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A thin line between victory and defeat

The 2013 Giro d'Italia will be won or lost during a series of key stages in final half

Updated: May 2, 2013, 4:35 PM ET
By Andrew Hood | VeloNews.com

Any race, be it a three-week grand tour or twilight criterium, can be won or lost in an instant. One bad crash, a bonk, or even something as random as an insect bite can end weeks and months of preparation.

Bike racers, however, are a durable breed, and the world's top races often come down to just a handful of decisive moments. The 2012 Giro d'Italia was chock full of them, with Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) battling all the way to the final ...

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