El Giro Next Gen Examines the Best Under-23 Cyclists in the World for Stage Races

The Giro Next Gen is set to kick off on Sunday, June 9th, marking the start of a prestigious and storied stage race that is one of the top three stage races in the world for under-23 riders, alongside the Tour de L’Avenir and the Giro della Valle d’Aosta. This year’s edition promises to be a perfect showcase for climbers.

The 2024 Giro Next Gen will begin on Sunday, June 9th, and conclude on Sunday, June 16th. This eight-stage race will start with an 8.8-kilometer time trial in Aosta. However, the decisive terrain will be in the mountains, with three summit finishes: on the third stage, riders will tackle a 19-kilometer climb at an average gradient of 5.5%. The sixth stage will feature the toughest ascent of Sant’Anna, with 9 kilometers at an 8.6% gradient. The seventh stage will end with a 12-kilometer climb at 4.5%.

The lineup for the race is impressive, featuring the Italian national team, as well as top development continental teams or WorldTeam affiliates. Teams like Astana, CTF Victorious, Decathlon, Hagens, Israel, Lidl, Lotto Dstny, Soudal-Quick-Step, Visma-Lease a Bike, Tudor, UAE Team Emirates Gen Z, and Wanty will be assessing their top talents to see who deserves a spot in the top tier in 2025. Additionally, there will be a mix of continental and amateur teams from various countries participating.

While the participation list may change in the final hours, it appears that several Spanish cyclists will be in the mix: Nil Aguilera (Astaná), Martín Barrero, and Antonio González (Polti), Alvaro García, and Pau Martí (Israel Premier Tech) are among the five riders expected to compete with the global elite.

This year’s Giro Next Gen promises to be a thrilling and competitive showcase of young talent, with riders from around the world vying for victory and a chance to make their mark on the international stage.