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The green of Lago Laceno where Stage 8 finishes. (photo credit:

May 12 update: Stage 8 continues south as the race picks up the spine of the Southern Apennines for what should be another leg-zapping day.

Starting from Sulmona, an old city with historical important in the province of L'Aquila south of the Stage 7 finish in Rocca di Cambio, we'll head further south over a hilly route that only has two categorized climbs including a cat 2 summit finish. With continuous up and down action, stage 7 is more amplified than stage 6 which produced a successful break.

At the end of the longest stage (229 km), thus far, we'll end up at the southern most point of this Giro d'Italia. The second summit finish of this year's race features the ascent of Colle Molella (Cat 2 at km 224.6, 9.9 km @ 6.0% gradient to 1087m elevation) to Lago Laceno (photo above). The stage ends with 4 km of flat cycling around the west side of the lake and the finish in the town of Lago Laceno. This will be the third time the Giro d'Italia has finished at Lago Laceno, a renown summer and winter holiday resort about 50 km east of Napoli. — Steve