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Time bonuses, explosive mountain stages mark 2013 route of the Giro d'Italia

Updated: May 1, 2013, 1:16 PM ET
By Andrew Hood | VeloNews.com

Everyone agrees: The Giro d'Italia is a special race. The corsa rosa is chaotic, emotional, colorful, and hard, very hard. The Tour de France might by more difficult, when the speed and the pressure of cycling's most important race are considered, but every May, the Giro pushes the peloton to the physical limit.

Gone are the days of "piano," when the peloton would soft-pedal for the first three hours of a stage. The Giro has enjoyed a renaissance over the past decade, ...

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