Thursday, January 11, 2007

The 2007 Giro d'Italia is coming to Verona

The Veronese cycling community is fired up about the Giro d'Italia coming here (Verona) this year. The next-to-last day of the Giro, June 2, will be a 42km individual time trial (ITT) from Bardolino on Lake Garda to Verona. There is a slight rise after departing from Bardolino (one I'm too familiar with) and then it's essentially flat so it will be a day for the time trial specialists. If the classification is not locked up in the Dolomites the time trial to Verona could be the decisive stage as it was in 1984.

Verona has hosted many important stages in the past but the most famous was the final, 22nd, stage of the 1984 Giro. The race was concluding with a 42Km ITT from Soave to Verona. Laurent Fignon (France) and Francesco Moser (Italy; from nearby Trento) had traded the pink leader's jersey throughout the race. Entering the last day Fignon held the pink jersey. Moser won the stage and won the pink jersey when he entered the Arena (Roman coliseum) in Piazza Bra (photo).

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