86th GIRO D'ITALIA: NUMBERS, JERSEYS AND MORE TIDBITS:
- TEAMS: The Tour of Italy is open for a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 22 teams of 9 riders each; the final list of participating teams will be announced on March the 21st, 2003.
More Numbers realtive to the 86th Tour of Italy:
- 3,449 Kilometres of Racing
- 21 stages
- An average distance of about 164 kms. a day
- 11 predominantly flat or "undulated" stages,
- 3 Mid-Mountain stages
- 5 uphill finishes (2 more than the past year)
- About 17,300 metres uphill (900 less than in 2002 anyway)
- 2 Individual Time Trials (a total distance of 82 kms.)
- 2 Rest Days (in accordance with the current UCI rules)
THE JERSEYS: The PINK and SKY BLUE JERSEYS are related to time classfications, the GREEN and the CYCLAMEN are for point-based classifications. The "Intergiro" (Intermediate Sprints) provides Time Bonuses for both the Overall and Sky Blue Jersey Standings, and also Points for the relative classification (Cyclamen Jersey).
- PINK JERSEY ("Maglia Rosa") for the Overall Classification;
- GREEN JERSEY ("Maglia Verde") for the Mountain Classification;
- CYCLAMEN JERSEY ("Maglia Ciclamino") for Points Classification;
- SKY BLUE JERSEY ("Maglia Azzurra") for Intermediate Sprints Ranking
The INTERGIRO CLASSIFICATION works as follows:
LINE STAGES: to all the competitors will be assigned the time obtained by the winner of the Inter-giro; further on, the six first runners on the result list will gain the following bonuses : 30'' the first, 25'' the second, 20'' the third, 15'' the fourth, 10'' the fifth and 5'' the sixth. The first three riders will also gain bonus time for the Overall Ranking (see below);
TIME TRIALS: the first six on the result list will be credited with the real time used to cover the distance from the starting point to the passage of the Intergiro; all the other competitors will be credited with the time of the seventh.
- There are also TWO TEAMS CLASSIFICATIONS, respectively based on TIME and POINTS.
TIME BONUSES in EACH STAGE (but ITTs, of course):
- 1st - 12 seconds;
- 2nd - 8 seconds;
- 3rd - 4 seconds
INTERGIRO (Intermediate Sprints):
- 1st - 6 seconds;
- 2nd - 4 seconds;
- 3rd - 2 seconds
POINTS CLASSIFICATION - SCORING SYSTEM:
STAGE RESULT - points (places: 1st to 15th) - : 25 - 20 - 16 - 14 - 12 - 10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1
INTERGIRO - points (places: 1st to 6th): 8 - 6 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1
KOM CLASSIFICATION - SCORING SYSTEM:
CIMA COPPI - points (places: 1st to 6th): 20 - 15 - 10 - 6 - 4 - 2 (*)
MOUNTAIN TOP FINISH - points (places: 1st to 6th): 15 - 10 - 6 - 4 - 2
1st CATEGORY CLIMB - points (places: 1st to 5th): 10 - 6 - 4 - 2 -1
2nd CATEGORY CLIMB - points (places: 1st to 3rd): 5 - 3 - 1
3rd CATEGORY CLIMB - points (places: 1st to 3rd): 3 - 2 - 1
PRIZES: A total amount of 1,350,000 Euros, same as last year's.
(*) = "Cima Coppi" of the 2003 Giro d'Italia is the Colle d'Esischie (altitude: 2366 m) to be climbed in Stage 18.
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