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Less can be more as Giro d’Italia tries a shift in emphasis – Analysis

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It was clear that something needed to change. The past two editions of the Giro d’Italia produced late twists on the penultimate stage, but on neither occasion did the dramatic denouement feel like an adequate pay-off for the long waiting game that preceded it.

The final week of the Giro has always played host to its most demanding stages – witness Fausto Coppi and Hugo Koblet on the Stelvio in 1953, for instance, or Alex Zülle’s collapse at Marco Pantani’s expense in 1998. But in recent years, it was hard to escape that the sense that an increasingly backloaded race was losing its balance.

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