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Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

The Giro Contest is back for 2020 season. You are asked to draw a Giro d'Italia.

The requirements for 2020 are the following ones
  • Race should end in Milan, with an ITT. Penultimate stage shall so end in North Italy
  • Race shall start in Sicily
  • Race shall be balanced
  • Race shall be a promotion of the Italian territory. You have to visit (=start/finish/transit marked with an IS) at least 20 World Heritage Sites in Italy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_W ... s_in_Italy
  • Race shall be end in Covid-19 dates, so October. This means that you can go only 2500 in two stages during the giro last two weeks (does not matter how many times in the stage) and that you can't go out of Italy (except for San Marino and Vatican City)
  • There shall be a MTF in the first week
Deadline will be 23.59 of July 4, 2020
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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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mauro wrote:
11/06/2020, 9:43
davandluz wrote:
10/06/2020, 21:23

Maybe I've misinterpreted the rules, but from my understanding you can only surpass 2500 m of elevation gain only twice in the last two weeks of the Giro. Or at this is how I understood Emmea's post
It does mean that you can go above 2500m of denivel in two stages only.
Please correct me if I am wrong :)
The regulation states that it is not possible to exceed 2500 meters above sea level (therefore it is not possible to propose climbs such as the Stelvio or the Gavia)
I have already ask to Emmea and yes, you can go over 2500 in two stages:
emmea90 wrote:
07/06/2020, 19:59
kanon16 wrote:
06/06/2020, 22:37
"This means that you can go only 2500 in two stages"

Does it mean over 2500 m only in two stages?
It does mean that you can go above 2500m of denivel in two stages only. Doesn't matter how much in the stage.

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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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So it is possible to propose climbs such as the Stelvio or the Gavia (like in the real Giro 2020 with Stelvio and Agnello)

2500 m of altitude, not denivel, there's no limitation to denivel if I understand correctly

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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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Giro d'Italia 2020 - UNESCO World Heritage - Contest
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This Giro is set in October 2020, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and it wants to promote the turistic sites all over Italy. In every stage there is one or more UNESCO World Heritage site (marked with #WHS) and i tried not only to pass trough this sites but to make them a key point of the stage.
I also wanted to cover almost all Italy (16 regions out of 20) and to end stages (also key stages for the GC) in the inner city center of some great Italian cities that are UNESCO sites, like Palermo, Naples, Rome, Florence, Turin, Genoa and Milan - sadly I didn't achieve to race in Venice too, I wanted with an ITT but it's too close to the mandatory final ITT in MIlan :asd:.
Since the Giro is raced in October, I tried to have more stages than usual in warmer Southern and Central Italy and to avoid highest Alpine climbs in Northern Italy. The queen stages are still in Alps, with only one over 2000m stage and only another one over 1600m stage, but Central Appennine in second week are harder than usual and the last decisive stages (before Milan ITT) are set in Ligurian Appennine. The route is not less than traditional Giro routes with a lot of climbing, demanding "tapponi" and tricky stages, but there is the right amount of time trial too: the winner must be a complete rider with great endurance.

Total distance 3499.63 Km
Total high mountain stages: 7 (stages 4, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 19) - Mountain top finishes: 4 (stages 4, 11, 15, 16)
Total medium mountain stages: 4 (stages 5, 7, 10, 20)
Total flat stages: 6 (stage 2, 3, 6, 9, 13, 18) + 1 gravel stage (stage 14)
Total individual time trial stages: 3 (stages 1, 8, 21) - Total individual time trials 72.15 Km

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 39
Cima Coppi: Passo Pordoi (stage 15)
Montagna Pantani: Cippo del Carpegna (stage 12)
Wine stage: Pompei-Napoli ITT, Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio DOC (stage 8)
Longest stage: Canosa di Puglia - Agerola, 245.91 Km (stage 7)
Shortest stage: Assisi - Monte Nerone, 113.60 Km (stage 11)
Moste denivel+ stages: Villa Zeno-Passo Fedaia 5854m (stage 15), Dimaro-Monte Pora 5515m (stage 16), Sestri Levante-Mattarana 4659m (stage 20), Urbino-Firenze 4592m (stage 12)


Stage 1 - Palermo-Monreale ITT ***
World Heritage Sites:
1- "Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale"
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The first stage is a tipical not-so-easy Giro starting ITT, from the city center of Palermo, passing near important monuments part of the UNESCO site, to the uphill ending is near the Duomo di Monreale, also part of the same site, with the last 500m very steep. The GC riders must be immediately ready.
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Stage 2 - Agrigento-Noto *
World Heritage Sites:
2 - "Archaeological Area of Agrigento" - Valle dei Templi
3 - "Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto" - Ragusa, Noto, Modica, Scicli
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The second stage follows the meridional coast of Sicily, from the famous "Valle dei Templi di Agrigento" site to Val di Noto. In the middle of the stage there is a long but easy climb to Ragusa and the route passes trough the ancient city center of Ragusa, Ragusa Ibla, Modica and Scicli, all part of the "Baroque towns of Val di Noto" site alongside the town when the race ends, Noto, after a route with some ups and downs for a not too simple sprint (there is 1km at 4% ending 7km to the finish line).


Stage 3 - Siracusa-Messina *
World Heritage Sites:
3 - "Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto" - Catania
4 - "Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica" - Isola di Ortigia
5 - "Mount Etna" - Piedimonte Etneo
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The last Sicilian stage is for pure sprinters. The stage starts in the ancient city of Siracusa site and pass trough two other sites: the city of Catania, also part of "Baroque Towns" site and the foothills of Mount Etna. After the end, riders will move by ferry from Messina to Calabria.


Stage 4 - Vibo Marina-Cozzo Ferriero/Colle del Dragone ***
World Heritage Sites:
6 -"Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe" - Cozzo Ferriero
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The first mountain stage is a top finish in Calabria, plain in the first 150 km. The climb of Monte Vilingeri is very irregular with some steep traits and is followed by the easier ascent to Colle del Dragone, ending very near to the forest of Cozzo Ferriero part of the "Primeval Beech Forests" site. There is a lot of climbing in the last 40 km and we could see an interesting battle for the stage and some movement in GC.
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Stage 5 - Francavilla in Sinni-Matera **
World Heritage Site:
7 -"The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera"
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After the first mountains, there is a short hilly stage in Basilicata with the demanding climb of Cobraro right at the beginnins and the short and steep climbs of Pisticci and Montescaglioso before the last easier climb to the city of Matera. The finish line is in front of the famous "Sassi di Matera" after 6 not flat kilometers. The stage is short and nervous and it will be a fight between the breakaway and the teams of punchers or resistant sprinters who can take the win in a restricted peloton.
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Stage 6 - Matera-Castel del Monte *
World Heritage Sites:
7 - "The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera" - Parco della Murgia Materana
8 - "The Trulli of Alberobello"
9 - "Castel del Monte"
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The sixth stage starts near Matera, in the park also part of the site, and is pretty flat until the gentle uphill finish to "Castel del Monte" site in a stage for powerful sprinters or even punchers. The stage pass also for the other site in Puglia, Alberobello and its Trulli.
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Stage 7 - Canosa di Puglia-Amalfi ***
World Heritage Sites:
10 -"Amalfi Coast" - from Vietri sul Mare to Amalfi
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Very long medium mountain stage, the longest of this Giro, from Puglia to Basilicata to Campania with the long climbs of Lago Laceno and Monte Terminio in the middle. After the tough GPM of Valico della Croce, the race passes for the beautiful towns part of "Amalfi Coast" site: just before the Sprint in Vietri, there is the terrible paved Muro di Vietri and then a long and demanding narrow road with a lot of ups and downs and turns overhanging the sea until the spectacular finish in Amalfi town center. A stage for complete riders with great endurance that requires great attention for GC riders to avoid gap in the last tricky 20 km.
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Stage 8 - Pompei-Napoli ITT (Lacryma Christi Wine Stage) *****
World Heritage Site:
11 - "Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata" - Scavi di Pompei, Oplonti, Ercolano
12 - "Historic Centre of Naples"
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On Saturday, this long and demanding ITT is the last stage in South Italy and can be divided in two parts. The first runs around the Vesuvio, passing from the ruins of the Roman town destroyed by its eruction with 4km of climb on his foothills. The second part is in the city of Naples, with a first pass in the city center, in front of Maschio Angioino e Piazza del Plebiscito, the promenade of Chiaia, an easy ascending to a panoramic hill and the finish line in the heart of the old city. This ITT will be the wine stage of this Giro because the first half is raced all around the Vesuvio in the production zones of Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio DOC. Both the Archeological Areas in the first half and the city center of Naples in the second half are UNESCO sites.
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Stage 9 - Caserta-Roma *
World Heritage Sites:
13 - "18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta"
14 - "Historic Centre of Rome"
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The last stage of first week starts in front of "Reggia di Caserta" site and ends in Rome in Sunday, after a flat stage. The tricky last 5km are in the UNESCO site city center, passing in front of Circo Massimo and Altare della Patria and then narrow and paved roads leading to Quirinal Hill, with the finish line in front of the Colosseo.


