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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 13, Stage 5: Novara - Novi Ligure 162km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
October 26, 2009, 17:57 GMT,
Updated:
May 11, 2010, 18:24 BST

In honour of Coppi

Having paid tribute to the 60th anniversary of Fausto Coppi's famous 1949 stage win in Pinerolo last year, this season a more sobering Coppi anniversary is remembered. It is 50 years since the premature death of the Italian legend. There is a mountains prize in his home village of Castellania. Tribute is also paid to another Italian great, Costante Girardengo, who was from Novi Ligure. Neither of these climbers would have fancied today's route that should suit the sprinters perfectly.

Procycling's favourite to win:

The Giro looks set to be a sprinters' summit. Oscar Freire, Alessandro Petacchi and André Greipel have it in their sights and Garmin's Tyler Farrar will be revved up to improve on the two second-place finishes he had last year. The in-form Daniele Bennati will also add considerably to this battle if Liquigas decide they can accommodate a sprinter as well as their maglia rosa contenders.

Zomegnan says:

Angelo Zomegnan General director of the Giro d'Italia, listens intently to a question"Stage 5 is obviously intended to pay homage to Fausto Coppi, finishing in Novi Ligure, where he started his working life in a butcher's shop, and passing through his home village of Castellania on the way. On paper, it looks like a stage for attacks but it could also be one for the sprinters.

"This year is the fiftieth anniversary of Coppi's death but also of a remarkable exploit by Jacques Anquetil in Carrara, which is where stage 6 finishes the next day. "

Flashback: Fausto Coppi remembered

As part of a tribute to some of the Giro and cycling's greats, this stage visits Fausto Coppi's birth place of Castellania and finishes in Costante Girardengo's home-town of Novi Ligure.

It is 50 years since Coppi died at the age of just 40. Stricken with a raging fever following his return from a racing and hunting trip, the five-time Giro winner was misdiagnosed with flu. In fact, he had malaria. His outstanding feats are now remembered in a museum at the house where he and brother Serse were born.

Costante Girardengo was the first major star of Italian racing. Twice winner of the Giro, six times victor at Milan-San Remo, he was the first rider to be dubbed campionissimo, the champion of champions, a title that Coppi made his own.  Like Coppi, Girardengo lost many of his best years to war, in his case the World War One.

Stage Details

Distance: 162km
Vertical climb: 850m
Highest point: 409m
Terrain: Mostly flat
Category: Road Stage

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