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: 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
Stage profile: Herning to Herning, 206km in a loop around the coast with a final circuit in Herning before a sprinter’s finish.
Top three: 1. Mark Cavendish (Sky), 2. Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEDGE), 3. Geoffrey Soupe (FDJ-Big Mat).