Lance wrote on March 11th, "Previewing the long TT from the Giro. Stunningly beautiful here in Cinque Terre. The Giro TT is wicked hard. Never, ever flat and 62 kms. Doubtful for riding the tt bike as well. And the descents...?? Insane.."
Lance is referring to Stage 12 , May 21st, that will begin in Sestri Levanti and end in stunningly beautiful Cinque Terre in the town of Riomaggiore. The five villages making up Cinque Terre are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. See the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre website, http://www.parks.it/parco.nazionale.cinque.terre/Eindex.html, for more information.
Damiano Cunego has already decided to use a road bike for this stage, and Ivan Basso remains undecided as to which type bike he'll use.
Photos: Lance during his recon ride, TT route and profile, images of Cinque Terre
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