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Giro d'Italia - Stage Previews & Discussion - Week 2


Stage Type / Difficulty Date Start / Finish Distance
11      #med   :*:*:*:*      Wed. 19/05      Perugia - Montalcino      162 km
12      #med   :*:*:*:*      Thu. 20/05      Siena - Bagno di Romagna      212 km
13      #flat   :*      Fri. 21/05      Ravenna - Verona      198 km
14      #mountain   :*:*:*:*:*      Sat. 22/05      Cittadella - Monte Zoncolan      205 km
15      #med   :*:*:*:*      Sun. 23/05      Grado - Gorizia      147 km
16      #mountain   :*:*:*:*:*      Mon. 24/05      Sacile - Cortina d'Ampezzo      212 km
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    Stage 11: Perugia – Montalcino 162 km

    Wednesday, May 19th, 12.55 CEST




    Technical Info:
    11 years ago, the then race director Angelo Zomegnan was looking for ways to "spice up" the traditional race route and so decided to experiment using some sections of Tuscany's "white roads". After all, the three year old Monte Paschi Eroica was proving to be quite popular among both classics riders and fans alike.
    What followed was one of the most iconic, mud spattered stages in memory.
    This year, the Giro returns to Montalcino and it's white roads.
    With nearly 2,500 m altitude gain, and 4 unpaved road sectors totalling 35 km over the final 70 km of the route, this will be a very challenging stage. The first 90 km are raced on wide and sometimes rough roads. The first unpaved sector, which also includes a technical downhill stretch, begins in Torrenieri. The second dirt road sector, which also includes a level crossing, begins after Buonconvento and Bibbiano. The route passes over river Ombrone, and then the road starts to rise for approx. 6 km, with gradients nearing 16% midway. The route weaves through a brace of bends across the forest, on dirt roads, and then comes back on tarmac to negotiate a categorised climb up to Passo del Lume Spento. After descending into Montalcino, the route heads towards Castelnuovo dell’Abate and takes in the two final dirt road sectors, one after the other. Past Tavernelle, the road rises markedly, merges back onto the route (before the categorised climb) and then heads all the way to the finish.



    The Climbs:

    Passo del Lume Spento #1: GPM3, 13 km at 3.6%
    This climb is predominantly tackled on unsurfaced road.



    Passo del Lume Spento #2: GPM3, 9.3 km at 4.6%
    Half sterrato, half tarmac climb with the steepest sections being paved.



    Final kilometres
    Descending into Montalcino, a little after the red triangle, the race enters the urban area on narrow, stone-paved roads. Taking into the final left-hand bend, the route merges onto the home straight (200 m), on tarmac road.



    What to expect:

    Anything!
    No doubt some GC hopefuls will suffer a serious setback, while others, perhaps those with experience, (Bernal, Bardet, Ciccone) will seek to make gains on their opponents.
    Meanwhile, a few of the strongest guys will have been waiting for this day, ever since the route was announced: Peter Sagan, Alberto Bettiol, Gianni Moscon, Davide Formolo, Gianluca Brambila etc.

    Favourites 11th stage 2021 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* Egan Bernal, Giulio Ciccone, Davide Formolo, Romain Bardet
    :*:*:*:* Gianni Moscon, Davide Formolo, Romain Bardet, Alberto Bettiol, Remco Evenepoel
    :*:*:* Aleksandr Vlasov, Diego Ulissi, Gianluca Brambilla
    :*:* Gianni Vermeersch, Quinten Hermans, Bauke Mollema
    :* Pello Bilbao, Simon Carr, João Almeida

    Perugia
    Perched on a hill, at nearly 500 meters of altitude, Perugia dominates from the acropolis the entire Tiber valley (Valle del Tevere). Perugia has maintained intact its reputation of illustrious and lively cultural center throughout the centuries.



    Montalcino
    Montalcino still retains all its charm as an ancient medieval village. Within the Natural and Cultural Artistic Park of the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, Montalcino is home to Brunello wine and the white truffle of the Crete Senesi.

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     I've been searching around looking to see what I could find about tomorrow's stage and in particular, the long, sterrato climb, Passo del Lume Spento.
    Well, it seems to be the Italian equivalent of the Oude Kwaremont, with it's beer.



