The capital of the Emilia-Romagna region will host the big start and Stage 2 before the Giro heads south. The race then heads back to the region on Stages 9 through to 11.
"We’re sure that yet again the 2019 Giro d’Italia will show off the race to the nation," Mauro Vegni, Giro director said.
“In a marked difference to recent years, we decided with the Emilia-Romagna region not to design three consecutive stages early in the race but to create three very different stages for each day of racing. The start in Bologna with a Time Trial to the San Luca Sanctuary will give an immediate shape to the race for the maglia rosa.
"The Time Trial stage from Riccione to San Marino is very hard and, as the Wine Stage of the 2019 Giro d’Italia, will celebrate the Sangiovese wines. The stage from Ravenna to Modena and then from Carpi the following day will show off parts of Emilia Romagna, especially their history, culture and cuisine.”
The Emilia-Romagna stages