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Giro d'Italia 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 4/5)

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Giro d'Italia 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 4/5)

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Contest #2 - Giro d'Italia 2018
The first GT contest (Cat. 1) of the year will, of course, be on Giro d'Italia. Why I'll open it so early? Because drawing a GT is not for all and i want to give you three months to do it (at least say thanks)

The contest will be about redrawing the 2018 Giro d'Italia. That will mainly means
- You have to keep the start from Israel. You can change the starting points and cities but you have to pass on West Jerusalem and you cannot go in Palestinian territories for safety reasons.
- You have to end it in Rome
- You cannot repeat finals or key parts of stages of 2017 real race
- You have to put a stage start or a stage finish in at least 15 different regions
- 2018 is 100 years after WWI end, so you have to remember it in at least two stages

Opposite from the other contests, you can have a maximum of TWO routes submitted for this one

The Giro should be balanced, offering a "Dumoulin" and a "Quintana" the same chances to compete for the maglia rosa.

The Deadline will be on 4/5, when the first rider of real Giro d'Italia will start his ITT

You must submit your routes in this topic submitting the link. As stated in general presentation, you can submit from 1 to 3 routes. You can use this topic also for asking the question - we can answer question about climb / road / finish praticability but we won't answer to anyone's questions in private, only in this topic.

Everyone who will present the route also posting in the topic profiles and descriptions in this topic will start the voting phase with 3 points bonus

Good luck anyone

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In Italian:

Il contest verte sul ridisegnare il Giro 2018 con queste condizioni

A) Mantenere la partenza da Israele, senza sconfinare in altri stati o territori palestinesi. Si possono cambiare le città ma bisogna passare da Gerusalemme
B) Bisogna finire a Roma
C) Non si possono ripetere finali o punti chiavi di tappe del Giro 2017
D) Bisogna inserire almeno una partenza o arrivo di tappa in 15 diverse regioni italiane
E) Bisogna inserire almeno due tappe a tema (o con punti che tocchino il tema) "100 anni dalla fine della prima guerra mondiale"

Si possono mandare fino a due percorsi per utente

Il percorso deve essere bilanciato tra cronoman-scalatori, permettendo di essere vinto sia da un Dumoulin che da un Quintana

Chiunque posti il percorso con profili e descrizioni nel topic avrà tre punti bonus per la presentazione

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emilio.torre: maps/tours/view/8235
ivan98: maps/tours/view/8238
mauro: maps/tours/view/8284
alfa: maps/tours/view/8281
Anthofou31: maps/tours/view/8297
pereiroseleccion: maps/tours/view/8254
simone.galbiati: maps/tours/view/8237
xiky: maps/tours/view/8377
benoit.guillot: maps/tours/view/8288
ded-moroz: maps/tours/view/8395
belgian4444: maps/tours/view/8416
crisborto11: maps/tours/view/8454
lorenzo.tripodi: maps/tours/view/8441
jsavi: maps/tours/view/8327
lorenzo06: maps/tours/view/8506
emilio.torrei-v2: maps/tours/view/8718
simone.galbiati-v2: maps/tours/view/8807
pereiroseleccion-v2: maps/tours/view/8343
david.tuci: maps/tours/view/8361
david.tuci-v2: maps/tours/view/8360
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Re: Giro d'Italia 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 4/5)

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Here is my Giro d'Italia:

This is my proposal for the redrawn of the Giro d'Italia.

maps/tours/view/8848

The three rest days are placed in the following:
- From Stage 3 to Stage 4 (Transfer Israel-Catania)
- From Stage 9 to Stage 10 (Transfer Melfi-Pescara)
- From Stage 15 to Stage 16 (Gorizia-Lecco)

Great Start: Israel. The first three stages are placed in Israel, featuring the city of Tel Aviv in the first and third stages, and starting the second stage in West Jerusalem.
Finish: Rome.
Regions which host a start or finish: 15 (Sicilia, Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Abruzzi, Marche, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Trentino, Friuli, Lombardia, Piamonte, Valle d'Aosta, Umbria, Lazio).
WWI Remembrance stages: 4 (Stages 12, 13, 14 and 15).

The main summary of the route is:
21 stages
8 flat stages
7 high mountain stages (4 MTF)
3 medium mountain stages (1 MTF)
3 individual time-trials (65.92 kms)
Total distance 3197 km
Spoiler!
Stage 1 Tel Aviv - Tel Aviv
First stage is the usual ITT, in this case in Tel Aviv. Totally flat, it develops through principal streets of the city, in the seashore.
The TT has 12 km so it isn't prologue, and so gaps can be slightly higher.
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Stage 2 West Jerusalem - Haifa
First line stage is a long, medium mountain stage. Start with small climbs like Mount Herzel around Jerusalem would serve for the formation of the breakaway. Central part of the stage is totally flat and final two climbs will be a good scenario for punchers, probably without movements for the GC.
This stage is thought to generate some spectacle in the first early days, instead of wasting the Israel geography with only flat stages.
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Stage 3 Acre - Netanya
Totally flat stage. 3rd category climb at the middle should serve for the KOM jersey only, so far from finish line. Last km are at the seaside which maybe could mean wind. Anyway it seems a good opportunity for sprinters.
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REST DAY

Stage 4 Catania - Torre Faro
Short, flat stage through the Sicilian east coast.

The only Sicilian stage of this Giro starts in Catania, one of the principal cities of Sicilia. This has been chosen, equally to real Giro, because it has one of the biggest airports of South Italy, allowing a comfortable transition from Israel.

Although the Sicilian geography allows high mountain stages (for example with the proximity of Etna volcano and every uphill road that approaches it) the stage will be almost completely flat. It's only stage 4 and first week seems more adequate for flat or hilly stages. All the stage goes through the coast, and wind could be a relevant factor. Muro de Taormina in the middle part of the stage is the hardest climb of the route, although small cotes near Messina could encourage a late attacker to surprise the peloton and avoid mass sprint.
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Stage 5 Catona - Siderno
Complicated stage between flat and medium mountain features.

The Giro arrives at continental Italy with a complete stage around Calabria. The first part of the stage is really hard, with a early climb of an unexpected muro in the streets of Reggio Calabria and the great climb of Monte Embrisi with almost 17 km of upwards road. This first two climbs should generate a big fight for a large breakaway with quality names.

Second part of the stage is easier, alternating flat, seaside portions with some climbs intercalated. This should create a tug-of-war between the breakaway and the peloton, being enough for a strong breakaway to keep their distance until the end of the stage.
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Stage 6 Vibo Valentia - Castrovillari
Long, hilly stage crossing the Calabrian peninsula.

After a downwards and flat start, middle part of the stage becomes really hard, with 1st category climb of Passo di San Mazzeo, followed by a leg-breaking area with constant climbs and downfalls. This part of the stages could prevent control of the race, favouring breakaways and some crazy moves.

After that, a flat segment after Cosenza should serve for the peloton to control the race and regroup until the two last climbs. Those climbs are not very hard but they are linked and very close to the finish line, which came after a short flat after the last climb, with no descent.

This stage could be won by a solo attacker or a sprint of a reduced group. Movements for the GC are not expected but classic specialists could be favoured by the type of stage.
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Stage 7 Scalea - Agropoli
This Stage 7 is another mixed flat/medium mountain route. It shares features with its sister stages 5 and 6. With the previous stage it shares a complicated middle-part and the presence of two short final climbs; and, with stage 5, the ride through the seashore and the climbing start. Nevertheless, the stage is tag as "Plain" because of the mainly flat 50 km and the final 10 km that separates the final climb from the finish line.

This stage runs around the Tirrenian coast of Calabria, Basilicata and Campania, where the stage ends. This is a very mountainous area, where the Appeninos grow near to the coast. Because of this, the stage could have been much harder, but the riders will pass by the coast avoiding the principal dificulties, which will come out in further stages.

The first part of the stage comes in parallel to the sea. Some climbs show up in this scenario, speccialy the starting 4th category climb and the incredibly steep Grotte di Maratea, both of which could serve to shape a large breakaway.

The middle part moves away from the coast, showing longer climbs and an unstable relief.

Finally, last 50 km return to the coastline in a hilly environment. Final climbs to Cosentini and specially the Castellabate one could break the group or the breakaway until the finish line or keep a group for a reduced mass sprint.
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Stage 8 Battipaglia - Sorrento
Here it comes the first high mountain stage of the Giro. With eight climbs, six of them are 2nd or 1st category, it is called to be one of the decisive stages of all the Giro long, and clearly the most important one of the first part of the race.

The stage has two differentiated parts, the first one goes in the proximities of the city of Salerno and the second fraction goes through and crosses the Sorrento peninsula in a continous link of climbs.

