Five Stages That Will Decide The 2019 Giro d'Italia

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With seven summit finishes and three individual time trials, the 2019 Giro d'Italia offers a "balanced" but testing challenge for riders.

The race includes a record 46,500 meters in climbs—2,000 more than in 2018 when the Team Sky rider Chris Froome staged his epic comeback on the dirt roads of the Colle delle Finestre in the Italian Alps.

Here are five key stages that will decide the pink jersey winner of the 102nd edition:

May 10 - Stage 9: Riccione - San Marino (34.7km time-trial)

A hilly time-trial from the Adriatic coastal town of Riccione to the Republic of San Marino will test the climbers before the first rest day.

The route is winding and undulating for the first 22km up to the border of San Marino, which is the only stage outside of Italy, before running uphill all the way to Fiorentino. The climb is particularly suited to rouleurs-climbers.

Stage 13: Pinerolo - Ceresole Reale (188km)

The first of five high difficult stages starts at Pinerolo in northwestern Italy, with three climbs culminating at Ceresole Reale.

This high mountain stage features three difficult summits -- Colle del Lys, Pian del Lupo and the final Colle del Nivolet climb, leading to Lago Serrù, on a route that includes steep gradients of up to 15 precent.

Stage 14: Saint-Vincent - Courmayeur 

Four mountain climbs await riders in the 131km stage including the Colle San Carlo, over 10.5km with a gradient of 9.8 percent.

This is a very short stage (131 km) featuring five categorised summits that takes in climbs up Verrayes, Verrogne, Truc d'Arbe and Colle San Carlo, before the summit finish in Courmayeur.

Stage 16: Lovere - Ponte Di Legno

The final week of the race kicks off with a vengeance with the Passo Gavia the highest point of the Giro at 2,618m altitude.

A queen stage across the Alps with a 5,700m elevation over 226km, the route includes climbs up Passo della Presolana, Croce di Salven, Passo Gavia (Cima Coppi) and Passo del Mortirolo that should widen the gap among the contenders.

Stage 20: Feltre - Croce D'Aune (Monte Avena)

The final uphill battle will take place on the penultimate day, with over 5,000 metres altitude to climb over 193km in the Dolomites, starting in Feltre with climbs of the Passo Manghen (2,047 metres), Passo Rolle and culminating with the climb of Croce d'Aune. The last summit finish features long climbs, over 15km, with gradients of up to 12 percent.

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2019 Giro d'Italia Stage 12

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Italy's Cesare Benedetti won Thursday's 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia at Pinerolo in the Italian Alps ahead of compatriot Damiano Caruso. Slovenian Jan Polanc took the overall lead.

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