    This one is at the bottom of their price range, about €30 a bottle, so I imagine a bottle of their Brunello requires a second mortgage. :D
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    really looking forward to this :)

    Regarding Bettiol and Moscon it'll be interesting to see how much freedom they'll get. Both could very well win this, and it's also Bettiol's home stage, but I guess Carthy may need some help rather sooner than later...
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    I think Evenepoel is overrated here, unless he has done some serious technical training between the  Giro de Lombardia and now. :gesink
    He has immense physical capacity, but he isnt´t a rider with a high level of technical skills. I still haven´t watched an important race with him where he hasn´t up-ended himself,and when he does, it has mostly been entirely his own fault.
    This prejudice is heavily influenced  by seeing him scraping asphalt off the streets of Bergen when he was comet of the year as a young junior rider (falling 3 times) even if he improved when winning in Innsbruck (falling only once) his debut in the monuments was near fatal. He is young and still improving, but former cross-country racer Bernal must be more than just one star marking ahead of Evenepoel for just this stage. Different from Evenepoel, the Colombian  is solid on rough surfaces.
    Actually I think this might be the perfect stage for #ineos Bernal to really open the gap to Evenepoel. Bernal has competed in MTB XC world championships, won the tour d’avenir, and two days ago he showed good progress, winning his first giro d’italia stage. Two years ago he even won a three-week race in France. Evenepoel hasn’t even done that!
     

     
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    in today's Gazzetta Bettiol said that #ef EF will go tubeless, by the way: "We will ride 28 tubeless tires. A little heavier, but if you puncture you can pedal on for almost another hour"
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    You see, that's the difference between us and the pro's.  I bet that most of you, like me, would only ride with 2 tyres, but not Alberto.  And he dismisses lugging 26 extra tyres around as 'a little heavier.'
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    Okay, so rather unexpectedly the battle for the break didn't last overly long and an 11-man break went up the road very quickly and pulled out a maximum gap of around 14 minutes, with all the riders well over half-an-hour down on the pink jersey.

    The riders to make the break were Belgian champion Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix), Lawrence Naesen (Ag2r-Citroën), Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani), Francesco Gavazzi (Eolo-Kometa), Simon Guglielmi (Groupama-FDJ), Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché), Covi, Roger Kluge, Harm Vanhoucke (both Lotto-Soudal), Schmid and Bert-Jan Lindeman (both Qhubeka-Assos).

    It quickly became evident that the stage win was up for grabs among these riders as Ineos led a Sunday afternoon stroll behind and the gap rose steadily towards the quarter of an hour mark. Then suddenly everything changed............

    With 10km until the first section of gravel, multiple teams joined Ineos up front including Team DSM, Israel Start-Up Nation, Trek-Segafredo and Astana-Premier Tech, as the tension started to rise. Deceuninck - Quick-Step also came up to the front just before they hit the gravel. It would be the only time they saw the front of the chase.
    Ineos led onto the gravel though with Filippo Ganna holding the position with Egan Bernal sat on his wheel. Ganna managed to drag Bernal away from the rest of the peloton with riders like Evenepoel and Simon Yates (BikeExchange) way down the group with splits appearing all over the road. Sagan started to hammer it on the front with the gap to the break dropping five minutes on the first sector of gravel.

    However, in the gap between sectors, the large, second group were able to regain the Ineos/Movistar/Trek led front bunch. The biggest losers in the GC looked to be Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) and Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) as they were not in the peloton with no time gaps shown for them. Bennett and Foss then formed a brief Jumbo chasse patate. At 21km to go Bernal went to the front to force the pace as Evenepoel had lost touch. João Almeida was still in the main GC group and eventually did drop back for his leader but by then it was all about limiting losses.
     On the final tarmacked climb, Emanuel Buchmann was the first GC rider who managed to get a gap. EF Education-Nippo upped the pace and dropped both remain Trek stars and Soler, but then Bernal attacked with Vlasov. The Colombian going clear over the top of the climb, bridging to Buchmann. Bernal even dropped the German on the final kick to the line.

    Mauro Schmid took the stage after out-sprinting Covi to the line with Harm Vanhoucke completing the podium. The rest were left to count the cost of the most anticipated stage of this Giro.





