On 25th May, the 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia 2016 comes to Milan, as it ends at Cassano d’Adda on the edge of the city. This is the 99th edition of this important cycling event and is a chance to see top cyclists compete. The race was first held in May 1909, when the riders started their tour from Loreto Place in Milan. Apart from during the two world wars, it has taken place every year since.
About the event og Giro d’Italia 2016
The route of the Giro d’Italia was announced last year at the Milan Expo 2015. The route is 3,383 km and includes three individual time trials, seven mid-mountain legs, four mountain legs and seven sprinter legs. This year, the route started in Apeldoorn’s Velodrome in the Netherlands on 6th May, before going to the South of Italy and working its way north again. It ends on 29th May in Turin. The leg that ends in Cassano d’Adda is one of the sprinter events.
Cycling is great exercise and is fun for all the family. If watching all these top cyclists inspires you, why not hire some bikes while you are in Milan? If you are a holder of a MilanoCard you can hire bikes at a discount with your city pass. Decide whether you want to hire a bike for an hour, a half day or a day, and off you go!
Milan has some pretty parks, which look particularly good at this time of year as all the flowers are in bloom. Some have dedicated cycle tracks, making them a pleasant place to go for a ride. Alternatively, use your bike to cycle around the sights of Milan, often being able to go to places that would be impossible with other forms of transport.