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2002 Giro to pass through six countries

Organizers of the 2002 Tour of Italy bid to put the doping scandals of 2001 behind as details of the 2002 Giro were revealed at an announcement in Milan on Saturday. The route for the 3,333.5km race over 20 stages was unveiled by Candido Cannavo, director of the sponsoring newspaper Gazzetta dello sport and race director Carmine Castellano. The 2002 Giro will cover six countries, including Italy. It begins with a 6.5km time time in the Dutch coastal town of Groningen on May 11 and the first four stages cover Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and France before entering northern Italy on May 17.

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By VeloNews Interactive , Copyright AFP 2001

2002 Giro to pass through six countries

2002 Giro to pass through six countries

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Organizers of the 2002 Tour of Italy bid to put the doping scandals of 2001 behind as details of the 2002 Giro were revealed at an announcement in Milan on Saturday. The route for the 3,333.5km race over 20 stages was unveiled by Candido Cannavo, director of the sponsoring newspaper Gazzetta dello sport and race director Carmine Castellano.

The 2002 Giro will cover six countries, including Italy. It begins with a 6.5km time time in the Dutch coastal town of Groningen on May 11 and the first four stages cover Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and France before entering northern Italy on May 17. There will be three mountain stages at Campitello Matese, San Giacomo and Folgaria, with the highest point being reached at 2,239 meters at Passo Pordoi during the 16th stage from Conegliano to Corvara. The race will finish in front of Milan’s famed Domo on June 2.

Last year’s Giro will be remembered for the police raids on hotels at San Remo on June 6. After analysis of the suspect substances seized in the raids, authorities began legal proceedings against 52 people under Italy’s sporting fraud law that outlaws the consumption of listed substances considered to be doping products.

Schedule for the 2002 Tour of Italy announced here on Saturday: Prologue – May 11, Groningen, Netherlands 6.5km (individual time-trial)

Stage 1 – May 12, Groningen – Munster (Germany) 215km

Stage 2 – May 13, Cologne – Liege (Belgium) 199km

Stage 3 – May 14, Verviers (Belgium) – Esch sur Alzette (Luxembourg) 213km

Stage 4 – May 15, Esch sur Alzette – Strasbourg (France) 210km

Rest day – May 16

Stage 5 – May 17, Fossano – Limone Piemonte 143km

Stage 6 – May 18, Cuneo – Varazze 181km

Stage 7 – May 19, Circuit of Versilia 159km

Stage 8 – May 20, Capannori – Orvieto 224km

Stage 9 – May 21, Tivoli – Caserta 208km

Stage 10 – May 22, Maddaloni – Benevento 151km

Stage 11 – May 23, Benevento – Campitello Matese 136km

Stage 12 – May 24, Campobasso – Chieti 201km

Stage 13 – May 25, Chieti – San Giacomo 188km

Stage 14 – May 26, Numana (individual time-trial) 30km

Rest day- May 27

Stage 15 – May 28, Terme Euganee – Conegliano 158km

Stage 16 – May 29, Conegliano – Corvara 159km

Stage 17 – May 30, Corvara – Folgaria 222km

Stage 18 – May 31, Rovereto – Brescia 144km

Stage 19 – June 1, Cambiago – Monticello (individual time-trial) 44km

Stage 20 – June 2, Cantu – Milan 142km