Giro d'Italia 2012 Stage 8 Preview: Cyclists Face Another 229 KM Of Mountains

The Giro d'Italia continues on Sunday morning as the competition enters yet another medium mountain stage -- this one the longest (229 km) of the previous three.

Paolo Tiralongo won Stage 7, but the Colorado-based Garmin-Barracuda team regained the maglia rosa (pink jersey) after Ryder Hesjedal finished just 5 seconds off of first place. His fifth-place finish ultimately helped push him back into the top of overall standings with a 15 second edge over Tiralongo.

The Stage 8 run begins with its biggest climb of the day. At 20 km, the riders will have reached Piano delle Cinque Miglia -- having climbed over 600 meters to 1284 meters above sea level -- and then weave downhill until making one final climb to Colle Molella at about 1100 meters above sea level.

Here are the details for the Sunday's stage:

Start time: 3:00 a.m. MT
Projected overall finish: 6:11 a.m. MT
TV: Universal Sports at 7:30 a.m. MT, or check out Steephill.tv's streaming links

For more on the 2012 Giro d'Italia, stick with SB Nation Denver and visit cycling blog Podium Cafe.

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