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Giro d'Italia - 2007 Route & Presentation
By Fabio
Date: 12/2/2006
Giro d'Italia - 2007 Route & Presentation

Giro d'Italia 2007

Courtesy Gazzetta dello Sport

The route of the 90th Giro Ciclistico d'Italia has been unveiled at Milano's Arcimboldi Theatre today.
The 90th edition of the first Grand Tour of the season is set to kick off with a prologue against the clock - a Team Time Trial of 24 kms. in the tiny island of Caprera, off the northern coast of Italy's - and the Mediterranean's - second largest island Sardinia, which welcomes the race for the third time, on Saturday May 12th.

After we have the first Maglia Rosa holder as the last team crosses the line at La Maddalena, two more sprinter's stages on Sardinian soil will follow, straight before the Girini fly back to continental Italy and meet the first difficulties in Naples' own region Campania, with a large stage getting underway in Salerno featuring a "hectic" early part in the Sorrento area, and finishing up to the Santuario di Montevergine di Mercogliano - that is not new to hosting Giro stage finishes, by the way, as previous stage winners here Danilo Di Luca (2001) and Damiano Cunego (2004) are well aware of.

After visiting the place where Damiano's road to victory three years earlier began; we get more food for the fastest wheels and breakaway specialists around as the Giro crew move northward thru the Latium (but in the stage into Spoleto they take on the gruelling Terminillo, so watch out for some big name testing his legs and those of his challengers ...)

Umbria, Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna (the Appennines halfway through the ride from Barberino to Fiorano Modenese might well have some impact though) regions. Then there's one more stage for the mountain goats, with the finishing line situated at another holy place, the Santuario di Nostra Signora della Guardia in the Liguria region, which unlike the previous Sanctuary welcomes the Giro for the first time.

That's another early test for the main overall contenders, but the damn tough part comes - as fully predictable - in the second half of the event only, first as the Giro steps into French territory, climbing legendary ascents such as the Colle dell'Agnello (Cima Coppi, highest peak: 2744metres) and the Izoard and making its way to well-known - to fans of this sport - Briancon town, with the final descent to the line playing into the hands of all the Savoldellis in the pack. Later on as the wannabe Maglia rosa wearers challenge each other, and the clock, on the way to the top of the Oropa (Sanctuary, here we go again ...) ascent in Piedmont.

And eventually, after crossing the flatlands, and even some hills, of central Lombardy and giving sprinters the opportunity to have one of their last glorious days in the city of Bergamo (of Tour of Lombardy fame); the race hits the mountain monsters of the Dolomites with a couple of awful stages in the closing week. Stages featuring the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Passo Giau, San Pellegrino Pass and Tre Croci climbs in the classic tappone, but notably - after a brief move into Austria with a stage finish at Lienz, btw - the Zoncolan, whose steep slopes made the headlines first in the days of 2003, and will be back in the late spring of 2007 with an arguably bigger impact, as the guys are gonna take on the ascent on the other, even steeper side (making it Europe's most difficult climb) this time.

A couple easier stages for the Girini's tortured legs to recover - and the sprinters/stage hunters left to make further additions to their tallies - in the nation's northeastern corner come before the last crucial stage which runs on the penultimate day of racing: a flat ITT of over 40 km. from the Garda lakeside town of Bardolino to Verona (places whose names are not new to those who followed the 2004 Worlds), followed by the usual ceremonial trip into downtown Milan. And by the glory going to the worthy winner of a slightly less difficult than in some recent editions, but still extremely challenging, fight. With room for every kind of rider. Even the youngest ones, that will definitely welcome the comeback of the Maglia Bianca (White Jersey) reserved for the young guns (born in 1982 and afterwards. so no way for Damiano Cunego to go for it ... again).

Here's the 90th Tour of Italy Altimetry and Stage List (and some more numbers). Click on the stage (when possible) for stage altimetry and map.

Courtesy Gazzetta dello Sport

  • Saturday, May 12: Stage 1 (Caprera to La Maddalena - Team TT, km. 24);

  • Sunday, May 13: Stage 2 (Tempio Pausania to Bosa, km. 203);

  • Monday, May 14: Stage 3 (Barumini to Cagliari, km. 195);

  • Tuesday, May 15: Rest/Transfer Day;

  • Wednesday, May 16: Stage 4 (Salerno to Santuario di Montevergine, km. 158);

  • Thursday, May 17: Stage 5 (Teano to Frascati, km. 172);

  • Friday, May 18: Stage 6 (Tivoli to Spoleto, km. 181);

  • Saturday, May 19: Stage 7 (Spoleto to Scarperia, km. 239);

  • Sunday, May 20: Stage 8 (Barberino del Mugello to Fiorano Modenese, km. 194);

  • Monday, May 21: Stage 9 (Reggio Emilia to Lido di Camaiore, km. 182);

  • Tuesday, May 22: Stage 10 (Lido Camaiore to Santuario N.S. della Guardia, km. 230);

  • Wednesday, May 23: Stage 11 (Serravalle Scrivia to Pinerolo, km. 192);

  • Thursday, May 24: Stage 12 (Scalenghe to Briancon, km. 163);

  • Friday, May 25: Stage 13 (Biella to Oropa Sanctuary - Uphill ITT, km. 13);

  • Saturday, May 26: Stage 14 (Cantu' to Bergamo, km. 181);

  • Sunday, May 27: Stage 15 (Trento to Tre Cime di Lavaredo, km. 191);

  • Monday, May 28: Rest/Transfer Day;

  • Tuesday, May 29: Stage 16 (Agordo/Dolomiti Stars to Lienz, km. 196);

  • Wednesday, May 30: Stage 17 (Lienz to Monte Zoncolan, km. 146);

  • Thursday, May 31/B>: Stage 18 (Udine to Riese Pio X, km. 182);

  • Friday, June 01: Stage 19 (Treviso to Comano Terme, km. 178);

  • Saturday, June 02: Stage 20 (Bardolino to Verona - ITT, km. 42);

  • Sunday, June 03: Stage 21 (Vestone to Milano, km. 181);
  • Total Distance: 3,442 km.
  • Flat/Easy Stages: 8
  • Mid Mountain Stages : 5
  • High Mountain Stages: 5 (4 Mountain Top Finishes)
  • Individual TTs: 2 (1 Uphill IT)
  • Team TTs: 1
  • Cumulative Distance against the Clock: 105 km.
  • Rest Days: 2
  • Mountains: 30

    Links to the 2007 Giro d'Italia Preview
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    Giro d'Italia Historical Database - Details and Tidbits

    Notes on the Giro firsts, trivia and other details.
    Giro d'Italia 2007 - The Difficulties
    The stages and major obstacles to victory to the finish in Milano.
    Giro d'Italia - Historical Database - Maglia Rosa
    A list of all the Giro winners.
    Giro d'Italia - Historical Database - Maglia Verde
    Winners of the KOM competition since 1933
    (Green jersey - Maglia verde)
    Giro d'Italia - Historical Database - Maglia Ciclamino

    Winners of the POINTS competition since 1966
    Giro d'Italia - Historical Database - Maglia Azzurra
    Winners of the INTERGIRO and/or COMBINATA Competitions since 1989

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