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Stage 8: Tortoreto Lido - Pesaro 239 km
« on: May 17, 2019, 12:56 »
Stage 8: Tortoreto Lido - Pesaro 239 km

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At 239 km, the longest Giro stage is divided into two distinct parts: it begins flat for 140 km, following the Adriatic coast, before taking in a succession of undulations and punchy climbs for the next 100 km, as far as the finish. The route takes in a dozen ascents, including 3 categorised climbs. After crossing the Monte San Bartolo, the final descent ends 3 km from the finish.

Tortoreto Lido is a lovely and attractive seaside town on the coast of the Adriatic Sea in the province of Teramo in the Abruzzo region. Its population is 11 783. Tortoreto is divided into three parts: the medieval town in the hills, the seafront resort, usually referred to as Tortoreto Lido and  three hamlets (Salino, Cavatassi, Terrabianca). Its origins are very old: in its territory there is also a Roman “Villa” that dates back to the 2nd century  B.C.

It was included in the 2011 Giro. The race set off to a punchy arrival in Castelfidardo, where John Gadret outgunned Joaquim Rodríguez and Alberto Contador.

The Monte della Mattera is crested at kilometre 168.5 after a 10 kilometres climb with an average gradient of almost 4%.

 Following the Mattera climb the route is hardly ever flat. The last 35 kilometres in particular are demanding with roads going either up or down. The Monteluro climb and the Gabicce Monte stand out, respectively crested at kilometre 203.7 and at kilometre 214.9.

On undulating roads the route continues to a technical descent of approximately 7 kilometres to Pesaro. The riders reach the seaside town inside the last 3 kilometres before a final run-in on the flat. The home straight is 250 m long, on 7m wide asphalt road.

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