The stage ambles through the wine regions of Piedmont, from a good red wine in Barbaresco to the great red wine of Barolo. Both wines are made from the Nebbiolo grape. A nice glass awaits the stage winner, but first comes an hour of pain in the race of truth.
Right from the start the road goes up towards Boscasso, a 12.6 kilometre climb with a vertical gain of 388 metres. Being the highest point of the route it’s the first intermediate time check as well. The climb is labelled as category-4.
Speeding down the hill riders arrive 13.6 lightning fast kilometres later at the lowest point of today, the truffle town of Alba, located at an altitude of 168 meters and second intermediate time check.
For the next 8 kilometres, the riders travel on a flat, straight road in the direction of Gallo and then arrive at the foot of the second climb. The riders gain 158 metres over the following 3.4 kilometres, meaning an average gradient of 4.7%. Upon cresting in the hamlet of Castiglione Falletto,a short and relatively steep descent follows before the final climb of 1.6 kilometres at 4.5%.
The area around Alba suits the powerful time-trialers best. The route is flat (or descending) and the roads straight, so they need to gain time in this area if they are to win the stage.
Giro 2014 stage 12: Images and more!
Click on the images to zoom
Related articles Riders and teams - Giro 2014 Favourites - Giro 2014 Withdrawals - Giro 2014 Route and stages - Giro 2014 The Route - Giro 2014 More articles
Vuelta 2020: Roglic powers to red jersey
Giro 2020: Tratnik outguns O'Connor, Almeida cements lead
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 1: Irún - Santuario de Arrate
Giro 2020 Route stage 16: Udine - San Daniele del Friuli
Giro 2020 Route stage 17: Bassano del Grappa – Madonna di Campiglio
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 17: Monster Mountains for HC climbers
Giro 2020 Route stage 18: Pinzolo – Laghi di Cancano
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 18: Grueling journey over the Stelvio
Giro 2020 Route stage 19: Morbegno - Asti
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 19: Last chance for fast finishers
Giro 2020 Route stage 20: Alba – Sestriere
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 20: Four brutal mountains in 100 km
Giro 2020 Route stage 21: Cernusco di Naviglio – Milan
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 21: For pure ITT specialists
Giro 2020: The Route
Giro 2020: Riders
Giro 2020: Withdrawals
Vuelta 2020: Route
Vuelta 2020: Riders
Vuelta 2020: Withdrawals
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 2: Pamplona - Lekunberri
Vuelta 2020 Favourites stage 2: Climbers with descending skills
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 3: Lodosa - Laguna Negra
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 4: Garray - Ejea de los Caballeros
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 5: Huesca - Sabiñánigo
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 6: Biescas - Tourmalet
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 7: Vitoria Gasteiz - Valdegovia
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 8: Logroño - Moncalvillo
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 9: Castrillo del Val - Aguilar de Campoo
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 10: Castro Urdiales – Suances
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 11: Villaviciosa – La Farrapona
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 12: Pola Laviana - Angliru
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 13: Muros - Mirador de Ézaro
Cycling Calendar 2020