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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 23, Stage 17: Falzes/Pfalzen - Cortina d'Ampezzo 187km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 30, 2012, 15:12 BST,
Updated:
April 30, 2012, 18:00 BST

Stage 17 map and profile

Stage Seventeen - Wednesday 23 May

Falzes-Cortina d’Ampezzo

187 kilometres, high mountain stage

Bluffers guide: Into the Dolomites proper with a humdinger over four passes. They’ll begin with Falzarego, one of the climbs immortalized by Fausto Coppi, then wade into Passo Duran and the Forcella Staulanza. All of which are legendary and brutally hard, but the real pain is to be found on the last climb of the day, the heinous Giau. Though the shortest of the bunch at “just” 12 kilometres, it’s gradients are never less then punishing. With an average height gain of 9.9% it will conclude a 4,500 metre climbing day which may well decide the outcome of the race. This is the stuff of Giro legend, so even if you can’t be there in person make sure you tune in, turn on and drop out.

Buon appetito: Not for nothing is Polenta known as the “Bread of the Dolomites”. A boiled cornmeal, it works with just about anything, just about any time. In these parts it’s often eaten with deer, or with sausage. Help it on its way, if you’re man enough, with a generous cherry strudel.

Local hero: Cesare Benedetti (NetApp) – An unfamiliar name even for Italian cycling fans, Benedetti rides for the German NetApp team which this year makes its Giro debut. Born in Rovereto, Benedetti will be all too au fait with the horrors in store along today’s route.

Bergonzi says: “It’s the Dolomite tappone, the big one. The Giau has a great history with the Giro, and that’s because it’s so hard. It has sections of 14% or so, but the real issue is that it doesn’t give you any respite; it’s never less than 7-8%. Therefore it’s normally the climb itself that makes natural selections. Thereafter they descend into Cortina, but in reality very few make up the difference there.”

Stage 17 Map

Giro d'Italia 2012: Stage 17 map

 

Stage 17 Profile

Giro d'Italia 2012: Stage 17 profile