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Stage 13 - Reggio Emilia › Tortona 167km
« on: May 02, 2017, 19:47 »
Giro d'Italia Stage 13 - Reggio Emilia  ›  Tortona 167km

After yesterday's boring sprint/win from the break, we get back into the big mountains and this is a real doozy.

From the official blurb - The route is completely flat ends with a monster of a climb, and passes through the entire Po Valley. The stage finale, past Casteggio, follows the traditional Milan-Sanremo route. After leaving Reggio Emilia, the route first heads for Cavriago, and then (past Montecchio Emilia) goes back onto the ss. 9 “Via Emilia” leading to Piacenza following a straight course. Past Piacenza, the route takes the former Statale Padana Inferiore all the way to the finish, passing through several cities that have been featured in many Giro stages, and in the Milan-Sanremo finale. Arrival in Tortona, as the Giro did in 1989. The final kilometres are essentially straight, with just a few roundabouts along the route. There is one last bend (on a roundabout) approx. 500 m before the finish. The home straight is 450 m long, on 7.5-m wide asphalt road.





We often complain about certain races have wildly over exaggerated profiles. Well the Giro with typical Italian contrariness has gone the other way and hidden a climb within this profile.

Look closely. No, closer. Closer still. You see it?

The final climb start at Piacenza and ends nearly 76 kilometres later. :o

Total height gain 56 metres at an average gradient of 0.074% :o

This includes a couple of downhill sections. :o

It's a shame they are not riding it the other way for the descender's competition. :o
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