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Giro d'Italia - Stage Previews & Discussion - Week 1


Stage Type / Difficulty Date Start / Finish Distance
1      #tt   :*:*      Sat. 08/05      Torino - Torino TISSOT ITT      8.6 km
2      #flat   :*      Sun. 09/05      Stupinigi (Nichelino) - Novara      179 km
3      #med   :*:*:*      Mon. 10/05      Biella - Canale      190 km
4      #med   :*:*:*      Tue. 11/05      Piacenza - Sestola      187 km
5      #flat   :*      Wed. 12/05      Modena - Cattolica      177 km
6      #med   :*:*:*      Thu. 13/05      Grotte di Frasassi - Ascoli Piceno      160 km
7      #flat   :*:*      Fri. 14/05      Notaresco - Termoli      181 km
8      #med   :*:*:*      Sat. 15/05      Foggia - Guardia Sanframondi      170 km
9      #mountain   :*:*:*:*      Sun. 16/05      Castel di Sangro - Campo Felice      158 km
10      #flat   :*:*      Mon. 17/05      L'Aquila - Foligno      139 km
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    Stage 1: Torino – Torino 8.6 km ITT

    Saturday, May 8th, 14.00 CEST



    The Giro returns to Turin for the first Grande Partenza in the city since the celebrations of the 150th anniversary in 2011 of the unification of Italy. On that occasion, the race also began with a time trial, twice the distance of Saturday's and won by an Italian: Marco Pinotti.
    Unlike on that occasion, this 8.6km time trial takes place entirely within the city, which is bound to turn it's centre into a pink extravaganza.



    Technical info
    A short ITT on urban roads around the Po. Starting from Piazza Castello, the route runs along the river all the way to and across the Parco del Valentino on undulating roads (intermediate time recording at the Borgo Medievale at the 3.7km mark.), The course crosses the Po River via the Ponte Balbis, where the riders will reach the longest, straight section on the course. This leads along the Corso Casale all the way to the finish next to the Church of Gran Madre di Dio, beneath the Superga hill. When leaving the Parco del Valentino, the route passes through a short and well-lit tunnel.



    The course may be flat, but it is far from flat, which means riders will have their handling skills tested as well as having to slow and then accelerate back up to cruising speed before they get the benefit of the long straight into the finish.



    The course in central Turin is perfect for riders who can push a big gear.



    So, who will be the man to don the first Maglia Rosa of the 2021 Giro?
    Well, until mid March, that question would have seemed easy to answer:  #rainbow, Filippo Ganna.
    However, he has now lost three consecutive tests and one of the men who beat him is here: Remi Cavagna  #deceuninck. Yet I suspect that Ineos's big engine has been saving everything for this day.
    In 2019, Remco Evenepoel  #deceuninck outgunned Filippo Ganna in both the European and World Championships time trialing. But there is a big question mark hovering over his head.
    Watch this space, as they say.

    Favourites 1st stage 2021 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* Filippo Ganna
    :*:*:*:* Remco Evenepoel, Rémi Cavagna
    :*:*:* João Almeida, Jan Tratnik
    :*:* Patrick Bevin, Alex Dowsett, Victor Campenaerts
    :* Nelson Oliveira, Tobias Foss, Will Barta

    Torino

     Turin is the capital city of Piedmont and of the Metropolitan City of Turin, and was the first Italian capital from 1861 to 1865. The population of the city proper is 847,033 (31 January 2021)[5] while the population of the urban area is estimated by Eurostat to be 1.7 million inhabitants.
    The city has a rich culture and history, being known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, opera houses, piazzas, parks, gardens, theatres, libraries, museums and other venues. Turin is well known for its Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-classical, and Art Nouveau architecture.
    Turin's attractions make it one of the world's top 250 tourist destinations and the tenth most visited city in Italy in 2008.
    Best known to cycling fans worldwide is the Basilica of Superga.








