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Giro d'Italia 2012

Date range:
May 5-27, 2012
  • Giro d'Italia, Italy, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      8.7km
      Location
      Herning (ITT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      206km
      Start location:
      Herning
      End location:
      Herning
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      190km
      Start location:
      Horsens
      End location:
      Horsens
    • Rest day 1

      Start location:
      Horsens
      End location:
      Verona
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      32.2km
      Location
      Verona (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Modena
      End location:
      Fano
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      207km
      Start location:
      Urbino
      End location:
      Porto Sant'Elpidio
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      202km
      Start location:
      Recanati
      End location:
      Rocca di Cambio
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      229km
      Start location:
      Sulmona
      End location:
      Lago Laceno
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      171km
      Start location:
      San Giorgio nel Sannio
      End location:
      Frosinone
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Civitavecchia
      End location:
      Assisi
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      243km
      Start location:
      Assisi
      End location:
      Montecatini Terme
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      157km
      Start location:
      Seravezza
      End location:
      Sestri Levante
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      121km
      Start location:
      Savona
      End location:
      Cervere
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      205km
      Start location:
      Cherasco
      End location:
      Cervinia
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Busto Arsizio
      End location:
      Lecco/Pian dei Resinelli
    • Rest day 2

      Start location:
      Lecco
      End location:
      Limone sul Garda
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Limone sul Garda
      End location:
      Falzes/Pfalzen
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Falzes/Pfalzen
      End location:
      Cortina d'Ampezzo
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      139km
      Start location:
      San Vito di Cadore
      End location:
      Vedelago
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      Treviso
      End location:
      Alpe di Pampeago
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      218km
      Start location:
      Caldes/Val di Sole
      End location:
      Passo dello Stelvio
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      31.5km
      Location
      Milan (ITT)
  • Race history

May 17, Stage 12: Seravezza - Sestri Levante 157km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 30, 2012, 14:48 BST,
Updated:
April 30, 2012, 17:42 BST

Stage 12 map and profile

Stage Twelve - Thursday 17 May

Seravezza-Sestri Levante

177 kilometres, medium mountain stage


Bluffers guide:
The race, headed now for the Alps, snakes in and out of the Ligurian coastline with a beautiful rolling stage which promises fast, aggressive, exciting racing. It will conclude in Sestri Levante, the “city of two seas” which routinely hosted the Corsa Rosa back in the 1960s. Winners there included Merckx and Nencini, but best of all was Graziano Battistini’s effort in 1962. A Tour de France runner-up born and bred in Sestri, Battistini took both stage and maglia rosa in a blizzard. The stuff of legend…

Buon appetito: Liguria is rightly famed for focaccia and for pesto, thought to originate in nearby Genoa. Best of all though (incomparable, in fact) is farinata, an unleavened bread made of just chickpea flour, water and olive oil. It mightn’t have the prestige of some, but this is authentic Italian peasant fare; extremely simple… and simply delicious.

Local hero: Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre)– In what could surely be his final Giro, Petacchi won’t enjoy today’s hilly terrain, but he will be second to none in terms of local knowledge. Born in La Spezia, just down the coast from the finish in Sestri, Petacchi now lives in Massa, a minute or two’s drive from Seravezza.

Bergonzi says: “It finishes at the sea, but don’t be fooled. To get there you’ve to get over a series of really demanding climbs. It’s a classic Giro stage, one where a good, punchy, none GC rider can go for glory from a long way out. These are the stages that can hurt any team that takes its eye off the ball, or that is just a little under par.”

Stage 12 Map

Giro d'Italia 2012: Stage 12 map


Stage 12 Profile

Giro d'Italia 2012: Stage 12 profile