First Rest Day in Rome


Stage 10 - Tivoli-Assisi **
World Heritage Sites:
15 - "Villa Adriana"
16 - "Villa d'Este, Tivoli"
17 - "Longobards in Italy. Places of the power" - Basilica di S. Salvatore (Spoleto)
18 - "Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites"
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After the rest day, the race restart near Rome, in the city of Tivoli with its two sites, and runs from Lazio to Umbria. The first part of the stage is very hilly, then, after passing near the site of Spoleto, there are 40 flat kilometers before the steep Muro di S. Damiano to reach the ancient town of Assisi, passing in front of the "Basilica di S. Francesco" site as in a Giro stage in 2012.
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Stage 11 - Assisi-Monte Nerone ****
World Heritage Sites:
18 - "Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites" - S. Maria degli Angeli
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The first of two Appennine high mountain stages is a very short one for explosive climbers with tough GPM of Monte Petrano and the top finish of Monte Nerone, respectively 10 and 14km with double digit traits. The stage starts in front of S. Maria degli Angeli, also part of the Assisi site, and ends in Marche.
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Stage 12 - Urbino-Firenze ****
World Heritage Sites:
19 - "Historic Centre of Urbino"
20 - "Historic Centre of Florence"
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The stage starts near the finish of the previous one, in Urbino city center site. It's a real "tappone", over 200km and over 4500m of denivel, set in the Appennines between Marche, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. It presents long climbs for true climbers, notably Cippo del Carpegna in the starting (one of the favoured climbs of Marco Pantani near his birthplace and Montagna Pantani of this Giro). The last long climb of Passo della Corce Vecchia has 1 km at over 11% near the top and ends 45km to the finish line, but in the last kilometers there is also the steep 2km of Montebeni. After that, there is a downhill and a gentle climb to Piazzale Michelangelo, a famous panoramic point over the UNESCO site "Historic Center of Florence". An extreme stage, maybe not the key stage of the Giro because climbs are far from Florence but attacks can happen in every moment and the chase will be very difficult.
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Stage 13 - Barberino del Mugello-Ferrara *
World Heritage Sites:
21 - "Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany" - Villa di Cafaggiolo
22 - "Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna"
23 - "Ferrara, city of the Renaissance"
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The start is in front of Villa di Cafaggiolo, part of the site "Medici Villas", and after a last Appenninic climb we left Tuscany for Emilia-Romagna and there is only plain before the sprint finish in Ferrara site, in front of Castello Estense. Also the sprint of Ravenna is in front of a site, the Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, and from Ravenna to Comacchio the road is exposed to the Adriatic Sea.


Stage 14 - Padova-Aquileia **
World Heritage Sites:
24 - "Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua"
25 - "Venice and its Lagoon"
26 - "Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia"
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A tricky flat stage set in Veneto with a lot of dangerous "sterrati" (gravel) in the ending until 7km from the finish line, used in the Adriatica Ionica Race in the last years. The start is in front of the site "Botanical Garden of Padua" and after few kilometers there is a sprint in Mestre, with a view over Venice and its lagoon. The finish line is in front of the site of the ancient Basilica di Aquileia.


Stage 15 - Villa Zeno-Passo Fedaia *****
World Heritage Sites:
27 - "City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto" - Villa Zeno
28 - "The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene"
29 - "The Dolomites"
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The second week ends with a Dolomitic "tappone", the queen stage of this Giro with an extreme amount of close even if not extremely long climbs . After the start in Veneto from villa Zeno, part of the site "Palladian Villas", in the first 100 km there are the steep GPM of San Boldo and a transit in "Prosecco hills" site before facing some of the most famous climbs of the history of Giro in the Dolomites, an UNESCO site. The next 70km are costantly ascending, with four GPM including the extreme Passo Duran and Passo Giau, and will destroy the peloton. Then the regular Cima Coppi of Passo Pordoi will be the key point of the stage, but there is still space for the easier Trentino side of Passo Fedaia, when the stage ends in the heart of Dolomites in front of the Marmolada. The stage is very long and there are four over 2000m GPM, a stage suited only for extremely resistant climbers.
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Second Rest Day in Trentino


Stage 16 - Dimaro-Monte Pora *****
World Heritage Sites:
30 - "Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes" - Tirano
31 - "Rock Drawings in Valcamonica" - Sonico
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The third week starts in Trentino with another real "tappone" starting in Trentino and mostly raced in Lombardia. The long Tonale right at the beginning after the rest day can be insidious, then the easier Aprica paves the way for the Mortirolo, after a Sprint in Tirano near the station of "Rhaetian Railway" site. The mythical Mortirolo will be in the middle of the stage and only the best climbers will be leading the race here. The race will be now in Valcamonica, passing in Sonico, part of "Rock Drawings" site. Vivione is almost 20 km at 7% and after the Mortirolo will be extremely demanding, but it's not over yet: there are the two shorter but tough climb of Presolana and the top finish of Monte Pora, with a panoramic view all over Valcamonica.
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Stage 17 - Bergamo - Oropa ****
World Heritage Sites:
32 - "Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar" - Bergamo Alta
33 - "Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy" - Sacro Monte di Oropa
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Another mountain stage with less denivel than the previous two but with a tough ending. The start is in Lombardia in the old city of Bergamo, part of "Venetian Works of Defence" site and symbol of the fight against Coronavirus in Italy, and the race is easy until approaching Piemonte when the riders will face Alpe Noveis, a steep climb of 8km, followed by two easier climbs and the grand finale on Colle della Colma (last 5km often in double digit), other side of the famous climb of Oropa. The finish is in front of the Santuario, part of "Sacri Monti" site, after 400m of the tunnel "Galleria Rosazza" and five downhill kilometers.
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Stage 18 - Ivrea-Torino *
World Heritage Sites:
34 - "Ivrea, Industrial City of the 20th Century"
35 - "Residences of the Royal House of Savoy"
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Last break day for GC riders and last chance for sprinters in a stage in Piemonte that starts in Ivrea city site and then passes near most of the places that make up the "Savoy Royal Residences and Parks" site, with a double pass in Turin city center and finish line in Piazza Castello.


Stage 19 - Acqui Terme-Genova ****
World Heritage Sites:
36 - "Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato"
37 - "Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli"
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First stage of the two days in Ligurian Appenine when the last attacks before Milan ITT must be made. This one is last stage classified as High Mountain with an anomalous ending in a big city center. The beginning of this one crosses the hills of "Langhe and Monferrato" site in Piemonte with a GPM in the beautiful town of Castelletto d'Erro. a The mountains start when reaching Liguria (after a couple of Sprints that may be important for Maglia Ciclamino) with the steep Cà di Ferrè and then the most demanding climb of the day, Monte Beigua. The top is 100 km far from finish line but the climb is very demanding and it's followed by irregular terrain to make the race less controllable and to favour long range attacks. Last judge of the stage will be 2nd category Nostra Signora della Guardia, followed by 20 km half downhill half plain until finish line in the city of Genova, in front of one of the palaces part of "Palazzi dei Rolli" site.
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Stage 20 - Sestri Levante-Mattarana ****
World Heritage Sites:
38 - "Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands"
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Last chance before Milan in a medium mountain stage full of steep climbs all raced in Liguria. The stage is not extremely tough but presents a lot of close climbs to make the race less controllable and to favour attacks. After a demanding mountainous start that ends with the 1st category Passo dei Casoni, the riders will face an easy central part and then the key points of the stage: the three 2nd category over the beautiful coastal towns of "Cinque Terre" site. All of them are very close and irregular, with some very steep traits wich can ispire attacks. The finish is in the town of Mattarana after the regular Valico Guaitarola and almost 10 plan kilometers, when gaps can be extended.
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Stage 21 - Milano ITT ***
World Heritage Sites:
39 - "Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie"
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Transfer to Milan for this ending short and flat ITT when the last GC changes will be made. The starts is in "S. Maria delle Grazie" site, when "Last Soup" by Leonardo is exposed, and the second part of the stage passes near some of the most important places of Milan city center. Finish and ceremony will then be in Piazza Duomo.
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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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Hi ! Does GPM count as IS to mark UNESCO sites?

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benoît.guillot wrote:
14/06/2020, 12:45
Hi ! Does GPM count as IS to mark UNESCO sites?
Yeah, you can, i've previously asked the same

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kanon16 wrote:
11/06/2020, 13:17
So it is possible to propose climbs such as the Stelvio or the Gavia (like in the real Giro 2020 with Stelvio and Agnello)

2500 m of altitude, not denivel, there's no limitation to denivel if I understand correctly
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Here's my submission

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-Grande Partenza in Sicilia, starting in Palermo
-Cima Coppi: Colle del Nivolet
-Queen Stage: Pinzolo - San Martino/Reinswald (Stage 17)
-Key Climbs: Muro di Salandra (Stage 5), Monte Vesuvio (Stage 8), Colle del Nivolet (Stage 14), Passo di Crocedomini (Goletto di Cadino) and Monte Maniva (Stage 16), Passo Giovo/Jaufenpass and Passo di Pennes/Penserjoch (Stage 17), Cima Porzus (Stage 20)
-Time Trial: 76,98 kms
-The Race visits Sicilia, Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia, Campania, Lazio, Toscana, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia, Piemonte, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli
-The Race visits a total of 46 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

While the total amount of Sites are 46, 5 of them aren't actually marked on the profile with an Intermediate. In addition, there are 2 more towns that have events, activities, etc, listed either in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists or in the UNESCO Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The Sites that don't host a start, a finish, or weren't made an intermediate (Sprint, Climb or TT Intermediate) will be marked with a (*) (Ex: Palazzo della Zisa*)
Spoiler!
Stage 1 - Palermo (Cattedrale) - Palermo (Ponte dell'Ammiraglio) - Individual Time Trial
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Arab Norman Palermo (Cattedrale di Palermo, Palazzo della Zisa*, Palazzo dei Normanni, Ponte dell'Ammiraglio)

The Giro starts in the beautiful city of Palermo, with a short and tricky Time Trial, with some technical parts through the historical center. The Time Trialists will be keen to fight for the first Maglia Rosa of the race.

