Giro d’Italia 2007
A beautiful parcours which should lead to an open and exciting race. Caprera to Milan offers something to everyone, and the man in Pink will deserve his kisses from the misses.....
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The 90th Giro d'Italia kicks off with a 24-kms team time trial on the island of Caprera off the north coast of Sardinia on May 12 and will finish in Milan on June 3. On the way to Milan the riders will visit France and Austria and also take on the 10 kilometre climb of Monte Zoncolan with its average gradient of 17%.
The race, which as usual, favours the climbers, but it has not forgotten the fast man or the “rouleurs”. Petacchi,McEwen, Zabel and company will be looking forward to 8 stages which favour multi coloured trains and fast legs. The roadmen have five stages in which their breakaway or solo effort may succeed while the mountain goats and those in search of a high finishing spot will be looking at the five mountain stages with the prospect of red hot lungs and singing legs.
On this balanced parcours the men who prefer to test themselves and their machines against the clock are not forgotten. The opening Team Time Trial will give the Teams selection and tactical decisions they may well have wished not to have while the two individual time trials are the slice of lemon in the gin and tonic of the supersonic parcours of the 07 Giro.
Stage 13 may well prove unlucky for some, The 13 kilometre uphill Biella to Santuario di Oropa Time trial, willl be a race of rare nerve, for the riders will have just completed one mountain stage and have another 3 to look forward to directly after.
It is a less brutal course than 2006 and possibly more tactical, that said as Simoni points out the finishes at Zoncolan and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo are brutal. But this is balanced by the penultimate days’ time trial from Bardolino to Vérone over 42km.
So a race with something for everyone. May the best man win!
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90th Giro d'Italia
May 12-June 3, 2007
21 stages (3442km)
May 12, Stage 1: Caprera-La Maddalena (team time trial), 24km
May 13, Stage 2: Tempio Pausania-Bosa, 203km
May 14, Stage 3: Barumini-Cagliari, 195km
May 15: Rest day
May 16, Stage 4: Salerne-Montevergine di Mercogliano, 158km
May 17, Stage 5: Teano-Frascati, 172km
May 18, Stage 6: Tivoli-Spoleto, 181km
May 19, Stage 7: Spoleto-Scarperia, 239km
May 20, Stage 8: Barberino di Mugello-Fiorano Modenese, 194km
May 21, Stage 9: Reggio Nell'Emilia-Lido di Camaiore, 182km
May 22, Stage 10: Lido di Camaiore-Santuario Nostra Signora Della Guardia, 230km
May 23, Stage 11: Serravalle Scrivia-Pinerolo, 192km
May 24, Stage 12: Scalenghe-Briançon (FRA), 163km
May 25, Stage 13: Biella-Santuario di Oropa (individual time trial), 13km
May 26, Stage 14: Cantu-Bergame, 181km
May 27, Stage 15: Trente-Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 190km
May 28: Rest day
May 29, Stage 16: Agordo-Lienz (AUT), 196km
May 30, Stage 17: Lienz (AUT)-Monte Zoncolan,
May 31, Stage 18: Udine-Riese Pie X, 182km
June 1, Stage 19: Trévise-Comano Terme, 178km
June 2, Stage 20: Bardolino-Vérone (individual time trial), 42km
June 3, Stage 21: Vestone-Milan, 181km
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