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Giro 2020 - Stage 19: Morbegno – Asti 253 km
« on: October 23, 2020, 06:58 »
Stage 19: Morbegno – Asti 253 km

The longest stage of this edition comes on the last Friday and it’s pan flat. At 253 kilometres, the riders race from Morbegno to Asti without any substantial elevation gain. Basically it's only function is to link two massive mountain stages and to offer a carrot to the weary sprinters remaining in the race.



The route runs along the western side of Lake Como and crosses the Po Valley for a fast finishers showdown in Asti. The first intermediate sprint is in Vigevano, at km 145, while the second one is in Masio, at only 26 km from the finish.



The last time that the Giro finished in Asti was in 2003. Unlike this year’s race, that was a very short stage of 117 kilometres. Alessandro Petacchi took the spoils. Asti will see its fifth Giro stage finish in 2020.
Even the run in looks to be one of little technical difficulty.




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    Stage 19: Morbegno – Asti 253 km

    The longest stage of this edition comes on the last Friday and it’s pan flat. At 253 kilometres, the riders race from Morbegno to Asti without any substantial elevation gain. Basically it's only function is to link two massive mountain stages and to offer a carrot to the weary sprinters remaining in the race.
    It's a transfer - only that instead of in team buses, it happens on the bikes. :shh
    Any sprinters left in the race apart from #ciclamino Démare and #bora Sagan? I half-expect Sagan to go in the breakaway.

    This just in: The riders refused to start the stage because of the rain & cold - so the first 100-110 km of the stage will now happen not on the bikes, but in the team buses :lol
    https://twitter.com/laflammerouge16/status/1319552718608998401
    https://twitter.com/laflammerouge16/status/1319555641711656960
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    The madness continues ... nobody told the bus drivers, and they were already on the way to the finish! :S

    https://twitter.com/laflammerouge16/status/1319563139445411840
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     Stage reduced to just 133kms.

    So this weekend, instead tackling 450kms and 6,000 metres of serious climbing, they ride just 310kms and 3,500 metres of low gradient climbing before Milan.

    Still, if it's what the riders want, why should we complain?

    I genuinely think at some point, not too far in the future, all racing will gradually transfer to virtual platforms.
    I would never consider watching, but I think younger generations brought up on gaming would happily log in.

    Not much point in having stage threads either. fed up of having to alter the damn things. :angry
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    Yes - not dissimilar from Bernal being gifted the Tour re last two stages pre Paris last year in Pre Covid times


    Racing without the scenery?      :S
     
    Think e.sports will continue to grow and yes some might make 'Road' careers without stepping outside; but hopefully an underground cadre will still meet to race the real monuments old school style!  :cool
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    Half of the tent was probably just taking shelter from the rain, and didn't understand any English anyway.

    On the other hand, there are a bit too many voices claiming they were against the shortening now, given that only two teams voted that way. The truth is probably somewhere in between
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