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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 12, Stage 7: Recanati - Rocca di Cambio 202km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 30, 2012, 14:34 BST,
Updated:
April 30, 2012, 17:05 BST

Stage 7 map and profile

Stage Seven - Saturday 12 May

Recanati-Rocca di Cambio

202 kilometres, medium mountain stage

Bluffers guide: South across the Apennine ridge, the race reaches an altogether different Italy. This is Abruzzo, the gateway to the South, with its huge skies and implacable landscapes. A big finish atop the ski station of Rocca di Cambio the race will honour the dead of the 2009 Earthquake, and start to sort the GC wheat from the chaff. As ever on the second weekend, the losers – if not yet the winners – will be cruelly exposed…

Buon appetito: Yet again an embarrassment of riches. As befits a hunting region, Pasta in a hare stew is a firm favourite, as is Risotto con le quaglie, with quail. Goose meat is another, but the choice is so abundant that you’d need a lifetime (or at least several weeks) to have a real appreciation of il cibo Abruzzese.

Local hero: Alessandro Spezialetti (Lampre) – The Lampre domestique was born in Switzerland but has long been resident in Abruzzo. Spezialetti will be key to Scarponi’s challenge, having also shepherded Gilberto Simoni, Damiano Cunego, Danilo Di Luca to Giro wins in the past.

Bergonzi says: “This is where it starts to get really serious, following a week dedicated to attackers and sprinters. It’s more a climb for the likes of Di Luca and Visconti than the “pure” climbers, but all told there are more than 3000 metres of climbing, and so I expect a small group to go away. Psychologically the heat starts to get turned up here.”

Stage 7 Map

Giro d'Italia 2012: Stage 7 map

Stage 7 Map

Giro d'Italia 2012: Stage 7 profile