Will Bettini shine?

Giro returns to mainland

The Giro d'Italia is back on the country's mainland where it will stay for the remainder of the race. Kicking off from Italy's toe is a stage of 183 kilometres from Pizzo Calabro to Catanzaro-Lungomare. The Corsa Rosa has arrived in Catanzaro five times, but the last time was in 1996 when Pascal Hervé took top honours.

The last kilometres are flat, but that 300-plus-metre riser to the city's centre will break up affairs. It is likely strong men like World Champion Paolo Bettini will be battling over the Viadotto Morandi that spans the Fiumarella valley at the chance of a stage win along the Ionian Sea.

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