This is for fun and for a prize that I will send to the winner. The first correct answer received before December 31, 2007, wins; contest ends that date.
Prize: a special cheese made by the "Cimbri". The cheese is homemade then wrapped in rosemary. It is then buried underground in boxes for approximately 3 months. As for the "Cimbri" here is some background:
".....The Cimbri had penetrated through the Alps into northern Italy, The consul Quintus Lutatius Catulus had not dared to fortify the passes, but instead he had retreated behind the River Po, and so the land was open to the invaders. The Cimbri did not hurry, and the victors of Aquae Sextiae had the time to arrive with reinforcements. At the Battle of Vercellae, at the confluence of the Sesia River with the Po River, in 101 BC, the long voyage of the Cimbri also came to an end......It was a devastating defeat and both the chieftains Lugius and Boiorix died. The women killed both themselves and their children in order to avoid slavery. The Cimbri were annihilated, although some may have survived...."
The QUESTION:Name the regions of Italy from which winners of the Giro d'Italia have come from, and the total number of victories attributed to each region.
TIE BREAK QUESTION:Name the southern most region that a winner of the Giro d'Italia was from.
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p.s. the answers must agree with the source that I am using as a reference (sorry, I can't divulge that!)