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Giro d'Italia 2012 Stage 11: Joaquim Rodriguez Tries To Extend Lead

The 2012 Giro d'Italia resumes on Wednesday with the 11th stage of the race, which will take the cyclists from Assisi to Montecatini Terme. Designated as a flat stage, it will test the cyclists' endurance, as it is the longest in the entire race (255 kilometers).

Related: Giro d'Italia 2012 Results: Joaquim Rodriguez Wins Stage 10, Takes Maglia Rosa From Ryder Hesjedal

Joaquim Rodriguez won Stage 10 and also claimed the overall lead; he has a 17-second edge on Garmin-Barracuda's Ryder Hesjedal.

Here is a look at the top five heading into Wednesday:

1) Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha Team 40:27:34
2) Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:17
3) Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:32
4) Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team 0:00:52
5) Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:52

Steephill.tv has some video streaming options for Stage 11.

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