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87th Giro d'Italia - Grand Tour

Italy, May 8-30, 2004

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Stage 13 - May 22: Trieste - Altopiano Carsico ITT, 52 Km

Half a century ago, Trieste was returned to Italy after WWII and the Giro's returns one again to the former window on the Hapsburg Empire, Italy's farthest east city. Similar to the Giro stage where Alex Zülle won six years ago, this TT is an up and down, out and back affair through Prosecco and Sistiana, ending in the historic Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia that should be best for power riders like De Nardi's Serhiy Hontchar. Garzelli and especially Popovych will be looking to put key seconds into climbers like Simoni here.

Climbs

Rupingrande (m. 309) - km. 2.9 - Gradient: 3.5 percent

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