|Added by||Bart Perdieus|
|General Description :||The Giro d'Italia is an annual stage race bicycle race primarily held in Italy, while also occasionally passing through nearby countries. The race was first organized in 1909 to increase sales of the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport; however it is currently run by RCS Sport
The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1909, except when it was stopped for the two world wars. As the Giro gained prominence and popularity the race was lengthened, and the peloton expanded from primarily Italian participation to riders from all over the world. The Giro is a UCI World Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are mostly UCI Proteams, with the exception of the teams that the organizers can invite.
Along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, the Giro makes up cycling's prestigious three-week-long Grand Tours. The Giro is usually held during late May and early June. While the route changes each year, the format of the race stays the same, with the appearance of at least two time trials, the passage through the mountains of the Alps, including the Dolomites, and the finish in the Italian city of Milan. Like the other Grand Tours, the modern editions of the Giro d'Italia normally consist of 21 day-long segments (stages) over a 23-day period that includes 2 rest days.
|Face value||0,52 Euro|
|Catalog code (Michel)||BE 3563|
|Catalog code (Scott)||BE 2141|
|Catalog code||Yvert et Tellier BE 3500 Stanley Gibbons BE 3990 Belgium BE 3515 WADP Numbering System - WNS BE034.06 Unificato BE 3507|
|Stamp use||Commemorative stamp|
|Catalog prices||No catalog prices set yet|