Giro 2019 Route stage 12: Cuneo - Pinerolo
Thursday, 23 May 2019 - Stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia marks the start of the first block of mountains in the Alps, although the route is hardly mountainous. Running from Cuneo to Pinerolo, the race amounts to 146 kilometres, while the toughest climb is crested with 42 kilometres remaining.
It is seventy years ago since Fausto Coppi won the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France for the first time in the same year. He did it again in 1952, but it was also in 1949 that Il Campionissimo left his rival Gino Bartali by 11 minutes on a 254 kilometres route between Cuneo and Pinerolo. He rode 192 kilometres alone through the Alps to set up that year’s GC victory.
Obviously, given the distance of 146 kilometres, the 12th stage on the 2019 Giro d’Italia could not include all the same climbs – Col de la Madeleine, Col de Vars, Col d’Izoard, Colle del Monginevro en Sestriere. But disappointingly, the 2019 race covers far easier climbs on the road to Pinerolo. Colletta di Rossana and Colletta di Paesana are nothing in comparison with those giants. The toughest climb of the day, with its peak at 1,248 metres, is crested with 42 kilometres remaining. It is the trying ascent to Montoso: 8.9 kilometres with an average gradient of 9.4%.
Three editions ago the Giro saw its last finish in Pinerolo. Bringing the early break home, Matteo Trentin won that stage following a race with two climbs in the last 50 kilometres. Breakaway boys fighting for the stage honours is a likely scenario in 2019, too.
Giro d’Italia 2019 stage 12: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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