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Giro d'Italia 2012 Stage 1: Course Begins In Denmark With Time Trial

The 95th running of the Giro d'Italia begins on Saturday with an individual time trial through Herning, Denmark. This is the first of three stages in Denmark to start the race before they head back to Italy. At 5.4 miles/8.7 kilometers in length, this is the shortest course in the entire Giro. However, it won't be without its own difficulties. As we can see on this map, there are multiple 90 degree turns, which should offer a different challenge than the one the mountains will present when the cyclists hit Italy.

The first rider, Androni Giocattoli's Jackson Rodriguez, will start things off at 7:40 a.m. MT. Garmin-Barracuda's Robert Hunter will be the first from his team to start the race when he takes off at 7:52 a.m. MT. He will be followed by Ramunas Navardauskas at 8:14 a.m. MT. Peter Stetina, Jack Bauer, Sebastien Rosseler, Christian Vandevelde, Ryder Hesjedal and Tyler Farrar began their races over the following three hours before Alex Rasmussen leaves the start line at 11:01 a.m. MT.

The course is expected to take roughly four hours to complete once the last rider crosses the finish line.

Start time: 7:40 a.m. MT (eight hours behind Denmark)

Location: Herning, Demark

Broadcast info: Universal Sports, 8:00 a.m. MT. Steephill.tv offers a variety of other options for those without access to Universal Sports

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