Midway visit to Milan

Spectacular city centre criterium

Route: Traditionally the Giro's finishing point, the centenary race still takes in Milan. This is effectively a long criterium over 10 laps of a course through the city centre that takes in many of the principal sights. Mixing high speeds with lots of corners will make for frenetic and risky racing. Crashes look almost guaranteed.

Local Hero: Acqua & Sapone's Luca Paolini is a good pick for a stage which should be aggressive and fast. He won a stage of the Settimana Lombarda earlier this year from a small group, and if he can slip into a break he may be able to nab a stage in front of his home crowd.

Procycling's Top Tip: Surely one for the sprinters, but don't discount a late burst of unparalleled power from Saxo Bank's Fabian Cancellara. The twists and turns towards the finish could favour a lone break.

Savio speaks: Milano is the heart of the Giro, but this year the Giro changes completely. The finishing city moved from Milano to Roma and, rightly so, there had to be a stage in Milano at some point along the route. You will see a great circuit with many people out in Milano on Sunday. Look out for Cavendish and Petacchi.

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