Stage 2 - Monreale - Agrigento - Hilly
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Duomo di Monreale (Monreale), The Valley of the Temples (Agrigento)

Hilly stage, with a lot of short uncategorised climbs. In the final kms the riders have to climb to Agrigento twice; the first climb is more irregular, and has a very steep hairpin, on the other hand, the final climb is quite steady. It should be a good stage for the puncheurs plus Peter Sagan and some GC riders might be able to steal few seconds.

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Stage 3 - Licata - Siracusa - Flat
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Late Baroque Towns of Val di Noto (Ragusa*, Modica, Scicli, Noto), Siracusa

A stage dedicated to the 1693 Sicilian Earthquake victims and to the recontruction efforts that resulted in stunning cities, in Southeastern Sicily and in the Val di Noto in particular. It's the first chance for the sprinters.

Stage 4 - Reggio di Calabria - Amantea - Flat
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UNESCO Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity: Varia di Palmi (Palmi)*

The Giro leaves Sicily behind, and enters in mainland Italy, through the tip of the fashionable Italian boot, enterly in Calabria. Starting in Reggio di Calabria, the first part of the stage is hilly, but after Vibo Valentia, the terrain becomes flatter, allowing for a sprint finish in the streets of Amantea

Stage 5 - Cosenza - Salandra - Medium Mountain
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The race makes its transition from Calabria to Basilicata in a long marathon of 230kms, with a neverending flat section before facing 2 cruelly steep climbs in the hills of Matera plus a final kick inside the town of Salandra. Muro di Salandra is a monster, that kind of climb Unipublic would madly worship the steepness out of it, think of it as a Baby Zoncolan. It's the first real test for the GC riders.

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Stage 6 - Matera - Andria - Flaaaaaaaaaat
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Sassi and Rupestrian Churches (Matera), The Trulli (Alberobello), Castel del Monte

After a very long stage, the riders now face an even longer stage, the longest in the entire Giro. It goes through the rolling very exposed plains of Puglia, so there's a chance for some crosswinds in the wind decides to bring in some excitement, otherwise it should be a boring, sluggish marathon where the most interesting parts will be visiting the UNESCO Sites and the Alta Murgia National Park.

Stage 7 - Manfredonia - Peschichi - Medium Mountain/Hilly Finish
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Longobards and Their Places of Power (Monte Sant'Angelo), The Ancient Beech Forests (Foresta Umbra)

After riding the 2 longest stages of the race, the riders will welcome the arrival of the shortest one. However it's not particularly an easy and relaxing stroll on the beach. Racing entirely on the Gargano Peninsula the riders have to face two long climbs, few flat sections and a very ondulating run into Peschichi, making it a perfect stage for a first breakaway win in the Giro.

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Stage 8 - Lucera - Monte Vesuvio - High Mountain
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Longobards and Their Places of Power (Benevento), The Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata (Pompeii)

The weekend arrives and it comes bearing explosive volcanoes xD The stage crosses the South of Italy, from the Adriatic into the Tirreno, towards the ancient ruins of a city of old, Pompeii, whose people suffered the unimaginable at the hands of an unforgiving destoyer, Monte Vesuvio. The riders will share a tiny bit of their suffering, as they'll have to conquer the volcano, and thus linking the past and the present, destroyer and destroyed. But who will be the one that the mighty Vesuvio will vanquish this time around?

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Stage 9 - Caserta - Genzano di Roma - Medium Mountain
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Royal Palace and Park (Caserta)

The first week ends with a dangerous stage that no one should understimate, as they have to face a sequence of hard climbs in the outskirts of Roma, such as the steepest side to Rocca Priora and the well known cobbled climb to Campi di Annibale in Rocca di Papa. The stage ends with an easier climb to Genzano di Roma.

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Rest Day - Sinalunga

Stage 10 - Sinalunga - Siena - Hilly/Dirt Roads
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Val d'Orcia (represented in the profile with Montalcino), Pienza, Siena

The Giro resumes with a tribute to Strade Bianche. From Monterone d'Arbia until Siena, the route is basically the same, with only a few changes made to reduce the distance between the last dirt road sector and the finishing line, at the heart of Siena. it's a beautiful stage, dedicated to the idyllic Tuscany countryside, but the riders won't have the oportunity to take it all in, as it can potentially be a very exciting and chaotic stage.

Stage 11 - Poggio a Caiano - Modena - Medium Mountain/Flat Finish
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Medici Villas in Tuscany (Villa di Poggio a Caiano; Villa La Maggia, Quarrata*), Modena

The race leaves Toscana, as it goes towards the Po Valley, and the only way to do it is by crossing the Appeninnes, automatically making it a proper medium mountain stage. Nevertheless, after the final descent, there are still 33kms of flat terrain left until the finishing line in Modena, which allows the sprinters to have a solid chance to win. But if the teams don't manage to control a breakaway through the Appennines, then the stage win should come from the front group.

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Stage 12 - Sabbioneta - Alessandria - Flat
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Sabbioneta
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists: Traditional Violin Craftsmanship, Cremona

Typical stage raced in the Po Valley, clearly suited for the sprinters.

Stage 13 Govone - Grinzane Cavour - Individual Time Trial
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Savoy Residencies (Castello di Govone), Langhe, Roero and Monferrato (represented by the Barbaresco and Grinzane Cavour vineyards)

An extremely important day for the GC. The TT is quite lumpy, slythering and rolling through the vineyards. Tt's not a TT that particularly favours the specialists, and climbers can limit their losses a bit, particularly in the steep climb to Diano d'Alba.

Stage 14 - Racconigi - Ceresole Reale (Colle del Nivolet) - High Mountain
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Savoy Residencies (Castello di Racconigi, Castello di Rivoli), Sacro Monte di Belmonte (Valperga)*

After the TT, the riders have to face a very difficult stage in the Alps, climbing Colle del Lys and Pian del Lupo in the middle of the stage, before facing the day's colossus, Colle del Nivolet, the Cima Coppi of this Giro. The last climb will feel eternal, and massive time differences can be made. If Colle del Nivolet is closed by snow, the finish can be placed at Lago Serrù

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Stage 15 - Ivrea - Arona - Medium Mountain
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Ivrea, Santuario di Oroppa (Biella)*, Sacro Monte di Varallo Sesia (Varallo), Sacro Monte di Orta (Orta San Giulio)

The second week finishes with a hard medium mountain stage, designed to favour audacious, aggressive riders. The main climb of the day is Mottarone, with the summit located less than 40km to the finish. After a long descent, the riders immediately have to face two shorter climbs in sucession. The riders might overlook this stage and focus more on the previous one, and on the 3rd week mountain stages, but this one can also be just as important.

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Rest day - Morbegno

Stage 16 - Morbegno - Monte Maniva (Rifugio Bonardi) - High Mountain
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Rhaetian Railway (Tirano), Valcamonica and the Rock Art (Capo di Ponte)

The race resumes in Lombardia with a challenging mountain stage, climbing the rarely used Passo di Crocedomini and Passo del Maniva, clearly one of the most underappreciated sequences of climbing the Giro. The finishing line is place a couple of kms after and just above the Passo del Maniva itself, in Rifugio Bonardi.

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Stage 17 - Pinzolo - San Martino/Reinswald - High Mountain
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Dolomites (Brenta Group, Pinzolo)

The Queen stage. Unrelenting mountain stage that will make for a pure test of endurance. The riders have to face 5 categorized climbs, including another largely ignored duo that is Passo Giovo and Passo di Pennes, and they only climbed both them in the Giro from their easier sides. The finish is places at the San Martino/Reinswald ski station, a climb that was some steep gradients towards the top.

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Stage 18 - Egna/Neumarket - Verona - Flat
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Venetian Works of Defense (Peschiera del Garda), The Pile Dwellings of the Alps (Peschiera del Garda), Verona

After 2 mountain stages, the riders will welcome the easy terrain. It's a flat stage, following the Adige River away from the Alps. In the last kms there's a short categorized climb, but it shouldn't prevent a sprint finish. To be continued...

