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The Baby Giro is back!
By Fabio
Date: 5/23/2006
The Baby Giro is back!

After taking a "sabbatical year" in 2005, the Tour of Italy Under 26, better known as the "Baby Giro", is getting back to the roads of the peninsula in the next month of June. The 35th edition of the young gun version of the Corsa Rosa, whose parcours was unveiled this past Monday evening, is scheduled to start in the town of Caserta, to the north of Naples, on Friday, June 9th 2006, with an ITT opener of 8.5 km, and finish nine days and 1.251 kilomteres later into Italy's northermost big city Bolzano (Bozen), with a tough, and likely crucial stage starting at Marostica and featuring the Passo Manghen but notably the mighty climb of Alpe di Pampeago in the penultimate day, and other "key" finishes like that up to Addolorata sanctuary near Castelpetroso (St.3) in the hilly region of Molise. The cumulative difference in elevation is 11,700 metres, with 2,900 of them in the final stage only.

This festival of future stars of the international cycling scene, whose winner's list contains names such as Marco Pantani, Francesco Moser, Danilo Di Luca, 1990s legend and TdF podium finisher Piotr Ugrumov as well as 2006 Giro stage winner Leonardo Piepoli, will be contested by 22 Italian trade teams, picked by the nation's cycling federation (FCI), as well as France's VC La Pomme Marseille powerhouse, Belgium's RC Pesant of Liège and the national squads of Australia, Britain, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark. The third "Giro d'Italia" running this year is the Giro Donne, the Women's version of the race, and it's set to take place from the last day of June to the ninth of July.

35th Baby Giro (June 09-18, 2006) Stages:

  • Stage 1 (Friday, June 09): Caserta - Caserta (ITT; 8.5 km)
  • Stage 2 (Saturday, June 10): Maddaloni - San Bartolomeo In Galdo (134 km)
  • Stage 3 (Sunday, June 11): Sant'Elena Sannita - Castelpetroso (119 km)
  • Stage 4 (Monday, June 12): Isernia – Celano (165 km)
  • Stage 5 (Tuesday, June 13): Ovindoli – Ortezzano (186 km)
  • Stage 6 (Wednesday, June 14): Morrovalle - Potenza Picena (126 km)
  • Stage 7 (Thursday, June 15): Montegrotto Terme - Vittorio Veneto (114 km)
  • Stage 8 (Friday, June 16): Vittorio Veneto – Marostica (151 km)
  • Stage 9 (Saturday, June 17): Marostica - Alpe di Pampeago (121 km)
  • Stage 10 (Sunday, June 18): Bolzano – Bolzano (127 km)
    Total Distance: 1251.5 km

    Our 34th Baby Giro (June 2004) Coverage:
    Stage 1 Results & Report
    * Stage 2 Results & Report
    * Stages 3, 4 & 5 Results & Report
    * Stage 6 Results & Report
    * Stage 7 Results & Report
    * Stage 8 Results & Report
    * Stage 9 Results & Report
    * Stage 10 Results & Report

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