After a medium mountain stage 10 that saw Team Katusha's Joaquim Rodriguez motor away to a stage win and the overall lead, stage 11 of the 2012 Giro d'Italia returns to the flats with a 255km run that's almost certain to see a sprint finish. There are couple climbs through the stage, but teams should be able to bring their sprinters over those without too much trouble. The longest stage of the race, Wednesday's stage 11 goes from Assisi to Montecatini.
As always, the stage is likely to see a breakaway and just as likely to reel it back in. Look for Mark Cavendish at the finish; as if his leadout train and natural talent didn't give him enough of an advantage, his in-season home is in Quarrata, not at all far from the finish.
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