Stage 19 - Padova - Grado - Flat
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Botanical Gardens (Padova), Venetian Works of Defense (Palmanova), The Ruins and the Basilica of Aquileia

Basically Stage 18 Part 2. Another flat stage to convince the sprinters to stay until the very end.

Stage 20 - Gorizia/Gorica - Cividale del Friuli - High Mountain
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Longobards and Their Places of Power (Cividale del Friuli)

The last mountain stage is raced in the Slavia Friulana, very close to the border with Slovenia, with steep climbs, narrow roads and challenging descents. Short but very intense, the climbers have one last opportunity to gain time before the last Time trial.

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Transfer by plain from Trieste-Ronchi dei Legionari Airport to Milano-Malpensa Airport

Stage 21 - Lainate - Milano (Piazza del Duomo) - Individual Time Trial
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie

The Giro ends with a flat time trial in the streets of Milano, this one more suited to the specialists.
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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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Here my Giro d'Italia 2020 from Palermo to Milano!
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THE RACE
The Giro 2020 is demanding, it should reward a complete rider, with endurance, a skilled climber but capable of defending himself in the time trial.
The first week starts with 3 explosive days, then some mixed stages without excess and in which the GC should remain uncertain.
The second week has got a decisive ITT and the first real mountain couple of stages.
The third week is, as usual in the Giro, the most demanding, with 3 HM stages. Everything could change until the last day in Milan.

- 3407 Km
- 3 ITT (2 MTF)
- 6 Flat Stages
- 5 Medium Mountain Stages (1 MTF)
- 7 High Mountain Stages (5 MTF)

The weather factor in October has been very much taken into consideration: In two stages only the riders will run over 2000 m.
Cima Coppi is Passo Gavia, in stage 20.
(The positive denivel indicated in each stage is approximated by default by Rider with GPS)
Spoiler!

STAGE 1
ITT (MTF) **
Palermo (Palazzo dei Normanni) > Monreale: 8.12 Km, +270 m
UNESCO sites visited: Norman Palace in Palermo, Monreale Cathedral Church

An ITT Prologue begins the Giro. The Norman Palace in Palermo stands in what is the highest point of the ancient centre of the city; from there, 8 Km with the last 2,6 at 7% divides the riders from the ancient centre of Monreale, beatiful village located on the slope of Monte Caputo, overlooking the very fertile valley called "La Conca d'Oro" (the GOlden Shell), a production area of orange, olive and almond trees.
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STAGE 2
MEDIUM MOUNTAIN (MTF) ***
Monreale > Agrigento: 176.71 Km +2700 m
UNESCO sites visited: Agrigento (Valle dei Templi)

The first stage in line is not so long but not easy to run: 176 Km up and down on the sweet and arid sicilian hills.
Suddenly, along the way, wonderful views appear, like the Piana degli Albanesi or the Lake Prizzi Plateau.
The last 3,5 Km with an average slope of 5,9%, just next the Giunone Temple, are ideal for puncheurs or classic riders.
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STAGE 3
HIGH MOUNTAIN (MTF) ****
Ragusa Ibla > Etna (Rifugio Sapienza): 159.42 Km +3000 m
UNESCO sites visited: Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (Ragusa, Modica), Mount Etna

The games get serious very soon! The first real Top Finish is on Mount Etna, starting from the sea level to the highest point of the Volcano reachable on asphalt (Rifugio Sapienza)
The stage starts from the fabulous Ragusa Ibla, one of the pearls of Val di Noto together with Modica, touched by the race.
First part hilly with 2 KOM followed by 35 Km of plain towards Catania, finally the endless climb (30 Km!) on the sides of the volcano, not steep until Nicolosi but more demanding in the last 8 Km at 8,1% average, along a new way for the Giro d'Italia.
Stage for grimpeurs, although the often strong wind on the mountain may not recommend attacks.
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STAGE 4
FLAT *
Reggio Calabria > Catanzaro Lido: 183.50 Km +490 m

After the "Great Depart" in Sicily and three adrenalic stages, it's time for sprinters! Fast wheels can count on two races in Calabria that are perfectly suited to their characteristics.
This is the first and develops all along the coast:
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STAGE 5
FLAT *
Catanzaro Lido > Trebisacce: 201.53 Km +600 m

Second stage in Calabria, second race for sprinters!
Just over 200 Km, this stage develops along the beautiful easter coast of Calabria, passing through Crotone and the Capo Rizzuto Peninsula, a protected marine reserve famous for the powerful 16th-century fortification in the district of Le Castella and the incredible blue of the sea.
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STAGE 6
MEDIUM MOUNTAIN ***
Policoro > Sapri (Parco del Cilento): 198.43 Km +2800 m
UNESCO sites visited: Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park

Stage clearly divided into two parts: 100 easy Kilometers until the first 3°cat KOM, then, after Tramutola, 98 up and down curvy kilometers, suitable for attacks and breakaway attempts.
Entering in the Cilento National Park, the race passes through some characteristic villages like Sanza, Caselle in Pittari and Torre Orsaia.
Unfortunately there won't be much space to look at the view, the race could literally explode in the last 22 kilometers: the last 2 climbs are really like walls, with slope always over 10% and maximum 20% towards San Cristoforo. The big of the GC are warned!
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STAGE 7
FLAT **
Agropoli > Pompei: 185.95 Km +2100 m
UNESCO sites visited: Amalfi Coast, Archaelogical Areas of Pompei and Torre Annunziata

Spectacular stage that runs along the entire Amalfi Coast and around the Vesuvius Volcano, reaching Pompei, immediately beyond the area of archaeological excavations.
From a technical point of view, the arrival at the sprint is not so obvious, because the road along the Amalfi Coast, until Vico Equense, is very nervous, curvy and full of short ramps, sometimes quite steep. Anyway the last 60 kilometers are easier and should allow to fill the gap if someone is delayed.
To be reported 700 m of not difficult pavel road, 2 km from the finish line.
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STAGE 8
HIGH MOUNTAIN ***
Caserta > Pescasseroli (Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo): 219,90 Km +3600 m
UNESCO sites visited: 18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta, Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests at Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo

Long Apennine stage (something in between a MM and a HM one) open to many different results!
The start is just in front of the spectacular "Reggia" in Caserta and after easy 70 Km the peloton will have to face a series of climbs in the middle of the green forests of Abruzzo, not steep and with regular slopes.
So that, a lot will depend on the race strategies and the weather, the bigs will also be able to be all together at the arrival but the length and the denivel will remain in the legs.
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STAGE 9
MEDIUM MOUNTAIN ***
Celano > Tivoli (Villa d'Este): 159.9 Km +2000 m
UNESCO sites visited: Villa d'Este in Tivoli

The last stage before the Rest Day is a not so long middle mountain one from Abruzzo to Lazio with 6 short KOM. The race could be quite nervous and interesting in the second half, where the road is suitable for attacks. At 40 kilometers from the finish line there is the ramp on a narrow pavel road (15%) in Castel Madama followed by the climb of San Polo dei Cavalieri which could be the right place for a courageous action.
Last chance on the panoramic but hard road of Santuario di Quintiliolo, from which you can see Villa d'Este in Tivoli in all its splendor!
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- - - REST DAY - - -


STAGE 10
ITT (MTF) *****
Colle Val d'Elsa > San Giminiano: 40.15 Km +500 m
UNESCO sites visited: Historic Centre of San Giminiano

Demanding ITT through the beautiful Tuscan hills.
First part for specialists and high speed. From Km 20 the route is less flat, there are 2 short ascent, one light towards Selvanaggio, the other brutal and on a pavel road in the historic centre of Colle Val d'Elsa. The final towards the "City of Towers" is all uphill, not steep, but the riders will have to measure their strength very well.
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STAGE 11
FLAT *
Firenze > Sarzana: 162.29 Km +600 m
UNESCO sites visited: Historic Centre of Florence, Piazza del Duomo at Pisa

Easy stage for sprinters from Firenze to Sarzana passing through Empoli, Pisa (Camposanto), Viareggio, Camaiore and Forte dei Marmi
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STAGE 12
FLAT **
Sestri Levante > Villafranca d'Asti: 212.70 Km +2300 m
UNESCO sites visited: Genova Le Strade Nuove, Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe and Monferrato

From the wonderful Ligurian coast to the land of Piedmontese wines!
Long transfer stage suitable for different types of riders: the breakaway will start easily on the first short climbs and until the Monferrato hills the race is not totally flat.
The sprinters, however, could use the last 80 kilometers very easy to try to win.
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STAGE 13
HIGH MOUNTAIN (MTF) ****
Castello di Rivoli > Brusson Estoul: 174.50 Km +3900 m
UNESCO sites visited: Castello di Rivoli

Finally the Alps! Plain until Ivrea, short climbs as appetizer, then the main course: Tzecore, Joux and Estoul in just 60 Kilometers.
At Rivoli it would be better to take an armor from the Castle..the battle for the pink jersey will be inevitable!
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STAGE 14
HIGH MOUNTAIN ****
Ivrea > Verbania: 227.49 Km +4300 m
UNESCO sites visited: Ivrea Industrial City of the 20th Century