The first km are flat between the cities of Battipaglia and Salerno. After that, not a flat meter will appear until the finish line. After Salerno, a 2nd category climb does a back and forth path towards Salerno again. After this, a smooth uphill crosses the peninsula into a densely populated area in the populations of Nocera Inferiore and Pagani. This first part should be enough for the formation of a large breakaway.

This area doesn't features too much time since the road comes in the mountainous Peninsula again, this time with three 2nd category climbs chained and linked. This middle-part should allow the breakaway to enlarge its advantage in front of the peloton.

Finally, after the pass through the town of Castellamare di Stabia, the main course of the stage starts. The big ascension of Monte Faito in a very narrow road will make at least a reduced selection of riders resting 40 km until the end. In the best case, differences could be made between the favourites of the GC. After it, a long descent to the Sorrento area and a last detour towards the last climb of the day, the Picco Sant'Angelo, with not very steep slopes but with the fatigue of his stage surely will make differences. Finally, after a fasr downhill road, the stage ends in the town of Sorrento
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Stage 9 Torre del Greco - Melfi
To finish the first week and before a new rest day, a transition stage comes out. Although it is catalogued as "medium mountain" it has less denivel than their sister stages 5, 6 or 7. Nevertheless, the final km of the stage are better for late attacks and avoid the possibility of a mass sprint.

The stage goes from Campanian coast to the interior of South Italy. finishing in the region of Basilicata in a stage principally located in the region of Campania.

The first part of the stage starts right behind the Vesuvio, in the densely populated Napoli Metropolitan Area, in the population of Torre del Greco. After this, the route pass through the ruins of old Pompei and goes on through some large populations of the area.

After this, a broken middle part comes out, featuring the 19-km long Monte Terminio, a climb which could enlarge the advantage of the breakaway. Later, a 50 km flat zone will make the race controllable by the teams of short hills specialists, who will make the final effort in the last 15 km of the stage.

This final part contains two chained climbs, not very long or steep, but which get to the top only 8 km before the finish line. To finish, last km is constantly upwards in a constant 6% slope, which will take the riders to the finish line in the town of Melfi.
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REST DAY

Stage 10 Pescara - Ascoli Piceno
The race comes back after the rest day in a new geographical area and with a different type of stage. After the South Italy long, constantly up-and-down stages, it comes the Adriatic coast in a much more flat environment but with the shadow of the Appeninos in this atypical mountain-type stage, with only one climb and in a very short stage.

The route starts in the city of Pescara in the Abruzzos region and the race starts its long way to the North, following the Adriatic coast and finishing in the Marche region.

The stage features the two geographic items of this geographical area, the flat coastal zone and the montainous inland. The first part of the stage (first 100 km) are completely flat and goes though the Adriatic coast, passing by some cities and towns such as Rosetto degli Abruzzi, Port d'Ascoli or usual Tirreno-Adriatico finish-host San Benedetto del Tronto. There, the route comes back again to Porto d'Ascoli, where the route goes inside the Italian territory in research for the city of Ascoli Piceno.

In Ascoli Piceno the difficulties start. After a fast passage through the city, the race faces the large climb of San Giacomo, a 19 km long climb divided in three parts, being the last one the most difficult and steep. After making to the top, a long descent, in a well-conserved and wide road will take very fast the riders back again to Ascoli Piceno, where the stage finishes.

In summary, this stage is a very short, nervous one with all the interest focused on the last climb, which would bring attacks and some gaps, with the added feature of the descent.
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Stage 11 Civitanova Marche - Rimini
Finally, a completely flat stage. The route continues in its route to the North following the Adriatic sea. This stage starts at Civitanova Marche in Marche region and will go in the seashore without detour until the city of Rimini, in the region of Emilia Romagna. The route will follow some important cities and towns of the Adriatic coast, important touristic centers known by the beach and sun tourism.

The whole stage is completely flat because of two small promontories near Ancona and Pesaro, with little climbs next to the sea. The most possible scenario for this stage is the mass sprint, but the closeness to the coast could make the wind a significant factor in the race.
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Stage 12 Cesena - Padova (Villa Giusti) (WWI remembrance)
Absolutely flat stage without any kind of mountainous difficulty. The stage goes in its path to the North touring the Padanian plain (River Po valley), a huge flat territory at the sea level.

The route goes in parallel motion in respect of the coast, but not at the seaside, and passes through swampy areas and crops. At the middle of the stage the riders will cross the Po River, and at the end the riders will face a short circuit through the streets of Padova before exit the city towards the Villa Giusti finish in a probable mass sprint.

This is the first WWI remembrance stage, with its finish in Villa Giusti, the place where the Armistice (end of the war) was signed by Italy and Austria-Hungary.
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Stage 13 Padova - Pian delle Femene (WWI Remembrance)
The race comes back to the mountain with a short, nervous one-climb-stage. It is the first MTF of the race (with the permission of Melfi finish) and the first stage reaching the Alps.

The whole stage is keeped in the Veneto region, featuring thw two main geographical areas of northern Italy: in the first part of the stage, the padanian flat, densely populated and absolutely plain, and, in the final climb, the foothills of the Alps.

The stage conmemorate the area where the Italian front of the WWI was placed, and the decisive battle of Vittorio Veneto, city placed at the foot of the final climb.

The final climb is steep and constant, with slopes between 9% and 12%. The first part and the final two km are less difficult and the most difficult part comes in the middle part of the climb.

Nervous stage, in which the short length and the flat first part will impl that riders will arrive to the final climb with energy, providing the race probably with attacks.
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Stage 14 Asiago - Passo Vezzena (WWI Remembrance)
This mid-length ITT takes the race to the Trentino region and remembers the Asiago offensive, a 1915 battle located entirely in this place. In that battle, italian forces tried to take Vezzena and Verle forts, placed at the finish of the stage, from Austro-Hungarian hands.

The ITT shows features from flat and climbs time trials. The climb is really easy, without big slopes, and fluctuates constantly between 2% and 5%, so it's not really a flat ITT for specialists, neither a real MTF time trial.
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Stage 15 Belluno - Gorizia (WWI Remembrance)
The last stage of the second week and the last memorial stage of WWI is also the longest stage of this Giro d'Italia.

The stage follows the Italian side of the Italian Front of the WWI, going from the natural border the Alps shapes to the Friulian flat. This two regions were the principal scenarios of the war. The starting town of Belluno belongs to the Veneto region, and afterwards the race will enter the Friuli region, where the stage will end.

The route features two differentiated parts: the first one, mountainous. With three climbs, the race approaches and surrounds Monte Zoncolan, but it doesn't passes through it due to the extreme difficulty of a descent in that incredibly steep road. After this, the second part, completely flat, goes to the South, leaving the mountains always at the left and surrounding them by entering a large plain where the rest of the stage will take part.

This stage looks suitable for early attacks, due to the complicated first part of the stage, specially the 1st category Sella Ciampigotto, a very long climb with 17 km. After this, a face-to-face versus the peloton would be served for the second part of the stage. Also the lenght of the stage will be a handicap, more than 220 km with three scoring climbs will for sure increase the fatigue of the riders, which maybe could make an extra effort knowing the next day is going to be a rest day.

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REST DAY

Stage 16 Lecco - Monte Muggio
The first high mountain stage of the last week is a long, chained climbs one. The route explores the east side of Como Lake and west side of Bergamasque Alps, being the race entirely located in the region of Lombardy.

After the start in the lakeside town of Lecco, 40 flat km will make the first part of the stage a good scenario for the research of a breakaway. After this, the road starts to enter the Bergamasque Alps with three climbs with progressive difficult: Alino, Brembella and finally the large Passo San Marco, with more of 20 km of ascent. This part of the stage could be difficult to control, with a strong breakaway increasing its advantage or with early attacks with tactical goals.

After the descent of Passo San Marco, a flatter fragment comes out, with the exception of a little 3rd category climb. Finally, after passing through Dervio -30 km to the finish-, the final part of the stage takes start. This last part has an unstable relief, with some ups and downs until the final ascent to Monte Muggio. An early attacker could have a try in the 2nd category climb, but the action would be packed in the last climb.
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Stage 17 Como - Premeno
Second stage of the Alps. This route starts in Como, near the famous Como lake, and goes to the West, approaching the Piamonte region in the final part of the stage.

This stage shares some features with the former stage: a less difficult first part, a high climb in the middle part and a complicated finish with several climbs. The main differences are the length (this stage is about 20 km shorter, which will make differences in the riders' attitude), the start of the race (in this case, more hilly, which will be interesting for the formation of the breakaway) and the final part.