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    Looks like Nathan Haas had the same idea about Bernal being technically superior on the gravel compared to many of the other riders including #quickstep Evenepoel

    https://twitter.com/NathanPeterHaas/status/1395027800910876681
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    Stage 12: Siena – Bagno di Romagna 212 km
    Thursday, May 20th, 11.20 CEST


    A very tough "medium" mountain stage, across the Apennines. Starting in Siena and crossing the Chianti region all the way to Florence. The route passes through Ponte a Ema [Birthplace of Bartali], Florence and Sesto Fiorentino [Alfredo Martini].



    The route takes in a vertical gain of 3,700 metres, most of it is served in the second half of the stage. The riders will negotiate a succession of ascents: Monte Morello (with peaks exceeding 15%), Passo della Consuma (avg. 6% gradient), Passo della Calla (avg. 5% gradient) and Passo del Carnaio, featuring some challenging bits with gradients up to 14%, followed by a technical descent leading to the final 5 km.



    The Climbs:









    Final kilometres
    Starting from 3,500 m from the finish, the last kilometres either descend, or are a false flat up. The route drops down quickly on wide roads, with several curves and hairpins, and briefly touches the centre of San Piero in Bagno. The final kilometres are dotted with roundabouts. The stage homes in on tarmac road.



    What to expect:
    The parcour seems perfect to establish a quality group for the peloton to chase. However given what we have already seen, this is by no means a certainty. Much will depend on how the riders are feeling after the previous day's racing. We could well end up with several groups on the road. As the finale is not extremely demanding, I suspect this one will go to someone from a large breakaway.
    Good descenders can put their talents to good use in a 6 kilometres downhill before the last 3 kilometres are a false flat drag to the line.

    Favourites 12th stage 2021 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* Bauke Mollema, Gino Mäder, George Bennett
    :*:*:*:* Diego Ulissi, Fausto Masnada, Felix Großschartner
    :*:*:* Davide Formolo, Pello Bilbao, Alessandro De Marchi, Matteo Fabbro
    :*:* Thomas de Gendt, Joao Almeida, Jan Tratnik, Ruben Guerreiro
    :* Koen Bouwman, Simon Carr, Egan Bernal, Dan Martin, Daniel Felipe Martínez, Damiano Caruso

    Siena
    Siena has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1995, owing to its well-preserved mediaeval structure.The main square, Piazza del Campo, is the mandatory starting point to describe the city. The square has a unique shell shape, and gently slopes towards the centre. This is where the famous Palio takes place.



    Bagno di Romagna

    Bagno di Romagna, in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, is a millenary village, famous for its thermal waters since Roman times and gateway to the Foreste Casentinesi National Park.


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    I didn’t notice at first: it is a veeeery long stage for a media montagna stage. I think it is going to create real gaps in the GC as some legs are going to be rather like logs before the final steep km on the last climb, Passo del Carnage.

    Another one to watch  :cool
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     It was always going to be the case, given the tempting parcour and the huge time gaps after the previous day's gravel: another one of those protracted dogfights to make the breakaway. For well over 50kms, the peloton was stretched, broken, repaired and reset, only for the process to be repeated, time and time again. Meanwhile, a string of notable riders began to retire from the race early in the day:  #israel lost two, Alessandro De Marchi (crash)  Alex Dowsett (stomach problems)  #bahrain lost stage winner, Gino Mäder (previous crash)  #deceuninck Fausto Masnada (previous day) and finally GC hopeful,  #movistar Marc Soler.
     Eventually 14 riders established the day’s break, including George Bennett, Gianluca Brambilla, Chris Hamilton and Andrea Vendrame. Once the break went away the pace completely went out of the peloton with Ineos controlling. Things settled down for the big climbs of the day with Geoffrey Bouchard  #ag2r taking the majority of  #blue points as the stage became attritional, rather than explosive. Eventually the break was reduced to the four riders mentioned above.
    Vendrame hit over the top and distanced the entire group on a brief descent before kicking up to the top of the climb with 17km to go. Hamilton bridged with 14km to go and at the 12km mark, Bennett and Brambilla rejoined. A game of cat and mouse was then played out until the final 4kms. Brambilla and Bennett teh marked each other out, losing a small gap to Hamilton and Vendrame on the final straight road that led to the finish. Vendrame was always going to get the better of Hamilton in the final sprint.
    Behind, Trek tried a Ciccone/Nibali double strike, which eventually led to Nibali attacking again on the downhill, to gain 7 seconds and seeing Moscon leave a fair amount of skin on road.

