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Giro d’Italia 2013 route presented

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Organiser RCS Sport officially unveiled the 2013 Giro d’Italia today in Milan, a route that starts in Naples, takes in Galibier and returns to Tre Cime

Last year, the Giro charted new territory, going further north than any Grand Tour before, by starting in Herning, Denmark. Because of those three days and an early rest day transfer, there was less time for what makes the Giro so great: Italy.

This year, besides the foray into France for Galibier, the route is completely Made in Italy. The Galibier follows the Jafferau stage the day before and joins together to kick off the final mountainous week. Travelling back east for the finish in Brescia, the race features a mountain time trial and a stage to Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

Besides the Galibier and Tre Cime, the Giro features a 19.4km mountain TT to Polsa and mountain romp to Val Martello the next day. The 19th leg climbs the Gavia pass from Ponte di Legno, the Stelvio from Bormio and drops down into the Martello Valley for a final 22.3km kick to the line. The run will leave little left in the tank for Tre Cime and a party around Brecia’s castle.