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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.

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I'd tend to say Mollema deserves more than two stars. He mentioned this stage as a target he deliberately lost time for, and also that the team situation may develop more towards riding for Nibali if he stays up with the best over the weekend. So it could basically be one of his last chances to go for it.

For the GC guys, it'll be interesting to see if there's much of a selection. The final climb doesn't look overly hard to me. More like Dan Martin terrain. Maybe even Ulissi?
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    Where does it end? It makes the race a mockery.
    A stage will count for GC only if it has at least X metres of elevation, a mountaintop finish, or 2/3s of teams agree on it beforehand. Otherwise, everyone will get the same time as the stage winner. :P :S :fp
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    I'd tend to say Mollema deserves more than two stars. He mentioned this stage as a target he deliberately lost time for, and also that the team situation may develop more towards riding for Nibali if he stays up with the best over the weekend. So it could basically be one of his last chances to go for it.

    For the GC guys, it'll be interesting to see if there's much of a selection. The final climb doesn't look overly hard to me. More like Dan Martin terrain. Maybe even Ulissi?

    I would definitely add a star for him, now he's in the break!
    On the same theme, I was asked elsewhere why I hadn't included Hugh Carthy (lack of a sprint) and said if I had thought about in after Landa's crash I would add as a decent bet for the break and someone who can climb, Gino Mäder. ;) 
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     Another day in paradise for the fish, or a plod through purgatory for the peloton. More water in the Rai electrics than Michael Schär's bidon meant another day of long spells without race coverage. Fortunately, we got to see most of the action.
    The riders started out in sunshine on some testing terrain and the battle for the breakaway to some time to serve up 6, then finally 8 riders.
    Matej Mohorič worked tirelessly for young Gino Mäder resulting in those invaluable 12 winning seconds at the finish.
    Behind, the battle of the GC contenders saw last years runner up Hindley as the next challenger to fall by the wayside. A few others struggled, when Egan Bernal attacked and took Evenepoel, Ciccone and Dan Martin along for the ride.
    However, the greatest damage was done, not on a climb, but in the high valley, mid race. Here the wind blew and Ineos, in the shape of Ganna, and Castroviejo destroyed half the peloton and the maglia rosa in the process.


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    First *hu #rosa as #groupama Attila Valter takes the race lead! :)
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    Stage 7: Notaresco – Termoli 181 km
    Friday, May 14th, 12.50 CEST




    The riders travel from Notaresco to Termoli, a small town on the southern Adriatic coast that’s famous for its beaches, fortifications and narrow streets.
    A flat start, then a hilly middle to the stage with a flat finale. After a short stretch in the hinterland, the route follows the Adriatic coast up to Chieti (KOM). A brace of bends and undulations then leads back onto the coast, all the way to Termoli.



    The Catagorised Climb:



    Final kilometres
    The last 3 km are raced on urban roads. After leaving the coastal road, the route takes in a 200 m kick with 10-12% gradients, and then continues on a slight incline all the way to the finish. The route takes in a few sharp bends, and narrows briefly at the ‑800 m mark, eventually merging onto the home straight on tarmac road.





    What to expect:
    With the hardest climbs in the first part of the stage, around Chieti, with more than 100 kilometres remaining, a sprint finish is the most probable outcome in a race. With only the single climb counting in the KoM competition, expect there to be a modest breakaway.
    However, an uphill kick of 12% appears inside the last 2 kilometres, which will surely stir up a chancer or two, who will try to upset the sprint outcome.

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    Notaresco is a town and comune in the Teramo province in the Abruzzo region of eastern central Italy. It has population of just under 3000. The layout of the town is typical of a medieval settlement which includes thick city walls accompanied by high and narrow windows.



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    Termoli is the main coastal town in Molise. It stretches over ten kilometres of coastline and is undeniably one of the key urban areas in the region thanks to its economy, which focuses on three core areas: tourism, industry and fishing. The town is home to about 33 000 people, and its main feature is the old quarter which looks out over the wide “Sant’Antonio” beach from the top of a fortified promontory.


