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The Giro d’Italia is one of the largest cycling events in the world attracting elite cyclists and teams from around the globe.

The Giro d’Italia began in 1909 and is one of the three Grand Tours, the others being the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. The 2011 Giro d’Italia is commemorating 150 years of Italian Unity and will attract hundreds of thousands of viewer’s world wide.

The 21 race day event begins in Torino on the 7th and finishes in Milan on the 29th of May. The entire race consists of 17 different regions, including Sicily, Sapri and Tirano.

The 2011 Giro d’Italia is the longest in distance than any other cycling event. The total distance is 3,496 kilometres, 25 kilometres longer than this year’s Tour De France.

Throughout the Giro d’Italia’s history, it has been strongly dominated by Italian cyclists. This year Italian two time champion Ivan Basso will return to defend his title, but is sure to have strong competition for this prestigious crown.

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