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My Account Wish List Empty Bikes Accessories Sell Your Bike Bike Holidays & Tours Bike Events Subscribe Select New or Used Bike News - Giro dItalia - Results and Overview « List All May 2012 All Types 2012 Giro d’Italia Stage 16 Results All Brands Jon Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) has won stage 16 of the Giro All Sizes dItalia, after escaping the 10-man breakaway group on the final climb. Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giacattoli-Venezuela)Price Min $ Max $ and Stef Clement (Rabobank) managed second and third respectively. The breakaway group which made its attempt at All States the 80km mark consisted of Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela), Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team), JonPostcode 25 km Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Luca Mazzanti (Farnese Vini-Sella Italia), Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto Belisol), Nicolas Maes (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), José Herrada Lopez (Movistar), Stef Clement (Rabobank), Matthias Brändle (NetApp) and Manuele Boaro(Enter Keywords) (Saxo Bank). The peloton were not in the pursuing mood today and at one point the breakaway was a good 12 minutes ahead. The real action was amongst the lead group with Herrada, Frank, Izagirre, De Marchi and Clement all vying for the advantage.Sort by The favourites all cruised in together in what was in essence a recovery ride for many. Do Not Sort Male Female Position Name Country Team Time Difference Time Bonus Reset Search 1 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Jon ESP EUS 4:02:00 0:00 20" 2 DE MARCHI Alessandro ITA AND 4:02:16 0:16 12" Bikes for Sale Parts & Accessories 3 CLEMENT Stef NED RAB 4:02:16 0:16 8" Bike Shop Directory 4 FRANK Mathias SUI BMC 4:02:19 0:19 COMPETITIONS 5 HERRADA LOPEZ Jose ESP MOV 4:02:21 0:21 4" SUBSCRIBE TO OFFERS 6 BOARO Manuele ITA SAX 4:02:37 0:37 EMAIL ALERTS 7 BRANDLE Matthias AUT APP 4:02:43 0:43 RIDERS FORUM Advertise Here 8 MAES Nikolas BEL OPQ 4:02:45 0:45 CONTACT US 9 BAK Lars Ytting DEN LTB 4:02:45 0:45 2" FACEBOOK 10 MAZZANTI Luca ITA FAR 4:02:48 0:48 6" TWITTER GENERAL CLASSIFICATION Postion Name Country Team Time DifferenceBike Information> Bicycle Buying Advice 1 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin ESP KAT 69:22:04 0:00> Selling Advice> Bike Types 2 HESJEDAL Ryder CAN GRM 69:22:34 0:30> Bike Brands> Bicycle Accessory Types 3 BASSO Ivan ITA LIQ 69:23:26 1:22> Bicycle Accessory Brands> General Cycling Advice> Bike Community 4 TIRALONGO Paolo ITA AST 69:23:30 1:26> Racing Community> Online Safety 5 KREUZIGER Roman CZE AST 69:23:31 1:27> Our Website 6 SCARPONI Michele ITA LAM 69:23:40 1:36 7 INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Benat ESP MOV 69:23:46 1:42 8 HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis COL SKY 69:23:59 1:55 9 CATALDO Dario ITA OPQ 69:24:16 2:12 10 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 69:24:17 2:13 converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage 15 ResultsLocal rider Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) has made his mark on the Giro d’Italia with a deserving win in Lecco atStage 15 of the race. In poor weather conditions, the gruelling 172km stage was effectively dominated by Rabottini for itsentirety. Even he came unstuck near the end of the race and lost valuable time. However, Rabottini had deep reserves, bothphysical and psychological, and fended off all challengers. There was a second breakaway group behind Rabottini that includedCunego (Lampre ISD), Androni’s Sella (Androni), Txurruka (Euskaltel), Losada (Katusha), Bruseghin (Movistar) Amador andPinotti (BMC). The only rider who looked as though he would catch Rabottini was Rodriguez (Katusha) who pushed through thefield and came within 400 metres, but just couldn’t get there. However, the Spaniards effort was enough to win him back theMaglia Rosa off Canada’s Hesjedal (Garmin Barracuda). This doesn’t bode well for Hesjedal, but rest days can be as much ahindrance as a blessing so it’s anyone’s guess as to who will dominate the remaining stages of the Giro for 2012.Position Name Country Team Time Difference Time Bonus 1 RABOTTINI Matteo ITA FAR 5:15:30 0:00 2 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin ESP KAT 5:15:30 0:00 3 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto ESP KAT 5:15:53 0:23Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage 14 