In this case, the stage doesn't finishes uphill but with a short ascent, followed by the big 1st category climb of Piancavallo and an important 6km descent.
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Stage 18 Borgomanero - Perloz
Short and transfer stage before the final queen stage and final mountain stage, and third stage of the Alps. The route continues in the Piamonte region and finishes in Valle de Aosta. After two big stages, this one features some climbs but is more favourable to attackers or breakaways.

The main difficulty is the Bielmonte, in the middle part of the stage, near the Oropa Sanctuary. Other minor climbs can be found in the start of the stage and in the final part. The last climb is a short, hard one, only 4 kms but with an average slope of 8%.
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Stage 19 Aosta - Aosta
Finally, the queen stage of the Giro. 213 kms with 7 KOMs, three of them 1st category. The route goes through the central part of Aosta Valley, approaching some climbs of the area, within ski stations, big altitudes and a typical Alpine environment.

After the second pass through the town of Aosta, the two final climbs and the last descent into Aosta again would be decisive for the final GC. It is also specially important the Colle San Carlo in the first part of the race, which with its 11 kms at the 9% it promises early action and a strong breakaway.
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Stage 20 Torino - Torino
Finally, an individual effort to clarify the final GC. A mid-distance, completely flat ITT, which couldn't be enough for a huge comeback, but solve the fight between the riders with little differences in the GC.

A full path through the streets of Torino will show the final outcome of this Giro.
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Stage 21 Terni - Roma
Final stage, as usual, is an easy walk, this time in the streets of Rome.

The stage starts in the town of Terni, in the Umbria region, and passes into the Lazio soon, after a hilly first part. After it, the route enters the valley of Tevere river, following it towards the city of Rome. The final circuit features the Via Cristoforo Colombo, one of the biggest avenues in Rome, surrounds the Circo Massimo and passes by the Terme of Caracalla. The finish line, although it is placed in a slighthly upwards road, should not be enough to avoid the final mass sprint with the survivor riders of the race.
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Re: Giro d'Italia 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 4/5)

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Start from Jerusalem on Friday for 3 days in Israel. First stage very short and opened for a huge battle for the pink jersey. Then more cool stages.

Transfert and rest day on monday. Back to Italia with the first submit arrival. Then long transition stage for sprinters/puncheurs. The first week end with a ITT for both climbers and specialists.

The second week is for climbers with 4 mountains stages with lots of difficulties.

The last week is dangerous for leaders with various profile. 2 hilly and tricky stage (once very long), a moutain stage a ITT and a strade bianche stage. The giro can be lose on the last week with profiles for attackers.

The WWII stage are the ITT in Vittorio Veneto and the next stage starting for Gorizia following the Izonzo for some kilometers in Slovenia

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 4/5)

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My Giro 2018 maps/tours/view/8972
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Una crono individuale come opener, non sarà una crono piatta ma presenterà due salite pedalabili, pane per cronoman come Dennis Roglic e Dumoulin

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Tel Aviv Jerusalem 2 cities 2 marathons 1 breakaway 1 sprint

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1 tappa per i cronoman, 1 tappa per gli sprinters e una tappa anche per i finisseur, corridori Matthews o Gilbert, se saranno usciti bene dalla prima crono, potranno indossare la rosa nel Gesù crebbe.

rest day

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prima tappa di montagna del giro che coincide con la prima tappa italiana, la salita di sant'Angelo è uno dei fiori all'occhiello del giro e ci sarà anche uno strappo non valevole per il Kom prima di arrivare ad Acri, finale esplosivo

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Tappa per velocisti dotati di fondo, l'arrivo ad Amalfi sarà uno dei più suggestivi del Giro

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l'arrivo a Francavilla invece sarà per velocisti puri, secondo dei tre previsti, il Giro ha bisogno di ritagliarsi uno spazio a se stante, sarà sicuramente molto più attraente per i vari Kristoff Degenkolb, Demare, Modolo, Trentin, ma soprattutto Sagan, che avrà molte più tappe a disposizione rispetto al Tour

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Ecco una delle tappe di cui parlavo sImagestiopra, molte tappe per velocisti saranno delle classiche in stile Amburgo o Plouay che apriranno il pronostico a passisti veloci come Van Avermaet Ulissi e Stybar oltre a favorire lo spettacolo nei finali

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Una delle tappe più particolari del Giro, pochi chilometri, tante cote, sarà battaglia tra specialisti delle Ardenne e uomini di classifica

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Seconda delle tre tappe Appenniniche di media montagna a conclusione di una prima settimana non facile, l'appennino tosco-emiliano farà accendere la battaglia tra gli uomini di classifica o arriverà la fuga ?

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 4/5)

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lorenzo.ciconte wrote:
23/04/2018, 15:27
My Giro 2018 maps/tours/view/8972
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Do you at least click "preview" to check the post before posting? |burin
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Re: Giro d'Italia 2018 (Cat. 1, deadline on 4/5)

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Hi everyone, this is my first participation to a contest, I guess to not make too much mistakes. And sorry for my poor english.

maps/tours/view/9004

Here is a brief description of the Giro, in the next days I'll insert a description also of each stage in the track.
The giro d'Italia I intend to show you has, as specified, its start from Israel with three stages, including: one time trial, one on mixed terrain stage and a flat one.
Upon returning to Italy (day of rest in Bari on Monday) the South is explored: a flat stage from Bari to Foggia, then from Termoli the peloton will head to Potenza, with a breakaway-friendly stage. Then Calabria (Praia a Mare) will be reached with an almost flat stage. The next stage will end in Salerno, and will be one of the last for a period of time dedicated to sprinters. Particular attention must be paid be paid by both GC contenders and stage catchers to the stage ending in Sorrento, while the last stage of the week represents the first arrival on a mountain: Vesuvius, coming after a tour of Naples.
Second transfer to Venice, with time trial from Lido di Jesolo to Piazza San Marco and the first taste of Prealpi and Alpi. A good part of the stages is dedicated to the memory of the First World War: second stage of the week from Udine to Caporetto (theater of a resounding defeat of the italian Army), now part of Slovenia. Then the convoy of the Giro will head to Cortina d'Ampezzo with a simple stage for sprinters, one of their last chances. Then the Dolomites (other battles on their tops) will be on the shields, with an arrival on Passo Pordoi after Cibiana, Duran, Giau, Falzarego, Fedaia. Next, stage from Bolzano to Aprica, through Stelvio and a double Mortirolo: also the Stelvio was the set of a number of battles durnig WWI. The last stage of the week will end in Bergamo, on the route of the Giro di Lombardia.
Last week in central Italy, to show that even the Apennines are worthy of a final of the Giro. Rest day in Imola, then the peloton will head from here to Cagli, after a tough stage on the Marche's hills. From Gubbio (Umbria), then the riders will go through the dirt roads of Tuscany's Val d'Orcia; after that, a short stage up and down the Monte Amiata. No breathing stages, next is Terminillo. The penultimate stage is around Passo Lanciano (Blockaus) with arrival down in the valley, in Lettomanoppello after multiple climbs to the various sides of the mountain.
Grand finale in Rome, with digression on the Roman hills and return on the pavè of the magnificient Appia Antica: no relax for GT contenders: ambushes are still possible.

This is a hard Giro, I know, designed for a shrewd (and strong) rider. There is a molteplicity of stages, simple, not so much; long mountain, short mountain stages; hard uphill arrivals, "easy" uphill arrivals, downhill arrivals; hard slopes and easy slopes; two ITT: one pretty short and one pretty long (and for specialists).

Some details:
Total distance: 3422.94 Km
15 regions crossed: Puglia, Molise, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige, Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Umbria, Toscana, Lazio, Abruzzo.
2 foreign nations crossed: Israel and Slovenia.

Uphill arrivals: 4.
High mountain stages: 8; Uphill arrivalsin the high mountain stages; 4.
Mid-mountain stages: 5
Flat stages: 6
Individual time trial stages: 2; Kilometers of individual time trial: 69.38

Total GPM: 90
1 Cima Coppi (Stelvio):
Total 1st category: 13
Total 2nd Category: 15
Total 3rd category: 38
Total 4th category: 23

Have fun!

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Hi evrybody,

this is my Giro 2018 from West Jerusalem to Rome maps/tours/view/8952.
We arrive/start in 15 different regions:
Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Abruzzo, Marche, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Trentino, Lombardia, Liguria, Piemonte, Val d'Aosta, Lazio.
3622 km
1 Team Time Trial
1 Individual Time Trial
5 High Mountain Stages
5 Medium Mountain Stages
9 Plain Stages
3 WWI Stages (11,12,15)

In Spoiler all the stages
Spoiler!
STAGE 1 Friday 4/5 West Jerusalem-West Jerusalem
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Giro starts with a Team Time Trial, 30 km in West Jerusalem, who will be first maglia rosa?

