2012 Giro d'Italia: Map, TV Coverage, Live Updates And More

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - SEPTEMBER 25: Defending Champion Thor Hushovd of Norway looks on at the start of the Men's Elite Road Race during day seven of the UCI Road World Championships on September 25, 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark.(Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The Giro d'Italia is one of the biggest races out there - and the Bay Area is being represented by the BMC Racing Team based out of Santa Rosa. Follow along for updates after each stage, and check out Podium Cafe, SB Nation's cycling blog, for more.

The 2012 Giro d'Italia is right around the corner - it will be the 95th edition of the race, and it's starting away from home this time around (as has been the case off and on through it's somewhat recent history) - from the Danish city of Herning. It all gets started on May 5th, when participants will travel 8.7 km in an individual time trial, and it will all wrap up in Milan on May 27 with a 31.5 km home stretch individual time trial.

That's three weeks if your math is failing you. It's pertinent to us here in the Bay Area because there's a team based on Santa Rosa - BMC Racing Team. The team includes Thor Hushovd, Mathias Frank, Alessandro Ballan, Marco Pinotti, Mauro Santambrogio, Ivan Santaromita, Johann Tschopp, Danilo Wyss and American Taylor Phinney.

They'll all be competing in the race - with Phinney being eligible for the maglia bianca - the white jersey worn by the top of the class of those with the young rider classification. It's going to be an exciting race altogether, and we'll be here with you every step (or stage) of the way.

You can always follow along yourself with free streaming video of the race at SteepHill.tv. The start time for stage one is 6:40 a.m. pacific on May 5, with an approximate finish time of 10:30 p.m. that night. We've also got a look at this year's route, courtesy of the folks over at Gazzetta.it:

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For more on the 2012 Giro d'Italia, visit SB Nation's cycling blog Podium Cafe.

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