The Week That Was...

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01/25/2005| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin
The 88th Giro d'Italia was presented in a much hyped 1hr presentation on Italian prime time TV. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
The 88th Giro d'Italia was presented in a much hyped 1hr presentation on Italian prime time TV. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

otherwise known as the most beautiful kilometre in
Italy
.

 

 

As beautiful girls clad in tight pink suits danced to the sound of ?Light my fire? by The Doors, the assembled guests got there first chance to view the 2005 Giro route, beginning on Saturday, May 7th.  Last year's winner, Cunego said, "It's a beautiful course; very good for climbers and I think it's good for me."   He went on to add that his teammate in the new Lampre-Cafitta team, Gilberto Simoni, would be " united with me " in trying to win the race for the team....Hmmm, only time will see!

 

Cunego?s major rival this year is tipped to be Team CSC?s Ivan Basso who finished second in last years Tour de France.  "I hope to do even better in the Giro than the last time I rode it five years ago; since then, I have done three
Tours
[de France] since. So my challenge will be to find the same level of fitness as I had at the Tour last year, more than just beating Cunego."

 

 

The full Giro stage listings are as follows:

Saturday May 7 - Prologue TT: Reggio Calabria, 1,150 m

Sunday May 8 - Stage 1: Reggio Calabria - Tropea, 208 km

Monday May 9 - Stage 2:
Catanzaro

Lido - S.M. del Cedro, 177 km

Tuesday May 10 - Stage 3: Diamante - Giffoni Valle Piana, 210 km

Wednesday May 11 - Stage 4: Giffoni Valle Piana - Frosinone, 197 km

Thursday May 12 - Stage 5: Celano -
L'Aquila
, 215 km

Friday May 13 - Stage 6: Viterbo - Marina Di Grosseto, 154 km

Saturday May 14 - Stage 7:
Grosseto
-
Pistoia
, 205 km

Sunday May 15 - Stage 8: Lamporecchio -
Firenze ITT, 41,5 km

Monday May 16 - Stage 9:
Firenze -
Ravenna
, 139 km

Tuesday May 17 - Rest Day-Ravenna

Wednesday May 18 - Stage 10:
Ravenna
- Rossano
Veneto
, 212 km

Thursday May 19 - Stage 11: Marostica - Zoldo Alto, 150 km

Friday May 20 - Stage 12: Alleghe - Rovereto, 178 km

Saturday May 21 - Stage 13: Mezzocorona - Ortisei, 217 km

Sunday May 22 - Stage 14: Egna - Livigno, 210 km

Monday May 23 - Stage 15: Livigno - Lissone, 207 km

Tuesday May 24 - Rest Day - Lissone

Wednesday May 25 - Stage 16: Lissone - Varazze, 207 km

Thursday May 26 - Stage 17: Varazze - Limone Piemonte (Colle di Tenda), 194 km

Friday May 27 - Stage 18: Chieri -
Torino, ITT 31 km

Saturday May 28 - Stage 19: Savigliano - Sestriere (Le Valli Olimpiche), 190 km

Sunday May 29 - Stage 20: Albese con Cassano - Milano, 121 km

Total race distance: 3,465km

 

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Until next week,

Ian

ian@roadcycling.com

 

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