ResultsAndrey Amador (Movistar) has won the first high mountain stage of the Giro for 2012, and is proof positive that being part of awell timed (and lucky) escape group can yield handsome rewards. Jan Barta (NetApp) managed second and Alessandro DeMarchi (Androni Giacattoli) garnered third. As expected the Maglia Rosa has passed to Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) whohas now accrued a nine second lead on Rodriguez (Katusha). What is remarkable about Amador is that the man has clearly hadsome serious hurdles in his career. He was nearly murdered in a robbery in Costa Rica in 2011 but managed to race a monthlater. A lacklustre 2011 Tour de France effort belied his inner strength and in his second crack at the Giro has earned him a win inthe mountains. For this stage, the weather was not on side, but that didn’t stop the main break of the day who took off at theat the 60km mark. It consisted of Olivier Kaisen (Lotto Belisol), Jan Barta (NetApp), Andrey Amador (Movistar), Nelson Oliveira(RadioShack-Nissan), Matteo Montaguti (AG2R-La Mondiale), Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Alessandro De Marchi(Androni Giocattoli) and Pierpaolo De Negri (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia). On the ascent of the first climb Barta escaped the group,and as the weather worsened the breakaway began to struggle on the 22km climb. However, Barta was eventually passed onthe descent by Amador who clearly had more nerve on the descents. At the 15km point, Amador was still in front and thepeloton was a good 7.5 minutes in arrears. What of the contenders? Today was Hesjedals: It was at this point that he made hisattack. Rodriguez was quick to give chase. However, Hesjedal maintained his efforts and managed to finish a mere 20 secondsbehind the winning trio. It was all Hesjedal needed to secure the pink jersey.Position Name Country Team Time Difference Time Bonus 1 AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA Andrey CRC MOV 5:33:36 0:00 2 BARTA Jan CZE APP 5:33:36 0:00 3 DE MARCHI Alessandro ITA AND 5:33:38 0:02Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage 13 ResultsMark Cavendish (Team Sky) claimed has won his third Giro dItalia stage win in spectacular style. With his characteristic flair,Cavendish ducked and weaved as the finish line loomed and managed to escape a determined Orica-GreenEdge train barrellingdown on his right and the barriers to his left. He touched the line a good bike length ahead of Kristoff (Katusha), and his friendand former lead-out man, Aussie Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) coming in at third place. Cav’s win now means that Goss has someserious ground to make up in the fight for the red jersey against the indomitable Manxman, but let’s not underestimate Orica-GreenEdge. They a team on a mission and have proven their credentials on more than one occasion already. In the overallstandings, not much has changed. We still see Rodriguez in the Maglia Rosa. However, a number of mountain finishes loom, andit’s going to be these stages where we may see some big changes in the rankings. The likes of Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) andKreuziger (Astana) may take the opportunity to assert themselves. Who has the legs? And the will? TimePosition Name Country Team Time Difference Bonus 1 CAVENDISH Mark GBR SKY 3:02:07 0:00 22" 2 KRISTOFF Alexander NOR KAT 3:02:07 0:00 12" 3 RENSHAW Mark AUS RAB 3:02:07 0:00 8"Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage 12 ResultsLars Ytting Bak (Lotto Belisol) has won stage 11 of the Giro dItalia, followed 11 seconds later by Sandy Casar (FDJ-BigMat)and Andrey Amador (Movistar) coming in third. Casar was virtual leader for most of the day but couldnt quite catch JoaquinRodriguez (Katusha) who maintains the overall lead. Katusha was blase in their attempt to chase down Casar who had boltedabout 50km into the stage. Liquigas-Cannondale, however, took up the task and chased down the breakaway.Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) took the mountain points at the category two Valico La Mola, and kept on going, makinga serious attempt for the stage win. However the remainder of the breakaway, Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol), Sandy Casar (FDJ-BigMat), Ivan Santaromita (BMC), Jan Bakelants (RadioShack-Nissan), Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Andrey Amador converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
