Traffic to be blocked from Monza via Cinisella Balsamo.
Arguably the world’s most famous cycling event, the 100th Giro d’Italia will close on 28 May as the final Stage 21 brings athletes rushing from Monza motor-racing track to Milan’s Piazza del Duomo.
After passing through Cinisello Balsamo and Sesto S. Giovanni suburbs, the colourful caravan will approach the city centre along Viale Sarca, Via Timavo, Via Sondrio, Porta Nuova and Corso Matteotti.
In Cinisella Balsamo, Viale Valtellina will be the main route through the town. Traffic limitations will also apply to the neighbouring Via Bettola, Via Fratelli Bandiera, Via Galileo Galilei, Via Cesare Battisti, Via Luciano Manara and Via Leone Tolstoi.
In Sesto, the race will follow Largo Levrino, Via Montesanto and Via Montenero; then the southbound carriageway of Viale Gramsci, Via Zara, Via Giovanna d’Arco, the southbound carriageway of Viale Italia, Viale Marelli and Via Fiume.
The competitors will ride from 13.30 to 17.30, but these routes – and their surroundings – will be closed to traffic far earlier. Parking will be forbidden from 01.00 to 19.00, and driving along the route from 06.00 to 19.00.
One reason for the early block on traffic will be the morning “Ride like a pro” event, when groups of amateur fans, starting at 08.00, will race the same 29.3-km, mostly downhill route that the professionals will be following in the afternoon.
Milan has hosted the final Stage of the Giro 75 times out of the previous 99 races, and has been elsewhere along the Giro route another 10 times since the event was launched in 1909. So the city will not be new to enthusiasts following the closing challenge in 194 countries across the world.