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GIRO’16: Good Morning Muggiò!
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Longest stage of this year's Corsa Rosa with highly challenging finale

Muggiò, 26 May 2016 – Good morning from Stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia, Muggiò to Pinerolo, at 240km the longest stage of this year's Giro with a demanding finale.

The group, 161 riders strong, passed km 0 at 11.22. Did not start: dossard nr 213, Belletti.

WEATHER
Muggiò: Light cloud. Wind: S 5-7km/h. 22-23°C
Pinerolo (Finish): Cloud. Wind: S 7-9km/h. 22-23°C

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JERSEYS
Maglia Rosa
(pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel - Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)
Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida - Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek - Segafredo)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), Mountains Classification, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Damiano Cunego (Nippo - Vini Fantini)
Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider Classification, sponsored by Eurospin - Bob Jungels (Etixx - Quick-Step)

POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, 15 King of the Mountains points are up for grabs, with time bonuses of 13 seconds and 45 points towards the points classification.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 - Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)
2 - Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) at 3'00"
3 - Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 3'23"
4 - Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) at 4'43"
5 - Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) at 4'50"

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Stage 18 – Muggiò - Pinerolo – 240km
Finish: Approx. 17.15
Race Headquarters: Liceo G. F. Porporato, Via Brignone, 2

Route
After running flat for 170km, this stage will have a more challenging finale. The route initially runs across the entire north-western Po Plain, from Milano to Torino, along mainly straight and wide roads. The stage course cuts across a few major cities, where the usual traffic-calming street furniture are to be found. After reaching Pinerolo (and clearing Colletta di Cumiana), the route takes a first pass over the finish line, climbs up the steep Via dei Principi d’Acaja stretch, tackles the Pramartino climb (4.6km with an average 10.4% gradient) and goes back to Pinerolo, to cover the last 3km, after a very technical descent.

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Final kms
2,500m before the finish, the route turns left and climbs up Via Principi d’Acaja (450m with an average 14% gradient and peaks of 20%, on setts-paved and narrow road). Next is a steep and harsh descent leading into Pinerolo. The last 1,500m run on level roads, with just a few bends and a short stretch on stone-slab paving. The finish line is set at the end of an 8m wide, 350m long asphalt home straight.

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POINTS OF INTEREST
MUGGIÒ – km 0

Muggiò, a city of 25,000 inhabitants, borders Monza (the provincial capital), not far from the majestic Royal Villa (Villa Reale), a neoclassical palace designed by architect Giuseppe Piermarini and unveiled in 1780.
Muggiò was hometown to cyclists Giacomo Nizzolo and Roberto Pistore (1971); and to Arianna Errigo, multiple Olympic gold medallist and World Champion in fencing.

BOLLATE – km 8
In the nearby Novate Milanese, hometown to the legendary Giro organiser, Vincenzo Torriani (1917-1996), a bas-relief will be unveiled in his honour on stage day.

MAGENTA – km 33
The scene of an important battle of the Second War of Italian Independence on June 4 1859, won by the Franco-Piedmontese coalition against the Austrian army.

NOVARA – km 54
The signature landmark of Novara is the monumental cupola of the cathedral of San Gaudenzio by Alessandro Antonelli, who also designed the Mole Antonelliana in Turin. The territory runs flat among the rice paddies. Novara hosted one Giro stage finish in 1968, with victory going to Eddy Merckx.

VERCELLI – km 77 and LIGNANA (feed zone) – km 86
The “European capital of rice” has a valuable, rich and remarkable architectural heritage, which includes the neoclassical Duomo and the early-13-century Basilica of Sant’Andrea, the symbol of the city. Vercelli hosted just one Giro stage finish, back in 1992, when Mario Cipollini was victorious.

CRESCENTINO – km 108
Crescentino was hometown to the conductor Cinico Angelini (1901-1983). An ancient abbey and a stately castle rise in the hamlet of San Genuario.

CHIVASSO (intermediate sprint) – km 125 and SETTIMO TORINESE – km 138
Chivasso is where Lancia cars were manufactured up to 1990.

TURIN – km 149
The route cuts across Turin, the regional capital. This year the city will host the big finish of the Corsa Rosa.

RIVOLI (intermediate sprint) – km 164
On the outskirts of Turin, Rivoli’s castle, a former Residence of the Royal House of Savoy, and current seat of the local contemporary art museum, rises in a prominent position.

AVIGLIANA – km 175
Avigliana sits on the gentle morainic hills at the entrance of the Susa Valley. It is home to two distinctive lakes (Lago Grande and Lago Piccolo), and has a rich heritage that includes the sanctuary of Madonna dei Laghi and the majestic Sacra di San Michele. Rising in a prominent position on a rocky spur in the village of Sant’Ambrogio Torinese is an imposing 12-century Romanesque-Gothic monumental abbey, and a symbol of the region.
The mediaeval architectures of the historic district of Avigliana have survived largely unspoiled to the present day. Avigliana was hometown to Emilio Ostorero (1934), a legendary motocross rider, who won 16 national titles and a wealth of international wins.