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    Behind, Trek tried a Ciccone/Nibali double strike, which eventually led to Nibali attacking again on the downhill, to gain 7 seconds

    ...and thereby he reduced the gap to Ineos in the team classification to under 2 minutes!
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    Stage 13: Ravenna – Verona 198 km

    Friday, May 21st, 12.25 CEST


    Technical Info:
    A pan-flat, means-to-an-end stage across the lowland around Ferrara, Polesine and Mantua, 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. It has also been two years since the Giro d’Italia last visited Verona. It was the final stage, an ITT. The stage has been dedicated to Dante Alighieri AKA Mr Inferno, as Dante's final days were spent in Ravenna.




    A sprint stage after the two fastest men in the race have gone home. If I had to pick a stage to miss, this might well be the one.



    Final kilometres
    The final kilometres are raced on wide, straight and well-paved city roads, with a few roundabouts along the route. The home straight is on tarmac road.





    What to expect:
    To fall asleep.
    Stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia is almost 200 kilometres and the elevation gain is 200 metres, so catch the last few kms and hope that we don't lose any GC riders for this gift for the fast men.

    Favourites 13th stage 2021 Giro d’Italia

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    :*:*:*:* Dylan Groenewegen
    :*:*:* Fernando Gaviria, Elia Viviani, Giacomo Nizzolo
    :*:* Peter Sagan,  Davide Cimolai
    :* Matteo Moschetti, Andrea Pasqualon, Max Kanter

    Ravenna
    Ravenna is a city in Emilia-Romagna. It has been home to the mortal remains of the poet Dante Alighieri for 700 years. Consequently, the stage is dedicated to the Dante. Ravenna consisted of houses built on piles on a series of small islands in a marshy lagoon – a situation similar to Venice several centuries later. It's known for the colorful mosaics adorning many of its central buildings.



    Verona
    The name Verona comes from the union of three ancient words, which mean: The city of the Veneto Region on the river.
    The city is well known also because it was land and crossroads of great poets and artists. Among the most famous: Shakespeare, who set the tragedy of the two lovers Romeo and Juliet within the Scaliger walls. The Verona Arena is famous the world over as it is still used for open air International events.



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     Looking ahead to the forthcoming big mountain stages and it's pretty definite that the weather hasn't finished effecting this Giro. Rain is forecast for pretty much the whole of tomorrow's Zoncolan stage and a wet weather warning is already in place for Cortina and Monday's Queen stage. Heaven knows what the 2000 metre passes will be like. :(
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     Chances are you could probably have got shorter odds on the breakaway composition, than the eventual stage winner.
    Samuele Rivi (Eolo-Kometa), Umberto Marengo (Bardiani-CSF) and the ever present Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli) went up the road at the flag drop (Pellaud waited all of 10 seconds) and within a minute we had our BOTD.
    But for a brief flurry of action about 50 kms from home, the peloton took the opportunity to recharge the batteries ahead of the mountains.
    We had the usual charge to the 3km mark, where the GC boys switched off. Jumbo-Visma, rather than leading out Groenewegen, attempted a sneak attack by Edoardo Affini, about half a km from home. Nizzolo jumped across and beat his compatriot on the line, finally converting his podium place into a victory.

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    Stage 14: Cittadella – Monte Zoncolan 204 km :*:*:*:*:*

    Saturday, May 22nd, 11.30 CEST


    From the town of Cittadella the peloton will head north-east towards the Friuli region and it's date with the infamous Monte Zoncolan. Cittadella lies approximately 50 kilometres northwest of Venezia.



    The stage design is pretty standard, with a long flat opening before the climbing begins in earnest, after two thirds of the route has been covered.



    Technical Info:
    This mountain stage is divided into two parts: it starts flat and continues on a slight incline for 130 km, all the way to Monte Rest. The route then weaves through a brace of hairpins, on narrowed roadway, both on the way up and on the way down. After going back on broader roads in Priuso, the route passes Tolmezzo and Arta Terme, reaching the foot of the closing climb. Monte Zoncolan (GPM1, 14.1 km at 8.5%) from the Sutrio side has only been climbed once, in 2003. It was in fact the first time the Zoncolan had been raced and is memorable for Marco Pantani's last notable performance on a bike.



