Giro d’Italia 2012: Stage 19 preview

Giro d’Italia 2012: Stage 19
When: Friday, May 25
To: Alpe di Pampeago/Val di Fiemme
Length: 198km
Category: High mountains

The penultimate mountain stage of the 2012 Giro is another big one. After the now customary flatish start, it’s up the third category Sella Di Roa as a warm-up for what lies ahead.

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The 20.5-kilometre Passo Manghen is next on the menu, a gruelling ascent that will likely shell out any stragglers before the half-way mark.

Then it’s on to the first ascent of Passo Pampeago before emarking on a loop back to the climb for a mountain finish.

Tomorrow’s stage features a much longer climb to the line, so we may see the favourites holding back today for one final mountains assault tomorrow.

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