Giro d'Italia: Battaglin revives a dying Italian art at Santa Ninfa

There was a time when the Giro d'Italia gruppo was filled with Italian riders capable of winning on the punchy finales that tend to litter a race staged in a country dotted with hilltop towns. A decade or more ago, men like Damiano Cunego, Danilo Di Luca and Stefano Garzelli seemed to clash swords on a regular basis in the heart of medieval citadels or the shadow of religious sanctuaries.

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