    The first 11 km ascend in hairpins, on wide roads, with gradients around 7-8%, whereas the last 3 km are very demanding.

    The climbs:
    Monte Zoncolan: GPM1, 14.1 km at 8.5%



    Castello di Caneva: GPM4, 3.4 km at 3.8%



    Forcella di Monte Rest (GPM2, 10.5 km at 5.9%)



    Final Kilometres
    The last 3 km rise sharply on narrow road with only a few bends, and gradients often exceeding 20% (averaging 13%). The pitch over the final kilometre largely hovers around the 18% mark, with gradients exceeding 25% and topping out at 27% both along the hairpins and in the final stretch. The last 50 metres are on tarmac road and on a slight incline.



    What to expect:
    A triumph at Monte Zoncolan is of added value on any palmares, so we should expect the GC riders to go for it. Of course there is always the possibility that the teams with pink on their minds don’t want to control the race to begin with. In that case, the best breakaway climber will take the spoils.

    Favourites 14th stage 2021 Giro d’Italia

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    :*:*:*:* Aleksandr Vlasov, Hugh Carthy
    :*:*:* Emanuel Buchmann, Daniel Martin, Bauke Mollema,
    :*:* Damiano Caruso, Romain Bardet, Remco Evenepoel, George Bennett, Guilio Ciccone
    :*  Jai Hindley, Daniel Felipe Martínez, Pello Bilbao, Davide Formolo, Ruben Guerreiro

    Cittadella
    Cittadella is a splendid medieval walled town. It was founded in 1220 when Padua decided to build a fortified castle “ex novo” in the central Venetian plains in order to protect its country borders. Cittadella is the only walled city in all of Europe to have a medieval, elliptical, fully walkable parapet.



    Monte Zoncolan
    Sutrio is located in Valle del Bût, one of the Carnian valleys, described in Carducci’s poetry, only few kilometers from the Austrian border.
    Sutrio constitutes one of the best-equipped ski areas in Friuli Venezia Giulia thanks to Mount Zoncolan. The village presents itself as a traditional alpine suburb, made of cobbled streets and ancient houses characterized by wooden and stone-built open galleries and balconies.



    2003:



     
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    The stage design is pretty standard, with a long flat opening before the climbing begins in earnest, after two thirds of the route has been covered.

    will we ever get the Crostis-Zoncolan double, initially planned for 2011?
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    will we ever get the Crostis-Zoncolan double, initially planned for 2011?
    Hopefully some day!
    I know that the Friulians still have plans to put the Monte Crostis in a race, but so far it hasn't happened.

    On the Zoncolan from Sutrio: We drove up that side back in 2018. It may be less hard than the climb from Ovaro, but it is still harder than most other climbs.
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     So, the breakaway took a few kms to creep ahead and the chase never really switched off completely.
    George Bennett, team-mate Edoardo Affini, Bauke Mollema, Jan Tratnik, Nelson Oliveira, Lorenzo Fortunato, Alessandro Covi and young Andrii Ponomar eventually gained around seven and a half minutes. The reason it new grew further was because Astana took it up on the front, very early.
     On the first climb of the day to Forcella Monte Rest, Ruben Guerreiro and Andrea Pasqualon had disagreement about something or other, which turned out to be the highlight of this climb. On the descent the peloton began to break apart, meanwhile Remco Evenepoel found himself further back. Astana continued to work in the valley leading up to the Zoncolan, the break now back to within six minutes.
     Jan Tratnik was the first to attack his colleagues in the breakaway from 10km out, Fortunato the next to go, off in search of the Slovenian. With 7km to go Fortunato had caught Tratnik.
     Nibali was the first big name to be dropped from the bunch, chasing 4 minutes behind. Into the final 5km and Fortunato began to distance Tratnik.
     2km to go and Remco Evenepoel was at the back of the GC group.  Simon Yates attacked with around 1.5km to go and only Bernal was able to follow.
     Fortunato gurned his way up the final murderous gradients to cross the line first and take a monumental victory for both himself and his team.
    Bernal dropped Yates, picking off former members of the breakaway to finish fourth behind Covi, Yates then coming across the line 11 seconds later.

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    Stage 15: Grado – Gorizia 147 km

    Sunday, May 23rd, 13.15 CEST


    On this stage the Giro breaks quarantine and crosses the border into the land of cycling's new superstars.



