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Giro Stage 20 Preview: Roma (ITT)

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Giro09-main_medium Stage 20 :: Sunday June 1, 2009
14.4km :: Roma

Well, here we are friends: Last Day, Capricorn 15's, Year of the City, 2009.

Carousel Begins.

(I do occasionally feel bad for our non-US members who probably have no freakin' clue about half the things I type)

This is the final stage, the Individual Time Trial around the city of Rome, taking in many of the magnificently beautiful sights.

It's an exceptionally techinical course, with an inordinate amount of hard turns in it that might not be so well suited to true chronomachina, we shall see, we shall see.

Once more, unto the preview, dear Gavia...

The Giro Centenario comes to its grand finale in Roma with this short individual time trial. The first Giro d’Italia included a stage from Napoli to Roma, and the city has often hosted Italy’s grand tour. The time trial course twists and turns through icons of antiquity, finishing in the shadow of the Colliseo.

(Courtesy of Gavia's Stage 21 Preview at Steephill.tv

Hey Gav, I say we kick up our feet and let everyone clean up the mess now that the parties almost over.

I've never been to Rome myself, so I'm only passingly familiar with the sights.  St. Peter's Basilica and the Coliseum, that's about it.  I'll do my best to label things with the help of The Google.

 

No word was mentioned as to whether Lucius Vorenus, Praefectus Evocatorum, of the Aventine will be present during the time trial.

 

This is a street level view of the starting straight.

 

The Piazza del Popolo

 

Heading across the Tiber River

 

Skirting the border of Vatican City by St. Peter's Basilica.

 

Back across from the Tiber to the Piazza del Popolo...

The Victor Emmanuele II monument...

 

Coming around the Coliseum towards the finishing straight.

 

And ending in the Giro in the shadow of the Coliseum.  Pretty damn cool.

Thanks for reading folks, it's been my pleasure to put these together. 

A presto!