By Gregor Brown
The 2007 Giro d'Italia will once again return to the Italy's northern region of Trentino-Alto Adige, where there is rumoured to be two mountain stages. Though the official 2007 Corsa Rosa will not be revealed until December 2, tuttobiciweb.com speculates there will be one stage on May 28 that will finish in Tre Cime di Lavaredo and another on June 1 that will finish in Comano Terme.
The stage on Monday, from Trento to Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Veneto), could be a doozy depending on how the organizers place the climbs leading to the mythical finish. The Tre Cime di Lavaredo was the stomping ground for Felice Gimondi in the 1967 Giro, and more recently Giovanni Battaglin, in 1981. From Misurina the climb measures 7.2km in length and contains 576m of climbing, with an average gradient of 8%.
Friday, two days before the finish, and on the eve of the Giro's last time trial, the riders will race from Treviso to Comano Terme. The Le Valli Giudicarie area is often used in the Giro d'Oro and offers the availability of fierce climbing, although the exact stage parcours are still unknown.
"This will be an opportunity for us to show to all of Italy and the world the images of our great land; how much there is on offer in terms of landscape and sporting vacations," said a proud Tiziano Mellarini to tuttobiciweb.com.
Cyclingnews will bring complete coverage of the 90th Giro d'Italia route when it is unveiled December 2 in Milano.