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Special Giro Stage 12 TT Bicycles for Lance and Levi

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Why different bikes?  Well, the Giro d’Italia’s stage 12 time trial is unlike any other TT in Grand Tour history.  First, it’s really, really long.  60.6km (37.66 miles) to be exact.  Second, it’s constantly up and down…there’s very little flat area for full on hammering in a tucked aero position.  Strong climbers are expected to fare better than dedicated time trial specialists.  So, what’s up with the bikes?  Well, they’re basically road bikes set up for time trialing…at least Lance Armstrong’s (above) and Levi Leipheimer’s (hit ‘more’) are.

Also after the break, a map and elevation profile of the stage 12 time trial course.  Hit ‘more’ to see them…

lance armstrong and levi leipheimer 2009 giro d'italia stage 12 time trial road bike unlike normal tt bicycles it has regular frame with aero bars

Above, an Astana team mechanic gets Levi’s road bike ready for time trialing.

2009 giro d'italia stage 12 time trial course map and elevation graphic

2009 giro d'italia stage 12 time trial course map and elevation graphic

Course map and elevation graphic from BikeRaceInfo.com.  They’ve got a play-by-play for each stage, with maps and graphics for each one.  Very cool.

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Mark
Mark
13 years ago

In the past timetrials this long were no exception in de grand tours, there were timetrials that were more then 80 km.

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