The 2012 Giro d’Italia is done and dusted, having covered 3,504km in 21 stages over 23 days across two countries before an epic final week provided us with a dramatic, edge-of-the-seat conclusion and a new champion in Garmin-Barracuda’s Ryder Hesjedal. The 157 finishers can now enjoy a well-earned rest, but in the meantime here is a stage-by-stage reminder of how the race was won and lost.
Stage profile: No major climbs on a largely flat route, but with three small hills in the final 10km which provide ample opportunity for a small group or solo attacker.
Top three: 1. Francisco Ventoso (Movistar), 2. Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela), 3. Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Nissan).