Stage 8 – Sulmona to Lago Laceno, 229km
Stage profile: The second-longest stage of the 2012 Giro features just two categorised climbs but is constantly undulating throughout. The final climb of the category two Lago Laceno represents the most southerly point of this year’s race. The 14.25km climb has a steep middle section which exceeds 10%, and then a flat 4.4km run to the finish.
Top three: 1. Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF), 2. Benat Intxausti (Movistar) +0:23, 3. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) +0:27.
Stage 7 – Recanati to Rocca di Cambio, 205km
Stage profile: The first uphill finish of this year’s race at the top of the 1,392m Rocca di Cambio, a 19.15km climb with a steady gradient of around 5%. A lengthy downhill section precedes the final 1.5km uphill drag, a likely target for punchy Classics-style climbers.
Top three: 1. Paolo Tiralongo (Astana), 2. Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD), 3. Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) +0:03.
Stage 6 – Urbino to Porto Sant’Elpidio, 210km
Stage profile: The first medium mountain stage, incorporating strade bianche dirt roads, gravel climbs and the second category Passo della Cappella at half-distance, which includes sections of up to 15%. The final 60km is constantly undulating too, before a flat run-in. A profile tailor-made for a breakaway.
Top three: 1. Miguel Angel Rubiano (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela), 2. Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD) +1:10, 3. Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) same time, peloton at +1:51