Long stage for brave men. More than 4000 m of denivel in almost 230 Kilometers. Up and down for 130 Kilometers towards the pretty Lago d'Orta and the placid Lago Maggiore, then
from Bieno will start the second half of the stage, with 2 ascent towards Piancavallo from different but equally demanding roads.
The riders have the opportunity to try the descent to Verbania before the second tough climb to Monte Ologno (10 Km at 9%). From the top there is a superb view of the lake but the efforts are not over: other 2,5 Km at 8% before the road goes finally down on the arrival.
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STAGE 15
MEDIUM MOUNTAIN ***
Varese > Bergamo: 169.69 Km +2700 m
UNESCO sites visited: Fortified City of Bergamo

A little Lombardia Classic before the second rest day!
This roads are famous for lovers of the race of "dead leaves"..
The Ghisallo from Canzo is a quite harmless climb, but could help to launch the breakawey. Valcava is, at the opposite, a real selective climb.
3 Laps of the final circuit in Bergamo (with the ramp of "Boccola" at 16%) will surely guarantee the show..
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- - - REST DAY 2 - - -


STAGE 16
FLAT *
Venezia > Aquileia: 158.39 Km +200 m
UNESCO sites visited: Venice and its Lagoon, Archaelogical Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia

Totally flat stage, the last chance for the fast wheels to win a stage in this Giro! The beautiful Romanesque Basilica of Aquileia is the backdrop for the group's inevitable sprint.
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STAGE 17
HIGH MOUNTAIN (MTF) ****
Palmanova > Monte Grappa: 239.53 Km +3500 m
UNESCO sites visited: City Fortress of Palmanova

The first of the three decisive mountain days! It's the longest stage in the tour and the design is very particular, just like the star plan of Palmanova, a pretty city where the race starts.
Two long climbs, but separated by many kilometers: Passo Crosetta leading to the amazing green Pian del Cansiglio is a regular ascent, always on 7/8%. After 220 kilometers on road, the riders will face the terrible Monte Grappa from Semonzo, one of the hardest climbs in the Eastern Alps! Only a grat grimpeur can be first up there!
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STAGE 18
HIGH MOUNTAIN (MTF) *****
Feltre > Passo Lavazè Dolomiti: 145.93 Km +4800 m
UNESCO sites visited: The Dolomites

After the longest stage, here is a fraction of only 145 kilometers, but absolutely brutal. The Dolomites welcome the peloton with their less tender side: Cima di Campo as a warm-up, the never-ending Passo Manghen to tire rivals and skim the group, the deadly Pampeago from Val di Fiemme to launch the decisive attack and Passo Lavazè, in the shadow of Latemar, to increase the gap.
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STAGE 19
MEDIUM MOUNTAIN **
Siusi > Baselga di Pinè: 166.42 Km +2500 m

Those who have not yet won a stage can seek the breakaway in this middle mountain transfer stage.
At the start in the small village of Siusi the Dolomites yet are the beautiful background. Then the vineyards of the Adige Valley will welcome the peloton with their warm flavor..
Towards Baselga di Pinè the road goes up again and there may be selection for victory.
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STAGE 20
HIGH MOUNTAIN (MTF) *****
Caldonazzo > Bormio (Le Motte): 200.59 Km +5700 m

Finally the Queen Stage! It needs very few introductions: 200 Km, a monstre denivel and 4 great climbs, higher and higher (still Dolomites near Madonna di Campiglio!), until the Moloch Passo Gavia, Cima Coppi at 2621 m.
The arrival is not in Bormio, but in the nearby ski resort "Le Motte", after other 3 kilometers of suffering, rewarded by an unforgettable view of the mountains all around.
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STAGE 21
ITT ***
Milano (Santa Maria delle Grazie) > Milano (Duomo): 16.74 Km +70 m
UNESCO sites visited: Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Milano)

Short flat ITT that could probably confirm or even totally change the ranking! Classical arrival at the Duomo Square to celebrate the winner of the Giro d'Italia!
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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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There shall be a MTF in the first week

are two MTF possible in the first week?

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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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This is my Giro d'Italia 2020 ride maps/tours/view/15299 - (5 stages for sprinters, 2 hilly top finish stages, 4 hilly or medium mountain
stages with descent or flat arrive, 6 mountain top finish stages, 1 mountain stage with descent final and 3 individual time trials)

maps/viewtrack/357831 - The first stage is set on Valle dei Templi, in Agrigento with a short Individual Time Trial but very tough with Valle dei Templi climb it takes riders to Agrigento downtown.

maps/viewtrack/357836 - Second stage is waved but not very hard for sprinters, the sprint on the arrive of Piazza Armerina near the Roman site Villa del Casale.

maps/viewtrack/357838 - The third stage is very hard with the Etna mountain top finish, the ride passes on the Catania's downtown with his baroccan style cathedral and two different tougher climb of Etna.

maps/viewtrack/357841 - Arrived on the stepping land an hill top finish attends the riders on the Ionian southern east coast, from Reggio Calabria to Riace, the stage is dedicated to Bronzi di Riace, a Greek bronze statues discovered on 1973 and preserved into Reggio Calabria national museum.

maps/viewtrack/357848 - Back on Tyrrenian coast the fifth stage of Giro starts from Catanzaro and arrives at Praia a Mare, that stages is for sprinters and is dedicated to Calabria primeval forests.

maps/viewtrack/357853 - Stage number six starts from Sapri and crosses all Cilento coast and arrives to Greek temples of Paestum, stages for breakaways. that stages not only promotes Cilento National Park but also Mediterranean Diet discovered by Ancel Keys on late 40s of last century

maps/viewtrack/357888 - Another stage on the Campania Felix, from Salerno to Benevento, it cross on Amalfi coast and Sorrento peninsula before and straight inland, another stage for sprinter but the waved ride can be make a day breakaway arrive.

maps/viewtrack/357891 - A hill top finish closes the first week of Giro d'Italia, from Telese Terme to Montecassino's abbey, that stage is very hard and ride part of old Roman road Via Appia.

REST DAY

maps/viewtrack/357893 - After rest day the second time trial stage attends the Maglia Rosa contenders, from Paganica to L'Aquila with a intermediate point on Collemaggio.

maps/viewtrack/357895 - Stage number ten is for day breakaway, from Spoltore town knowned for Danilo Di Luca to Porto San Giorgio, that stage cross Transumanza's tratturi roads.

maps/viewtrack/357896 - Sprinters come back with arrogance with a flat finish on Ravenna, near Byzantine Basilicas.

maps/viewtrack/357904 - Flanders specialist can be fight for win that stage from Ferrara to Conegliano; renaissance monuments, hills and rivers of Prosecco.

maps/viewtrack/357910 - The stage number thirteen
reserves an very hard ride with three Dolomites pass : Marmolada, Giau and top finish on Pordoi.

maps/viewtrack/357950 - From friulan dolomites down to Lombard middle ages site of Cividale, a hill stage with descent finish very hard where breakaways, restricted sprints or a simple solo arrival can make all the difference

maps/viewtrack/357960 - Another top finish but on Cima Coppi's Tre Cime di Lavaredo on the Venetian dolomites, where the general classification contenders can be really fight before the last rest day.

REST DAY

maps/viewtrack/358077 - After the second dolomitian stage, riders can be fight on near the Val Camonica rock art sites, but Mortirolo, Tonale and inedited climb Monte Padrio before Aprica can be make the difference, that stage is dedicated to Marco Pantani which wins at Aprica's stage on Giro 1994 and to celebrate his 50th birth.

maps/viewtrack/358085 - Last call for sprinters, from Morbegno to Casale Monferrato on Infernòt wines hills, that stages across Po Valley between Piedmont and Lombardy.

maps/viewtrack/358095 - Now enough with jokes because a tremendous triptych of stages begins, stage number arrives on Po's sources on Piedmont alps uphill Cuneo, Giro arrived last time here on 1991 and 1992 at Monviso.

maps/viewtrack/358104 - A ride across alps from Pinerolo to Venaria on the Savoy's Royal Palace, it passes two climbs likes Sestrieres and Colle del Lys.

maps/viewtrack/358113 - Last mountain stage before Milan time trial is dispute from Biella to Mount Emilius and crosses Ivrea industrial city, to master it though it can be 4 climbs of Aosta Valley : Tzecorè, Saint Pantalèon, Saint Barthelemy and the tough climb of Pila down on Mount Emilius mountain area.

maps/viewtrack/358116 - The final time trial crosses al Milan city, starts from Gae Aulenti Square and arrives on the San Siro Stadium acrossing Milan for a intense 31.8km final time trial where it decide Maglia Rosa

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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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Here is my Giro d'Italia design for this contest. maps/tours/view/15237

My UNESCO World Heritage sites are:
Stage 1: Archaeological area of Agrigento
Stage 2: Val di Noto
Stage 3: Siracuse and Etna
Stage 5: Parco Nazionale del Silento
Stage 6: Matera
Stage 7: Alberobello and Castel del Monte
Stage 8: Costa Amalfi
Stage 9: Pompeii and Reggia di Caserta
Stage 10: Villa Adriana
Stage 11: Assisi and Urbino
Stage 12: Ravenna
Stage 13: Ferrara and Padova
Stage 14: Vicenza
Stage 15: Dolomites
Stage 17: Val Camonica
Stage 20: Sacri Monti

So let's dive into the stages

Stage 1, Agrigento > Agrigento - Archaeological Area of Agrigento
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The first stage is a short time trial in and around Agrigento with both downhills and an ascent at the end when going through the Valle dei Templi.

