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    The Giro d’Italia has started

    The first stage today was won by Cavendish, a flat one for the sprinters. The Giro is the most challenging of the grand tours, more and higher mountains than on the other two, longer stages up to 260 km. This year there is a climb 80km long, a crossing to France to climb a pass that featured prominently in the 2011 TDF, higher than 2,600 metres, and the 2nd highest pass in Europe, the Stilfser Joch at 2,760 metres.

    Competitive line up with Nibali, Wiggins, Evans, Hesjedal, Sammy Sanchez, Gesingk, Cobo, and Scarponi. Notable absentees are Contador, Rodriguez, and Froome, obviously targeting the TDF.

    Eurosport broadcasts live every day from about 20:00.

    And here's a websites with all the information, stage profiles, etc. 2013 Giro d'Italia Live Video, Route, Teams, Results, Photos, TV

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    Getting interesting now. Away from the beach and into the mountains

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    I notice in the original post that Eurosport broadcasts live every day from 20.00. How does a Bangkok resident get Eurosport - other than by way of an illegal internet feed?

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    Eurosport is on the menu of all Cable-TV providers in the Pattaya area, don't know about BKK. Crap, two flat stages with inevitable Cavendish victories back to back, boring. Wiggins is out due to an infection, couldn't put up a fight on the steep narrow roads of Italy anyway. Looks like a walkover for Nibali now.

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    must admit i have totally underestimated the Giro, having watched it properly for the first time this year. i was thought it wasnt as tough as the tour or the vuelta, but jeez it is having watched todays stage in the dolomites - thats some rough shit! hopefully with a stage win tomorrow Cav can win the points jersey?

    in hindsight, probably best wiggo retired from the race. dont think he couldve hacked today's stage
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