The route for cycling's 2024 Giro d'Italia was unveiled during an event at the Teatro Sociale of Trento ©La Presse

The route has been unveiled for cycling’s 2024 Giro d’Italia, the first of the sport’s three Grand Tour races of the year.

The 107th edition of the race is due to take place from May 4 to 26 and is set to feature five mountain stages including four uphill finishes.

The route also includes six of what are designated as “sprinters’ stages”, two time-trials and a total distance of 3,321.2 kilometres.

It is due to get underway with a 136-kilometre stage from Venaria Reale to Torino, which includes a climb of the Superga on the date of the 75th anniversary of the Grande Torino tragedy.

This occurred when a plane carrying the Torino football team crashed into a wall at the back of the Basilica church of Superga, killing all 31 people on board.

The race is due to conclude with a 126km stage around Rome, finishing with a circuit of the city.

Other highlights of the opening week route include stage six, which features a 12km section of gravel roads during the finale in the Rapolano Terme.

The list of stages for the 2024 Giro d'Italia, which is set to be the 103rd edition of the Grand Tour stage race ©La Presse
The list of stages for the 2024 Giro d'Italia, which is set to be the 103rd edition of the Grand Tour stage race ©La Presse

Second week highlights of the race include stage 10 from Pompeii to Cusano Mutri featuring an unprecedented uphill finish of the Bocca della Selva, as well as a sprinters stage 13 from Riccione to Cento which passes through areas devastated by flooding earlier this year.

A highlight of the third and final week is expected to be the first stage after the rest day, when riders tackle 202km from Livigno to St Christina En Groeden, including the Cima Coppi, the title given to the section judged the highest point of the race, which will be the Stelvio Pass.

The unveiling of the route took place at the Teatro Sociale of Trento and included on-stage appearances from cyclists including last year’s Giro d’Italia winner Primož Roglič of Slovenia.

Speaking about the route Giro d'Italia director Mauro Vegni said: "The design of the Giro d'Italia 2024 can't be compared to past editions.

"It is an evolving route, which has many medium and high mountain fractions that will test the riders not only in the third week, whose hardness in recent years has somewhat blocked the race, but throughout the Giro. 

"The almost 70km time-trial should not be underestimated either. The riders who want to win it will have to be ready from the start and I expect a lot of spectacle."

There was also the unveiling of the Giro d’Italia Women trophy by Italian cyclists Elisa Longo Borghini and Letizia Paternoster.

The route for the Giro d’Italia Women race is due to be unveiled later in the year.