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Giro 2020 - Stage 2: Alcamo – Agrigento 149 km
« on: October 02, 2020, 15:21 »
Stage 2: Alcamo – Agrigento 149 km

The 2nd stage of the Giro d'Italia is a lumpy race of 150 kilometres long. The race starts in Sicily’s interior of following on hilly opening phase the route continues towards the coast.



The stage starts in Alcamo and features tough terrain from the get-go, with four consecutive short climbs that are not hard but will definitely favour the formation of a strong break of the day.



After almost 40 kilometres there are KOM points available in Santa Ninfa atop a 4 kilometres climb at 4%.



The route then descends into Castelvetrano and for ten of kilometres the route travels along Sicily’s south coast. The last part of the race is more bumpy. The riders move through Porte Empedocle (intermediate sprint) to continue onto the finish climb.
The riders will approach the “Valle dei Templi”, the Valley of the Temples, one of the most famous landmarks of the island. It is not a valley, but a ridge that from the sea goes up to the hill where Agrigento sits.



Agrigento is a city with a long history on the southern coast of Sicily. It was one of the leading cities in Ancient Greece, although it was named different then – Akragas. The city is build on a hill, which shows in the finale of stage 2.






Sicily weather for Sunday.


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  • « Last Edit: October 04, 2020, 08:27 by Mellow Velo »
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    Last time a stage of the Giro finished in Agrigento was in 2008. Bettini was dropped when Purito attacked under the flamme rouge back then, but it came back together for a little sprint, won by Ricco ahead of di Luca.





    Today's finale is not using exactly the same roads (or just parts of it), but apart from that it is very similar
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    well, it wasn't quite like 2008, but a decent enough finish for the 2nd day. Ulissi delivered. Matthews not quite. Honoré the surprise of the day



    I really struggled with the camera work though, especially as there seemed to be huge offset between the helicopter and the moto/stationary cameras. It felt like jumping 50m up/down the road in one cut
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