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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 28, Stage 19: Brescia - Aprica 195km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
October 26, 2009, 18:14 GMT,
Updated:
May 11, 2010, 21:29 BST

Map and profile

This stage is relentless climbing, with the second highest total of the race at 4,640m through the day. The first part rises steadily to what will later be the finish at Aprica. Then comes the hard Santa Cristina, where in 1994 Miguel Induráin suffered hunger knock during a long-range attack with Marco Pantani and lost the chance for a third consecutive Giro title.

On this stage they will continue to the brutally hard Mortirolo that will split the lead group to pieces. Its gradient is slightly less tortuous than that of the Zoncolan – 10.3 against 11.9 per cent average – but it's 2.7km longer and relentless. The tricky descent leads to a steep ramp 15km from the finish that's perfect for a late attack.

Procycling's favourite to win:

Ivan Basso destroyed his rivals on stages like this in 2006, but since returning from his ban has yet to rediscover that form. Does the Liquigas leader still have the ability to win on days like this?

Scarponi says:

Michele Scarponi had a rough day, crashing on a descent and hurting his hip and arm."Grappa, Zoncolan, Plan de Corones, Mortirolo… I don't think I want to talk about this Giro any more, let alone ride it! Cazzo, it's going to be a bloodbath! The Mortirolo is a horror, absolutely interminable. If anyone's still alive, the riders who get over the Mortirolo first should then pull away on the final climb up to Aprica, as they always do."

Flashback: Cima Pantani

Tree-covered almost to its summit, the Mortirolo is impossible to pick out from a distance. Likewise, heading up the Adda valley you would be forgiven for missing the right turn in Mazzo di Valtellina. It looks more like an insignificant lane towards remote mountain retreats than the start of a climb that Lance Armstrong declared in 2004 was the toughest he'd ever ridden.

The first rider over the Mortirolo on its Giro debut in 1990 was Leonardo Sierra. Four years on, Marco Pantani introduced himself by beating Miguel Induráin and Evgeni Berzin there. After his death in 2004, the climb was dubbed the Cima Pantani, with a special prize for the first rider to its summit. Two years later, a monument to the Italian was unveiled 8km up the climb. Pantani still holds the record at 42 minutes.

Stage Details

Distance: 195km
Vertical climb: 4,640m
Highest point: 1,854m
Terrain: High mountain
Category: Road Stage

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