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Giro 2020 - Stage 13: Cervia – Monselice 192 km
« on: October 15, 2020, 18:34 »
Stage 13: Cervia – Monselice 192 km

The 13th stage travels over the Po Plain to a finale in the Euganean Hills. The last 30 kilometres take in two short and sharp climbs before the last 11 kilometres are played out on the flat. At 192 kilometres, the route leads from Cervia to Monselice.

Cervia was the fist place in Italy to host the Ironman Triathlon and now the Giro d’Italia sets off from the town on the Adriatic Sea. The riders cross the Po Plain in the direction of the Alps. Not to enter the high mountains just yet. In contrast, the course of the first 155 kilometres are as flat as it gets. The only points of interest being the two intermediate sprints of Rovigo and Galzignano Terme.

The tricky finale of the 13th stage is played out in the Euganean Hills. Rising up abruptly to heights of 300 to 600 metres northwest of Monselice, these volcanic phenomena form the picturesque backdrop for two climbs that could shake up the race. At 34 km to go the first climb of the day starts. Il Roccolo (GPM4, 4.1 km at 8.3%) is a serious climb, with a very steep ramp at 20% near the beginning and a final km at over 11% average.

Its top is at 30 km to go, and after a pretty fast descent the peloton will only face 4 km of flat before entering the second and last climb of the day, a total of 14 kilometres.
Calaone is a 2.1 kilometres climb at 9.8%.

The route then descends onto the pan-flat. The descent is very fast and on wide roads, to the town of Este, from which only 12 km remain to reach Monselice.


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