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Giro d'Italia 2009

Date range:
May 9-31, 2009
  • Giro d'Italia, Italy, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      20.5km
      Start location:
      Lido di Venezia
      End location:
      Lido di Venezia
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      156km
      Start location:
      Jesolo
      End location:
      Trieste
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      198km
      Start location:
      Grado
      End location:
      Valdobbiadene
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      162km
      Start location:
      Padova
      End location:
      San Martino di Castrozza
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      125km
      Start location:
      San Martino di Castrozza
      End location:
      Alpe di Siusi
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      248km
      Start location:
      Bressanone/Brixen
      End location:
      Mayrhofen (Aut)
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      244km
      Start location:
      Innsbruck (Aut)
      End location:
      Chiavenna
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      209km
      Start location:
      Morbegno
      End location:
      Bergamo
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      163km
      Start location:
      Milano Show 100
      End location:
      Milano Show 100
    • Rest day

      Start location:
      Cuneo
      End location:
      Cuneo
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      262km
      Start location:
      Cuneo
      End location:
      Pinerolo
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      214km
      Start location:
      Torino
      End location:
      Arenzano
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      60.6km
      Start location:
      Sestri Levante
      End location:
      Riomaggiore
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      176km
      Start location:
      Lido di Camaiore
      End location:
      Firenze
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Campi Bisenzio
      End location:
      Bologna (San Luca)
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      161km
      Start location:
      Forlì
      End location:
      Faenza
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      237km
      Start location:
      Pergola
      End location:
      Monte Petrano
    • Rest day

      Start location:
      Chieti
      End location:
      Chieti
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      83km
      Start location:
      Chieti
      End location:
      Blockhaus
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      182km
      Start location:
      Sulmona
      End location:
      Benevento
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      164km
      Start location:
      Avellino
      End location:
      Vesuvio
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      203km
      Start location:
      Napoli
      End location:
      Anagni
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      15.5km
      Start location:
      Rome
      End location:
      Rome
  • Race history

May 25, Stage 16: Pergola - Monte Petrano 237km

By:
Procycling
Published:
May 05, 2009, 3:40 BST,
Updated:
May 05, 2009, 5:56 BST

Stage 16 - Monday, May 25: Pergola - Monte Petrano, 237km

Route: Another stage that looks like RCS Sport has dropped a piece of string on a map and designed the day around it. These climbs are much harder than those of the two previous days. Monte Nerone and Monte Catria feature long, steep ramps that favour climbers with a rapid turn of speed. The hardest section of Monte Petrano is near the bottom, and there will be major splits there.

Local Hero: The Michele Scarponi fan club will be out in force, assuming they haven't deserted him after his involvement in the Puerto scandal. The Diquigiovanni rider is having a resurgence this season, exemplified by his stage and overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico.

Procycling's top tip: The overall contenders will be at the fore, but this stage will also suit a flyweight climber with a rapid change of pace such as Scarponi's team-mate José Serpa.

Savio speaks: The Monte Petrano will be decisive; we will see who can win the Giro and who will lose it. It is very difficult, and you will see some circumstantial alliances amongst the teams to put others into trouble.

Monte Petrano is a hard climb as you can see it from the map. You will have some time gaps after a long 237-kilometre stage. It is Le Marche, the region of Michele Scarponi and he could be a man for the stage. Simoni is our leader, but we are not going to completely sacrifice Scarponi. He will remain in the wings as a second general classification option.

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