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    then a hilly middle to the stage with a flat finale. After a short stretch in the hinterland, the route follows the Adriatic coast up to Chieti (KOM). A brace of bends and undulations then leads back onto the coast, all the way to Termoli.

    any chance for a team like #bora Bora to try to drop the sprinters in that part? It wouldn't be the first time they try something like that

    From Chieti climb to the intermediate sprint:



    still over 80k to go afterwards, though
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    You almost had me there, until I noticed the elevation profile was in feet and miles and not meters and kilometers. Didn't know you germans had converted back to the old imperial units of the British.  :P

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    I think those hills are too far away from the finish line for that tactic to be effective (if the rest of the team stays with the sprinter they most likely can pace him back to the peloton afterwards). If they had continued up past Chieti  it would be different...  :) 
    (Prato di Tivo and Blockhaus are both up the road there if I am not remembering this wrong)
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    yeah, no idea why it does this feet and miles thing when you embed a Ride with GPS route.

    I was thinking about the Tour de France stage to Lavour last year, where Bora did the same, although it also ended with basically 100k without any more real difficulties:



    But in the end, it may be easy, yeah. And there's probably a better chance tomorrow anyway, with the climb closer to the finish - but today they could have a surprise effect on their side
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    unfortunalely #qhubeka Domenico Pozzovivo has to abandon the Giro after crashing during yesterday's stage

    https://twitter.com/QhubekaAssos/status/1393118333541748736
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    Note on timing:
    If your day is packed with other things to do, it may be worth noticing that the possibly tactically interesting Chieti section of the course can match with a very very late and a bit long lunch break starting at about 14:10, at which point the peloton will be in the plains below the climb to Chieti and we can see Bora are pushing the speed to start the climb in good position.  The first climb is the hardest one and if they are not going fast up that one, they probably will rest their aggressive tactics for another day.

    The final 30 km  is expected to start at 16:30 km..


    Now, did anyone check the wind forecast?
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    Now, did anyone check the wind forecast?

    yeah, should be a headwind for the majority of the day, with only some short crosswind sections



    so if at all, the ~10k section after the intermediate sprint would probably be most interesting to go for it. Or maybe the short stretch at the ocean 30k before the finish
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     Just the results today. Nothing much happened and I am going out in a while.

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    Stage 8: Foggia – Guardia Sanframondi 170 km

    Saturday, May 15th, 12.40 CEST




    Technical Info:
    This stage runs across the Apennines for 170 kilometres, from Foggia to an uphill finale in Guardia Sanframondi. The route takes in a further 3,400 metres of climbing. It features one single lengthy climb, and a steep, challenging kick just before the finish.
    At first, the route runs along fast and mainly straight roads all the way to Campobasso. The riders then reach the Matese Mountains to negotiate the Bocca della Selva climb (over 20 km), followed by a lengthy descent that ends 10 km before the finish. The route then rises all the way to the finish, with a sharp kick before homing in.



    The Climbs:

    At 70 km to go, where the road starts pointing up to the first categorized climb of the day.

    Bocca della Selva: GPM2, 18.9 km at 4.6%



    Final kilometres
    The closing climb is approx. 3 km long. The gradient hovers around 10% for the first 2 km, with sharper peaks. The pitch returns to milder gradients in Guardia Sanframondi, and then kicks up again with 400 m to go, after a left-hander. The home straight is on tarmac road and on a slight incline.



    What to expect:
    A sprint finish is not to be expected in stage 8. On the contrary, a number of intermediate climbs will make it a hard day for the fast men. GC riders have little to gain on the road from Foggia to Guardia Sanframondi. So, stage 8 is perfect for a group of attackers with climbing legs to have it their way.

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    :*:*:*:*:* Alberto Bettiol, Alessandro De Marchi
    :*:*:*:* Thomas De Gendt,  Felix Großschartner, Gianluca Brambilla
    :*:*:* Giovanni Visconti, Nicolas Roche, Luis León Sánchez
    :*:* Rémi Cavagna, Valerio Conti, , Matteo Fabbro
    :* Michael Storer, Jonathan Caicedo, Jefferson Cepeda

    Foggia
    Foggia lies in the heart of the Apulia Tableland. Shaken by the terrible earthquake in 1731 and the bombings of the Second World War, Foggia has risen from the ashes more than once.