Stage 2, Agrigento > Noto
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A stage that has the potential to be a sprint but the last few kilometers are fairly hilly so riders have to watch out.

Stage 3, Siracusa > Sciarramanica - Parco dell'Etna
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The first stage where the GC riders can gain time on their opponents. I didn't choose for a mountain stage on the Etna as I think it's too early for that, so I chose for a hill top finish within the Parco dell'Etna so to still get that UNESCO World Heritage site.

Stage 4, Villa San Giovanni > Amantea
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The first real flat stage for the sprinters, the climbs in the middle won't trouble the sprinters.

Stage 5, Diamante > Monte Gelbison - Parco Nazionale del Cilento
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First mountain stage of this giro on the Monte Gelbison. We won't completely go to the top as that isn't practically possible.

Stage 6, Sala Consilina > Matera
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We go across the country to finish in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Matera. The climb isn't hard so it will be a reduced bunch sprint on the flatter streets of Matera if the break doesn't make it.

Stage 7, Alberobello > Castel del Monte
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Another flat stage with a finish that goes slightly uphill to the foot of Castel del Monte.

Stage 8, Rionero in Vulture > Sorrento
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A stage suited for the break to go all the way to the finish as the gc contenders try to take some rest before the Mountain stage of stage 9.

Stage 9, Pompeï > Campitello Matese
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Second mountain stage and also the second mountain top finish. Will there be a new Maglia Rosa before the first rest day?

~~~~~~~~~~~~REST DAY~~~~~~~~~~~~

Stage 10, Villa Adriana > Spoleto
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We start the second week calmly with a flat stage, the hills won't bother the sprinters too much.

Stage 11, Assisi > Urbino
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A stage that has the potential to be really crazy and spectacular, the steep Cippo di Carpegna in the middle will make sure not many domestiques survive and the last climbs to Urbino will crack maybe some leaders.

Stage 12, Urbino > Imola
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Just your regular flat stage finishing on the legedary circuit of Imola

Stage 13, Imola > Padova
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This stage can be decided into 3 parts: Long flat, then some very steep climbs and we finish it with gravel. Will the break make it, or is there a gc contender that wants to have a go at it?

Stage 14, Vicenza > Vicenza
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The first long time trial of this giro. It starts of hilly, but the final 18 km are flat.

Stage 15, Vicenza > Passo Falzarego
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We finally reach the mountains up north with the Giau-Falzarego being the decisive combo. I didn't want to risk a lot considering the snow so the Passo di Giau is the Cima Coppi like in 1973 and 2011.

~~~~~~~~~~~~REST DAY~~~~~~~~~~~~

Stage 16, Bolzano > San Valentino alla Muta
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We continue in the mountains after the rest day. We skip the Stelvio and climb to Alsago to eventually finish in San Valentino alla Muta. Not a very demanding stage like stage 15, but still hard enough to possibly crack some riders.

Stage 17, Bormio > Iseo
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A final chance for the sprinters as we make our way out of the alps through the Val Camonica to Iseo. Expect a lot of riders to abandon after this stage.

Stage 18, Iseo > Colma di Sormano
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The first of a triple header of mountain stages to finish of this Giro, starting on roads familiar with people who know Il Lombardi. The finish is on top of the Muro di Sormano which is called the Colma di Sormano and yes there is a finish possible here as the finish isn't on the Muro di Sormano.

Stage 19, Bellagio > Monte Avaro
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Penultimate mountain stage on the east side of Lake Como. The incredibly long Passo San Marco will be followed by the really hard Monte Avaro. The last 100 meters of the Monte Avaro are currently gravel, but I've seen RCS do weirder things than pave a small piece of road.

Stage 20, Morbegno > Porlezza
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The last mountain stage of this Giro, it doesn't look very hard, but the combination of the double ascent of the Passo della Cava and it's small climbs afterwards (1.7Km at 6.6% and 900 meters at 5.3%) whilst descending back to Porlezza can be a fatal combo for some.

Stage 21, Lainate > Milano - Piazza del Duomo
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Unlike many other people I decided not to go for a UNESCO world heritage site as it would make the final Time Trial either too long or too short with a lot of turns, so I decided to go for the beautiful town of Lainate.

In Conclusion:
21 World Heritage sites.
7 Mountain stages
5 Hilly/medium mountain stages
7 Flat stages
3 Individual Time Trials (83.93Km)
57 KOM Sprints

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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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Here's my entry: maps/tours/view/15238

STAGE 1: Palermo > Gela (199.82 km)
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World Heritage Site: Arab-Norman Palermo (#1)
A couple of early climbs will get the legs going in this first stage of the 2020 Giro, which begins in the city centre of Palermo. However, after some undulating terrain in the third quarter of the race, the final forty kilometres are flat and should be conducive to a bunch sprint.

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STAGE 2: Caltagirone > Etna - Monte Conca (131.72 km)
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World Heritage Sites: Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (#2), Mount Etna (#3)
From the heritage town of Caltagirone, we head to Catania, which is also included in the Val di Noto sites, for the intermediate sprint. We then head up the coast to Riposto, where we begin the long climb to the summit finish at Monte Conca (27 km @ 6.7%).

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STAGE 3: Lipari > Lipari (27.42 km TTT)
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World Heritage Site: Isole Eolie (#4)
The team time trial follows a lap around the Aeolian island of Lipari, with the climb to the vulcanology institute on Monte Sant'Angelo along the way.

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STAGE 4: Reggio > Catanzaro (172.22 km)
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This straightforward transition stage from Reggio di Calabria to Catanzaro should end in a bunch sprint, but three classified climbs and undulating terrain near the finish could allow a breakaway to stay away.

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STAGE 5: Cosenza > Matera (200.44 km)
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World Heritage Site: Sassi di Matera (#5)
This flat stage presents no real difficulties until we reach Matera. A fourth-category climb (1.8 km @ 7.3%) brings us into town, and the last three kilometres are mostly through the cobbled streets of the Sassi di Matera.

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STAGE 6: Castel del Monte > Caggiano (168.55 km)
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World Heritage Site: Castel del Monte (#6)
Eight categorised climbs make this middle-mountain stage a GC battleground. The first six climbs are relatively straightforward, but the attacks will come on the second-category climb to Valico di Pietrastretta (7.1 km @ 4.9%) and the final first-category climb to Caggiano (7.6 km @ 7.2%).

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STAGE 7: Pollo > Velia (172.69 km)
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World Heritage Site: Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, and archaeological site of Velia (#7)
Controlling the peloton will be difficult in this hard stage with very little flat terrain, although none of the eight categorised climbs are long and hard enough to cause GC battles.

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STAGE 8: Agropoli > Ercolano (168.05 km)
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World Heritage Site: Archaeological areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata (#8)
This stage follows the Amalfi coast before passing through Pompeii for the bonification sprint. The finish comes on the cobbled streets of Ercolano, descending from the foothills of Mount Vesuvius after a second-category climb (5.4 km @ 5.8%, 7 km from finish).

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STAGE 9: Napoli > Napoli (183.66 km)
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World Heritage Site: Historic Centre of Naples (#9)
A criterium through the cobbled streets of Napoli's historic city centre will contain plenty of stress for all concerned. Although most of the roads are relatively wide, the route makes a short detour through the narrow streets of the Quartieri Spagnoli shortly before the final climb and descent, which will make positioning in the peloton crucial.

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STAGE 10: Caserta > La Guardia (178.89 km)
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World Heritage Site: Reggia di Caserta (#10)
The first high-mountain stage since Stage 2 has three major climbs: the second-category climb to Atina (8.3 km @ 5.2%), and the first-category climbs to Forca d'Acero (18.7 km @ 4.7%) and the summit finish at La Guardia (10.7 km @ 6.4%).

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STAGE 11: Roccamorice > Madonnina del Blockhaus (19.21 km TT)
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An uphill time trial to Blockhaus (19.1 km @ 8.1%) will be a moment of truth in the battle for the maglia rosa, and could end the hopes of many a GC contender.

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STAGE 12: L'Aquila > Assisi (161.71 km)
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World Heritage Site: Assisi (#11)
A mostly downhill transition stage, punctuated by a few gentle climbs, ends with a fourth-category climb (4.9 km @ 4.4%, with a maximum gradient of 10%) to the finish, which might put some sprinters in trouble.

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STAGE 13: Montalcino > San Gimignano (183.16 km)
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World Heritage Site: Historic Centre of San Gimignano (#12)
The first half of this stage follows the course of the Strade Bianchi, including six stretches of white roads used in that race. Instead of heading to Siena, though, we head northwest, with a couple of climbs followed by a final stretch of white road before the uphill finish.

