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STAGE12: Longarone - Treviso 134 kms




Technical overview:
Short and relatively flat stage, but the sprinters will really have to sweat here. The two categorised climbs aren't a piece of cake.
In the end, the rumours about the Giro tackling the Montello were true... but unfortunately they'll climb a tarmac road. After that, 33 kms of flat.

Ca' Del Poggio:



Montello:



What to expect:
A bunch sprint, but without the weakest spinters. The bunch will fly over the Montello and who'll be left behind will be screwed.
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STAGE13: Busseto - Cherasco 254 kms




Technical overview:
The longest stage of the Giro, flat on paper, but it won't feature a bunch sprint. 254 kms with 180 kms totally flat, before some hills. Here are the final kms:



As you can see, the GPM of Tre Cuni (approx 10 kms at 5%), precedes two other small bumps near the end. The final 6 kms are perfectly flat and straight.

What to expect:
Breakaway by a mile... seeing that the next stages will be a lot more important.
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STAGE14: Cervere - Bardonecchia (Jafferau) 168 kms




Technical overview:
Second MTF of the race, with 168 kms over two climbs: The overly famous Sestriere (39 kms at 3.8%) and the climb to Jafferau (7.2 kms at 9%), previously used only once in the Giro, in 1972. At the time the climb was on sterrato, but today it's surfaced.



What to expect:
Nothing until the final climb, that's for sure. The Jafferau is short and steep so we'll see something like PDBF 2012.
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STAGE15: Cesana Torinese - Col Du Galibier (Valloire) 149 kms




Technical overview:
Another MTF, this time more serious. The length of the stage is poor (149 kms) but it's definitely harder than the previous mountain stages. The Moncenisio (25.7 kms at 6.2%) will be a good warm up for the Telegraphe/Galibier combo (which as far as I'm concerned is one climb, not two). The altitude will be a factor, as much as the weather, which will be a serious issue over all the second half of this Giro.



What to expect:
The first big battle for GC. Whoever is way behind in GC could even try from the Telegraphe but more likely the real action will start in the last 10 kms.
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STAGE16: Valloire - Ivrea 238 kms




Technical overview:
This is perhaps the most underrated stage of the Giro. One of the few (if not "the only") hilly stages in which GC riders can definitely battle it out. 238 kms starting with the descent of Telegraphe and a long drag all the way to the top of Mont Cenis, then, after the descent, almost 120 kms of flat. Finally, after a first passage through Ivrea, the road goes up towards the climb of Andrate (6.4 kms at 8.4%) which isn't exactly easy, as you can see by the profile of the final kms. The descent is quite fast and technical, and after that there will be 8 flat kms (the original stage had a more irregular false flat and a shorter descent). This stage is a perfect trap: long stage, straight after the rest day, climb not long but steep enough, descent.



What to expect:
As I said, I have high expectation for this. In any case, a break could win it but GC riders will definitely do something, whether for the time bonuses or not.
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STAGE17: Caravaggio - Vicenza 214 kms




Technical overview:
No easy stages in this race. This time it's another flat stage of 214 kms with the climb of Crosara (6kms at 5.7%) at 16 kms to go. Don't let the average gradient fool you, because this climb has some nasty kms. The descent is very fast and ends at 8 kms to go, flat with large roads.
Final kms:



What to expect:
I don't think any sprinter can make it. Will a hilly guy try something? Or will this go to the breakaway?
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STAGE18: Mori - La Polsa 20.6 kms MTT




Technical overview:
An unusual MTT for the Giro. The climb of La Polsa is long and fairly gentle, with two stretches at over 6% and a more irregular and easy sector in the middle. A MTT of pure power.

What to expect:
This could provide big gaps among the favorites... Wiggins FTW.
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STAGE19: Ponte Di Legno - Val Martello/Martelltal 139 kms




Technical overview:
Silly stage at high altitude, awfully short, with 3 HCs. The peloton will start immediatly the awesome and never used combo from the Gavia(16.5 kms at 8%) to the Stelvio (easy side again, 21.7 kms at 7.2%), featuring two most difficult descents which could be more decisive than the climbs.
What ruins everything is the 20 kms of flat in the valley before the never used climb of Val Martello, which despite being an HC on its own pales in comparison to its neighbours.



What to expect:
This stage comes after the MTT (which could cause all sort of havoc in the GC) but before the queen stage, so it's not easy to predict what will happen. Surely, if a guy like Nibali puts the hammer down on the descent of the Stelvio, (maybe after a little dig at the end of the climb) we'll have fun, while Wiggins won't. The valley is quite windy so one man alone cannot do anything. The composition of the breakaway will be crucial. So the Gavia is likely to be raced at full gas, and this will hurt many.
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STAGE20: Silandro/Schlanders - Tre Cime Di Lavaredo 203 kms




Technical overview:
As usual, the Giro queen stage is the 20th. The only MTF with a serious lenght (202 kms), with the classic amount of 5 GPMs. The first climb of the day comes after 64 kms of flat: the Passo Costalunga(25.3 kms at 5.7%, not exactly a third category) will bring us into the Dolomites: first the famous Passo S.Pellegrino (from the easy side, 11.7 kms at 6.4%), then the keypoint of the stage (and probably of the Giro), the Passo Giau(15.6 kms at 8%), with a tricky descent. Finally, the classic combo Of Tre Croci/Tre Cime Di Lavaredo, one of the most mithical Giro arrivals.




What to expect:
The climb to the Tre Cime is very steep but is short enough to give the riders the chance to attack earlier. On paper, depending on the GC situation, things can blow up from the Giau on. If the GC is closed, this will be decided on the final kms only.
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STAGE21: Riese Pio X - Brescia 197 kms




Technical overview:
And after years repeating that RCS wanted to have always a GC stage as the final one, we get... a pan flat stage, with a little climb in the middle.
Disappointing.
The circuit is 6.7 kms long and the last time it was used Cipollini won, so it's not very difficult.

What to expect:
A bunch sprint... if there ARE still sprinters that bothered to finish the race.




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