    Guardia Sanframondi
    In the heart of Samnium, in the Province of Benevento, there is a road that goes up the hill, from the small hamlet of Castelvenere towards Guardia Sanframondi. Guardia Sanframondi is a village of Lombard origin, perched on a hill whose summit is dominated by the Norman Castle built in the 12th century. The village mostly dating back to the 15th century has a medieval urban plan.

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    Just the results today. Nothing much happened and I am going out in a while.



    it made #lotto happy though, by the look of it ;)



    don't think I have seen a Champs Élysée #sky like celebration on a sprint stage before
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     Today's stage was like watching a great, slow burn thriller, only in reverse.
    What started out looking as an all action epic, ended up a battle among relatively small fry for stage honours, while the GC boys, but for a slight crash at the end, took the day off.

     The attacks came in earnest soon after the flag drop, the peloton splitting as it chased down various attempted moves off the front. The pink jersey Attila Valter was caught out in one of these splits. More than 50km later, the successful breakaway formed. The escapees were Nikias Arndt (DSM), Kobe Goossens (Lotto-Soudal), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r Citroën), Victor Lafay (Cofidis), Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane) and Francesco Gavazzi (Eolo-Kometa) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates). Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka-Assos)  also made his way across after a lengthy chase.
    The race then settled down before the big climb of the day and with it, a kind of stalemate. Heading into the final climb, Campenaerts attacked and took the intermediate sprint, Carboni made it across to him. Carboni leaft Campenaerts behind inside the final 3km with Gougeard in third on the road but not for long, as Cofidis’ Victor Lafay made his successful bid for victory. EOLO-Kometa’s Gavazzi caught and past Carboni, taking second, with Arndt third.

    Oh and how's this for a coincidence?
    Cofidis's last GT win was Stage 6 of the Vuelta, 2019, won by Jesus Herrada, who had Cofidis's other win yesterday, at the Challenge Mallorca.


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    Stage 9: Castel di Sangro – Campo Felice 158 km

    Sunday, May 16th, 12.15 CEST



    This will be the queen stage across the Apennines of Abruzzo. From the start until Celano, the route takes in a succession of long climbs on moderately wide roads, followed by sometimes technical descents. Past Ovindoli (categorised climb), the route enters the Piana delle Rocche and becomes somewhat easier, up to Rocca di Cambio. Here, the course makes for Campo Felice, taking in the closing climb.



    There are several ascents, including 4 categorised climbs, Passo Godi (GPM2, 13.9 km at 4.1%),



    Forca Caruso (GPM3, 12.7 km at 4.5%),



    Ovindoli (GPM2, 12.4 km at 5.1%)



    and Campo Felice (GPM1, 6 km at 6%) .



    There is also a further climb of 11'5km at a 5% average that has not be catagorised. All in all, the route takes in 3,400 vertical metres, while the finale at Campo Felice is extremely steep and unpaved in the last kilometres.

    Final kilometres
    The final climb is nearly 6 km long, and the gradients are not very sharp. After a long, well-lit tunnel stretching from 3 to 2 km remaining to the finish, the final 1,600 metres, as well as the home straight, are on unpaved roads, with peaks topping out at 14% over the last 500 m.



    What to expect:
    A GC clash of sorts is on the cards, but it is quite likely that the winner of this battle will not be rewarded with a stage win. Although being far from flat, the route is not extremely challenging until the last ascent, which is perfect terrain for a strong breakaway to gain a comfortable lead. So, expect a scenario whereby there are separate attacks from within two groups, with the winner is likely to emerge from the breakaway.

