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Mark it on your calendar: Saturday, May 26th, will be the queen stage of the 2012 Giro d'Italia featuring the Mortirolo followed by a summit finish at 2,757 meters on the Stelvio.

 

Stage 20, 218 km long with a total elevation gain of about 5,900 meters, will begin in Caldes, pass through the Val di Sole and, after the Tonale, will face the Aprica Pass. At the end of the descent the race will run along a ring with the tough climb of Teglio da Bianzone (with slopes of up to 14%) to descend to Poggiridenti and to Tirano. It is there that the final part of the race will start.

 

From Tovo di Sant'Agata an unusual ascent to the Mortirolo will begin (11.4 km, 10.4% on average, 21% maximum) up to 1,718 m.a.s.l. A fast and technical descent to Grosio will be followed by the approach to Bormio, to conclude with the long climb to the Stelvio (22.4 km at 6.9% on average, 12% max).

 

This will be the fourth time there will be a summit finish on the Stelvio, previously used in 1965, 1972, and 1975. The possibility of snow always exists even in Summer on the Stelvio. This was the case in the 1965 edition when volunteers had to shovel a path by hand to allow the riders to reach the summit.

 

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Was reading the other day about the gradient of the Zoncollan which was in this years Giro and they had grades over 20%. Choice of gearing was mostly compact with rear sets up to 29 teeth. Dont even think some of the tv trucks can make it up there.

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If I remember correctly the Queen stage of this year's TdF had about 4900m of elevation gain... This is insane. It seems as if they're trying to make the Giro tougher and tougher each year, almost to a point where it becomes ridiculous... almost...

 

Didn't Contador win one of the stages this year in a time of over 8 hours or something ridiculous?

 

This looks insane! Not missing it for the world!

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And, Conti is looking to do the double with the TdF and Giro...

 

Not under these conditions, ek sê...

 

Eish!

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Isnt the Giro notorious for being a tougher climbing tour than the tdf? Contador dominated the Giro and personally i think that is why he was nowhere in the tdf. The guy is only human

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Isnt the Giro notorious for being a tougher climbing tour than the tdf? Contador dominated the Giro and personally i think that is why he was nowhere in the tdf. The guy is only human

 

You sure about that statement..... I always though (well heard via the grapevine) that he was super human.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Defending champion Alberto Contador and world champion Mark Cavendish attend the presentation of the route for the 2012 Giro d'Italia in Milan.

 

ROME — The 95th Giro d’Italia will start with three days’ worth of racing in Denmark, race organizers announced Sunday in Milan.

 

The race will cover 3,476km over 21 stages from May 5-27, finishing in Milan with a 31.5km individual time trial.

 

Defending champion Alberto Contador and world champion Mark Cavendish were in attendance.

 

Contador, who will be skipping his title defense, to concentrate on the Tour de France, said the 2012 Giro route seems less difficult than the 2011 edition and called the mountainous third week “most crucial.”

 

The race will start in Herning for the first two stages before moving to Hersens for the third. That will be followed by the first rest day as the riders and teams transfer to Italy.

 

The route will include three races against the clock, including the opening 8.7km individual time trial and a 32.2km team time trial on the fourth stage, the first one in Italy.

 

The longest stage of the race is the 11th, held over 243km from Assisi to Montecatini Terme, a stage that should favor one-day-classics specialists.

 

Stages of the 2012 Giro d’Italia

Stage 1, May 5: Herning (Denmark), Herning (8.7km, time trial)

 

Stage 2, May 6: Herning, Herning (206km)

 

Stage 3, May 7: Horsens (Denmark), Horsens (190km)

 

Rest day, May 8

 

Stage 4, May 9: Verona, Verona (32.2km team time trial)

 

Stage 5, May 10: Modena, Fano (199km)

 

Stage 6, May 11: Urbino, Porto Sant’Elpidio (207km)

 

Stage 7, May 12: Recanati, Rocca di Cambio (202km)

 

Stage 8, May 13: Sulmona, Lago Laceno (229km)

 

Stage 9, May 14: San Giorgio del Sannio, Frosinone (171km)

 

Stage 10, May 15: Civitavecchia, Assisi (187km)

 

Stage 11, May 16: Assisi, Montecatini Terme (243km)

 

Stage 12, May 17: Seravezza, Sestri Levante (157km)

 

Stage 13, May 18: Savona, Cervere (121km)

 

Stage 14, May 19: Cherasco, Cervinia (205km)

 

Stage 15, May 20: Busto Arsizio, Lecco/Pian dei Resinelli (172km)

 

Rest day, May 21

 

Stage 16, May 22: Limone sul Garda, Falzes (174km)

 

Stage 17, May 23: Falzes, Cortina d’Ampezzo (187km)

 

Stage 18, May 24: San Vito di Cadore, Vedelago (139km)

 

Stage 19, May 25: Treviso, Alpe di Pampeago (197km)

 

Stage 20, May 26: Caldes/Val di Sole, Passo dello Stelvio (218km)

 

Stage 21, May 27: Milan, Milan (31.5km time trial)

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At the launch of the Giro 2012 route, two cool dudes:

 

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:D

 

[Feeling better already after yesterday?]

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Yip! Thanks! Seems like my mind was just not there so im fine with what happened. Im planning to get on the bike for a chill leg turner from 16h30 to 18h30. If i feel fine after that then i'll be amped for the rest of the year :thumbup:

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Yip! Thanks! Seems like my mind was just not there so im fine with what happened. Im planning to get on the bike for a chill leg turner from 16h30 to 18h30. If i feel fine after that then i'll be amped for the rest of the year :thumbup:

Easy does it!

:thumbup:

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