(Movistar), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela), Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM) soon gave chase. Aftera combatative climb and descent fought out between the breakaway riders, Bak attacked with just over 1.5km to go.The TT specialist took off and remained unchallenged to the checker flag. The question now is not if Rodriguez will surrenderthe Maglia Rosa, simply when. TimePosition Name Country Team Time Difference Bonus 1 BAK Lars Ytting DEN LTB 3:58:55 0:00 20" 2 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 3:59:06 0:11 12" 3 AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA Andrey CRC MOV 3:59:06 0:11 8"Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage 11 ResultsControversial Roberto Ferrari (Androni Giacattoli-Venezuela) has redeemed himself with a sprint win to take stage 11 honours.Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) was second and Tomas Vaitkus (GreenEdge) coming in third. It wasn’t MarkCavendish’s day, but still managed to secure the red jersey as the point’s leader. A breakaway consisting ofOlivier Kaisen (Lotto Belisol), Adrian Saez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Simone Ponzi (Astana), Stefan Denifl (Vacansoleil-DCM), Manuele Boaro (Saxo Bank) and Mickaël Delage (FDJ-BigMat) took off early in the piece but only ever kept a small marginwith the peloton. Following the category 3 climb at Poggio alla Croce a combined Team Sky and Rabobank effort pulled thebreakaway in.With only 30km to go Manuele Boaro and Saez took off and made a short lived attempt for the stage, whilst theremainder were absorbed into the peloton. Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil-DCM) made a move on the category four Vico, but to noavail, and the attempt by Giovanni Visconti, Kreuziger (Astana) and Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) was thwarted. As the stage finishloomed, it was yet another crash by Sacha Modolo that upset the plans of the main players who were gearing up for a sprintfinish. It was here that Ferrari made his move. And crossing the line exuberantly, the controversial rider was clearly ecstaticwith his win. Position Name Country Team Time Difference Time Bonus 1 FERRARI Roberto ITA AND 6:49:05 0:00 20" 2 CHICCHI Francesco ITA OPQ 6:49:05 0:00 12" 3 VAITKUS Tomas LTU OGE 6:49:05 0:00 8"Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage 10 ResultsSpanish rider Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) has won stage 10 in Assisi and also claimed the pink jersey as overall leader. BartoszHuzarski (NetApp) and Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) arriving in second and third place respectively. Race leader Ryder Hesjedal(Garmin-Barracuda) has moved down to sixth position after a tough fight but couldn’t match Rodriquez who gained a valuable17 seconds on the Canadian. At 10km a small breakaway group consisting of Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R); Miguel Mínguez(Euskaltel-Euskadi); Francesco Failli (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), Matthias Brandle (NetApp) and Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM)had put some space on the peloton, but all the contenders weren’t threatened by this and essentially vied amongst themselves.However, as the race progressed towards the intermediate sprint point, the gap began to close. Katusha assumed the role ofchasing down the breakaway group, and their main rivals for the pink jersey, Garmin-Barracuda responded in order to protectHesjedal’s lead. For some time there was jockeying and minor breakouts, but by the 5km point, the peleton had swallowed upthe outliers and following the return assent to Assisi, it became a battle between Hesjedal, Rodriguez, Slagter (Rabobank) andScarponi. But as the race approached the line it was Rodriquez with the assistance of his team mate Moreno who took the stageand the Maglia Rosa. Position Name Country Team Time Difference Time Bonus 1 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin ESP KAT 4:25:05 0:00 20" 2 HUZARSKI Bartosz POL APP 4:25:07 0:02 12" 3 VISCONTI Giovanni ITA MOV 4:25:07 0:02 8"Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage 9 ResultsSpanish rider Francisco Ventoso (Movistar Team) has won stage 9 of the Giro dItalia, from Giorgio nel Sannio to Frosinone,despite coming off on the final corner. Italians Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli) and Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Nissan) came insecond and third respectively. It certainly wasn’t a good day for the sprinters after Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) was taken out byFilippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) on the final left hand corner. Mark Cavendish (Sky) and Mark Renshaw (Rabobank)both had to slow and Cavendish himself came off in the confusion. