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Giro d'Italia Special Roundup
By Staff
Date: 5/9/2003
Giro d'Italia Special Roundup

By Fabio and Janna

Grande Ciclismo. The Giro reminds us of great racing history - the seven men who doubled (Giro and Tour de France) - Coppi, Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault, Roche, Indurain, Pantani - or the man with the most podium places in one race - that would be Gimondi, with nine. There are other epic moments, such as Tyler Hamilton, who not only finished the race last year with a broken shoulder, but climbed the podium as well. And this year, Mario Cipollini, who looks to tie or better Alfredo Binda's record 41 Giro Stage victories (the Lion King is also close on the heels of Merckx for overall Giro and Tour victories - the Cannibal has 159).

But even without avalanches, snow or the fact that the road calls the true luck of the race, other external factors have wreaked havoc in recent years, changing entire seasons for some, careers for others. Any way you look at it, for the tifosi, the Giro is a kind of "hold your breath" race - one never knows what will happen, how soon, or who will be struck.

Nevertheless, nineteen teams take to the roads of Italy tomorrow - ten Italian teams and nine "straniere" (foreign teams).

The Daily Peloton will be bringing you live race coverage every day starting Saturday, as well as special daily reports from Locutus (some of you may recall his Vuelta "Jamon" Awards or the Tour's "Jambon Awards" from last year) as well as the latest news, which hopefully will not include perqusizioni dei carabinieri (anti-drug police raids) this year...

Additional Giro information including details on the climbs, the jersey and Giro palmares, as well as complete coverage of the race when it commences, is available on the Daily Peloton Giro d'Italia hub page.

And now, without any further ado, here are links to the latest news articles, profiles and maps for each of the 21 stages.

The Giro Countdown

Giro d'Italia Official Site

Provisional Start List

Domina Vacanze Aims for Giro

News Roundup for Thursday, May 08


Kelme news

Alessio for home Giro soil

Ceramiche Panaria - Fiordo News

Lampre News

Gerolsteiner Goes Giro

Casagrande on the Zoncolan...

Saeco Talks Giro

When Danes meet Italia

Saeco - Simoni is ready


Stage Maps and Profiles (click for larger images)

Stage One: May 10 - Saturday: Lecce (Giro del Salento) - km. 192 Map


Stage 2: May 11 - Sunday: Copertino-Matera - km. 174 Map


Stage 3:  May 12 - Monday: Policoro-Terme Luigiane - km. 145 Map


Stage 4: May 13 - Tuesday: Terme Luigiane-Vibo Valentia - km. 175 Map


Stage 5:  May 14 - Wednesday: Messina-Catania - km. 169 Map


Stage 6: May 16 - Friday: Maddaloni-Avezzano - km. 218 Map


Stage 7: May 17 - Saturday: Avezzano-Terminillo - km. 146 Map


Stage 8:  May 18 - Sunday: Rieti-Arezzo - km. 217 Map


Stage 9: May 19 - Monday: Arezzo-Montecatini Terme - km. 160 Map


Stage 10: May 20 - Tuesday: Montecatini Terme-Faenza - km. 200 Map


Stage 11: May 21 - Wednesday: Faenza-San Doną di Piave - km. 199 Map


Stage 12: May 22 - Thursday: San Doną di Piave-Monte Zoncolan - km. 185 Map


Stage 13: May 23 - Friday: Pordenone-Marostica - km. 155 Map


Stage 14: May 24 - Saturday: Marostica-Alpe di Pampeago - km. 162 Map


Stage 15: May 25 - Sunday: Merano-Bolzano (ITT) - km. 42 Map


Stage 16:  May 26 - Monday: Arco di Trento-Pavia - km. 207 Map


Stage 17: May 28 - Wednesday: Salice Terme-Asti - km. 130 Map


Stage 18: May 29 - Thursday: Santuario di Vicoforte-Ponte Chianale - km. 175 Map


Stage 19: May 30 - Friday: Canelli-Cascate del Toce - km. 236 Map


Stage 20: May 31 - Saturday: Cannobbio-Cantł - km. 122 Map


Stage 21: June 01 - Sunday: Milano Idroscalo-Milano Piazza Duomo (ITT) - km. 40 Map

Maps and profiles courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport/Giro d'Italia.

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