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Giro d'Italia 2014

Date range:
May 9 - June 1
  • Giro d'Italia, ITA, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      21.7km
      Start location:
      Belfast
      End location:
      Belfast
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      219km
      Start location:
      Belfast
      End location:
      Belfast
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Armagh
      End location:
      Dublin
    • Rest Day

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      112km
      Start location:
      Giovinazzo
      End location:
      Bari
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      203km
      Start location:
      Taranto
      End location:
      Viggiano
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      257km
      Start location:
      Sassano
      End location:
      Montecassino
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      211km
      Start location:
      Frosinone
      End location:
      Foligno
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      179km
      Start location:
      Foligno
      End location:
      Montecopiolo
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Lugo
      End location:
      Sestola
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Modena
      End location:
      Salsomaggiore
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      249km
      Start location:
      Collecchio
      End location:
      Savona
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      41.9km
      Start location:
      Barbaresco
      End location:
      Barolo (ITT)
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      157km
      Start location:
      Fossano
      End location:
      Rivarolo Canavese
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      164km
      Start location:
      Agliè
      End location:
      Oropa
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      225km
      Start location:
      Valdengo
      End location:
      Montecampione
    • Rest Day 3

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      139km
      Start location:
      Ponte di Legno
      End location:
      Val Martello/Martelltal
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      208km
      Start location:
      Sarnonico
      End location:
      Vittorio Veneto
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      171km
      Start location:
      Belluno
      End location:
      Rif. Panarotta
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      26.8km
      Start location:
      Bassano del Grappa
      End location:
      Cima Grappa (ITT)
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      167km
      Start location:
      Maniago
      End location:
      Monte Zoncolan
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Gemona
      End location:
      Trieste
  • Race history

May 22, Stage 12: Barbaresco - Barolo (ITT) 41.9km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 16, 2014, 20:11 BST,
Updated:
May 13, 2014, 10:58 BST

May 22, 2014 - Barbaresco - Barolo (ITT), 41.9 km

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LOCAL HERO
Asti's Giovanni Gerbi, the old "Red Devil" himself, was the first professional cyclist. Gerbi is a mythical figure, but let's focus instead on one of his contemporaries. Savigliano's Michaelangelo Bosio wasn't the best cyclist in Italy, and nor even the best in the province of Cuneo. Truth be told even we don't know much about him, excepting that he gave the 1911 edition a real crack. One of the 86 masochists to roll out of Rome (chosen to host the partenza because they were celebrating 50 years of the republic) he survived the 394 kilometre opening stage to Florence.

He kept on keeping on until the penultimate leg, but then his world collapsed. Just 40 kilometres from the finish in Pompeii his frame gave out, and with no mechanical assistance that was him done. When he climbed into the broom wagon he'd ridden 3200 kilometres on a 15 kilogram bike with one gear and no freewheel. He'd been in the saddle for over 140 hours, 17 of them on the stage to Bologna alone. And what did he get for his troubles? Naught but our undying respect and admiration...

SEE, HEAR, FEEL...
We're on the edge of Langhe here, an area of breathtaking natural beauty. The stage, very obviously, is a celebration of the great winemaking tradition of Southern Piedmont. This part of the world is so replete with culinary excellence that it's difficult to know where to start, but let's try the foodie mecca of Pollenzo.

Just 14 kilometres due north of Barolo, it houses not only a remarkable museum of gastronomy but also a unique wine bank. Bra, just 7 kilometres west, is the cradle of the Slow Food movement, picturesque Alba the world centre for truffle. The list goes on and on, and what's more it's a sensational place to ride your bike. What are you waiting for?

MOMENT IN TIME
Stage 13 of the 1997 Giro concluded amidst the baroque splendour of Cuneo. Run off on a balmy Friday afternoon, it attracted a massive crowd convinced they'd be watching Cipollini storming to victory.

That they didn't was due to a second year professional from, of all places, Sweden. Glenn Magnusson was riding for the Amore & Vita team, which is to say for little more than bread and board. Here though he jumped clear and, as the rest played cat-and-mouse, held on for a miraculous win. That had the press scratching around – or scratching their heads – to figure out who he was. When they asked him about his hobbies he replied, appropriately enough given where he was, that what he liked most of all was… cooking. Smart move.

SCINTO SAYS
The time trial means many different things to many different teams. The people targeting the GC will have no choice here – they're on the rivet for an hour. People like Quintana will be trying to defend themselves, while the likes of Porte will try to gain as much time as they can. Then the specialists will have been saving themselves, and there will be half a dozen guys who will pin their Giro on getting a good result.

For teams like ours it's just a question of doing the bare minimum to stay inside the time limit. Some will have a hard time simply because they're not cut out for it, and they will have to work to ensure they're not eliminated. For others it's almost a day off.


2014 Giro d'Italia map for stage 12
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