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STAGE 14: Lucca > Manarola (168.60 km)
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World Heritage Site: Cinque Terre (#13)
We head to the Ligurian coast in a stage with four second-category climbs. Victory will be decided over the two final climbs to Passo del Termine (8.5 km @ 6.3%) and Case Fornachi (4.2 km @ 9.2%), or on their technical descents.

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STAGE 15: La Spezia > Monte Cimone (141.44 km)
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A brutal day in the mountains comes with seven categorised climbs, including two first-category and two HC climbs.

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REST DAY


STAGE 16: Bologna > Padua (198.45 km)
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World Heritage Sites: Ferrara (#14), Orlo Botanico, Padua (#15)
The final flat stage of the race has a technical final couple of kilometres, with the course skirting the Botanical Gardens at Padua before finishing with a lap of the Prato della Valle.

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STAGE 17: Treviso > Malga Barbaria (165.21 km)
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World Heritage Site: The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (#16)
We head into the Prosecco Hills, with eight short climbs before the summit finish at Malga Barbaria.

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STAGE 18: Verona > Ceratello (172.38 km)
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World Heritage Site: City of Verona (#17)
Three minor climbs in the first hundred kilometres are followed by the first-category climb to Monte Foggia (13.2 km @ 6.5%). We then head to Lovere before climbing to Ceratello for the summit finish.

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STAGE 19: Capo di Ponte > Passo del Mortirolo (124.35 km)
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World Heritage Site: Rock Drawings in Valcamonica (#18)
A short and brutal Alpine stage goes up and down Gavia before swinging around to finish at Passo del Mortirolo.

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STAGE 20: Ossuccio > Santa Maria del Monte (170.52 km)
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World Heritage Site: Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy (#19)
The penultimate stage starts at the Sacro Monte di Ossuccio and follows the coast of Lake Como, before climbing to Madonna del Ghisallo. We then return to Como and head to the finish at the Sacro Monte di Varese, with two second-category climbs providing a last chance for attacks.

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STAGE 21: Crespi d'Adda > Milan (36.33 km TT)
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World Heritage Sites: Crespi d'Adda (#20), Santa Maria Delle Grazie (#21)
After a week of summit finishes, the diesels among the GC contenders have a final shot at recouping losses, with an entirely flat long time trial.

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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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davandluz wrote:
09/06/2020, 15:10
GIRO D'OTTOBRE

GIRO D'ITALIA 2020 maps/tours/view/15219

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CHARACTERISTICS
Total distance: 3419.8 Km
6 high mountain stages
5 medium mountain stages
7 flat stages
2 ITT
1 TTT
6 mountain top finishes
32 UNESCO sites visited

RATIONALE
The promotion of the Italian territory is played out not only by crossing UNESCO world heritage sites, but also by concentrating in the South and the Center more (with a total of 13 regions visited), and by passing beautiful places even if not recognized by UNESCO. The Cima Coppi (the Passo di San Marco) is located at just 1925 m of altitude: I designed this Giro considering that the risk of snow in October above 2000 m is very high, and therefore decided to not surpass the 2000 m of altitude to avoid possible route modifications. I will obviously not judge other routes negatively if they do not do the same as long as they follow all the official guidelines, it is just my personal choice.

STAGE 1
Saturday, October 3rd
MEDIUM MOUNTAIN
Mazara del Vallo > Palermo, 239.9 Km, +2721 m
UNESCO sites visited: Giardini della Zisa (Palermo)

The 103rd edition of the Giro d'Italia will start in Sicily, in the town of Mazara del Vallo, hosting a stage for the first time. The stage will cross the Monti Sicani and visit two historic Ancient Greek temples, in Selinunte and Segesta, before heading reaching the Tirreno Sea. The last 70 Kms will be run along the coastline towards Palermo. Just before entering the regional capital, the peloton will climb the 2nd category Cippi, with the summit located just 20 kms from the finish line (located in front of the Giardini della Zisa), that will mix things up. The first stage will be the longest of the Giro, and with the Maglia Rosa at stake every rider will push in this classic-like Grand Departure.

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STAGE 2
Sunday, October 4th
TEAM TIME TRIAL
Palermo - Ponte dell'Ammiraglio > Palermo - Cattedrale Santa Vergine Maria Assunta, 19.5 Km, +74 m
UNESCO sites visited: Ponte dell'Ammiraglio (Palermo), Cattedrale Santa Vergine Maria Assunta (Palermo)

The Giro Caravan will stay in Palermo for the Sunday, where a flat TTT crossing the whole city will take place. Start line and finish line are both located in front of UNESCO world heritage sites, the Ponte dell'Ammiraglio and the Cattedrale Santa Vergine Maria Assunta. We will see if the Pink Jersey will already change owner.

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STAGE 3
Monday, October 5th
FLAT
Monreale > Capo d'Orlando, 187.1 Km, +1377 m
UNESCO sites visited: Duomo di Monreale, Duomo di Cefalù

First chance for the sprinters in the Tirrenic stage arriving in Capo d'Orlando for the first time in the Giro history. The peloton will start from the Monreale Duomo (first UNESCO site of this stage), and stay along the Northern Sicilian coastline. The only inland incursion will see the riders climbing the 2nd category Caccamo, the only KOM of the day. Halfway through the stage, the intermediate sprint in Cefalù will see the group passing in front of the world heritage Duomo.

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STAGE 4
Tuesday, October 6th
HIGH MOUNTAIN (MTF)
Milazzo > Etna, 156.6 Km, +3572 m
UNESCO sites visited: Monte Etna

The first mountain top finish of this Giro will see riders arriving at the UNESCO protected volcano Etna, climbed from Linguaglossa to Piano Provenzana (18.8 Kms, 6.6%), the first 1st category KOM of this Giro. The stage, hilly right from the start in Milazzo, will see other four climbs, including the beautiful town of Taormina. First chance for climbers to put their hands on the Maglia Rosa.

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STAGE 5
Wednesday, October 7th
FLAT
Reggio Calabria > Amantea, 196.7 Km, +1625 m

The peloton will finally leave Sicily and restart from the bottom point of the Calabrian peninsula, Reggio Calabria. The route follows the Eastern coastline northwise, reaching Amantea (hosting a Giro stage finish for the 2nd time after 1996) where a probable group sprint will decide who the fifth stage winner will be.

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STAGE 6
Thursday, October 8th
MEDIUM MOUNTAIN
Cosenza > Castrovillari, 180 Km, +2716 m

Another Calabrian stage awaits the riders, starting from Cosenza, crossing the Sila National Park and arriving in Castrovillari in a stage that will probably see a successful breakaway contending the stage win. The group will cross the finish line twice, with the last climb Le Vigne and the following false plain that will be key moments of the stage. The Pink Jersey teammates will need to be careful at the possible rolling out of a Fuga Bidone.

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STAGE 7
Friday, October 9th
FLAT
Policoro > Alberobello, 187.1 Km, +1847 m
UNESCO sites visited: Sassi di Matera, Trulli (Alberobello)

The hometown of the famous Trulli, Alberobello, will be hosting the arrival of this Giro's seventh stage. After the first, hilly part, starting in Policoro ending in the UNESCO heritage site Matera at 85 Km from the finish line, the route will cross a mainly flat terrain, giving another possibility for sprinters to shine in this first week.

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STAGE 8
Saturday, October 10th
MEDIUM MOUNTAIN
Altamura > Roseto Valfortore, 237.2 Km, +2347 m
UNESCO sites visited: Castel del Monte

A long stage (237.2 Km) awaits the cyclists in the first stage of the second weekend of this Giro. After 50 Km from the start in Altamura, the Castel del Monte (UNESCO site) intermediate sprint will lead the peloton into the Tavoliere plain, up until the last 80 Km of the stage, when four categorized climbs (two 3rd category and two 2nd category) await stage seekers and brave GC contenders. Roseto Valfortore, elected amongst "I borghi più belli d'Italia" ("Italy's nicests towns"), will host a Giro d'Italia finish for the first time.

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STAGE 9
Sunday, October 11th
HIGH MOUNTAIN (MTF)
San Severo > Blockhaus, 220.9 Km, +2961 m

The last stage before the first rest day will start from San Severo, city which has not hosted the Giro since 1937, and will end with a bang, with the riders climbing the fearsome Blockhaus (13.7 km, 7.9%), that will host the second mountain top finish of this Giro. GC contenders must be prepared, in order to not be out of the games before even reaching half of the Giro.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 12TH REST DAY

STAGE 10
Tuesday, October 13th
INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL
Tivoli - Villa Adriana > Tivoli - Villa d'Este, 47.4 Km, +508 m
UNESCO sites visited: Villa Adriana (Tivoli), Villa d'Este (Tivoli)

A tricky stage awaits riders just after the rest day, where a fairly long and hilly ITT - 47.4 Km, with a categorized 4th category climb entering Tivoli (3 km, 5.2%) - can upset the classification. Tivoli will host both departure and finish line, located in front of two UNESCO world heritage villas, Villa Adriana and Villa d'Este.

