Sestriere (French: Sestrières) is an alpine village in Italy, a [[comune of the Province of Turin, at 44°57′N 6°53′E, at 2035 m above sea-level, with 838 inhabitants (2003). It is 17 km (11 miles) from the French border. It will be among the venues of the 2006 Winter Olympics with some alpine skiing events to be held on the surrounding slopes. It is also a famous starting and arrival point in the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia-bbbbbbbb. In Italy, the comune, (plural comuni) is the basic administrative unit of both provinces and regions, and may be properly approximated in casual speech by the English word township or municipality. ... Turin (It. ... The XX Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin, Italy from February 10 to February 26, 2006. ... The Tour de France (French for Tour of France), often referred to as La Grande Boucle, Le Tour or The Tour, is an epic long distance road bicycle racing competition for professionals held over three weeks in July in and around France. ... The Giro dItalia, also simply known as the Giro, is a long distance road bicycle race for professional cyclists held over three weeks in May or early June in and around Italy. ...
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