Giro d'Italia time trial: Shorter and harder

Benat Intxausti, Giro d'Italia 2013 time trial

The Giro d'Italia stage 12 time trial will be shorter but harder than originally planned. Instead of a flat run from Barbaresco to Barolo, the pink jersey race will climb the red wine producing hills on May 22.

Piedmont's tourism and sports councillor, Alberto Cirio said, "We couldn't let the route, passing down the valley, be one of warehouses instead of wines."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.