Relief for the flatlanders

One for the sprinters, or perhaps a break

Route: With the long time trial to come tomorrow, the main contenders won't figure prominently on this stage. A sprint is a strong possibility, especially as there aren't too many chances left for the fastmen, but a long break by riders well off the pink jersey pace is more likely.

Local Hero: We're heading into Liguria, the home region of Alessandro Petacchi. Winner of a staggering nine stages at the 2004 Giro, "Ale-Jet" will be hoping to be at his best against the new generation of sprinters as the bunch speeds into Arenzano.

Procycling's Top Tip: The Turchino's not tough, but this still looks a good stage for a successful breakaway move. Procycling's suavest contributor, Gianni Savio, is sure to have one of his Diquigiovanni men in there, and we like the look of the precocious Francesco Ginanni.

Savio speaks: The Arenzano (Genova) stage is one for the sprinters, arriving in Liguria on the seaside. It is a tourist zone where you can have a nice plate of fish and Trofiette Genovese.

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