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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 22, Stage 16: Limone sul Garda - Falzes/Pfalzen 174km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 30, 2012, 15:10 BST,
Updated:
April 30, 2012, 17:56 BST

Stage 16 map and profile

Stage Sixteen - Tuesday 22 May

Limone sul Garda-Falzes

174 kilometres, medium mountain stage

Bluffers guide: A transition stage which probably won’t affect the front end of the race, but will offer the GC deadbeats a chance to salvage something. Falzes (Pfalzen to the locals) lies in the heart of the Val Pusteria. Whilst, therefore, it’s Italian by cartography, its culture and values are emphatically Tyrolean. The natives speak German, live in Italy, regard themselves as neither. Confused? You’re not alone. Best is just to enjoy the race and watch the scenery – it’s breath-taking.

Buon appetito: Knödel (or “canederli” in Italian) are large (typically 4-6cm in diameter) poached bread dumplings. Here they make them with egg and milk, and often fill them with cheese. Best of all is when they are stuffed with onion and speck, the dry-cured smoked ham produced exclusively in South Tyrol. Sensational…

Local hero: Manuel Quinziato (BMC) – A rock music aficionado and part-time law student, Quinziato is one of the more interesting members of the Italian gruppo. BMC may keep him back for the Tour – or decide that a 16th stage which passes through his native Bolzano is a perfect excuse to deploy him at the Giro.

Bergonzi says: “We’re arriving at the heart of the Giro now. When we think of Falzes we recall Damiano Cunego’s victory in 2004. That was the day that he took the jersey, and announced himself as the winner of that Giro. This is a much easier stage than that day, though, and it’s not really a climber’s stage. It’s more for a rouleur in that it’s predominantly uphill but there’s not really a climb as such. My guess is that there will ferocious attacks from the off, maybe by teams who are desperate because they haven’t achieved anything yet.”

Stage 16 Map

Giro d'Italia 2012: Stage 16 map


Stage 16 Profile

Giro d'Italia 2012: Stage 16 profile