STAGE 2 Satursay 5/5 Be'er Sheeva-Tel Aviv
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Flat stage, only a easy KOM after 25 km. Time for sprinters

STAGE 3 Sunday 6/5 Tel Aviv-Haifa
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Stage with an interesting final. In the last two kilometres we have a climb (1.5 km at 13.3%), the KOM is only 500 metres before the end. Somebody can try something...

Monday 7/5 Rest day

STAGE 4 Tuesday 8/5 Lecce-Policoro
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Back in Italy, easy stage without KOM, from Adriatic Sea to Ionic Sea.

STAGE 5 Wednesday 9/5 Matera-Corigliano Scalo
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First 120 km with 3 climbs then 70 with only one and short climb. Breakaway or sprinters?

STAGE 6 Thursday 10/5 Praia a Mare-Avellino
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Medium mountain stage, from the sea to the Appennino, a 2nd category KOM at 25 kilometres before the end, another breakway or GC's contender?

STAGE 7 Friday 11/5 Napoli-Latina
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Easy stage for sprinters.

STAGE 8 Saturday 12/5 Pescocostanzo-Ovindoli
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7 KOM, 210 km, if you want to win Giro d'Italia you need to be ready. First top finish

STAGE 9 Sunday 13/5 Teramo-Sassotetto
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Another stage for climbers, 5 KOM in the middle part and finish in Sassotetto, 10 km at 7.5%. In the middle part we pass in Castelluccio and Norcia, two city with many dead in 2016 earthquake

Monday 14/5 Rest Day

STAGE 10 Tuesday 15/5 Imola-Bologna
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The only Individual Time Trial but it's 48 km with a KOM a few kilometres after the start and then 30 kilometres without turn. If you are a cronoman you can gain some minutes.

STAGE 11 Wednesday 16/5 Piove di Sacco-Marostica
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Sprinters ready for another win. Only an easy KOM in the central part. We remember WWI beacuse Marostica was a very important city to feed the italian soldiers. They built a railway and a station in the 1916 for bring weapons and food.

STAGE 12 Thursday 17/5 Castelfanco Veneto-Cividale del Friuli
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Second flat day and second WWI day. We start from Castelfranco Veneto and after some kilometres we arrive in Vittorio Veneto. Two strategic cities for Italy in WWI.

STAGE 13 Friday 18/5 Spilimbergo-Canazei
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Giro arrives on Alpi, first stage and we have Forcella Staulanza and Passo Fedaia (Marmolada), 13.5 km at 7.6%, after the KOM only 14 km in downhill. Time for climbers.

STAGE 14 Saturday 19/5 Cortina d'Ampezzo-Passo Lavazè
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The Dolomiti's Stage, First 69 kilometres and we have Passo Falzarego, Passo Gardena, Passo Sella and Passo Pordoi (Cima Coppi), long downhill and then Passo San Pallegrino, but it's not the end, we arrive in Val di Fiemme and we climb Passo Lavazè. First 5 km are the same for Alpe di Pampego then turn left, 1 easy kilometer and then last 3 kilometres always over 10%. In this stage you can win half Giro.

STAGE 15 Sunday 20/5 Bolzano-San Zeno di Montagna
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Another stage for climbers. We start from Bolzano and after Trento we start to climb Monte Bondone, downhill, Lago di Garda and then after Malcesine starts Punta Veleno, the hardest climb in this Giro, 8.6 km at 12.3%, after the top only 13 km. San Zeno is on the west side of Monte Baldo, important place for italian defensive lines in WWI against austrian army.

Rest Day Monday 21/5

STAGE 16 Tuesday 22/5 Brescia-Novi Ligure
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Again time for sprinter, easy stage.

STAGE 17 Wednesday 23/5 Arenzano-Alba
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Sprinter or breakaway? An easy climb at only 13 km to the finish.

STAGE 18 Thursday 24/5 Asti-Prali
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First of three days that can change the Giro. The last top is not difficult, but in some parts is near at 10%.

STAGE 19 Friday 25/5 Pinerolo-Sestriere
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Very hard stage. After only 54 km Sestriere, downhill and Monginevro, then Col de l'Echell, long downhill in Val di Susa and starts Colle delle Finestre, 18.5 km at 9.2%, downhill and Sestriere again.

STAGE 20 Saturday 26/5 Torino-Cervinia
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Half stage without difficulty, then Col de Joux, Col di San Pantaleon and then Cervinia. Last possibility to win the Giro.

STAGE 21 Sunday 27/5 Ostia Antica-Roma
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Last stage in Roma, circuit in the center of Roma.

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21 stages, starting from Israel and touching 16 regions of Italy (all except Basilicata, Calabria, Sicilia, Sardegna). WWI is remembered with stage starting or arriving in Redipuglia (war memorial), Vittorio Veneto (final battle for Italian front) and Villa Giusti(armistice signature). A stage also starts from Filottrano in memory of Michele Scarponi. Five time trial (a prologue, a team one, two long and flat and a short climb one). Five "tapponi" put in the weekend (Alpe di Siusi, Crostis, Pian Gelassa, Casteldelfino, Rieti) first three ones with arrival at the end of a climb. Then four medium mountain stages (Prati di Tivo, Cles, Aosta, Monet Carpegna) the first and the last one finishing at the end of a climb. Two stages for finisseurs (Nazareth and Brisighella) and the remaining five for sprinters.
Rest days after stages 3, 9 and 15
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Grand depart from Israel



Friday, May 4th
Let’s start with a short plain time trial in Jerusalem

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Saturday, May 5th

A nervous stage, with arrival in Nazareth on top of an hill, ideal for long distance attach or finisseurs

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Sunday, May 6th
Tel Aviv, team time trial
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In the late evening, flight to Napoli

Monday Mat 7th rest day

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First week
Tuesday may 8th first Italian stage, almost entirely flat, ideal for sprinters
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Wednesday May 9th first climb arrival, Prati di Tivo, sky place in northern Gran Sasso. Relevant climb, almost 15 km at 6,6%. The typical "first week climb arrival", like the most common Campitello Matese or Monte Sirino. Classification will start taking a shape, the challenger for final win are expected to be separated by just a few seconds, but who is not in his best condition can get a relevant delay
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Thursday May 10th Stage mainly for finisseurs, it starts from Filottrano in tribute to Michele Scarponi, and it finishes on Romagna hills.

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Friday May 11th first contact with Alps with Mendola near the arrival. Difficult thinking to attack from final win pretenders, more reasonable a long distance attach where Mendola will select the attacker with better climb attitude or better condition.

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Saturday May 12th. “when the goin' gets tough . . . the tough get goin”. Six climbs, including the very hard Pennes (4 km at 8%) , and arrival to Alpe di Siusi, (11 km at 7%)

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Dettaglio del finale
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Sunday May 13th first week closes with its best. Four Dolomitics climbs, then Zoncolan (Does it need presentation? And it is the lowest in altitude of the six climbs) from Ovaro (the hardest side) followed by Crostis (16 km at 8%)

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Dettaglio del finale

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Monday May 14° second rest day

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Tuesday May 15° we start celebrating WWI. From Redipuglia war memorial (that houses the remains of 100000 Italian soldiers killed in war) to Vittorio Veneto (place of the final battle that decided the war on Italian front), in one of the few completely flat stages

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Wednesday May 16th from Villa Giusti, near Padova, where the armistice was signed, another completely flat stage

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Thursday May 17th half Giro time trial, completely flat, the great chance for time trial specialist to gain against climbers. Route in Cremona’s country, between Serio and Adda rivers

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Friday May 18th medium mountain stage, with Croce Serra e Joux. Ideal stage from outsiders attack, with pretenders to classification waiting for the weekend

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Saturday May 19th “tappone” in Western Alps. Beginning with San Carlo and Piccolo San Bernardo, French border is crossed to climb to Iseran (cima Coppi) and come back to Italy with Moncenisio and final climb, first time in Giro History (12 km at 8%). Here it is time to attack, path and length help to show both long-distance attitude and condition

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Sunday May 20th , Maybe the hardest one. After an easy start with only the small hill of Colle Braida, it is time of the hard Colle delle Finestre around the middle of the stage, followed by two middle difficulty climbs (Sestriere and Monginevro) for the final showdown with (again in France) Isoard e Agnello, and arrival after a downhill . Here, who find difficulties can lose dozens of minutes, and like yesterday long-distance runners are favorited, even if not pure grimpeurs


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Monday May 21st rest day

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Third week

Tuesday May 22nd sprinter stage (Bocchetta from easy stage)

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Wednesday May 23rd climb time trial (9 km at 8%)

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Thursday May 24th open stage, last chance for sprinters but also ideal for long distance outsiders attack
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Friday May 25th Monte Carpegna, historical stage arrival, 7 km at 7,7%
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Saturday May 26th Appennini stage with Sasso Tetto at the beginning and Terminillo in the end. Not strongest as alpin stage, but after three week it can be hard enough for making a difference and reopen the game
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Sunday May 27th final stage, flat time trial crossing the most relevant parts of Roma and arriving at Stadio Olimpico

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This is my version of the Giro d'Italia 2018 : maps/tours/view/8964

There are:
7 flat stages
6 medium mountain stages
6 high mountain stages
2 ITT

In total there will be covered 3591.63 Km.

