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Giro d'Italia 2010

Date range:
May 8-30, 2010
  • Giro d'Italia, Italy, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      8.4km
      Start location:
      Amsterdam
      End location:
      Amsterdam (ITT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      210km
      Start location:
      Amsterdam
      End location:
      Utrecht
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      224km
      Start location:
      Amsterdam
      End location:
      Middelburg
    • Rest day

      Start location:
      Savigliano
      End location:
      Savigliano
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      33km
      Start location:
      Savigliano
      End location:
      Cuneo (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      162km
      Start location:
      Novara
      End location:
      Novi Ligure
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Fidenza
      End location:
      Marina di Carrara
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Carrara
      End location:
      Montalcino
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Chianciano
      End location:
      Monte Terminillo
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Frosinone
      End location:
      Cava de' Tirreni
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      230km
      Start location:
      Avellino
      End location:
      Bitonto
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      262km
      Start location:
      Lucera
      End location:
      L'Aquila
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      206km
      Start location:
      CittĂ  Sant'Angelo
      End location:
      Porto Recanti
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      223km
      Start location:
      Porto Recanti
      End location:
      Cesenatico
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      205km
      Start location:
      Ferrara
      End location:
      Asolo (Monte Grappa)
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Mestre
      End location:
      Zoncolan
    • Rest day

      Start location:
      Friuli
      End location:
      Friuli
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      12.9km
      Start location:
      San Vigilio di Marebbe
      End location:
      Plan de Corones (TT)
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Brunico
      End location:
      Pejo Terme
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      156km
      Start location:
      Levico Terme
      End location:
      Brescia
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      195km
      Start location:
      Brescia
      End location:
      Aprica
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      178km
      Start location:
      Bormio
      End location:
      Passa del Tonale
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      15km
      Start location:
      Verona
      End location:
      Verona (ITT)
  • Race history

May 19, Stage 11: Lucera - L'Aquila 262km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
October 26, 2009, 18:04 GMT,
Updated:
May 11, 2010, 20:17 BST

Forza L'Aquila

In the wake of last year's earthquake centred on L'Aquila, Italian president Giorgio Napolitano encouraged race organisers RCS to take the Giro to the town. They are doing so via the corsa rosa's longest stage for a decade. Even more than the day before, this stage will suit breakaways, and might even shake up the overall, although probably not as much as it did in 1914 when race leader Giuseppe Azzini never reached the finish in L'Aquila and was found the next day, racked with fever, taking shelter at a country house near Popoli, 50km away.

Procycling's favourite to win:

In need of a new sponsor, Saxo Bank's riders will be active. Classics specialist Matti Breschel (right) is on good form so far this year and won't be daunted by this epic stage. Watch for Acqua e Sapone too, whose jerseys carry the ‘Forza L'Aquila' logo of the group formed by local sports stars to build a new sports complex in the earthquake-damaged city.

Pozzato says:

Italian champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) finished in fourth place."Stage 11 will be a very long and emotional day, as we visit some of the areas devastated by the earthquake last April. The course itself is very hard and lends itself to breaks and also attacks on an uphill finish in L'Aquila. There won't be big gaps between the very top riders, but someone between fifth and tenth place on GC could make a big move."

Flashback The longest stages

If you think racing 262km through the Apennines in peak summer sounds ridiculous, spare a thought for the riders in the 1914 Giro. Like the pre-World War One Tour de France, the Giro in that era circled the country in little more than a handful of stages. Eighty-one riders started the 3,162km race that year. Just eight finished.

Costante Girardengo was among those who dropped out. He did, though, win the stage between Lucca and Rome. At 430km, it remains the longest in the event's history. At 428km, stage six was almost as long but far tougher. Running from Bari to L'Aquila, Luigi Lucotti was first home in 19:20, the longest ever finishing time.

In 1935, Gino Bartali claimed his debut Giro stage win in L'Aquila. Victory in the same city a year later gave him the pink jersey for the first time, which he held to the finish.

Stage Details

Distance: 262km
Vertical climb: 3,930m
Highest point: 1,277m
Terrain: Medium mountains
Category: Road Stage

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