The Giro d'Italia 2011 starts off in Torino, near the Alps.
The Corsa Rosa is the official event for the celebration of the 150 anniversary of the unification of Italy.
Therefore, the Tour of Italy and the Alpine national meeting will be held on the same day in Turinstarting with a team time trial of 19.3 km near the Palace of Venaria the heart of Turin.
Next, the Giro will make a real tour of the country, crossing 17 Italian regions in 3.524,5 km.
There are 4 medium mountain stages (1 arrival on top) and 6 high mountain stages (all arriving on top).
Although the profiles below don't show too much red, and most infamous traditional climbs in the Giro are left aside, the fact that all mountain stages arrive on top offers real opportunities to the best climbers to win the Giro.