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  Giro d'Italia Stage Detail

Stage Nine through Stage Twelve
by Fabio



STAGE 9: MAY 21 (Tuesday) - Tivoli/Caserta (208 km.): 
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Another (brief) transfer will take the riders to the Latium region, where Stage 9 begins in Tivoli. After passing through the cities of Cassino and Capua the peloton gets to Caserta, where the stage ends in front of the Royal Palace ("Reggia") in a likely bunch sprint. The giro featured stage finishes in Caserta three times before 2002: in 1964 (winner: Giorgio Zancanaro), 1982 (winner: Swiss sprinter Urs Freuler) and 1994 (winner: Marco "the inspector" Saligari, now a successful commentator for the Italian version of Eurosport)

STAGE 10: MAY 22 (Wednesday) - Maddaloni/Benevento (151 km.):
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A short stage totally disputed in the Campania region, starting in Maddaloni (province of Caserta), crossing Nola (not far from Naples) and Avellino (where last year a dog managed to run along the peloton for more than 1500 meters), and finishing in Benevento with a city circuit (but not the same dangerous ring the riders experienced during the 2001 Tirreno-Adriatico, when Leoni surprised Zabel). The finish is on a slight rise, over a cobbled section.

Previous stage ends in Benevento: 1925 (Winner: Costante Girardengo); 1965 (Adriano Durante); 1971 (Ercole Gualazzini); 1973 (Roger De Vlaeminck); 1978 (Giuseppe Saronni).

STAGE 11: MAY 23 (Thursday) - Benevento/Campitello Matese (136 km.): 
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This short stages features the first mountain top finish of the 2002 Tour of Italy, almost a "traditional" one, as riders climbed to this small town in the Appennines already 5 times, and two stage winners were later on the top of the podium in Milan. A further motivation for climbers aiming at the overall win to give it all ...

The first time the Giro got to Campitello was in 1969 (with Carlo Chiappano outsprinting Ugo Colombo), the second in 1982 (with a prestigious winner: Bernard Hinault, future pink jersey wearer in Milan), the third in 1983 (winner: Spain’s Alberto Fernandez). Another big name (Franco "Coppino" Chioccioli) won in 1988, three years before taking the Giro title, while in 1994 young and (then) promising Eugeni Berzin burst into spotlight, starting here his successful ride to Milan. Wearing the Cyclamen jersey, he took both the stage win from breakaway companion Oscar Pelliccioli (in that period riding for Polti, now team manager at De Nardi) and a pink jersey he would have carried until the end, becoming a "rising star" who turned a "falling star" too early.

Today’s stage is quite flat for more than 100 km. also going through big cities such as Campobasso, but the finish line is after a 15-km. climb, featuring an average gradient of 6%: it’s the first big chance for climbers to show off their skills and shake the ranking.


STAGE 12: MAY 24 (Friday) - Campobasso/Chieti (201 km.):
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An Appenninic stage, featuring two ascents: Valico il Macerone (Km. 5,700 of climbing - average gradient 6,38%), already experienced at this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico, and Roccaraso (Km. 8,800 of climbing - average gradient 5,1%), and with the route frequently going up and down. A bunch sprint is highly unlikely, but also riders aiming for the Milan podium should save energies for tomorrow’s mountain stage and Sunday’s challenging Time Trial. So time for a successful solo effort or more likely for a final battle among breakaway companions.


Prologue to Stage Four

Stages Five to Eight

Stages Thirteen to Sixteen

Stages Seventeen to Twenty



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