CUMIANA – km 192
Surrounded by mountains and dotted with charming buildings, Cumiana was hometown to Francesco Camusso (1908-1995), a powerful climber and 1931 Giro d’Italia winner.

PINEROLO – km 212

PRAMARTINO (KOM) – km 221

This climb was featured for the first time in the Giro route in 2009, and then again in the Tour de France course in 2011. Both stages finished in Pinerolo.

VILLAR PEROSA – km 227
Villar Perosa immediately recalls the name of the Agnelli family, FIAT and Juventus F.C. owners, which had a strong tie of affection with this territory.

PINEROLO – km 240
The old town centre rises on the hill of San Maurizio. Notable sights include the late-Gothic church of the same name, and a number of historical buildings related to the House of Acaja, and the Duomo of San Donato which is located in the square bearing the same name. The city also served as a defensive stronghold; the citadel was said to be the place where the Man in the Iron Mask was held prisoner; the character that inspired Alexandre Dumas.
Pinerolo first became acquainted with the Giro back in 1949, when Fausto Coppi nailed a legendary stage win 11’52” ahead of Bartali and Alfredo Martini. More recently, victory went to Bitossi in 1964, Giuseppe Saronni in 1982, Gabriele Balducci – th Tuscan sprinter – in 2007 and to Danilo Di Luca in 2009.

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TV COVERAGE
TV coverage of the 99th Giro d’Italia will reach all four corners of the world: 184 countries will see the Corsa Rosa on 29 different networks, 24 of them live.

ITALY
RAI – Radio Televisione Italiana, the longstanding host broadcaster, provides extensive coverage of the Corsa Rosa. The action is live in three separate programmes: “Prima diretta” ("Pre-Live") on Rai Sport 1, “Giro in diretta” ("Giro Live") at 15:10 - 16:15 in simulcast on Rai 3 and Rai HD, and “Giro all’arrivo” ("Giro on the Finish Line"), with the last hour of racing until 17:15. The traditional post-race analysis programme "Processo alla Tappa" ("The Stage on Trial") ends at 18:00.
When the race reaches Italy, the stage start will be covered in Rai Sport 1's "Giro Mattina" ("Giro Morning"), showing the signing in ceremony, with interviews, the start of racing, and local colour. The strand "Journey through the Italy of the Giro d'Italia" will show historical and cultural anecdotes and features.
For viewers unable to watch the stage live in the afternoon, the evening show TGiro ("Giro Bulletin") will tell the story of the day's racing from 20:00 on Rai Sport 1, followed by Giro Notte ("Late Night Giro"), with 90’ of stage highlights from 22:45 on Rai Sport 2. The Corsa Rosa will be streamed on the website www.rai.tv.

AROUND THE WORLD
In Italy the Giro can also be seen live on Eurosport, broadcasting to 53 countries across Europe from 14:15, with race commentary in 19 languages.
In France, the stages are live exclusively on beINSports, with reports and features from the scene.
The Dutch public broadcaster NOS is showing three hours of live racing of the first three stages in the Netherlands, as well as the final 90 minutes of the weekend stages in Italy, plus daily highlights of every stage.
Free to air race coverage is live in Flemish via VRT, in Danish on TV2 Denmark, in Switzerland via SRG SSR, in Spain via Teledeporte and EITB and in Kazakhstan, in highlights, on Kaz Sports.
The Corsa Rosa is live in South America on ESPN, with Portuguese commentary in Brazil, English commentary in the Caribbean and Spanish across the rest of South America. Colombian fans have a wide range of options, with live coverage on RCN and Señal Colombia. TDN is showing the race live in Mexico and Central America. beIN Sports is covering the Giro in the United States of America and RDS is providing French-language coverage in Canada.
The Giro d’Italia is also on the small screen in the Middle East and North Africa thanks to live coverage on beIN Sports, while in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa the Giro is on the Supersport channels.
In Asia, the Corsa Rosa in available in 16 countries via Eurosport Asia Pacific; J Sports is covering the race live and exclusive in Japan. LeTV is doing the same in China.
Race highlights are on FPT Telecom in Vietnam, while the Thai public can enjoy the key parts of the stage on both True Visions and NOW26.
The huge interest that Australia has shown in the Giro continues in 2016: SBS is showing all 21 stage live, while Fox Sports is showing highlights. In New Zealand, Sky is showing the race live and in highlights.
Finally, the Corsa Rosa is being shown worldwide via SNTV - Sports News Television and Sport24, the 24 hour sports channel for airline and cruise ship passengers.

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GIRO D’ITALIA – RIDE GREEN
During yesterday's stage, over 2.6 metric tons of rubbish were collected, 87% of which will be recycled. Over 38 tons of rubbish has been recycled so far at the Giro.

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PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA - PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO
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