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    would love to see Evenapol take this - but I agree with the OP ... I just dont see anyone beating Ganna this time around.
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    Ganna's Pink performances:
    Monreale ITT 58.831kph
    Turin ITT 58.748kph
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    really some strong showing there from Ganna. Didn't really expect that after last week, but seems like he just peaked perfectly

    Split times for Top 30 + some GC guys:

    RANK NAME  INT FIN
    1 #ineos GANNA Filippo 03:59.3 (01.) <- 04:48.2 -> (01.) 08:47.5
    2 #jumbo AFFINI Edoardo 04:01.1 (02.) <- 04:56.4 -> (03.) 08:57.5
    3 #jumbo FOSS Tobias S. 04:05.7 (10.) <- 04:54.4 -> (02.) 09:00.1
    4 #deceuninck ALMEIDA Joao 04:05.0 (09.) <- 04:59.8 -> (05.) 09:04.9
    5 #deceuninck CAVAGNA Remi 04:06.5 (11.) <- 04:58.5 -> (04.) 09:05.0
    6 #jumbo VAN EMDEN Jos 04:02.5 (04.) <- 05:03.3 -> (08.) 09:05.9
    7 #deceuninck EVENEPOEL Remco 04:03.0 (05.) <- 05:03.5 -> (09.) 09:06.5
    8 #qhubeka WALSCHEID Max 04:01.4 (03.) <- 05:05.5 -> (11.) 09:06.9
    9 #israel BRANDLE Matthias 04:06.8 (13.) <- 05:03.1 -> (07.) 09:09.9
    10 #ineos MOSCON Gianni 04:08.5 (25.) <- 05:02.2 -> (06.) 09:10.8
    11 #astana VLASOV Aleksandr 04:06.6 (12.) <- 05:05.1 -> (10.) 09:11.7
    12 #ef BETTIOL Alberto 04:03.1 (06.) <- 05:10.1 -> (26.) 09:13.2
    13 #ineos CASTROVIEJO Jonathan 04:05.0 (08.) <- 05:09.8 -> (24.) 09:14.8
    14 #israel DOWSETT Alex 04:07.4 (16.) <- 05:07.4 -> (14.) 09:14.8
    15 #bora BODNAR Maciej 04:08.2 (22.) <- 05:07.0 -> (13.) 09:15.2
    16 #movistar OLIVEIRA Nelson 04:08.5 (24.) <- 05:08.2 -> (16.) 09:16.7
    16 #uae ULISSI Diego 04:07.6 (18.) <- 05:09.1 -> (20.) 09:16.7
    18 #lotto KLUGE Roger 04:07.1 (15.) <- 05:10.3 -> (27.) 09:17.4
    19 #israel DE MARCHI Alessandro 04:08.1 (21.) <- 05:09.7 -> (23.) 09:17.8
    20 #astana FELLINE Fabio 04:09.7 (32.) <- 05:08.5 -> (18.) 09:18.2
    21 #qhubeka POZZOVIVO Domenico 04:09.7 (31.) <- 05:08.8 -> (19.) 09:18.4
    22 #uae CONTI Valerio 04:10.6 (42.) <- 05:08.1 -> (15.) 09:18.6
    23 #bahrain TRATNIK Jan 04:12.3 (57.) <- 05:06.8 -> (12.) 09:19.1
    23 #qhubeka CAMPENAERTS Victor 04:09.2 (28.) <- 05:09.9 -> (25.) 09:19.1
    25 #bahrain CARUSO Damiano 04:08.7 (26.) <- 05:11.0 -> (32.) 09:19.7
    26 #jumbo DEKKER David 04:04.8 (07.) <- 05:15.0 -> (45.) 09:19.8
    27 #deceuninck HONORE Mikkel 04:10.6 (45.) <- 05:09.5 -> (21.) 09:20.1
    28 #astana BATTISTELLA Samuele 04:10.6 (43.) <- 05:09.7 -> (22.) 09:20.2
    29 #uae FORMOLO Davide 04:10.1 (35.) <- 05:10.4 -> (28.) 09:20.5
    30 #astana SOBRERO Matteo 04:09.5 (30.) <- 05:11.3 -> (33.) 09:20.8
       
    32 #ineos SIVAKOV Pavel 04:11.0 (51.) <- 05:10.5 -> (29.) 09:21.5
    33 #ineos MARTINEZ Dani 04:14.8 (76.) <- 05:08.3 -> (17.) 09:23.2
       
    35 #ef CARTHY Hugh John 04:12.7 (65.) <- 05:12.4 -> (36.) 09:25.1
    36 #bahrain BILBAO Pello 04:13.8 (69.) <- 05:11.4 -> (34.) 09:25.2
    37 #bikeexchange YATES Simon 04:10.8 (46.) <- 05:14.4 -> (42.) 09:25.2
       
    40 #ineos BERNAL Egan 04:10.4 (38.) <- 05:15.8 -> (47.) 09:26.2
       
    50 #trek NIBALI Vincenzo 04:12.6 (60.) <- 05:15.6 -> (46.) 09:28.2
       
    52 #jumbo BENNETT George 04:10.9 (48.) <- 05:17.4 -> (56.) 09:28.3
       
    56 #movistar SOLER Marc 04:10.2 (36.) <- 05:18.9 -> (68.) 09:29.1
       
    73 #dsm HINDLEY Jai 04:14.7 (75.) <- 05:19.0 -> (70.) 09:33.7
       
    77 #bahrain LANDA MEANA Mikel 04:15.7 (85.) <- 05:20.4 -> (77.) 09:36.2
       
    91 #dsm BARDET Romain 04:17.9 (109.) <- 05:21.3 -> (82.) 09:39.2
       
    104 #bora BUCHMANN Emanuel 04:16.1 (89.) <- 05:26.6 -> (119.) 09:42.7
       
    108 #israel MARTIN Daniel 04:22.6 (140.) <- 05:21.5 -> (86.) 09:44.2
       
    175 #androni CEPEDA Jefferson 04:30.5 (175.) <- 05:44.9 -> (172.) 10:15.3
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     I don't know why riders are left to do this when in a Grand Tour.
    They have to deal with all the obstacles one now associates with urban areas. That's bad enough, huge cities are even more hazardous.
    It's asking for trouble.

    I'll put stage 2 up in a while. It's such an interesting stage, there's bound to be loads to discuss. :fp  :D
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    Stage 2: Stupinigi – Novara 179 km

    Sunday, May 9th, 12.40 CEST


    The race starts near the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi, which is a huge hunting lodge some 10 kilometres outside Turin’s city centre, traverses the Po valley to Novara.



    Technical info
    The stage is flat, with just a few undulations in the central section. The route runs along the roads of the hinterland of Turin, reaches the Asti area and takes in a few short ascents (KOM points are awarded at Montechiaro d’Asti GPM4, 1.8 km at 5.5%). In the second section, the stage follows flat, wide and straight roads until the finish.





    Final kilometres
    The final kilometres are completely flat, with a few roundabouts and one last right-hander approx. 1,500 m before the finish. In the closing kilometre, the road is wide, undulating a little as the route crosses an underpass, and narrowing briefly with 700 m to go, owing to a roundabout. The finish line sits on tarmac.



    What to expect:
    The 2nd stage is not the flattest of the Giro, but still, it is an ideal opportunity for the sprinters to have it their way. Heading to Novara, we also have the Montechiaro d'Asti, a short climb of just under 2km where the fight between the breakaway (presumably) for the first KOM jersey will take place.

    Favourites 2nd stage 2021 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* Caleb Ewan #lotto
    :*:*:*:* Tim Merlier  #alpecin Elia Viviani  #cofidis
    :*:*:* , Dylan Groenewegen  #jumbo Giacomo Nizzolo  #qhubeka
    :*:* Peter Sagan  #bora Fernando Gaviria  #uae
    :* Max Kanter  #dsm David Dekker  #jumbo Matteo Moschetti  #trek Max Walscheid  #qhubeka

    Stupinigi (Nichelino)
    Nichelino is a city with a population of 50,752 located in the Metropolitan Area of Turin.
    The territory exploded with the economic boom under the push of the massive immigration attracted by the FIAT group.

    Novara
    Novara is a city rich in traditions, history and artistic masterpieces. Its true soul emerges in the historic centre, which revolves around the Basilica of San Gaudenzio and that daring structure that dominates everything, and that every­one looks at: Alessandro Antonelli’s Dome.





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    Stage 2: Stupinigi – Novara 179 km
    Doesn't look like a stage where I'll miss much if I only watch the sprint ...
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    Doesn't look like a stage where I'll miss much if I only watch the sprint ...

    Guess what? You didn't. :D Literally nothing of note happened until the final sprint where either Juan Sebastián Molano or Max Richeze put their team leader, Fernando Gaviria into the barriers. :fp

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    tomorrow should be more fun, at least the latter part :)
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    Stage 3: Biella – Canale 190 km

    Monday, May 10th, 12.20 CEST


    The 3rd stage of the Giro d'Italia is a 190 kilometres race to Canale. The roads are flat, wide and straight forn well over 100kms, all the way to Asti. Starting in Canelli, the route becomes wavier and takes in three categorised climbs, with sharp gradients at point.



    Things tend to tilt upwards in the last 70 kilometres.



    A series of three hills within 30 kilometres are the first indication, but this is still a long way out.



    Past Alba, there is a steep climb with double-digit gradients in Guarene.



    Final kilometres
    The stage finale is fairly complex. The route takes in a short, punchy climb up to Occhetti, with 5 km out, and then levels out until Canale. Four wide bends in the final kilometre lead all the way to the home straight, on tarmac road and on a slight incline.



    What to expect:
    Stage three does feature some short but sharp ramps which should ensure that there is a battle to get into the breakaway, for those precious mountain points.
    After winning stage one of the Tour de Romandie which also featured some ramps, Peter Sagan will have this one bookmarked.
    Expect him to use his team to try to put the purest sprinters into difficulty. I expect an animated last hour or so of racing.

    Favourites 3rd stage 2021 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:*  Peter Sagan  #bora, Giacomo Nizzolo  #qhubeka
    :*:*:*:* Caleb Ewan  #lotto, Andrea Venrame  #ag2r, Diego Ulissi  #uae, Patrick Bevin  #israel, Andrea Pasqualon  #iwg
    :*:*:* Gianni Moscon  #ineos, Rémi Cavagna  #deceuninck, Matej Mohoric  #bahrain
    :*:* Fabio Felline  #astana, Enrico Battaglin  #bardiani, Gianni Vermeersch  #alpecin
    :* Juan Sebastián Molano  #uae, Jasper De Buyst  #lotto

    Biella

    Biella is one of the chief towns of Piedmont and it is situated at the foothills of Biella Alps.



    Canale

    Canale has always been a hub between the city of Asti, that founded the town of Canale.
    On these hills, whether they are Langhe, Roero or Monferrato, we cannot talk about gastronomy without mentioning the rarest and most precious product: tuber magnatum pico, the famous white truffle, which in nearby Alba has its “headquarters” with the International Fair that takes place in autumn.






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    I might even give a star to Evenepoel.

    Deceuninck has no sprinter, so I'm expecting attacks certainly from Cavagna (if he doesn't get dropped), Frøllicks and maybe Remco. He picked up some bonuses today and while he's still full of joie de vivre velo on his return to racing, why not pull a fast one on a reduced peloton?
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    the weather seems likely to be pretty bad as well. Could spice things up nicely
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    the weather seems likely to be pretty bad as well. Could spice things up nicely

    If not tomorrow, then Tuesday. Looks like it's going to pour down.
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    I might even give a star to Evenepoel.

    Deceuninck has no sprinter, so I'm expecting attacks certainly from Cavagna (if he doesn't get dropped), Frøllicks and maybe Remco. He picked up some bonuses today and while he's still full of joie de vivre velo on his return to racing, why not pull a fast one on a reduced peloton?

    Remi Cavagna is a true ace on dry roads flat, sideways, going up a little bit, round a turn et cetera.
    Remi Cavagna on a solo attack, descending, on a day with wet, slippery roads is potentially drunk driving disastrous  :o

    A couple of dry conditions examples of his legendary descending skills here:

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    A key point for today's Route: intermediate sprint in Canelli is at 14:58 and the first hill climb of some serious proportions (to the Piancanelli) start quite immediately afterwards, scheduled to be done in approx 15 minutes.  That was the fastest alternative schedule, the slow one is about 15 minutes later at this point.
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     No way they were catching him, Taco was full of beans today.
     Wanty had the winning recipe and that stage wrapped up.

    https://twitter.com/IntermarcheWG/status/1391769390568312836
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    Giro 2021:- Stage 4: Piacenza – Sestola 186 km

    Tuesday, May 11th, 12.05 CEST

    Starting from Piacenza, the riders will head south-east, initially following the Via Emilia until Parma and then heading into the Appennines, after 75 kilometres.



    Beginning with a gentle ascent to the intermediate sprint of Canossa, the road then heads upwards to Rossena, where the serious climbing begins.



    Technical Info:
    A very demanding medium mountain stage with potential GC implications, the route takes in a brace of ascents (including two categorised climbs: Castello di Carpineti GPM3, 3.5 km at 8.6% and Montemolino GPM3, 8.6 km at 5.7%), with gradients exceeding 10% at points, on relatively narrow roads.



    At 24 km to go another climb starts, uncategorized: Montecreto (3.7 km at 7.8%). Past Montecreto and Fanano, the route takes in the Colle Passerino climb, which ends at 2 km out.



    Final kilometres
    The last 6 km are very demanding. Starting in Fanano, the Colle Passerino climb runs on narrow roadway, with gradients exceeding 10% over extended stretches, and lengthy peaks topping out at 13-14%. At the ‑2 km mark, the road descends for approx. 800 metres and then rises again with easy gradients. The route runs on undulating, while the finish sits on tarmac.



    What to expect:
    Stage four is the first of the mountain stages and features 3000 metres of climbing to Sestola. With up and down terrain for the final 100km, the race may be difficult for the peloton to control and we will most likely see a string of attacks. The final ascent, the Colle Passerino, is 4.3km and at a very tough gradient of 9.5%.
    If all this wasn't hard enough, so early in the race, the weather is forecast to be very wet, which will make the many descents extremely testing.
    So, I think this is a stage for the hunter/chancer, with the GC favourites probably opting for safety first. However, after state of play after stage 3, there are few obvious suspect far enough down on GC.

    Favourites 4th stage 2021 Giro d’Italia
    Ooooh errrrr mmmmm

    :*:*:*:*:* Thomas De Gendt,
    :*:*:*:* Simon Carr, Felix Großschartner, Jan Tratnik
    :*:*:* Kobe Goossens, Pello Bilbao, Davide Formolo, Bauke Mollema, Romain Bardet
    :*:* Simon Yates, Remco Evenepoel, João Almeida
    :* Matthias Brändle, Giovanni Visconti

    Piacenza
    Located at the junction of four different regions, on the southern bank of the river Po, the city is the gate of Emilia, surrounded by the hills and mountains of the Apennines. The heart of the historical town lies in its main square.



    Sestola
    Sestola, a renowned winter tourist resort that is easily accessible from Modena, Pistoia and Bologna. The municipal area beyond Lake Ninfa and Passo del Lupo is part of the High Modenese Apennine Regional Park.


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    This may be un-understandably off topic to some, but do I get to decide on the soundtrack?  :angel



    or



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    Literally nothing of note happened until the final sprint where either Juan Sebastián Molano or Max Richeze put their team leader, Fernando Gaviria into the barriers. :fp
    And as a reward, the team won't give him a new contract ... :fp

    Frøllicks
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       Virtual GC after Stage 4:
     Vlasov, Evenepoel +4, Carthy +14, Bernal +15 Landa +25, Yates +25, Pozzovivo +41, Martin +44, Sivakov +44, Nibali +51, Soler +52, Buchmann +1:05....................








    ................Almeida 4:14 :fp
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    It was another wet day for the riders on stage four of the Giro d’Italia 2021 and for the first couple of hours it look possible that we wouldn't get to see anything of the stage. Apparently it was quite the bun fight to get in the break of the day.
    Ineos couldn't be arsed to chase and went as far as to have the Maglia Rosa do much of the donkey work. The second half of the stage turned out to be every bit as tough as expected, with the cold and sodden conditions adding to the fatigue.
    Wanty made an early break for a second of glory, with Taaramäe and Hermans going on a double headed attack along with Juul-Jensen and right up until the very last few kms, the Estonian was wearing virtual pink. It was the eventual pink, De Marchi who chased hard on the final climb and caught the two out front, to rain on Rein's parade.
    Dombrowski dropped everyone and was able to then solo to the line for victory, but De Marchi kept the gap small enough to take second and the overall lead of the race.

    Behind, Landa was the first of the favourites to have a go on the attack, Vlasov followed, then Egan Bernal jumped across with Hugh Carthy  but there was no sign of race favourites Simon Yates or Remco Evenepoel. The Bernal group eventually finished 11 seconds ahead of the group containing Yates and Evenepoel to take a slim advantage on the first climbing day of the 2021 Giro.
    In the meantime, two GC contenders fell away: George Bennett suffered serious damage to his hopes, but worst of all, João Almeida, who lost over 4 minutes to his rivals and already appears out of contention.





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    Me again.

    Stage 5: Modena – Cattolica 175 km

    Wednesday, May 12th, 13.10 CEST




    Technical Info:

    A pan-flat stage running almost entirely along the ss. 9 Via Emilia, on straight and mostly wide roads. As the stage passes through several urban areas, roundabouts, traffic islands and street furniture will be found along the route. Lovely!



    Final kilometres
    The final kilometres are raced on city roads. A brace of roundabouts and bends (3 left-handers and one right-hander) leads into the home straight (approx. 900 m), on tarmac road.





    What to expect:
    Mass sprint all but a certainty. One for the pure sprinters, such as Ewan, Viviani, Tim Merlier and maybe even the returning Dylan Groenewegen.

    Favourites 5th stage 2021 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* Nobody stands this far out.
    :*:*:*:*  Tim Merlier, Elia Viviani
    :*:*:* Caleb Ewan, Dylan Groenewegen, Giacomo Nizzolo
    :*:* Fernando Gaviria, Matteo Moschetti, Peter Sagan
    :*  David Dekker, Max Kanter

    Modena
    Modena is a land of engines with big brands such as Ferrari, Maserati and Pagani and it has also long been known for its cuisine and is a long-standing status as a food capital. Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano and Aceto Balsamico di Modena. Need I say more?



    Cattolica
    Cattolica is located on the border between Romagna and Marche at the foot of Monte San Bartolo, it is a long standing seafaring and hospitality tradition.
    The “Miacetto” and the “Bilzulà” are traditional food speciailties of Cattolica. The first is a dried fruit oven cooked cake enriched with honey, cytrus peel, sugar and middling, without yeast.



    The “Bilzulà” was the livelihood of fishermen when they were at sea, a sort of
    bisciut-bread they brought with them during long fishing trips. Its doughnut shape was very useful because it was hung first to the belt of the trousers and then high in the hold to prevent a wave, carrying water in the bottom of the hull, soaked it.
    Interesting, no?


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    with another sprint approaching, a quick throwback to yesterday:

    Cimolai: (gt) "We didn't have the right gaps - says the Friulian who finished second - and I didn't even know that Van der Hoorn was still ahead of us. Luckily I didn't raise my arms , I never wanted to be remembered as one of those runners. I'm fine, but I would have preferred to be beaten second by Sagan or Viviani, than for letting someone win like that. I don't have many opportunities to win, in six days I'll become a dad . It was going to be a perfect day. The moral? We were chickens!"

    https://bici.pro/giro-italia/aleotti-stanco-battistella-stremato-i-due-volti-della-fatica/

    may be a bit of a "heat of the moment" kind of comment, though. They all have team radio now, so if there's really anyone to blame, then the #israel DS.