    Technical Info:
    A short stage with a cross-border circuit between Italy and Slovenia of approx. 40 km. The route begins flat, all the way to Sagrado, and then clears the Monte San Michele climb. Starting in Mossa, the circuit features three passes over the steep, 2 km long Gornje Cerovo climb (GPM4, 1.7 km at 8.5% each time awarding KOM points), and a succession of tough climbs and descents. After the third lap, the route goes back to Italy through San Floriano del Collio, passes north of Gorizia and crosses the border again, passing through Nova Gorica.



    The Climb:

    Gornje Cerovo: GPM4, 1.7 km at 8.5%



    Final kilometres
    The last 5 km are raced partly in Slovenia and partly in Italy. Past Piazza Europa (trg Evrope), the route ascends for nearly 1 km at 14% max. gradients, and then takes a technical descent leading back to Italy. Over the final kilometre, the route covers a short stretch on stone pavers. The home straight is 300 m long, on tarmac road.



    What to expect:
    Should be too hard for the remaing sprinters, but not hard enough for GC contenders. So the most likely scenario sees one of the breakaway being successful. Expect the breakaway to consist of riders who tried, but failed, yesterday.

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    Grado in Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of Italy’s most historically rich seaside towns and lies in the middle of the northernmost of the Adriatic Sea’s lagoons. The town is internationally known as a thermal bath centre as well as a prestigious seaside destination, which developed in the late 19th century. The urban grid has remained almost unchanged over time, the typical appearance of an Upper Adriatic seaside village.




    Gorizia
    Nestled between plains and mountains, in the extreme northeast of Italy, Gorizia also has a lot of history and an important past to tell. Also known as the “Nice of Austria”, for its mild climate and the elegance of the views that unfold from its centre at the foot of the medieval castle hill, Gorizia was at the heart of the tragic events of the First and Second World Wars, but today finds its identity as a city of culture, gastronomy, and multiculturalism.

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    it's also Cimolai's home stage, so I guess he would like to see some kind of sprint, but with four guys left only (and one of them Dan Martin), #israel will probably struggle to contribute much to it. Maybe he will go for the breakaway instead.

    The climb on the circuit looks tough, but there could still be a chance for also some quicker guys like Vendrame, Oldani or also Cimolai to hang on, I guess
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     Rather a lot happened on a stage designed to fill in between the big mountains. not all of it good.
    A huge crash on the causeway, leading out of the start town, within a handful of kilometres, saw a 20 minute neutralisation of the race.
    When the race re-started, it was minus Emanuel Buchmann  #bora, Natneal Berhane  #cofidis and Jos Van Emden  #jumbo .  Ruben Guerreiro  #ef tried to carry on but eventually also came to a halt and climbed off.
     Victor Campenaerts #qhubeka had started the initial break before the crash, immediately went up the road again. The breakaway settled and had a familiar look to it, Dries De Bondt, Bauke Mollema, Quinten Hermans all having already bought a lot of tickets to ride.
     Ineos let that gap extend beyond chasing range and the battle of the breakaway commenced with about 30km remaining, with that man Campenaerts kicking things off.
     #alpecin tried their move with little over 20km to go, before Campenaerts launched his attack, coming from the back of the group and speeding away up the road, taking Albert Torres and Oscar Riesbeek with him.
     Torres lost contact on the final lap climb. Campenaerts and Riesbeek went toe to toe and blow for blow in hair raising conditions, before eventually settling for the sprint. Campenaerts eased his way past the Dutchman to take a first-ever Grand Tour stage victory, Nikias Arndt bringing the rest of the breakaway home seven seconds later.


     
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    no doubt the neutralization was correct, I guess, with the amount of riders down there.



    Really sad to see Buchmann out of it, I must say. But well, it is how it is... very deserved winner today with Campenaerts at least
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    Stage 16: Sacile – Cortina d’Ampezzo 212 km
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    Monday, May 24th, 10.50 CEST


    Rather unusually, the queen stage of this Giro takes place on a Monday. It has been nine years since the Giro last visited Cortina d’Ampezzo.



