Froome coy about Giro defense as 2019 route revealed
MILAN (AP) — Chris Froome could have another attempt at winning both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France as the British rider has not ruled out the possibility of defending the title he secured in Rome this year.
Next year's Giro features three individual time trials and seven summit finishes in a balanced but testing route which ramps up into what Froome termed a "brutal, brutal second half to the race."
Froome was present at a televised ceremony in Milan on Wednesday as organizers unveiled the route of the 2019 Giro d'Italia.
The 102nd edition of the race runs from May 11-June 2 and consists of 21 days of racing, totaling 3,518.5 kilometers (2,186.4 miles) between the start in Bologna and the finish in Verona.
There is also 46,500 meters of vertical elevation, in what organizers have called "one of the hardest courses in recent years."
Here are some aspects of the 2019 race: