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87th Giro d'Italia - Grand Tour

Italy, May 8-30, 2004

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Stage 16 - May 25: San Vendemiano - Falzes, 217 Km

The next four stages will decide the Giro d'Italia, starting with this long, difficult mountain stage. It's the first day of truth, heading north past Belluno, the stage then turns west at Longarone and into the heart of the Dolomiti and over the steep Forcella Staulanza south of Cortina. Then it's the Valparola, part of Passo di Falzarego and up the Val Badia to the cut off at that leads to Passo Furcia, Val Pusteria and Brunico, but not before the final tough 7km. climb up Terento and finishes in Falzes. Stage 16 should finally separate the contenders from the pretenders in the 2004 Giro d'Italia.


Forcella Staulanza (m. 1.773) - km. 12.4 - Gradient: 6.8 percent
Valparola (m. 2.200) - km. 15.4 - Gradient: 5.8 percent
Passo Furcia (m. 1.759) - km. 12 - Gradient: 6.2 percent
Terento (m. 1.252) - km. 7 - Gradient: 7.1 percent


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