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The 2021 Giro d’Italia


We’re is going to celebrate the 2021 Giro d’Italia in style, and we officially invite you to join the fun! Eros Poli will be your guide to the Corsa Rosa, arguably the season’s most difficult, and most beautiful, grand tour. With a palmarès that includes an Olympic gold medal and a legendary stage of the ’94 Tour de France, Eros is the perfect guide for this race, and he will not only share his vast knowledge of the pro peloton, but also show you some of the most amazing rides that Italy has to offer.

While the race route has yet to be announced, it promised to be one of the highlights of the season, with a host of summit finishes and beautiful little towns to enjoy. We’ll also add a couple of our own favorite routes for a truly unique experience. On this trip you’ll get to sample the best of it while also getting closer to the action than anyone else thanks to our friends in high places. There’ll also be plenty of Mangia, Beve and Bici along the way as you test yourself on some of Italy’s great climbs before heading to beautiful Verona for the exciting finale of the 104th Corsa Rosa

The Financial Times took this trip with us in 2017. Read all about it here

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F12 Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • One custom Castelli × inGamba cycling kit
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

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Day by Day Breakdown



Benvenuti in Italia! Our first ride is an easy spin to shake off the cobwebs, from our base in Edolo to the town of Aprica, along the quiet roads of the Val Camonica. This is the time to make sure everything with your bike is perfect – if something’s not quite right, let a mechanic or a guide know and we’ll be sure to fix it before the tough riding begins.


The Passo del Mortirolo should need no introduction. Regularly described as one of the world's toughest climbs, Lance Armstrong once famously said it was the hardest he had ever ridden. It was here that Marco Pantani announced his talent to the world at the 1994 Giro, scaling this monster in less than 43 minutes at an average speed of almost 17km/h – smashing Franco Chioccioli’s previous record. There is now a monument in Pantani’s memory along the route. Today’s ride also includes an optional trip up the Gavia for those of you who are feeling really strong!

Passo della Mendola

After providing some thrilling racing in 2016, the Giro organizers have brought back the Passo della Mendola for stage 17. Our ride begins in Fondo and starts climbing immediately for the first 10 kilometers, before a long and enjoyable descent to Bolzano. From there, the gradient is mostly gentle until we reach kilometer 80, where there will be one final climb to our destination in Sant'Andrea.


The profile of this route might not look overly dramatic, but with over 1,700 meters of vertical gain, you’re sure to feel it in your legs by the finish. We’ll begin with a descent into Bressanone before climbing to the north. After 20 kilometers, we’ll follow the Rienza river to the east and on to Brunico, where a long climb will take us to Lake Landro and the little-known Passo Cimabanche.

Passo Giau & Falzarego

The Passo Giau is another of the Giro’s most infamous climbs. Although not used as often as its neighbors, the Giau first captured Italy’s imagination when it was included in 1973’s edition of the race, producing an incredible performance by the legendary Spanish climber José Manuel Fuente. 19 years later, the great Laurent Fignon found it so difficult that he had to be pushed to the finish by his teammate, ending the day half an hour behind the leaders. Ivan Basso once described it as being “like a slap in the face.” When ridden at a more comfortable pace, it is undoubtedly one of the region’s most beautiful climbs, and the views from the summit are as good as you’ll find anywhere. We won’t have too long to enjoy the panoramas though, because another famous climb awaits us, the famous “False King” of the Dolomites, the Passo Falzarego.

Passo San Boldo

This route begins with a bang – the Passo San Boldo. One of the most visually stunning mountain passes in northern Italy, the pass connects the town of Trichiana and Tovena with a stunning series of five tunnels, hairpin turns, and bridges. The impressive feat of engineering was achieved by the Austro-Hungarian army during WWI in just 100 days, mainly thanks to the forced efforts of prisoners and the local population. Once we reach that summit, it’s high speed and downhill for the rest of the day as we descend to our new base just outside of Treviso, Pinarello's hometown.

Verona ITT

It's time to transfer to Verona for the exciting last stage of the 102nd Giro d'Italia! The closing time trial begins on wide and straight avenues, but the route includes a climb to Torricelle (4.5 km with a 5% gradient), so it will be testing for the riders. After Torricelle, they'll descend to Piazza Bra and the city's famous Arena, where we'll be soaking up the atmosphere.

YOUR Guide

Eros Poli

The Champion

The night before Eros Poli took victory atop Mont Ventoux he couldn’t sleep. It was not like he was dreaming of victory or even had the slightest idea the next day's stage would change his life forever. It was just that it was hot. Unbearably, unsleepably hot in his less-than stellar French hotel. His roommate had taken his mattress off the bed and was sleeping on the small balcony outside their room. And the man who would shortly become known as Monsieur Ventoux was watching football, Italy vs. Brazil in the World Cup final, to be exact. Italy lost. The following morning as Eros dragged his weary, tired legs out of bed and down the stairs, as there was no lift, James Brown came into his head. “I feel good, I knew that I would now,” started to repeat over and over in his head. As it would the rest of the day. He felt good and the rest, as they say, is history.




Pinarello Dogma F12 Disk


ZIPP Service Course SL




Speedplay (or your own)


Selle Italia


Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers


Vittoria Corsa CX


Elite Custom Race


Elite Corsa Team


Garmin Edge 820