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Giro d'Italia 2012 Stage 19: Joaquim Rodriguez Tries To Keep Hold Of The Lead

Stage 19 of the 2012 Giro d'Italia will take the riders from Treviso to Alpe di Pampeago – Val di Fiemme, and the climbs along the way are sure to prove challenging.

The final weekend of the Giro starts today with a monstrous ride from Treviso to the Alpe di Pampeago – Val di Fiemme. It has five climbs in it, three of which are of the highest category. The stage has a length of 195 kilometres. It starts flat until kilometer 78 marks the first climb of the day, the Sella di Roa (third category). This is just a warm up for today, because twenty kilometres further the climbing really starts with the Passo Manghen.

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Garmin-Barracuda's Ryder Hesjedal is still in second place and has 30 seconds to make up on maglia rosa-wearer Joaquim Rodriguez. Hesjedal needs to remain in cool control over the next two mountain stages if he wants to be in position to possibly capture the maglia rosa on Sunday in Milan.

For more information on this stage, including maps and route particulars, visit this link.

Start time: 3:15 a.m. MT
Expected finish: 9:15 a.m. MT
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