My version for the Giro d'Italia 2018 countains 21 stages with start in Jerusalem and finish in Rome.

Important facts:
The rest days will be after stage 3, stage 9 and stage 15.
In addition to the stages in Israel, my Giro touches 17 italian regions:
Calabria, Puglia, Basilicata, Campania, Molise, Lazio, Abruzzo, Umbria, Marche, Toscana, Emilia-Romagna, Piemonte, Liguria, Lombardia, Trentino-Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Veneto.
Sicilia, Sardegna and Valle d'Aosta are not part of the race.
There are two stages which remember the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. These are the stage with finish in Lecco (16th stage) and Passo Pordoi (18th stage).
The Cima Coppi will be the Passo Pordoi.

The stages will be presented in the spoiler section:
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1st Stage - Jerusalem > Jerusalem: 11.08 Km - Individual Time Trial

My Giro d'Italia 2018 starts with an individual time trial of 11 km. The course is not pancake flat, it has some up and downs in the inner city of Jerusalem. The first time gaps between the GC contenders.

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2nd Stage - Jerusalem > Haifa: 228.31 Km - Medium Mountain

The second stage of my Giro is a medium mountain stage with tricky final. In the last 25 km there will be two KOM, where the final one will be easier, but still with maximum slopes of nearly 10%. The stage winner will probably be a rider who likes one day classics like Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Amstel Gold Race. Also the GC contenders have to be aware.

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3rd Stage - Haifa > Be’er Scheva: 198.12 Km - Plain

Third and last day in Israel. It will also be the first opportunity for the sprinters in this Giro. The first 80 km will be along the coast, then the riders will slowly change direction and go towards Be'er Sheva, where the finish line is set. Altough the slight uphill drag in the final 50 km the sprinter teams won't miss this opportunity.

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4th Stage - Reggio Calabria > Lamezia Terme: 203.67 Km - Medium Mountain

The first stage in italian territory, and it won't be easy. A typical Giro d'Italia medium mountain stage with many hidden difficulties. The first 30 km are flat before the first climb, which isn't really difficult with its 4% of average slope. After this climb there are 50 km of false flat, before we arrive to the climb of Vibo Valentia, a not to difficult 3rd category. With 70 km to go we reach the climb of Filadelfia, the most difficult of the day (7 km at 7.2%). From this point on there won't be much flat until we reach the finish line. The stage will probably be decided on the last two climbs, two hard muritos on narrow streets, both with slopes up to 20%. The GC contenders have to be extremely aware before this two KOM and always be in front of the main group, otherwise they risk to lose plenty of time. The stage win will probably go to a puncheur.

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5th Stage - Cosenza > Marina di Ginosa: 174.57 Km - Plain

Second flat stage of the race, and the first chance for sprinters on italian territory. After the only climb of the day, which is rather easy, the riders will go along the coast on wide roads. The only difficulty could be the wind, and so the top tier teams have to pay attention during the last 100 km of the stage.

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6th Stage - Matera > Benevento: 248.14 Km - Medium Mountain


A very long medium mountain stage brings the riders to the region of Campania. The riders will face rolling terrain and 6 climbs, none of them really difficult. Normally a typical breakaway stage, but we are in the first week and many probably want the pink jersey, so there should be a big fight. The stage could also be won by a sprinter who has a decent climb, but it will be difficult to control.

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7th Stage - Campobasso > Frosinone: 163.45 Km - Plain

Third chance for sprinters in this race, where the riders will roll to Frosinone, in the region of Lazio. Despite it's not pancake flat, the fast men shouldn't have problems to take this stage. Before the hard stage on Saturday the GC men are happy to rest a little bit, so there shouldn't be too much chaos.

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8th Stage - Civitella Roveto > Colle Bertone: 196.30 Km - High mountain

First real mountain stage of this Giro. After some hilly terrain in the first 100 km, the riders will climb Sella di Leonessa, a tough and long climb which will bring the riders to the easy Passo Lauturia. After a very technical descent the riders will start the last climb of the day, the Colle Bertone. This climb averages 6% on 17 km. The most difficult parts will be halfway the climb, so the ones who have to claim back time have to attack here. Those who want the stage win have to push hard already on Sella di Leonessa, because the last climb isn't hard enough to make big differences. It will be interesting to see what the top GC teams will try on this first real test.

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9th Stage - Amatrice > Porto San Giorgio: 182.65 Km - Medium Mountain

9th and last stage before the second rest day. After a hard day on saturday, the riders will face a very nervous stage with continous up and downs in the region of Marche. The start will be from Amatrice, a little place which was damaged hard by the earthquakes in 2016 and 2017, and the riders will have a minute of silence in thought of the nearly 300 deaths. After the first 20 km in slight descent, the riders will face the longest climb of the day, the Monte Rigo. After this one, the climbs will come one after the other and the riders have to be very attentive to not be caught behind, because on these narrow streets in Marche selection is created very fast. In total there will be 12 climbs, none of these impossible, but all very demanding and with some steep ramps. It will be an important day for GC, but also for the stagehunters, because there is plenty of terrain to attack.

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10th Stage - Gubbio > Città di Castello: 51.75 Km - Individual Time Trial


Second and last stage against the clock of this Giro comes right after the second rest day. Long ITT of 51,75 km where the riders will face mostly flat terrain. There are altough two easy climbs, the first at the second intermediate (2,8 at 3,5%), and the second at the third intermediate (3,8 at 4,7%). This is a stage for specialists, so they will try to win this stage. The lighter climbers will try to minimize the time gap to the more powerful GC guys, before they can take back time on the following 11th stage.
Crucial stage for the Giro win.

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11th Stage - Arezzo > Pavullo nel Frignano: 233.85 Km - Medium Mountain

Long and tricky stage after the individual time trial. 234 km after the start in Arezzo the riders will arrive to Pavullo nel Frignano, in the region of Emilia-Romagna. The most difficult km will be the last 110, where the riders will pass five categorised climbs. The most difficult of these is without any doubt the fourth one, the Passo del Lupo (17,5 at 6%). After a long descent the riders will ride towards Pianelli, a quite short and steep climb (4,9 at 9,2%). After that there is a short descent and some km flat before the riders will arrive to Pavullo nel Frignano. This stage could create some big problems for GC guys who are not on a good day, because of the lenght of the stage and because it comes right after the hard ITT.

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12th Stage - Pavullo nel Frignano > Fiorenzuola d’Arda: 163.59 Km - Plain

Transitional stage which brings the riders from the Apennines to the Po Valley. The first 70 km are quite difficult with 4 categorised climbs, where the hardest one is the short climb to Teneggia (2,75 km at 9,6 %). After this first part the riders will only face flat terrain before the the finish line. Potentially it could be a day for a breakaway, but the sprinter teams will try to hold this together.

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13th Stage - Piacenza > Alba: 171.07 Km - Plain

Typical pan-flat Giro stage trough the Po Valley, and last chance for the sprinters in the second week. Everything beside a bunch sprint would be a big surprise. The GC men will also be happy to have a little rest before two crucial mountain stages on the weekend.

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14th Stage - Barolo > Pieve di Teco: 217.25 Km - High mountain

First real test in the Alps in this Giro. It will be a hard and long stage with a total of 4 climbs. The riders will kick off in Barolo, known for the very popular wine. After a short hill right at the start, the riders will face 70 km with a constant light uphill drag before reaching the first climb to Quarzina (7,1 km at 8,5%). At km 109 the riders will reach Pieve di Teco, where 108 km ahead will be post the finish line. The riders still have to do 3 climbs, the most difficult of these is the Monte Ceppo (15 km at 7%). The last climb of the day is the Colle d'Oggia (14,2 km at 6,7%). After a quite technical descent the riders will finally reach for the last time Pieve di Teco. It will be a very important stage with no flat in the last 108km and so it will be a long day for everyone. Some brave GC contender could try a long range attack, the terrain is quite favorable.