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) retained the leadersjersey after solid work in the saddle throughout the stage, although Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) is an omnipresent threat, inthis case an attack with 7kms to go. The attack petered out and he was pulled back in, but only after causing some frayednerves in the peloton in the process. While both Team Sky and Orica-GreenEdge were doing their best to get their men intoposition, in this case Goss looked like a definite chance for the stage; the crash on the final corner closed the window for bothteams, allowing an unexpected podium result. Position Name Country Team Time Difference Time Bonus 1 VENTOSO ALBERDI Francisco J. ESP MOV 3:39:15 0:00 20" converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
2 FELLINE Fabio ITA AND 3:39:15 0:00 12" 3 NIZZOLO Giacomo ITA RNT 3:39:15 0:00 8"Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage 8 ResultsItalian rider Domenico Pozzovivo pulled out all the stops at Lago Laceno to claim the win for Stage 8. He mounted his assault7km from the finish line and managed to hold a 30 second advantage. Movistar’s Beñat Intxausti managed second place and theMaglia Rosa group including Joaquin Rodríguez (Katusha) who pipped Thomas De Gendt for third. Rodriguez moved into secondplace in the GC, placing him a mere 9 seconds behind Hesjedal. In an undulating stage, the main break commenced early on,and consisted of Andrey Amador (Movistar), Julien Bérard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil-DCM) and MiguelMínguez (Euskaltel-Euskadi). With approximately 35km to go, the peloton eventually reigned in the breakaway. Amador andMarczynski were caught at the 17km point and as the road climbed, it was a combination of Astana and Liquigas-Cannondalerider. But the day belonged to Colnago-CSF Inox rider Pozzovivo who asserted his superior skills in the mountains to secure thestage win. Position Name Country Team Time Difference Time Bonus 1 POZZOVIVO Domenico ITA COG 6:06:05 0:00 20" 2 INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Beñat ESP MOV 6:06:28 0:23 12" 3 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin ESP KAT 6:06:32 0:27 8"Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage 7 ResultsAs expected, there has been some major moves in the ranks as the Giro moves deeper into the hills. Paolo Tiralongo (Astana)managed to steal win from Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) with 100 metres to go. Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) managed to securethird only three seconds behind. In the overall classifications, Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) has taken the Maglia Rosa;Marloris efforts yesterday may have sapped the young riders reserves as he seemed to run of of steam on the finalclimb. Hesjedal now leads by 15 seconds, with Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) only 2 seconds behind in third. As contenders go,Scarponi’s efforts, while not securing the stage win, did manage to secure valuable time over the likes of Schleck and Rodriguez,and the Italian may yet tie down the overall win. Position Name Country Team Time Difference Time Bonus 1 TIRALONGO Paolo ITA AST 5:51:03 0:00 20" 2 SCARPONI Michele ITA LAM 5:51:03 0:00 12" 3 SCHLECK Frank LUX RNT 5:51:06 0:03 8"Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage 6 ResultsIn a remarkable solo effort, Colombian rider Miguel Rubiano (Androni Giocattoli) pulled out all stops to take the win in Stage 6 ofthe 2012 Giro d’Italia at Porto SantElpidio. Part of a breakaway group, he took off on his own at 45km to go. Not only did hemanage to secure the 20 second bonus, he also took control of the mountain classification. Overall, Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD)now dons the pink jersey following his second place in the stage. The undulating terrain began to eat into some, with TylerFarrar (Garmin-Barracuda), Thor Hushovd (BMC) and Roman Fill (Vacansoleil-DCM) all failing to finish. Others, like MarkCavendish (Sky) managed to slip through a full 33:12 behind Rubiano. As teams go, Liquigas-Cannondale was driving the mainchasing group with the clear intention of keeping Ivan Basso in the running. Race