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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 30, Stage 19: Bassano del Grappa - Cima Grappa (ITT) 26.8km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 16, 2014, 20:26 BST,
Updated:
May 01, 2014, 6:24 BST

May 30, 2014 - Bassano del Grappa - Cima Grappa (ITT), 26.8 km

LOCAL HERO
Fourteen Tours of Italy, not so much as a stage win. At first glance Marostica's Gianni Faresin doesn't appear to have set the world alight, but statistics can be deceiving. Faresin was, in point of fact, one of the best in the business between 1988 and 2004, but his business wasn't winning. Every good team needs a high quality road captain, a man capable of reading the race and marshalling those around him in the heat of the battle. That was the role he fulfilled for champions like Maurizio Fondriest and Gianni Bugno, and that's why he's such a revered figure.

He won the Tour of Lombardy in 1995, but he doesn't view it as his greatest victory. That came when his team mate Pavel Tonkov won the 1996 Giro, and that's the measure of the man.

SEE, HEAR, FEEL...
The Basilica Palladiana is the jewel in Vicenza's renaissance crown. Andrea Palladio himself hailed from nearby Padua, and started out as a humble bricklayer. Patronized by the poet Gian Giorgio Trissino, he was sent to Rome to study architecture, and the rest, as they say, is history.

His creative footprint is to be seen all over the world. Characterized by Greek and Roman temple-inspired facades, Palladianism became the pre-eminent architectural movement in 18th century Britain and Ireland. Woburn Abbey is perhaps the best known European example, but as it fell from favour over here it attracted new disciples amongst well-to-do North Americans. The provincial town of Vicenza is very far from indeed from Washington D.C., but through Palladio a direct line may be drawn. How so? Just take a close look at the White House.

MOMENT IN TIME
When the great Belgian sprinter Freddy Maertens broke his wrist at the 1977 Giro, his roommate and soul mate Marc Demeyer packed his bags. Only Race director Vincenzo Torriani somehow got wind, and whispered sweet nothings into the ear of Flandria DS Lomme Driessens. Demeyer was told he'd been "promoted", and that he'd be risking life and limb in the maelstrom which was the Giro's sprint stages.

Stage 14 concluded at Vicenza, home of a fearsome velocista named Marino Basso. A former world champion, he'd earmarked the stage in this, his swansong season. He was building a swanky new hotel, and figured both the cash and publicity would come in handy. Maertens had trounced him during the opening week but now, before a big TV audience on the third Saturday, he'd have his pound of flesh.

Problem was that big-mouth Basso made a pig's ear of it. He got himself all carried away, and then "died" 50 yards from the line. The winner? You guessed it…

SCINTO SAYS
There's no escaping the fact that Monte Grappa is very, very hard, and they've 45 minutes flat out. Obviously it's about character and class at this point, but ultimately grand tours are about how you manage the race and your own physical resources.

People always say the Giro doesn't start until the mountains, but those first twelve days or so are critical. They will have a major effect on performance here, because every drop of energy they have wasted needlessly will cost them double. It's about the cumulative effect of all the silly little mistakes, all the stress, all the missed sleep, the pressure to succeed. Those things make a big difference psychologically as well as physically, and they are the things which decide the Giro…
 

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