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Stage 9 - May 28: Reggio Emilia - Rovigo, 142 km

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Today's stage from Reggio Emilia to Rovigo Tappa is another for the sprinters, with the highest point being a massive 44 metres (and that's at the start of the stage!). At 142 kilometres long, it should allow some recovery after today's first foray into the mountains that left many riders struggling.

The main point of interest during the stage is the Intergiro sprint, at Poggio Rusco (km 59.9), where Massimo Strazzer (Mobilvetta) will try and improve his lead in that classification. The finish is perfectly suited for the fast men, and we could see another Quaranta v. Cipollini deathmatch.

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