
The next two days are big mountain stages so we’ll take it easy on our legs and enjoy some time on the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Como.
After a late breakfast we will set off for Lake Como where will will enjoy lunch as a group.
Following lunch we will make the short drive to Varese for an exclusive tour of the Mitchelton-SCOTT European Service Course. Stuey will give us a guided tour and introduce you to the people behind the scenes of this pioneering team including General Manager, Shayne Bannan.
This evening’s dinner will be at your leisure.
Today’s ride: rest day
Venaria Reale Stage Start
This morning after breakfast we will head out on our bikes for an easy morning spin.
Following check out we will drive to the stage start in Venaria Reale where we will experience the action at the Stage 19 departure village! Of course we will gain backstage access to the Mitchelton-SCOTT team but also make sure you ask Stuey and Gossy to introduce you to your favourite rider.
Today marks the first queen stage across the Western Alps featuring 4 categorised climbs, all of them being long and testing ascents. Past the Colle del Lys, the stage features the Colle delle Finestre (Cima Coppi) with a 9-km dirt road.
This afternoon we will take an easy ride around Turin before taking in the excitement of the stage finish on TV.
This evening we will discuss the days racing over a group dinner.
Today’s ride: easy ride around Turin and surrounds
After a couple of easy days on the bike, today is our turn to tackle the snow capped Italian Alps. We will set off early this morning to ride the cols just hours before the pros, under the expert guidance of Matt Goss and Stuart O’Grady, of course!
Upon summiting, the GreenEDGE Travel staff will have a roadside gourmet picnic lunch waiting where we will enjoy the afternoon watching our Mitchelton-SCOTT boys fight it out on this epic stage. This could be the day where Estaban takes the team’s first Grand Tour win and hold pink into Rome.
We will then descend and meet our vans, which will transfer us to our hotel before our early morning transfer to Rome.
Today’s ride: challenging 70km including 1,600m ascent
Today’s finale is in an 11.8-km circuit to be raced 10 times across the centre of Rome. The route runs along most of the roads of the 2009 TT, such as the Fori Imperiali, via Nazionale, via Sistina, Piazza del Popolo, via del Corso, via del Circo Massimo, across the Terme di Caracalla and next to the Colosseum before the finish (possibly a sprint) at the Fori Imperiali.
Our early morning, high speed train transfer will have us in Rome in time for brunch!
We will watch the stage together as a group before enjoying one final last group dinner. Make sure you have some energy left as we have an exclusive invite to the Mitchelton-SCOTT team celebration post race.
Today’s ride: no riding today
This morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out. Our staff will then assist you with your transfer. We trust you’ve had a wonderful experience with GreenEDGE Travel and we hope to tour with you again soon!