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15th Stage - Fossano > Mottarone: 242.17 Km - High mountain

After a hard stage on Saturday, the riders will have another long day on the saddle, with 242 km in total. The first 170 km are almost pan-cake flat, and they won't for sure going full gas there, keeping in mind that the finale will be very tricky. After two 3rd category and one 2nd category climb, the best climbers will be happy about the hardest MTF until yet of this race. The Mottarone is 18 km long and averages 6,32 %. The last 12 km altough have an average gradient of 7,7 %. This climb could create decent gaps, in especially if some riders have tired legs from the stage before. In addition it's the last stage before the second rest day, so they wont't hold back anything.

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16th Stage - Monza > Lecco: 172.74 Km - Medium Mountain


First stage of the last week of this Giro, and it will be a hard one. After 50 km of flat terrain the riders will enter hellish 120 km until the finish with continuous up and downs. Only the last 8 km will be flat again. The toughest of these final 8 climbs will be the second-last, the well known Passo di Valcava (12,4 km at 6,9 %). It will be an important day for GC, because the whole stage is incredibly difficult to control for the teams. Gutsy riders can really gain back time here for the final win of the Giro. In Lecco, where the stage ends, the riders will also remember the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, because the finish line is post right in front of the "Monumento ai Caduti", which was built between 1922 and 1926. The majestic monument, located on the lakefront where once there were barracks of Croatian prisoners, remembers the fallen soldiers of the Great War.

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17th Stage - Iseo > Vicenza: 165.86 Km - Plain

Short and rather easy stage after the "Mini Giro di Lombardia" of the day before. The first 130 km of the stage will be flat before the riders will hit the 3 GPM of the day. The second-last one will be the famous climb to Monte Berico. Via Costacolonna altough will be the toughest one, with 1,6 km at 8%. The final part of this stage is similar to the proposed route of the WCRR in 2020 in Vicenza. The favorites for this 17th stage will generally be classic riders and sprinters which can climb a bit. It's suited perfectly also for a late finisseur attack. Also the GC contenders have to be attentive, because the last climb is on narrow roads and positioning will be crucial. But the riders which will fight for the win of the Giro will be more focused to save energys for the last 3 crucial day in the Alps.

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18th Stage - Bassano del Grappa > Passo Pordoi: 199.86 Km - High mountain

Queen stage of this year's Giro. 200 crucial km will await the riders, and not less than 5 first category climbs. Already the first will be the most difficult one, the well known Monte Grappa. After the descent the riders will have the easiest 40 km of the day, with only flat and a 3rd category climb in it. The last 110 km altough will be brutal. 5 climbs will separate the riders still from the finish line, and they come one after the other without flat terrain. In succession they will face the Forcella Franche and then the mythical dolomitic climbs Passo Duran, Forcella Staulanza, Passo Fedaia and the Cima Coppa Passo Pordoi. The final decision about the stage winner can be made on everyone of these, but most probably on the steep sections of the Passo Fedaia, with its magnificient scenery and long hard straits. After the Fedaia they take a brief descent to Canazei where the final climb starts, the popular Passo Pordoi. Probably they will reach the finish line one at the time, everything else would be a shocker after a hard stage like this one. At the 2231 of the Passo Pordoi the riders will also remember the 100th anniversary of the Great War, which took place near the finish line. At the top of this final climb we find the museum of the Great War, and some 100 meters towards North-East there is the germanic monument of the Pordoi, which remembers and contains the remains of 454 Germanic soldiers and 8,128 Austro-Hungarian soldiers. The construction was finished in 1959.

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19th Stage - Corvara in Badia > Terento: 102.76 Km - High mountain

Shortest stage in this years Giro with 102,8 km. It will be a hard one, in especially because it comes right after the extremely hard dolomitic queen stage. This stage will also be the last mountain top finish in this race. This 102,8 km could be very important for the GC, because coming after a hard day and beeing so short, could incentivate attackers and gutsy riders who want to go all-in in order to win Il Giro. It will be very hard to control for the top teams, and there will for sure be a big battle to get into the breakaway. The 4 climbs are all relatively steep, the hardest one will be probably be the second, the Alpe di Rodengo, and the easiest will be the final one up to Terento. Mayhem time!

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20th Stage - San Candido > Paluzza: 159.31 Km - High mountain

Last mountain stage of this Giro and it will be a tricky one. After crossing the border at Prato alla Drava, the riders will face 90 km on austrian terrain, containing an easy climb and a long rolling descent, with several little bumps. After the Passo di Pramollo the riders will reach Italy again, with the Passo del Cason di Lanza which comes right after the descent of the further one. It is a pretty irregular climb with maximum gradients up to 18%. After the descent on narrow roads the riders will face the last GPM of this year's Giro, the Forcella di Lius, a short but steep climb with maximum gradients up to 17,8%. After the descent they will reach the finish line in Paluzza. It's the last opportunity to make back time so the climbers will try to make life difficult for the GC leader. The terrain is perfect for long-range attacks so it should be an entertaining last mountain stage.

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21th Stage - Civitavecchia > Roma: 105.13 Km - Plain

Last stage of this Giro edition and it will be a day for the sprinters, and maybe there will also be the final battle for the cyclamen jersey. After the last stage ending in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia the riders will reach Latium with the high-speed train Freccia. After 105,1 km the winner of the race will finally be decided, and the riders will be happy to reach Rome after hard 21 stages. The finish line will be post in front of the mythical Colosseum.

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Here is my Giro: maps/tours/view/8249

The three rest days:
- Stage 3 to Stage 4: Potenza
- Stage 9 to Stage 10: Reggio Emilia
- Stage 15 to Stage 16: Lecco

Regions: Basilicata, Campania, Abruzzo, Marche, Umbria, Toscane, Emilia Romagna, Liguria, Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta, Lombardia, Friuli, Trentino, Veneto and Lazio.

WWI Remembrance stages 19, 20 and 21.

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Here is my Giro 2018 !

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My Giro 2018: maps/tours/view/8972
Second week presentation

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stage 10: the Liege-Bastogne-Liege of this Giro, few km of flat, technical descents and brutal cotes, the arrival in genoa is the most spectacular of this Giro, cote de Righi is highly explosive in the first part and, probably, the descent will make more damage of the climb itself, plus there will be a 1km uphill not-cathegorized climb and the typical soft ascending arrival of Via Venti

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stage 11: miniature version of MSR with the addiction of Pompeiana
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First mountaintop finish, Colle della Fauniera will make the first cut between the Gc contenders, pure climbers will have to attack because a time trial is looming

stage 13
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another final for classic hunters, narrow roads, fast descent and uphill arrive, Phil Gil like riders are hungry

stage 14
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this is the turning point of the Giro, Susa-Sestriere is the most difficult time trial since the famous 5 Terre time trial of the 2009 Giro, Colle delle Finestre suits more the pure climbers but in the latter part Dumoulin Froome Porte or Nibali can make the difference if they are in a good shape
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stage 15
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final alpine day before the break, but after tremendous time trial, there will be a lot of surprises
in case of snow, the riders will be arriving in La Thuile by Tackling Colle san Carlo instead of the Mont Cenis-Iseran-Petit Saint Bernard combo

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Iseran will also be the Cima Coppi of this Giro

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Here you are my 2018 Giro d'Italia proposal:

maps/tours/view/8146

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Et voilà

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Rest days after stage 3, 10 and 15.

15 regions touched: Calabria (Roccella Jonica, Cirò marina, SIbari), Puglia (Minervino Murge), Basilicata (Lavello), Molise (Bojano, Isernia), Abruzzo (Campo Felice), Lazio (Contigliano, Roma), Toscana (Arezzo, Sesto Fiorentino, Scarperia, Barberino di Mugello), Emilia Romagna (Monte Cimone, Collecchio), Liguria (Genova/Monte Gazzo, Genova/Pegli), Lombardia (Vigevano, Almè), Piemonte (Trofarello, Nichelino, Gattinara), Valle d'Aosta (Estoul), Trentino Alto Adige (Mezzana Val di Sole, Monte Zugna), Veneto (Monte Piana, Santo Stefano di Cadore, Bassano del Grappa, Grezzana), Friuli Venezia Giulia (Gradisca d'Isonzo, Monte San Michele, Valvasone Arzene).

The five race days of the last week (Rome stage excluded) are all dedicated to the memory of WWI; in the specific:

- Stage 16, Mezzana - Monte Piana: the Dolomites and Monte Piana, that was contested between the italian and the Austrian Armies. Today many remnants of the fierce fighting can still be found on the summit.

- Stage 17: Santo Stefano di Cadore - Nova Gorica: after the few kms the important KOM of Cima Sappada, where a museum on WWI is settled.
Moreover, the final of the stage follows the Isonzo river, that was the border between the italian and the austrian territories at the start of WWI.

