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New Italian bike tour offers rolling road closures and chance to see Giro

Three-day ride for enthusiasts takes in the northern lakes

A new bike tour in Italy next year will provide enthusiast riders with rolling road closures and finish with the opportunity to watch the finale of the Giro d’Italia.

The event offers three days of challenging riding around the Great Lakes of northern Italy, with a fleet of motorbike outriders and lead cars guiding the peloton and providing a rolling road closure.

The first day’s ride is 79.5 miles (127km), the second is 66.8 miles (107km), and the third is 73 miles (117km). Highlights of the trip include riding alongside Lake Como and Lake Lugano, and stopping at the Madonna del Ghisallo, the legendary hill that’s home to a church dedicated to the patroness of cycling, and a cycling museum.

Riders will fly out to Milan on 25 May, spend three days in the saddle, and then get the chance to watch the Giro finish in Milan on 29 May. The final day is a 20.5 mile (32.8km) individual time trial, so if the standings are close it’ll be exciting viewing.

The cost of the Giro d’Italia tour is £949, which includes accommodation and most meals. The event is run by Freedom Tours, a new name although it is actually part of the logistics force behind some UK-France sportives including Cycle2Cannes, Pedal to Paris and Londres-Paris.com.

Find more details and register at www.freedomtours.org.uk.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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