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Giro d'Italia 2016: Stage 18

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Hello and welcome to what is the longest day of this year's Giro d'Italia. The riders are signing in and will be setting off on a 240km ride to Pinerolo. 

Much of today's stage is a flat affair but it has a sting in the tail with the second category Pramartino after 211km.

 

This is the sixth time that the Giro d'Italia has finished in Pinerolo. The first time was in 1949 when Fausto Coppi won on the way to taking the overall title. It last finished in the Piedmont town in 2009. Danilo di Luca won that day but the result would later be taken from him. It was also a stage finish in the 2011 Tour de France, when Edvald Boasson Hagen soloed to victory. 

 

The riders have rolled out for the start.

 

 

Vincenzo Nibali underwent tests this morning to ascertain if illness was the reason for his struggles earlier in the week. Here is the Italian at the start and you can read more on the story here