- Stage 18: Gradisca d'Isonzo - Monte San Michele/Altopiano del Carso: a famous territory thanks to the italian poet Ungaretti, who dedicated to the village of San Martino del Carso one of its most greatest works; the poem is about the atrocity of WWI.

- Stage 19: Valvasone Arzene/Ponte della Delizia - Bassano del Grappa: The start will take place in front of a commemorative WWI plaque: the bridge was destroyed during the italian retreat together with the other ones, in order to make difficult the crossing of the river Tagliamento for the Austrian-German Army.
The stage will be decided on Monte Grappa, who represented the last defense for the Italian Army and the last obstacle for the Austrian one.

- Stage 20: Grezzana - Monte Zugna: Monte Zugna (or Coni Zugna), together with the most famous Passo Buole, is part of the mountain massif contested between the two armies during WWI.

In the spoiler the description stage by stage. Here the link to the Giro: maps/tours/view/8547
Spoiler!
PROLOGUE: JERUSALEM ITT, 7.8 km
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A less than 8 kms long time trial full of ups and downs will be the first stage of this Giro d'Italia. The route is very similar to the original one.

STAGE 1: BE'ER SHEVA - TEL AVIV, 174.6 km
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A stage for sprinters, with just one short and easy KOM after 60 kms and a final circuit of 9 kms in Tel Aviv.

KOM: Nehusha (4° Categoria, 347 m, 2.0 Km al 3.2%, Km 58.5).

STAGE 2: HAIFA - NAZARETH, 170.6 km
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The first hard stage of the race will take place during the third day, the last one in Israel: 6 KOMs before the finish line in Nazareth. After a hilly first part and a long discent to Tiberias, the route will go uphill with 3 3rd category and 2 4th category climbs.

KOM: Rameh (4° Categoria, 342 m, 2.7 Km al 3.9%, Km 72.2), Poriya (4° Categoria, 11 m, 3.2 Km al 6.6%, Km 115.6), Sharona (3° Categoria, 224 m, 3.1 Km al 8.0%, Km 124.8), Shibli/Mount Tavor (4° Categoria, 264 m, 3.0 Km al 6.7%, Km 136.7), Nazareth/Hakeramim (3° Categoria, 457 m, 5.6 Km al 5.6%, Km 154.5), Nazareth/Safafira (3° Categoria, 482 m, 3.8 Km al 6.2%, Km 166.7).

STAGE 3: ROCCELLA JONICA - CIRO' MARINA, 172.3 km
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Back to Italy, a quite easy stage all along the Ionian Sea coast.

KOM: Caminia (4° Categoria, 103 m, 2.1 Km al 3.9%, Km 57.4).

STAGE 4: SIBARI - MINERVINO MURGE, 214.1 km
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In Minervino Murge a long stage with an explosive finish, characterized by a very short and very hard "muro" before the final 2 uphill kilomiters to the finish line.

KOM: Matera (3° Categoria, 406 m, 6.7 Km al 4.2%, Km 126.4), Campanelli (4° Categoria, 391 m, 2.6 Km al 4.2%, Km 201.4), Minervino Murge (4° Categoria, 478 m, 2.0 Km al 4.6%, Arrivo).

STAGE 5: LAVELLO - BOJANO, 194.7 km
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The 6th stage presents a profile that looks suitable for attackers - there are just a few kms of flat terrain in the last 60 kms. The hard climb of Sterpara del Piano, with very high gradients in the last 2 kms, could be decisive.

GPM: Ascoli Satriano (4° Categoria, 452 m, 4.8 Km al 3.7%, Km 28.5), Valico di Motta Montecorvino (3° Categoria, 786 m, 10.1 Km al 4.1%, Km 106.9), Colle Ciocca (3° Categoria, 678 m, 11.2 Km al 4.0%, Km 143.6), Sterpara del Piano (3° Categoria, 896 m, 5.2 Km al 5.5%, Km 162.3).

STAGE 6: ISERNIA - CAMPO FELICE, 221.1 km
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In the longest stage of the Giro there could be the first gaps between the GC riders: the long final climb ends only 4.5 kms before the finish line in Campo Felice, after a hilly route all along the stage.

GPM: Valico di Pratola (3° Categoria, 929 m, 22.1 Km al 2.7%, Km 36.9), Madonna Pietracquarta (4° Categoria, 898 m, 3.8 Km al 4.2%, Km 121.5), Forca di Tornimparte (2° Categoria, 1351 m, 16.8 Km al 3.8%, Km 182.3), Valico di Campo Felice (2° Categoria, 1561 m, 13.2 Km al 5.6%, Km 216.4).

STAGE 7: CONTIGLIANO - AREZZO, 184.2 km
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On Saturday the sprinters should get another chance. However, the hilly first part of the race and the short climb to the "Fortezza Medicea" must not be underrated.

GPM: San Gemini (4° Categoria, 376 m, 7.2 Km al 3.1%, Km 42.7), Collevalenza (4° Categoria, 322 m, 4.1 Km al 2.9%, Km 62.6), Cerqueto (4° Categoria, 301 m, 4.5 Km al 3.0%, Km 93.9).

STAGE 8: SESTO FIORENTINO - SCARPERIA/MUGELLO CIRCUIT ITT, 44 km
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From Sesto Fiorentino to the Mugello Circuit with a route partially favourable to the TT specialists: it looks like the climb to Croci di Calenzano is the only altimetric difficulty of the stage, but all the route is full of short ups and downs.

STAGE 9: BARBERINO DI MUGELLO - MONTE CIMONE/PIAN CAVALLARO, 163.7 km
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Monte Cimone will host the first mountain stage of the Giro. The rest of the route is flat for most of it, with the KOMs of La Crocetta just after the start and Sestola just before the final climb to Pian Cavallaro, the highest point reachable on tarmac of Monte Cimone.

GPM: Crocetta (3° Categoria, 810 m, 9.1 Km al 5.6%, Km 10.3), Sestola (2° Categoria, 917 m, 12.1 Km al 4.9%, Km 139.8), Monte Cimone (1° Categoria, 1864 m, 17.9 Km al 6.9%, Arrivo).

STAGE 10: COLLECCHIO - GENOVA/MONTE GAZZO, 204.8 km
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The 10th stage is maybe the trickiest one: after the rest day, the riders will face 3700 meters of positive difference, across 207 kms and 5 KOMs including the final climb to Monte Gazzo, at the Santuario di Nostra Signora della Misericordia, just outside Genova, the capital of Liguria.

GPM: Montevaccà (3° Categoria, 793 m, 6.1 Km al 4.9%, Km 69.5), Passo del Tomarlo (2° Categoria, 1468 m, 10.3 Km al 6.8%, Km 86.0), Sella di Sant'Alberto (2° Categoria, 678 m, 6.0 Km al 7.4%, Km 157.9), Valico di Trensasco (3° Categoria, 388 m, 4.5 Km al 7.6%, Km 179.4), Monte Gazzo (3° Categoria, 372 m, 4.7 Km al 7.0%, Arrivo).

STAGE 11: GENOVA/PEGLI - VIGEVANO, 194 km
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After 3 hard stages, sprinters will be the protagonists in Vigevano. Three climbs in the first part of the race are followed by 120 kms of pure flat.

GPM: Passo del Turchino (2° Categoria, 528 m, 9.8 Km al 5.1%, Km 16.3), Cremolino (4° Categoria, 368 m, 2.9 Km al 6.1%, Km 46.9), Ricaldone (4° Categoria, 298 m, 2.2 Km al 5.1%, Km 66.3).

STAGE 12: VIGEVANO - TROFARELLO, 166 km
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A flat stage suitable for attackers or sprinters that are able to keep a high pace on climbs. Only 3 KOMs but many short hills, the teams of the sprinters won't have many chance to catch up attackers in the final.

GPM: Piovà Massaia (4° Categoria, 299 m, 1.2 Km al 4.9%, Km 97.0), Cinzano (4° Categoria, 480 m, 5.2 Km al 2.8%, Km 123.8), Sciolze (3° Categoria, 463 m, 3.6 Km al 5.9%, Km 137.1).

STAGE 13: NICHELINO - ESTOUL, 175.6 km
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The final three climbs Arlaz-Tzecore-Estoul will show the effective strength and weaknesses of each pretender to the pink jersey. It's the first mountain stage of the "tryptique", but there could already be heavy gaps.

GPM: Andrate (2° Categoria, 812 m, 6.8 Km al 8.3%, Km 88.9), Col d'Arlaz (2° Categoria, 1006 m, 8.7 Km al 7.1%, Km 128.0), Colle Tzecore (1° Categoria, 1592 m, 16.1 Km al 6.7%, Km 157.6), Estoul (1° Categoria, 1788 m, 8.4 Km al 7.6%, Arrivo).

