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88th Giro d'Italia - PT

Italy, May 7-29, 2005

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Stage 13 - May 21: Mezzocorona - Ortisei, 218 km

Starting amid the vineyards of Mezzocorona, Stage 13 will be unlucky for whoever lacks the legs to make it over the six GPM's. The stage climbs east out of the Adige valley into the heart of the Dolomiti, then hits the first GPM after 71km at Passo di Costalunga (1745m.), then climbs up to the monumental Passo di Sella (2244m.), followed by the Passo di Gardena (2121m) halfway through the tough stage. After the feed zone in Corvara in Badia, the long descent to the base of the penultimate ascent up Passo delle Erbe (2004m.), followed immediately by the Passo Eores (1863m.). After this climb, Stage 13 has a long descent to Bressanone in the upper Adige Valley, across Ponte Gardena and then up the final 9km climb to Pontives, then into Ortisei for the finish. This is a great chance for mountain man Gilberto Simoni to strut his stuff across the Dolomiti.

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