New York Times sports reporter
On the way to the finish, stopped at Monte Cassino, the site of several key WW II battles.
A chilly, overcast morning in Naples, starting point for Stage 20. #Giro
Carlos Sastre, Stage 19 winner, struggles to pop the Champagne. #giro
Chaos at the finish, Stage 19. #giro
Soigneurs and press agents ushering their riders through the crowd.
The finish line of the 2009 Giro's final climb.
Denis Menchov needs a second to compose himself after Stage 19. #giro
More terrible scenery at the Giro. The view of Naples from Mt. Vesuvius.
Mt. Vesuvius from afar. The finish line was nearly at the top. #Giro
A few feet from the finish of Stage 19, the riders needed mountain bikes. #giro
An intrepid fan painted "Pantani" more than 100 times along the final climb. #giro
The dude with the antlers again. Saw him a day later running up Mt. Vesuvius.
Riding through farmland. Not much to see. Lots of hay. Many cows.
Just your average ancient aqueduct cutting through town. #giro
Garmin's Danny Pate getting some mid-race advice on Stage 18.
Denis Menchov, the leader, heads to the starting line.
Look closely. This rider has one wicked, bloody burn from sliding along the pavement.
For schoolchildren here, the Giro is like a snow day. No classes. #giro
Celebrating the start of Stage 18 in Sulmona. #giro
Riders waste no time at the finish. They change clothes ASAP.
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