Saturday, May 16

Giro d'Italia 100th Anniversary

Giro d'Italia

The Giro was inspired by the Tour de France and, just as the French race was intended to boost circulation of L'Auto, so Emilio Camillo Costamagna, the editor of La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, aimed to increase his circulation. The first Giro d'Italia started on May 13, 1909 at Milan with eight stages totalling 2,448 kilometres (1,521 miles). Luigi Ganna was the first winner.
Along with the Tour de France and the World Cycling Championship, the Giro d'Italia makes up the Triple Crown of Cycling. Along with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a EspaƱa it is one of the three Grand Tours.

Now in its 100th year in 2009, the Giro d'Italia, or Tour of Italy, will draw the sport's top stars-including Lance Armstrong for the first time ever. Lance will ride in support of Astana temmate Levi Leipheimer, who could be the first American winner of the Giro since Andy Hampsten in 1988. To win, he'll have to outmaneuver past champions and homeland heroes like Ivan Basso, Danilo Diluca, and Damiano Cunego, as well as rising stars like Mark Cavendish of Columbia-High Road and seasoned veteran sprinters like Alessandro Petacchi.

16 MaySaturday
8° StageMORBEGNO - BERGAMO 209Km In plain, undulated
17 MaySunday
9° StageMILANO SHOW 100 163Km In plain
18 MayMonday
Rest Day
19 MayTuesday
10° StageCUNEO - PINEROLO 262Km Mountain
20 MayWednesday
11° StageTORINO - ARENZANO (GENOVA) 214Km In plain
21 MayThursday
12° StageSESTRI LEVANTE - RIOMAGGIORE(Cr. Individuale CINQUE TERRE) 60,6Km Cronometro
22 MayFriday
13° StageLIDO DI CAMAIORE - FIRENZE 176Km In plain
23 MaySaturday
14° StageCAMPI BISENZIO - BOLOGNA (San Luca) 172Km Mountain / Arrival in climb
24 MaySunday
15° StageFORLI' - FAENZA 161Km In plain, undulated
25 MayMonday
16° StagePERGOLA - MONTE PETRANO 237Km Mountain / Arrival in climb
26 MayTuesday
Rest Day
27 MayWednesday
17° StageCHIETI - BLOCKHAUS 83Km Mountain / Arrival in climb
28 MayThursday
18° StageSULMONA - BENEVENTO 182Km In plain
29 MayFriday
19° StageAVELLINO - VESUVIO 164Km Mountain / Arrival in climb
30 MaySaturday
20° StageNAPOLI - ANAGNI 203Km In plain
31 MaySunday
21° StageROMA (Cronometro individuale) 14,4Km Cronometro

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