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    :*:*:* Marc Soler, Hugh Carthy, Aleksandr Vlasov,  Daniel Martin, Giulio Ciccone
    :*:* Davide Formolo, Pello Bilbao, Romain Bardet, Hugh Carthy
    :* George Bennett, João Almeida, Gianluca Brambilla, Alessandro De Marchi

    Castel di Sangro
    Castel di Sangro is a centre of great summer and winter tourist activities. Known for the wealth of its sports facilities, the city hosts sporting events for amateurs and professionals.
    The great out-of-town attraction of Castel di Sangro is the Abruzzo trans-Siberian, a fascinating experience, panoramic and at low speed, aboard a vintage train with restored carriages dating back to the early twentieth century.



    Campo Felice (Rocca di Cambio)
    Rocca di Cambio on the ridge at the foot of Montecagnois is the highest town in Abruzzo. The Rocche plateau between the Velino and Sirente massif and has an elevation of 1433 m. The area is encompassed within the only regional park in Abruzzo. Up to 50 years ago Rocca di Cambio lived on menager agriculture, on small sheep and cattle farms. Only from the beginning of the fifties, in the local economy, the first signs of a positive change were from the Municipality since 1951 for the revaluation of the historic center, to the road system, to the hotel sector and to tourism development.

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    the final 1,600 metres, as well as the home straight, are on unpaved roads, with peaks topping out at 14% over the last 500 m

    here is a video of it, looking very rough (starting at ~22 minutes, from May 1st)



    while it looks relatively good here: (May 11th)



    so I'd guess they have done some roadworks on it, making it less challenging?

    Not really a category 1 climb, tbh, if this is the case
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    I also don’t quite get the category 1 assignment for the final climb. It is less than 200m vertical, that is usually not even categorized on Giro mountain stages (cat. 2 in the tour :P)
    Of course there’s the unpaved nature of it which could be challenging for road racing equipment (tires for climbers, weight saving vs puncture resistance).
    It is a typical day where one of the big riders drop from gc contention due to mostly bad luck, but also, equipment selection and priorities. Someone like Richie Porte or Geraint Thomas. #ineos Bernal, are you ready for this?

    Support vehicles will usually not be easily available at this point in the race, we may see some big teams with “zone-hoppers” (except there aren’t really any zones) like in the classics, offering wheels for replacement along the roadside, if that is permitted so close to the finish line.

    Light climbers are less favored on steep unpaved roads as traction becomes a challenge. #jumbo Tobias Foss seems to be a few percentage points down on the performance scale, as far as pure climbing is discussed. (He isn’t able to keep up with accelerations on the last few kilometers). However, he is quite familiar with gravel roads, and traction may be less of a problem for him.
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     The opening 60km of the race were a relentless battle to form a breakaway, as a countless number of attacks were fired from the bunch. Eventually a 22-rider break formed, including Damiano Caruso, Gino Mäder, and Matej Mohorič from Bahrain, along with Daniel Martínez from Ineos Grenadiers. However, it stalled somewhat when Matej Mohorič lost control during a high-speed left-hand turn and went down hard, being sent over the handlebars and landing on his head. It was awful to watch. Mohorič abandoned the race and was stretchered away to an ambulance.
     Shortly after the descent the breakaway group were reeled back in and caught by UAE. A new 17-rider breakaway formed, which was able to maintain an advantage of three minutes over the bunch. Onto the penultimate categorised climb of the day, Ovindoli, and the break began to collapse on the gradients as Ulissi attacked. With 28km to the finish just seven riders remained out front, including Bouwman, Carr and Bouchard. It was Simon Carr who next launched his move and was followed by Bouchard. Carr eventually had to drop back to re-join the rest of the break while Bouchard pressed on alone. Jumbo-Visma’s Koen Bouwman then closed down the Frenchman, but the GC group were surging behind, as Ineos pushed hard with Maglia Rosa, Valter finally losing contact.
     Bernal launched a huge attack with only Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) able to follow. He ripped past Bouwman and Bouchard and into the lead on the stage, going onto victory. Behind, the rest of the GC hopefuls were left to pick up the pieces.





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    ...MV....really appreciating all the work you've put into this...chapeau..

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    Stage 10: L’Aquila – Foligno 139 km

    Monday, May 17th, 13.40 CEST




    Technical Info:
    The shortest stage of this edition, rolling stage with a pan-flat finale. The route first takes in climbs up to Sella di Corno and Forca di Arrone, and then tackles one last ascent up to Valico della Somma (awarding KOM points). The route eventually levels out in the final part, running on broad and mostly straight roads. As the stage passes through several urban areas, roundabouts, traffic islands and street furniture will be found along the route.