STAGE 14: GATTINARA - ALME', 179.2 km
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A "Tour-de-France-ish" stage, with two big climbs placed 15 kms before the finish line. That last kms are in a gentle discent, with a few ups and downs - a terrain favourable to attackers. The last kilometers of Valico di Brumano, after the crossing of the village, have slopes at 15% with a maximum gradient around 20%.

GPM: Lipomo (4° Categoria, 410 m, 3.7 Km al 4.8%, Km 85.7), Galbiate (4° Categoria, 371 m, 2.9 Km al 4.7%, Km 108.8), Valico di Valcava (1° Categoria, 1320 m, 14.4 Km al 7.5%, Km 130.4), Valico di Brumano/Resegone (1° Categoria, 1158 m, 9.2 Km al 7.5%, Km 152.4).

STAGE 15: MEZZANA/VAL DI SOLE - MONTE PIANA, 216.3 km
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The WWI memorial week starts with the queen stage of the Giro: 216 kms, 6 climbs, 4 1st category (Cima Coppi on Giau), 6000 meters of positive gap and the first-time-ever finish on Monte Piana, the "sister" of Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

GPM: Passo della Mendola (2° Categoria, 1364 m, 12.5 Km al 4.5%, Km 49.5), Passo di San Lugano (2° Categoria, 1100 m, 15.9 Km al 5.3%, Km 91.3), Passo di San Pellegrino (1° Categoria, 1915 m, 11.6 Km al 6.4%, Km 132.6), Passo Giau (Cima Coppi, 2228 m, 15.7 Km al 7.8%, Km 179.1), Passo Tre Croci (1° Categoria, 1809 m, 8.8 Km al 7.1%, Km 204.6), Monte Piana (1° Categoria, 2190 m, 7.3 Km al 7.3%, Arrivo).

STAGE 16: SANTO STEFANO DI CADORE - NOVA GORICA, 189.4 km
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After 3 mountain days, here an easier but still tricky stage, with 2 hard climbs in the last 40 kms of the race. Probably early attackers will have a chance to win this stage.

GPM: Cima Sappada (3° Categoria, 1276 m, 9.2 Km al 2.7%, Km 15.5), Ravascletto (3° Categoria, 953 m, 6.7 Km al 6.0%, Km 41.7), Lig (2° Categoria, 612 m, 5.9 Km al 7.0%, Km 154.1), Vrhovlje pri Kojskem (3° Categoria, 376 m, 4.0 Km al 7.4%, Km 173.8).

STAGE 17: GRADISCA D'ISONZO - MONTE SAN MICHELE/ALTOPIANO DEL CARSO ITT, 32.9 km
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The last TT of the Giro has an incredibly tough route, with 33 kms full of short climbs and evocative passages all around the Altopiano del Carso.

STAGE 18: VALVASONE ARZENE/PONTE DELLA DELIZIA - BASSANO DEL GRAPPA, 188.8 km
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The mountain range of Monte Grappa is the main character of this stage: it will be the first time of the Mortirolo-like climb of "Salto della Capra" in the pink race, followed by two passages on the summit of Monte Grappa. More than 3000 meters of vertical gap in just 50 kilometers.

GPM: Monte Archeson/Salto della Capra (1° Categoria, 1430 m, 10.2 Km al 10.4%, Km 126.1), Monte Grappa (2° Categoria, 1662 m, 6.7 Km al 5.2%, Km 135.7), Monte Grappa (1° Categoria, 1658 m, 9.9 Km al 7.2%, Km 158.5).

STAGE 19: GREZZANA - MONTE ZUGNA, 136.9 km
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The stage of all or nothing: 136 kms of climbs and descents, with the gravel road on the top of Monte Tomba that follows the massif of "Lessinia". Not to be underrated the only climb of the stage that is not a 1st category, "Monte Cornetto", short but with slopes much over 10%.

GPM: Monte Tomba/Lessinia (1° Categoria, 1702 m, 24.4 Km al 5.6%, Km 32.5), Monte Cornetto (3° Categoria, 1470 m, 2.3 Km al 10.3%, Km 50.7), Passo San Valentino (1° Categoria, 1315 m, 15.6 Km al 7.5%, Km 93.6), Monte Zugna (1° Categoria, 1599 m, 17.6 Km al 7.9%, Arrivo).

STAGE 20: ROMA CIRCUIT, 118.6 km
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Last stage, circuit in Rome , copy-paste from the original.

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This is my Giro :
maps/tours/view/8935
It start in Be'er Sheva, in Israel and finish in Roma
There is :
- 7 flat stages
- 5 medium moutain stages
- 6 high moutain stages
- 2 ITT
- 1 TTT
- 2 homages to WW1 ( Start from Vittorio Veneto in stage 13 and climb of Monte Grappa in stage 14 )
- 4 stranger countries ( Israel : stages 1 to 3. San Marin : end of stage 10. Österreich : end of stage 15. Schweiz : end of stage 18. )
- 3 rest day ( between stages 3 and 4 (transfert), between stages 9 and 10 (Perugia) and between stages 15 and 16 (Trentin) )

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Hi guys,
Here is my route for the contest: maps/tours/view/9156

The route contains 7 Flat, 5 Hilly, 7 Montanious stages, and two ITTs. It has starts and finishes in exactly 15 regions of Italy.
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I've tried to categorize the climbs like they are in the Giro, so only the Cima Coppi is categorized as HC on the profiles.

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The first stage is an ITT in Jerusalem, with some ups and downs - the final climb is short, but very steep.

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An easy flat stage for the spinters between two of the biggest cities in Israel.

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The third stage is a bit tricky: some harder climbs in the beginning of the stage, some easier ones in the end, it can be a good stage for a breakaway or for the puncheurs. The stage goes through the hills of North Israel, Kiryat Shmona is the northest city of the country.

Rest Day

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After a transfer to Sicily, here comes the first interesting stage for the GC riders: Caltabellotta is not the hardest climb of the race, but it's the first top finish; it can easily make some differences.

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Stage 5 goes from north to south in Sicily. It's hard to predict, but can be perfect for a breakaway.

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The first high mountain stage: 4 categorized climbs, the Portella Mandrazzi and the Maraneve are the first 1st category climbs of the race. So as yesterday, downhill skill can be a factor here.

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A long stage for the sprinters near the southern coast of Calabria.

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Another coastal sprinter stage, but it's shorter, and more hilly. The finish in Sapri will be beautiful.

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Stage 9 has the first really hard top finish: the very steep Madonna di Viggiano. A short and exciting stage before the rest day.

Rest Day

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Another high mountain stage starts this week, with a finish after a long hard climb in Campocatino. Key stage for the GC contenders.

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Stage 11 is probably going to finish in sprint, but the climb of Tolfa can couse some problems for some sprinters.

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A mini Strade Bianche in Toscana, with a finish in Montalcino - a short climb with more than 10% in average.

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The next two stages were made for the sprinters. The Ravenna-stage has a 2nd category climb in the middle, and the Portogruaro-stage can be very windy.

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The last stage of this week is the long ITT in the forests of Doberdo, and with a finish in front of the WWI memorial in Redipuglia. The big chance for the riders like Dumoulin to gain some time against the climbers.

Rest Day

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The last week - as usually - goes through the Alps, with 4 very important stages for the GC guys. The first one has a finish in the easy climb of Val Formica, but the riders have to climb the Passo Sommo before it.

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Another mountaintop finish in the Passo del Tonale, in front of the WWI Memorial. Short stage with 2 hard climbs.

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After 2, and before another 2 key stages, this one is for the "Sagan-type" riders, with some short easy hills in Varese.

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The longest stage of the race, and probably the queen stage too. 3 really long, really hard climbs in Italy and Switzerland, more than 5000 vertical metres to climb with the Cima Coppi: the Col du Grand Saint Bernard (2465 m). The stage finishes in Aosta, after a long downhill.

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The last stage for the riders to seize the Maglia Rosa: a very short stage with 4 hard climbs in the valley of Aosta. The last top finish is in Valgrisenche, which hosted a stage finish in last years Giro Valle d'Aosta (technically that stage finished a bit higher, but there's not enough space for a Giro stage finish).

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The final stage is for the sprinters in Rome, with 3 easy categorized climbs to decide who gets the KOM jersey, and with a finish near the Colosseum. The stage uses the cobbled road Via Appia Antica, so some early attacks still can change things in the GC.

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Ecco i miei due tracciati.
La descrizione generale sarà accompagnata da quella delle singole tappe



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