The date and routes of the most important cycling race of the peninsula: the Giro dItalia 2012 in Veneto

From 09 May 2012 to 25 May 2012

The Giro dItalia, a famous cycling road race, is this year in its 95th edition. Since 1909, the Giro d'Italia has been taking place every year starting from a different city whilst the arrival, except on a few occasions, has always been in Milan, the base of the the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, that has been promoting the Giro d'Italia since its beginning.

The Giro d'Italia 2012 will take place from 5 to 27 May 2012, with 21 stages and a total of 3476,4 km. The Giro d'Italia is one of the most important cycling races in Europe, inserted in the International Cycling Federations professional circuit with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espaa.

The Giro d'Italia has had its golden period during the 40s and 50s, with the memorable duels between Coppi and Bartali, and in the 60s, when the Giro d'Italia was as important as the historical Tour de France. Due to its steep climbs, today the Giro d'Italia is considered the most difficult cycling race in the world.

The 2012 edition of the Giro d'Italia will start in Denmark, in Herning, with a short time trial. The cyclists will stay in Denmark for two other days and, after a rest day, the Giro d'Italia will arrive in Veneto, in Verona, for a team time trial.

The stage in Verona of the Giro d'Italia is the first of four stages that will take place in Veneto. Due to their meandering route through the Dolomites, the Veneto stages of the Giro d'Italia are considered as the most difficult and spectacular of the entire Giro dItalia.

Giro d'Italia 2012 stages in Veneto:9 May 4th stage Giro dItalia: Verona Verona (32.2 km, team time trial)After starting in Denmark the Giro d'Italia finally arrives in Italy, choosing Veneto as the set off point to conquer the peninsula. The Verona stage isnt amongst the most difficult ones of the 2012 Giro dItalia: this stage includes a return route from Verona to Pescantina; a quick stage, with no height differences and with long straight sections but can leave some teams standing.23 May - 17th Giro d'Italia stage: Falzes Cortina dAmpezzo (187 km)After 12 stages around Italy, the Giro d'Italia comes back in Veneto for one of the most difficult stages in the whole route. The Dolomites are highly regarded as a race ground for the Giro dItalia: due to their circuitous climbs and the routes in postcard landscapes, the mountains in Veneto are crossed every year by the Giro dItalia.

Passo di Valparola, Passo di Falzarego, Passo Duran, Forcella Staulanza and Passo Giau through to Alleghe, Agordo and Selva di Cadore until Cortina. The cyclists of the Giro d'Italia will have to cover 187 km with hairpin bends, climbs with an average slope of 9-10% and dangerous descents: one of the most exciting stages of the Giro d'Italia due to the enchanting views that the riders will cycle along.24 May 18th stage of the Giro dItalia: San Vito di Cadore Vedelago (139 km)The last stage on the flat land before the frightening climbs that will bring the 2012 Giro d'Italia to its end.

This is a flat stage, covering a limited distance and with a favourable slope for the greater part of the stage. As the stage is ideal for those planning to break away at an early stage, this will be the last change for many cyclists to clinch a stage win at the Giro dItalia.

The 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia will start at San Vito di Cadore, very close to the arrival of the day before in Cortina. The stage will be winding its way through densely wooded areas: Valle del Boite, Mount Antelao, Marmarole, Sorapis and Pelmo passing through Pieve di Cadore, Longarone, Belluno and Cesiomaggiore. From here the route of the Giro d'Italia will cross the flatland around Treviso until the arrival in Vedelago.25 May 19th stage of the Giro dItalia: Treviso Alpe di Pampeago (197 km) The last but third stage of the Giro d'Italia will set off from Treviso in front of the historic Pinarello shop, in piazza del Grano, in remembrance of Andrea Pinarello, who died of a premature death.

This stage of the Giro d'Italia coves one of the most difficult routes, between Veneto and Trentino, of almost 200 km. A spectacular stage, in which even the cyclists in the lower standings will be able to make an all-out attempt.

Cyclists will ride through Montebelluna, Cornuda and Feltre before reaching the first climbs of this incredible stage of the Giro dItalia. After the climb to the Sella del Rio, the Giro d'Italia will leave Veneto and enter Trentino: Passo Manghen, Val di Fiemme, Passo di Pampeago, San Floriano, Novale, Passo di Lavaz and finally the arrival at Alpe di Pampeago. There will be many and difficult climbs, with up to 16% slopes: a decisive stage of the Giro d'Italia who will see crossing the finish line only those cyclists who will have been able to properly pace themselves.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff