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2014 Giro honors Pantani 10 years after his death

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MILAN (AP) -- Next year's Giro d'Italia will honor the 10th anniversary of Marco Pantani's death with several stages dedicated to the Italian climber.

Having already announced that the race will start May 9 with three stages in Northern Ireland and Ireland and finish in Trieste on June 1, the rest of the route was unveiled Monday.

Stage 8 from Foligno to Montecupiolo will include the Carpegna climb where Pantani used to train, and uphill finishes in Oropa and Montecampione will recall two of his well-known victories in the race.

The grueling Stelvio climb is back after it couldn't be used this year due to bad weather.

Pantani won both the Giro and Tour de France in 1998. He was found dead in a hotel room in 2004, and a coroner ruled he died from cocaine poisoning.

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