    A long and proper dolomitic stage going over classic climbs, with over 5,500 m vertical altitude gain. Heading out from Sacile, the riders will encounter the first climb of the day after only 10 km.
    However, once again, this stage has it's sting in it's tail, with a trio of classic Dolomiti climbs.
    Also, the 17th stage of the 2012 Giro featured the same finale when ‘Purito’ Rodríguez took the uphill sprint in Cortina d’Ampezzo.



    Technical Info:
    After 10 kms, the riders encounter La Crosetta, (GPM1, 11.6 km at 7.1%) parcour that should suit the breakaway forming early, but presumably after a fierce battle: Sprinters beware!
    After a technical and steep descent towards Lake Santa Croce, followed by a short climb along the slopes of the Nevegal, the course arrives in Belluno. The route then passes through Agordo up to Alleghe and Caprile, crossing the Val Cordevole upstream, for about 70 km, all slightly ascending. Before taking in the Passo Fedaia or Marmolada (GPM1, 14 km at 7.6%) , one of the most famous climbs in Italy. Normally, the peloton would usually use a small old road that goes through the stunning gorge of Sottoguda. Unfortunately, the road was wrecked by a flood a few years ago and has not been fully repaired yet, which means the peloton will ride above the gorge, on the modern road.
    Past Malga Ciapela, the gradient hovers steadily above 12% for nearly 5 km, topping out at 18% at the ‑2 km mark (Capanna Bill). After dropping into Canazei, the route rises at a steady 6% gradient for 12 km along Passo Pordoi (Cima Coppi, 11.8 km at 6.8%).
    A fast-running descent through Arabba and up to Selva di Cadore an uncategorized Colle S.Lucia, (2 km at 7.2%) leads to the foot of Passo Giau, (GPM1, 9.9 km at 9.3%)The top of Giau is at 16.5 km to the finish, and its descent, fairly technical, is 14.5 km long, entering urban Cortina, at 1,500 m out. Past the bridge over river Boite, the route rises at an easy 5% pitch, twisting all the way to the ‑300 m mark, where a left-hand bend leads into the home straight, on stone paving.

    The Climbs:

    La Crosetta: GPM1, 11.6 km at 7.1%



    Passo Fedaia: GPM1, 14 km at 7.6%



    Passo Pordoi: Cima Coppi, 11.8 km at 6.8%



    Passo Giau: GPM1, 9.9 km at 9.3%



    What to Expect:



    The weather may play a crucial role in how this stage is played out, as it is forecast to be very wet, all day long. Given the route, expect a very large and strong breakaway to form, from which the winner of the stage may well emerge. However, a full on GC battle is assured and given that the finish is reached after a descent, the action may well be protracted. Expect the podium candidates to be clearly defined by the end of the day.

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    Sacile is an attractive city in the province of Pordenone, is the westernmost town of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. With a population of approximately 20,000 inhabitants on an area of 32.62km² at just 25m above sea level, it still keeps its appearance of a quiet, peaceful, people-friendly town.



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    Cortina d’Ampezzo is a gem of sheer beauty in the middle of the Italian Alps.
    Cortina was among the first Alpine destinations to host tourists, firstly explorers and scientists, then the royals and aristocrats of several countries; it kept evolving and transforming, remaining at the centre of the stage: Italy’s first Olympic Games in 1956, the Dolce Vita in the 60s and then the films and film stars, the sparkly 80s. It hosted the 2021 World Ski Championships and the Winter Olympics 2026 will take place here as well.



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    Rather unusually, the queen stage of this Giro takes place on a Monday.
    Tomorrow is the second day of Pentecost, a holiday in many European countries ... but not in Italy. :S
    Weird how they put the tappone on a day where many have to work. Doesn't really make sense, does it.

    But anyway: Fedaia-Pordoi-Giau! This should be good. :)
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    no Fedaia and Pardoi, start delayed to 11:30. Haven't seen a new profile yet, but this looks like the worst possible outcome

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    Oh well, yet another Giro Queen stage bites the dust. This completely changes the potential impact on the GC, with no multiple climbs.

    There is another race in the Alps with live coverage today and the Volta Limburg.

    Expect the Giau descent to be neutralised as well.

    Obviously want to finish early as well.
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    Expect the Giau descent to be neutralised as well.

    Obviously want to finish early as well.

    the early finish is the only good thing about it, as it leaves room to spend today's public holiday differently.

    And yeah, I expect the same for the final descent. It's probably only left on the profile because Cortina paid a lot of money to host the finish.
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