Sunday, October 16, 2011

2012 Giro di Italia Presentation

The presentation in Milano today lacked the traditional drama as the route for 2012 had already been mistakenly disclosed earlier this week (and appeared here). So, no surprises:

Maggio=May, distance, difficulty in stars with 5 the most difficult, description

Stage 1
5Maggio Herning – Herning (8,7 km) 3 stelle DENMARK, Individual Time Trial

Stage 2
6 Maggio Herning – Herning (206 km) 1 stelle DENMARK, Flat

Stage 3
7 Maggio Horsens – Horsens (190 Km) 1 stelle DENMARK, Flat

8 Maggio REST DAY

Stage 4
9 Maggio Verona – Verona (32,2 km) 3 stelle, TEAM TIME TRIAL

Stage 5
10 Maggio Modena – Fano (199 km) 1 stelle, Flat

Stage 6
11 Maggio Urbino – Porto Sant’Elpidio (207 Km) 3 stelle, Medium Mountain

Stage 7
12 Maggio Recanati – Rocca di Cambio (202 km) 3 stelle, Medium Mountain

Stage 8
13 Maggio Sulmona – Lago Laceno (229 km) 3 stelle, Medium Mountain

Stage 9
14 Maggio San Giorgio nel Sannio – Frosinone (171 km) 1 stelle, Flat

Stage 10
15 Maggio Civitavecchia – Assisi (187 km) 2 stelle, Medium Mountain

Stage 11
16 Maggio Assisi – Montecatini Terme (243 Km) 2 stelle, Flat

Stage 12
17 Maggio Seravezza – Sestri Levante (157 km) 3 stelle, Medium Mountain

Stage 13
18 Maggio Savona – Cervere (121 km) 1 stelle, Flat

Stage 14
19 Maggio Cherasco – Cervinia (205 km) 5 stelle, High Mountain

Stage 15
20 Maggio Busto Arsizio – Lecco/Pian dei Resinelli (172 km) 4 stelle, High Mountain

21 Maggio REST DAY

Stage 16
22 Maggio Limone sul Garda – Falzes/Pfalzen (174 km) 3 stelle, Medium Mountain

Stage 17
23 Maggio Falzes/Pfalzen – Cortina d’Ampezzo (187 km) 5 stelle, High Mountain

Stage 18
24 Maggio San Vito di Cadore – Vedelago (139 km) 1 stella, Flat

Stage 19
25 Maggio Treviso – Alpe di Pampeago (197km) 5 stelle, High Mountain

Stage 20
26 Maggio Caldes/Val di Sole – Passo dello Stelvio (218 km) 5 stelle, High Mountain

Stage 21
27 Maggio Milano – Milano (31,5 km) 3 Stelle, INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL



Defending champion Alberto Contador was one of the many riders present. "It's a Giro that is a little different, a little more humane and would allow us to recover better," said Contador. "And, a tour that is more balanced than in previous years. I do not know if I'll be there, I'll talk to the manager but it is currently not part of my plans."

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