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Giro By The Numbers

This 85th Giro d’Italia will run 3,334 km, slightly less than last year, which was 3,364. Time Trial distance this year has been increased by 18km to 81 over 3 stages (prologue, Stage 14, Stage 19). In the mountains, there will be 9 stages with 20 high or medium climbs, one less than 2001, and 3 less than 2000, but with the same number of finishes on top. Actual vertical meters of climbing increase this year to 18,200 metres from 17,223 of last season. There will be 2 days of “riposa” (rest), one more than the previous 2 editions. And the dates? – May 11 to June 2, 2002 – that’s 22 days and 20 stages. Don’t you feel better now? So get that fridge stocked with Birra Nastro Azzuro (ditch that p*ss-water you got in there now…), a few bottles of valpollicella of chianti, some real parmesan (**Tip: If it comes in a shaker can it’s NOT authentic.), and a nice fat chunk of prosciutto, and settle in for 3 weeks of big time racing – Italian style!

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