Giro d'Italia (st. 18)
Two mountainous tapponi and a decisive, final ITT will define the overall win in the 2012 Giro, with Movistar Team contesting the squads’ overall and a top ten individual place with Intxausti
A day from those considered as transition stages -yet covered in a tremendous pace, with an average speed of 49.4 kph- was the prelude of the long-awaited last weekend in the 2012 Giro d’Italia. Stage eighteen in the Corsa Rosa, with a flat, descending, 149-kilometer course from San Vito di Cadore and Vedelago, was decided into a mass sprint where Andrea Guardini (FAR) surprised the day’s favourite Mark Cavendish into a volata not able to be made by Fran Ventoso.
With no changes in the overall classification led by Joaquim Rodríguez (KAT), the big mountains will play a decisive role from Friday with two monster routes that will definitely open the gaps in the leaderboard to be closed on Sunday in Milan. At this showdown, Movistar Team will be tackling the climbs in calm mood thanks to the two stage triumphs by Ventoso and Amador and a challenge in mind: to defend their teams’ lead position as they take Beñat Intxausti (6th, 3.04 behind) and Sergio Pardilla (18th, 6.53 back) into the top ten GC.
Treviso-Alpe di Pampeago. 189km
Km 78: Sella di Roa (Cat. 3): 7km / 6.5% (11% mAx.)
Km 123: Passo Manghen (Cat. 1): 20.5km / 7.4% (15% max.)
Km 160: Passo Pampeago Reiterjoch (Cat. 1): 10.5km / 9.7% (16% max.)
Km 174: Passo Lavazè (Cat. 2): 6.3km / 8.6% (13% máx.)
Finish: Alpe di Pampeago (Cat. 1): 7.7km / 9.8% (16% máx.)