leader Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Barracuda) still appeared to be holding on, but as the race headed to the climb at Montelupone, Navardauskas’ time inthe Maglia Rosa came to an end. Position Name Country Team Time Difference Time Bonus 1 RUBIANO CHAVEZ Miguel Angel COL AND 5:38:30 0:00 20" 2 MALORI Adriano ITA LAM 5:39:40 1:10 14" 3 GOLAS Michal POL OPQ 5:39:40 1:10 8"Giro dItalia 2012 Stage 5 ResultsMark Cavendish has done it yet again, winning stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia at Fano. Team Sky, with Geraint Thomas at the helm,were intrinsic in setting up Cavendish’s launch for the line at 150 metres to go. Despite his best efforts Goss (Orica-GreenEdge)couldn’t quite get there, coming in second place by a bike length, with Radio Shack-Nissan rider Daniele Bennati in third. In theoverall standings, Ramunas Navardauskas retains the pink jersey. Cavendish now sits in fifth place in the GC standings due tobonus points with Goss sitting in fourth overall. When speaking to the media, Cavendish made it clear that he has more stagewins in him in the days ahead. Considering this stage win following his nasty fall on Stage 3, it would be foolhardy to doubt hisresolve. In stark contrast, Taylor Phinney (BMC) yet again managed to be involved in yet another bingle, this time as a result ofLucas Haedo (Saxo Bank) coming unstuck. He did manage to compose himself, but he seems cursed with terrible luck on almostevery stage thus far. Position Name Country Team Time Difference Time Bonus 1 CAVENDISH Mark GBR SKY 4:43:15 0:00 20" converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
1 CAVENDISH Mark GBR SKY 4:43:15 0:00 20" 2 GOSS Matthew Harley AUS OGE 4:43:15 0:00 12" 3 BENNATI Daniele ITA RNT 4:43:15 0:00 8"Giro dItalia 2012 Stage 4 ResultsIn a blistering effort, American team Garmin-Barracuda has secured the Team Time Trial in Verona with a time of 37:04.Theirefforts garnered the pink jersey for their Lithuanian rider Ramunas Navardauskas. It’s been four years since Garmin has wonthe TTT in Palermo and their success in Verona bodes very well for their GC contender Ryder Hesjedal. In stark contrast, the sunhas set for BMC rider Taylor Phinney. The American just couldn’t hold on to the pink jersey; his strength and morale had clearlybeen sapped by crashes and mechanical failures. However it was a good day for Katusha. Their time of 37:09 earned themsecond place and gave their GC contender Joaquin Rodriguez a healthy time advantage against his rivals leading into themountain stages. As the Giro heads South, Garmin-Barracuda’s plan seems to be coming to fruition. Their win in Verona meansthat their general classification contender Ryder Hesjedal has a real chance at the overall win. Position Name Country Team Time Difference 1 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas LTU GRM 10:01:53 0:00 2 FARRAR Tyler USA GRM 10:02:03 0:10 3 HUNTER Robert RSA GRM 10:02:03 0:10Giro dItalia 2012 Stage 3 ResultsAustralia’s own Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) has secured the Stage 3 win narrowly avoiding a nasty crash involving bothCavendish and Phinney. SaxoBank’s Juan Jose Haedo secured second place followed by Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) inthird. The Orica-GreenEdge team performed very well and easily the better team on the day. This was Goss’s first win of theseason and Orica-GreenEdges first Grand Tour stage win. "Its great to win here in a pure bunch sprint. Im very happy for theteam. There were a lot corners in the finale, that always strings the bunch out but I had a great team." At 2km to go, with TeamSky’s lead-out in disarray, GreenEdge took control, as Gosss rivals struggled to fall in behind. As Cavendish attempted an earlylaunch, Robert Ferrari dramatically moved from his line, taking out Cavendishs front wheel. Both he and Phinney fell foul of theincident, but fortunately weren’t seriously injured. Ferrari however did not fare so well. For his efforts he was relegated to lastplace for irregular sprinting.Position Name Country Team Time Difference Time Bonus1 GOSS Matthew Harley AUS OGE 4:20:53 0:00 20"2 HAEDO Juan Jose ARG SAX 4:20:53 0:00 12"3 FARRAR Tyler USA GRM 4:20:53 0:00 8"Giro dItalia 2012 Stage 2 ResultsMark Cavendish (Team Sky) won the second stage of the 2012 Giro dItalia with Australian Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) insecond and Geoffrey Soupe (FDJ-Big Mat) managing third place. Taylor Phinney (BMC), was able to defend the leaders jersey(but only