    Final kilometres
    The final kilometres are quite straight, up to 2,000 m to the finish. Here the route features a right-hand bend, immediately followed by two left-hand bends that lead to the home stretch (at 1,300 m out), with just a slight half-turn 500 m before the finish line, on tarmac road.

    The shortest stage of this edition.





    The Climbs:
    Valico della Somma: GPM4, 6.7 km at 5%



    What to expect:
    The 2014 Giro d’Italia saw virtually the same stage, but with an extension in the first part. Back then, Nacer Bouhanni outsprinted Giacomo Nizzolo and Luka Mezgec in the streets of Foligno. With few opportunities in the race, expect the sprinters to have this one marked down on their dance cards.

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    :*:*:*:* Fernando Gaviria, Dylan Groenewegen, Giacomo Nizzolo
    :*:*:* Peter Sagan, Matteo Moschetti, Davide Cimolai
    :*:* Max Kanter, Filippo Fiorelli
    :* Riccardo Minali, Lawrence Naesen

    L'Aquila
    L’Aquila (means the eagle) is the capital city of Abruzzo region, placed at 714 m of altitude. The city is situated on a hillside in the Aterno river’s valley and it is surrounded by the Appenini mountains, with the highest peak Gran Sasso d’Italia (2.912 m) to the North-east.



    Foligno
    Lying halfway between the more renowned Perugia and Assisi, the city is an excellent destination.
    Located along the Via Flaminia – one of the main roads leading to Rome – the ancient Fulginium, currently Foligno has a rich history and culture, along with plenty of culinary traditions. It sure deserves a visit to please your eyes, clear your mind and treat your taste buds.





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    with the rest day to come, I guess this time teams like #bora Bora and #israel ISUN will really ride a bit harder on the climbs, to prevent the pure sprinters from making it to the finish.

    They need to do it here:



    So not overly tough, and still 40k to go from the top.
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    Mmmm, I reckon that's some wishful thinking there, Search.

    Bernal today did the opposite to the famous Pozzato, Roma Maxima salute:


    https://twitter.com/INEOSGrenadiers/status/1393985874312978436
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     Well, for a boring sprint stage, it turned out to be quite fun, didn't it? Although I doubt the five breakaway men, who had to work ever so slightly harder than expected to rack up those all important breakaway kms, will see it that way.
    Simon Pellaud (Androni), Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché), Umberto Marengo (Bardiani), Samuele Rivi (Eolo-Kometa), and Kobe Goossens (Lotto-Soudal). They managed to pull out a maximum gap of three minutes. Four manage to hold on until the base of the final climb up the Valico della Somma with 43km to go, with Bora-Hansgrohe now repeating the tactic of stage 7 of the Tour of ramping up the pace so high on the series of small climbs.
    One after another, the fast men fell out of the back of the bunch and even a gallant chase by Giacomo Nizzolo and his spare engine, Victor Campenaerts could close the gap, as ISN for Davide Cimolai, joined Bora at the front.
    Then came the intermediate sprint for bonus seconds an even that was exciting. Deceuninck - Quick-Step came up for Evenepoel but Ineos Grenadiers were alive to the danger. Bernal followed his team-mate and world time trial champion, Filippo Ganna who upped the pace with Evenepoel desperately trying to close the gap. But when Ganna pulled over Evenepoel continued his effort with Bernal unable to follow. Moscon also couldn’t come round so it was left for Narváez to come through and take the three seconds with Evenepoel taking two and Bernal one.
    The race went back to the sprinter teams as Bora-Hansgrohe retook control. Team DSM came up into the final two kilometres and led under the flamme rouge before their sprinter, Max Kanter, crashed. UAE's Juan Sebastián Molano opening up the lead out with Sagan quickly jumping onto his wheel into the final bend before opening up a vicious acceleration which held off Gaviria and a fast-finishing Cimolai.

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