    And pictures of his heavily pregnant wife were all over his Instagram for the past months, so I was already wondering about his plans for the 2nd half of the Giro. I guess this confirms that he will spend them with the family.
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    What an absolute shiite stage.
    I gave up on this total snorefest 25kms out and went out, only to come back to total carnage and find one of the most attacking riders in the GC, down and seemingly out.

    Not sure whether Sivakov is unlucky, a poor bike handler, or a combination of both.
    Landa clearly hit the marshal, but the real problem is town centre sprint finishes and all the street furniture.

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    Landa clearly hit the marshal, but the real problem is town centre sprint finishes and all the street furniture.

    not that it makes much of a difference, but I actually think Dombrowski did, and thereby crashed into Landa. But yeah... really crap stage.

    Immediately after the stage Eisel came up with some "take time with 15k to go" ideas again, though, which I really don't see as a good solution either. Neither did Aldag on German ES, although he works for #bahrain
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    Stage 6: Grotte di Frasassi – Ascoli Piceno (S.Giacomo) 160 km

    Thursday, May 13th, 12.35 CEST




    Running almost entirely through the inland, across the Apennines, the stage is demanding in both course and profile. At 160 kilometres long, it features 3,400 vertical metres of climbing in several ascents, including two categorised climbs. The main obstacles along the course are the ones typically found in urban areas. The final climb is approx. 15 km long.



    The Climbs:
    At km 77, the road will go up to the first categorized climb of the day, a very serious one.
    Forca di Gualdo: GPM2, 10.4 km at 7.4%





    S.Giacomo: GPM2, 15.5km at 6.1%
    Surprisingly the longest climb of this Giro and it's on stage 6. It features a first 10 km section at 5.5% average, before ramping up for the last 5 km at 7.6%.



    Final Kilometres
    The final kilometres are entirely uphill. Past Ascoli Piceno, the route rises steadily for 10kms at around 5% up to Colle San Marco, before ramping up for the last 5 km at 7.6% all the way to the finish, on tarmac road.



    What to expect:
    The route is demanding, but not extremely tough. Chances are that the breakaway will get some leeway and fight for the stage honours.
    However should a GC rider feel like testing his rivals on the San Giacomo and we will see a different scenario develop.

    Favourites 6th stage 2021 Giro d’Italia(actually it's more like a pin in the startlist)

    :*:*:*:*:* .....................................
    :*:*:*:* Mikel Nieve, Felix Großschartner
    :*:*:* Thomas De Gendt, Gianluca Brambilla, Ruben Guerreiro
    :*:* Simon Yates, Daniel Martin, Egan Bernal, Romain Bardet, Bauke Mollema
    :* Jefferson Cepeda, Nicolas Roche, Matteo Fabbro, João Almeida, Valerio Conti

    Grotte di Frasassi

    The village of Genga is a small medieval castle built on the rock located in the heart of the Marche. Genga owes its national and international notoriety to Frasassi Caves, destination every year of hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world.



    Ascoli Piceno (San Giacomo)

    Ascoli Piceno is an Italian town of 46 677 inhabitants. The historic center is built almost entirely in travertine and in it there is the Renaissance. The city is located in the southern part of the Marche region and is 28 km from the Adriatic Sea. In the confluence area between the Tronto river and the Castellano torrent , surrounded on three sides by mountains , including the Ascension mountain , the San Marco hill and the mountain of flowers . Its territory is surrounded by two protected natural areas : the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga national park to the south and the Monti Sibillini national park to the north -west.




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    not that it makes much of a difference, but I actually think Dombrowski did, and thereby crashed into Landa. But yeah... really crap stage.

    Immediately after the stage Eisel came up with some "take time with 15k to go" ideas again, though, which I really don't see as a good solution either. Neither did Aldag on German ES, although he works for #bahrain

    That's a ridiculous idea as all it does is move the bun fight for position that causes many of the crashes to as much as 25kms out.  Where does it end? It makes the race a mockery.

    Anyhow, Sivakov confirmed out now by Ineos twitter. He has a shoulder injury.
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