just) after a minor incident that left him with a 30 second gap to recover in the last 8km. Geraint managed to pilotCavendish to the win after a solid sprint train from his Sky teammates. The King of the Mountain classification jersey was takenout by Rubiano after a small category 4 climb. At the 40km banner Danish rider Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto Belisol) broke away fromthe peloton and managed a 44 second gap with 30km to go, but reeled him back to 30 seconds, with Bak relinquishing his soloattempt at 17km to go. Phinney dropped a chain with only 8km to go and while his teammates pulled him back to the front, butat 3.5km to go it was Garmin-Barracuda and GreenEdge in the sprint. A nasty crash at 150m to go left only a clutch of riders tofight it out, and Cavendish, with his characteristically excellent timing, claimed the win. Position Name Country Team Time Difference Time Bonus 1 CAVENDISH Mark GBR SKY 4:53:12 0:00 20" 2 GOSS Matthew Harley AUS OGE 4:53:12 0:00 12" 3 SOUPE Geoffrey FRA FDJ 4:53:12 0:00 8"Giro dItalia 2012 Stage 1 ResultsAmerican Taylor Phinney (BMC) dominated the time trial with a strong 10:26, which is BMCs strongest win for the year. GeraintThomas of Team Sky managed to grab second place a full nine seconds behind Phinney, followed by the Dane, Alex Rasmussenof Garmin-Barracuda, with a 10:39. Astana’s Roman Kreuziger (Astana) had a good day with a determined ride, crossing the linein 28th position. Liquigas rider Ivan Basso on the other hand didn’t seem to find his groove and struggled through the stage,arriving in 35th at 39 seconds. Lampre rider Damiano Cunego had a weak day in the saddle coming in at 124th. MicheleScarponi, the defending maglia rosa had an even direr day coming in three seconds later in 135th. Position Name Country Team Time Difference Time Bonus converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
1 PHINNEY Taylor USA BMC 10:26 0:00 2 THOMAS Geraint GBR SKY 10:35 0:09 3 RASMUSSEN Alex DEN GRM 10:39 0:13GIRO D’ITALIA – THE COURSE AND THE CONTENDERSThe Giro d’Italia 2012 begins in Herning, Denmark on Saturday May 5 and concludes in Milan, Italy on Sunday May 27.THE RACEThe Giro dItalia, or simply “The Giro”, is a long distance road bicycle racing stage race held over three weeks in May and earlyJune in and around Italy. The Giro, along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, is one of the three Grand Tours and akey event in the UCI World Ranking Calendar. The Giro is also one of the coveted Triple Crown of Cycling, along with the UCIWorld Championships and the Tour de France.THE HISTORYOn 13 May 1909, 127 riders started the inaugural Giro dItalia, which took place from Loreto Place in Milan. The race was splitinto eight stages covering 2448 kilometres. A total of 49 riders finished, with Italian Luigi Ganna coming out on top. Aside fromthe General Classification win, Ganna won three individual stages. This year we see The Giro begin in the central Danish town ofHerning and what are essentially fairly flat stages through East Jutland. From the 9th, The Giro d’Italia proper begins in theancient Northern Italian city of Verona. The Giro heads south along the Apennines. On the 14 May the Giro swings north thoughseveral mountainous stages, concluding with the Individual Time Trial in the streets of Milan.THE STAGES Stage Date Start and Finish Distance Type 1 5 May Herning-Herning 8.7 km Time Trial 2 6 May Herning–Herning 206 km Flat 3 7 May Horsens-Horsens 190 km Flat 4 9 May Verona-Verona 33.2 km Team Time Trial 5 10 May Modena – Fano 209 km Flat 6 11 May Urbino – Porto Sant’Elpidio 210 km Medium Mountain 7 12 May Rencanati – Rocca di Cambio 205 km Medium Mountain 8 13 May Sulmona-Lago Lanceno 229 km Medium Mountain 9 14 May San Giorgio del Sannio – Frosinone 166 km Flat 10 15 May Civitavecchia Assisi 186 km Medium Mountain 11 16 May Assisi – Montecatini Terme 255 km Flat 12 17 May Seravezza – Sestri Levante 155 km Medium Mountain 13 18 May Savona – Cervere 121 km Flat 14 19 May Cherasco – Cervinia 206 km High Mountain 15 20 May Busto Arsizio – Lecco/Pian dei Resinelli 169 km High Mountain 16 22 May Limone sul Garda - Falzes/Pfalzen 173 km Medium Mountain 17 23 May Falzes/Pfalzen – Cortina d’A mpezzo 186 km High Mountain 18 24 May San Vito di Cadore – Vedelago 149 km Flat 19 25 May Treviso – Alpe di Pampeago/Val di Fiemme 198 km High Mountain 20 26 May Caldes/Val di Sole – Passo dello Stelvio 219 km High Mountain 21 27 May Milano – Milano 30.1 km Time Trial converted by Web2PDFConvert.com