Stage 16: Valloire to Ivrea, 238km, medium mountains
I have a picture in my head of the race organisers putting together a rough draft of the Corsa Rosa, then rubbing their hands together as they plan those nasty little twists to the stages. This is one of those times when they must have had fun. Continue reading
Stage 15: Cesana Torinese to Col du Galibier (Valloire), 149km, high mountains
At the time of writing, due to weather conditions this stage is due to finish 4.25km below the summit of the Galibier at the site of the Pantani Memorial, although it is entirely possible this plan will continue to be revised even once the race is under way.
Before the Galibier is even reached the peloton must get over the Col du Mont Cenis and Telegraphe, so this could be a ripper of a stage regardless of where it finishes. Of course, it was on the Galibier that Andy Schleck showed that he could look into his suitcase full of courage and come up with the goods, when he took the stage in an audacious breakaway in the 2011 Tour de France. Continue reading