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Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
« on: May 04, 2019, 17:19 »
Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca

May 11th


The Emilia-Romagna Region will kick off the 2019 Giro d’Italia. Stage 1 is a short but punchy ITT, with the first 6km flat and the final 2km very steep. After riding through Bologna city centre on wide open roads, the San Luca climb awaits: 2.1km on a 9.7% average inclination with long stretches over 10-12%, peaking at 16% with around 1km to go.


The closing phases of the stage are very demanding: 2100 metres before the finish, the route takes a sharp U-turn to the right, and the climb to San Luca begins. The climb alternates sharp ramps (up to 16%) and short lengths with 8-9% gradients. The roadway is narrowed and runs along an arcade, climbing all the way to the sanctuary. The road reaches the maximum gradient after the first pass under the cloister, by a double curve (“le Orfanelle”). The home straight is short (90 m), and the finish line sits on 5 m tarmac.


The time limit for the stage is set at 30%, so it may not only be a thrilling fight for the win, but for some others maybe also one to make it any further than day 1. #androni matteo Pelucchi may be happy to watch it on tv instead ;)
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #1 on: May 10, 2019, 12:00 »
    Some of the big names going early by the looks of it

    https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/1126792560033304576
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #2 on: May 10, 2019, 12:11 »
    basically all apart from Yates, yeah.

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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #3 on: May 10, 2019, 12:27 »
    So it's that climb. This could get interesting.   ;)

    I can't believe it's been ten years already.  I bet some legs are still hurting from the last time.

    https://twitter.com/inrng/status/1126764622881574913

    Now I'm curious as to what sort of bike setup the riders will be going with.
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #4 on: May 10, 2019, 12:35 »
    basically all apart from Yates, yeah.

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    So, it's pretty much done and dusted after 45 minutes or so, but for Mollema, Bilbao and Yates.
    There are 80 odd minutes between those last two, as well.
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #5 on: May 10, 2019, 12:47 »
    So, it's pretty much done and dusted after 45 minutes or so, but for Mollema, Bilbao and Yates.
    There are 80 odd minutes between those last two, as well.

    I'm a bit surprised race organiser still allow the teams to decide when the riders go. I'd have thought by now they would have got to the point of saying that the rider with the race number that finishes with a 1 is the last off from the team, 2 the penultimate rider from the team etc.
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #6 on: May 10, 2019, 16:02 »
    I'm a bit surprised race organiser still allow the teams to decide when the riders go. I'd have thought by now they would have got to the point of saying that the rider with the race number that finishes with a 1 is the last off from the team, 2 the penultimate rider from the team etc.
    That is indeed the usual practice.
    Normally, if a rider wants to ride the prologue/opening ITT as the first from his team, he'll have to take the highest number, and the rider with the 1 starts last - it's done that way in Sibiu.

    The only reason not to do it the same way at the Giro is that not all team leaders would wear the number finishing with 1.
    Which they don't in the first place if a team has two co-leaders, or a climber and a sprinter ... :S
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #7 on: May 10, 2019, 17:36 »
    So it's that climb. This could get interesting.   ;)

    ...

    Now I'm curious as to what sort of bike setup the riders will be going with.

    I think the best riders will use TT bikes. The course looks like a shorter version of the Bergen worlds course and  Dumoulin, Froome and Roglic all used TT bikes in Bergen if I remember correctly (somewhere I have pictures but they mysteriously disappeared off my hard disk).

    If I remember correctly, Nelson Oliveira was the first rider to finish with a standard road bike (bike swap), ending in 4th - and that is probably his best ITT ever. 

    PS: Just noticed that Bob Jungels came in almost 2 minutes behind Dumoulin that day. The course isn't as long as in Bergen, so that could mean a minute here if the strength of both riders remain propotionally the same.
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #8 on: May 10, 2019, 18:24 »
    I have asked some guys I came across here over the past days, and from TT specialst (Campenaerts) to climber (Yates, Brambilla, Mollema; O'Connor) everyone said that a bike change is not an option for tomorrow. The potential benefits would be minimal, and the risk for something to go wrong too high.

    Initially I had planed to chill at the start a bit and try to find a way up the climb later on by the way, but all those big guns starting early saw that plans changed of course... Meanwhile I have found a bus that brings me to the foot of the backside of the climb early on, but the Tripadvisor rating of that little, steep path up there says you should "bring good shoes, and better be in shape".

    Needless to say, I fulfill neither of those requirements :D. So let's see how it goes tomorrow... let's hope it'll stay dry at least (:
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #9 on: May 10, 2019, 18:41 »
    Recon someones GC race Will be over already after tomorrow
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #10 on: May 10, 2019, 18:58 »
    Recon someones GC race Will be over already after tomorrow

    Depending on the conditions, it sounds like it could be search's.  :P
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #11 on: May 11, 2019, 10:59 »
    Interesting about the big guns going early. And Nibali.
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #12 on: May 11, 2019, 11:21 »
    Recon someones GC race Will be over already after tomorrow

    I'd be surprised if a few GC races weren't over, come Thursday of this week, given the next few days weather forecast.
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #13 on: May 11, 2019, 19:33 »
    Wonder what happened with Dumoulin? Surprisingly bad result for him. Nibali, Yates, both surprisingly good. Roglic - well - 'nuff said!
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #14 on: May 11, 2019, 20:32 »
    so, in the end it was only #nippo Hiroki Nishimura's Giro that ended today.



    was he shown on TV? He actually almost fell off the bike with 1k to go already.

    Personally I must admit that I came to a standstill as well every now and then though, but I definitely had to deal with way rougher surface on that other side of the climb...



    But was rewarded with a nice view :)



    The atmosphere was great as well, same as the weather, and some pictures I took actually didn't turn out to be too bad either:





    and I especially like the strange focus one of #katusha Jenthe Biermans in lighning speed



    He finished 133rd btw :P
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #15 on: May 11, 2019, 21:25 »
    I imagine Rogla, Nibali, López will be more happy than anyone else, Yates too.

    Dumo I suspect isn’t in the shape to compete.
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #16 on: May 12, 2019, 00:48 »
    The atmosphere was great as well, same as the weather, and some pictures I took actually didn't turn out to be too bad either.

    Daaaaamn, search. You got yourself positioned right at the hairpin?!  :cool
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #18 on: May 12, 2019, 04:33 »
    I've been bangin' the drum (as it were) for some time about Roglic's form on the bike, and in particular his TT position. It always looks, to me, like the perfect blend of Man and Machine. Something about his physical geometry always reminds of Vinokourov—another rider who I thought fit his bike perfectly.






    Primoz was primo yet again today, and obviously put a very strong stamp on the race right out of the gate—literally. As soon as he hit the climb, his unyielding cadence said it all, really. And it makes one wonder just what the likes of Doumolin and others are thinking by staying tucked into their aero position on such an aggressive hill.

    I mean, what do I know, but it just seems that at some point, power and leverage would certainly have to take precedence over pure, mathematical aerodynamics.

    Get out of the saddle, for cryin' out loud!!!  :D

    When Roglic grabbed those bullhorns and stomped the pedals up that climb, he seemed in a league all his own. And, as it turned out, he was.

    The big question now—it goes without saying—is how long can he hold that form?

    But that's why we watch, isn't it?  :)
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    Re: Stage 1: Bologna › San Luca
    « Reply #19 on: May 12, 2019, 23:24 »
    I'm going to try to keep track of these as we go along. Plus, I really the soundtrack.  :cool

    Stage 1 Highlights


    Some cool footage here, too.
    Stage 1 Behind the scenes
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