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STAGE 11
Wednesday, October 14th
FLAT
Roma > Viterbo, 164.5 Km, +704 m
UNESCO sites visited: Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura (Roma), Necropoli dei Monterozzi (Tarquinia)

This flat stage will depart from one of Roma's UNESCO protected sites, the Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura, and arrive in Viterbo. Even though this stage has no categorized climbs, from the Tarquinia intermediate sprint (located at 42 Km from the finish line, where the peloton will pass in front of the Necropoli dei Monterozzi UNESCO site) the route has a constant slight positive slope: it is the right terrain for finisseurs to try and have their say, anticipating the probable group sprint.

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STAGE 12
Thursday, October 15th
MEDIUM MOUNTAIN (MTF)
Terni > Pienza, 190.2 Km, +2000 m
UNESCO sites visited: Chiesa di San Salvatore (Spoleto), Tempietto sul Clitunno, Città di Assisi, Centro Storico di Pienza

A truly beautiful stage will cross historic towns in Umbria (where the stage starts, in Terni) and Tuscany, passing in front of three UNESCO world heritage sites (the Chiesa di San Salvatore in Spoleto, the Tempietto sul Clitunno and the beautiful city of Assisi), and arriving in the Renaissance town of Pienza, another UNESCO site. The hilly stage sees a very interesting ending: in the last 20 Km, in fact, riders will climb the 3rd category Montepulciano, go across the Pienza-Monticchiello gravel road and finally reach the steep Pienza climb, that leads to the finish line. Big chance for classics specialists and puncheurs.

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STAGE 13
Friday, October 16th
FLAT
Montalcino > Pisa, 212.9 Km, +1321 m
UNESCO sites visited: Montalcino, Centro storico di Siena, Centro storico di San Gimignano, Piazza dei Miracoli (Pisa)

Another day in Tuscany for the Giro Caravan, with riders going from Montalcino (UNESCO protected town of the Val d'Orcia) to Pisa. The stage is divided in two segments: the first one crosses the beautiful Renaissance and Etruscan centers of Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra in a hilly terrain, the second follows the coastline from Cecina to Livorno before entering Pisa, where the finish line is located (right in front of the Piazza dei Miracoli), giving sprinters another chance to win a stage.

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STAGE 14
Saturday, October 17th
HIGH MOUNTAIN (MTF)
Pisa > Val di Luce, 123.2 Km, +2326 m
UNESCO sites visited: Piazza dei Miracoli (Pisa)

The race will restart from where it left, the Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, only to cross a completely different terrain: after passing by Lucca and Montecatini Terme, the group will climb two 1st category KOMs, Margine di Momigno and Passo dell'Abetone, and the brief but hard ascent to Val di Luce, where the stage ends. General classification riders will surely want to make an impact in this relatively short stage (123.2 Km).

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STAGE 15
Sunday, October 18th
MEDIUM MOUNTAIN (MTF)
Pistoia > Bologna - San Luca, 152.7 Km, +2448 m

A beautiful classic-like stage will end the third weekend of the Giro, with starting line in Pistoia and finish line in front of the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, just outside of Bologna. The route follows a similar track to the Giro dell'Emilia, with the final climb, Colle della Guardia (2.2 Km, 8.9%), repeated 5 times. The circuit will start in front of Porta Saragozza, where the San Luca pilgrimage route - with pilgrims traditionally passing under 666 Portici - starts. Puncheurs and GC contenders will surely animate this fantastic Sunday stage.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 19TH REST DAY

STAGE 16
Tuesday, October 20th
FLAT
Ferrara > Vicenza, 173.4 Km, +737 m
UNESCO sites visited: Ferrara Città del Rinascimento, Villa Pojana (Pojana Maggiore), Villa Pisani Ferri (Bagnolo), Città di Vicenza

The last week kicks off with a flat stage, that connects the UNESCO world heritage cities of Ferrara and Vicenza. After passing through the Polesine, the peloton will encounter the first two asperities of the day in the Colli Euganei. After that, a flat terrain will lead to the Colli Berici, where the the riders will climb the last ascent of the day to Giacomelli: the summit, located at 32 Km from the finish line, should leave enough space to sprinters to defend themselves from attacks and prepare for a group sprint. Three UNESCO protected Palladian Villas will be also crossed: Villa Pojana in Pojana Maggiore, Villa Pisani Ferri in Bagnolo and Villa Trissino in Meledo (the latter is not marked as an intermediate sprint).

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STAGE 17
Wednesday, October 21st
HIGH MOUNTAIN
Bassano del Grappa > Auronzo di Cadore, 209.7 Km, +4867 m
UNESCO sites visited: Villa Angarano (Bassano del Grappa), Dolomiti Bellunesi, Dolomiti Settentrionali

The 17th stage of the Giro is this year's Tappone Dolomitico. Starting from the Villa Angarano UNESCO site in Bassano del Grappa, riders will climb four 1st category KOMs across the UNESCO protected Dolomiti Bellunesi and the Dolomiti Settentrionali: Monte Grappa, Passo Duran, Forcella Cibiana and Passo Tre Croci, all with terrible slopes for the riders. The stage winner will be crowned in Auronzo di Cadore, town which last hosted the Giro in 1981.

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STAGE 18
Thursday, October 22nd
FLAT
Bressanone > Riva del Garda,156.8 Km, +558 m

This transitory stage across Trentino-Alto Adige is the last chance for sprinters to obtain a stage victory. Going Southwise from Bressanone to Riva del Garda, crossing the cities of Bolzano and Trento, this stage is the perfect occasion for GC contenders to rest their legs before the last terrible three days, with two high mountain stages and the final time trial.

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STAGE 19
Friday, October 23rd
HIGH MOUNTAIN (MTF)
Gavardo > Foppolo, 160.2 Km, +2839 m
UNESCO sites visited: Foro Romano di Brescia, Mure venete di Bergamo

The first of the two very demanding mountain stages will see the last mountain top finish of this Giro, the 1st category Foppolo (11.3 Km, 6.9%), which hosted a stage arrival in 1986. Three other KOMs, a 4th category (Bergamo Alta), a 1st category (Sant'Antonio Abbandonato) and a 2nd category (Alino), will animate a very difficult second part of the stage, in which large gaps can be created. The route, that starts in Gavardo - hosting the Giro for the first time - and crosses the UNESCO world heritage sites of the Brescia Foro Romano and the Bergamo walls, offers the perfect occasion for GC contenders who suffer time trials to start accumulating as many seconds as possible on their rivals: waiting for the last mountain stage could not be enough.

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STAGE 20
Saturday, October 24th
HIGH MOUNTAIN
San Pellegrino Terme > Ponte di Legno, 183.8 Km, +4880 m
UNESCO sites visited: Ferrovia retica nel paesaggio dell'Albula e del Bernina (Tirano)

Finally, on the last Saturday of the Giro, the Queen Stage arrives. A long stage, with with the most positive difference (+4880 m), that sees the Passo del Mortirolo, the Montagna Pantani of this Giro, taken from Mazzo di Valtellina, its most demanding side (12.2 Km, 10.7%). It will be the climax of the stage, but not the only asperity: other three categorized KOMs will be climbed, with the altimetry being complicated right from the start in San Pellegrino Terme: just 20 Km after the start this year's Cima Coppi, the Passo di San Marco (1925 m), will be climbed. Two 2nd category climbs will follow: Triangia and San Rocco. Cyclists will then pass in front of the Rhaetian Railway departure station in Tirano (this stage's UNESCO site). This breathtaking stage will be the last chance for pure grimpeurs to put their name on this year's "Trofeo Senza Fine".

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STAGE 21
Sunday, October 25th
INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL
Milano - Santa Maria delle Grazie > Milano - Duomo, 19.3 Km, +50 m
UNESCO sites visited: Chiesa e Convento Domenicano di Santa Maria delle Grazie con "L'Ultima Cena" di Leonardo da Vinci (Milano)

The last stage will give a final chance to riders to change their GC classification: a fairly short, completely flat ITT in the Milano roads, starting from the Santa Maria delle Grazie church, last UNESCO site of this Giro, and arriving in Piazza del Duomo, will crown the 2020 Giro d'Italia winner.

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Since I misinterpreted the rules, I have slightly amended my submission.
Last edited by davandluz on 29/06/2020, 12:20, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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Here's my Giro up for the challenge!
UNESCO sites: 20
Flat Stages: 7
Hilly Stages (Summit finishes): 5 (1)
Mountain Stages (Summit finishes): 7 (5)
ITT's: 2
Link: maps/tours/view/15235

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1- Agrigento - Syracuse
UNESCO sites: 3. Archaelogical area of Agrigento; Villa Romana del Casale, Syracuse.
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The Grande Partenza of this Giro takes place in Agrigento in the island of Sicilia, it's a rather ondulated stage but one targeted for the sprinters, but it's distance should provide a solid challenge for a complete rider to take pink in the opening day.

2- Catania - Messina
UNESCO sites: 1. Mount Etna.
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Stage 2 will take the riders on their first challenge for the overall. It's a stage built for opportunities, such a day early on clearly favours a breakaway, but there is a lot of ground for actual GC raids. All the climbers have to be on their toes, but the distance of the main challenges from the finish surely aid the possibilities of a surprise winner and new leader of the race.

3- Reggio Calabria - Botricello
UNESCO sites: 0
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Stage 3 takes the peloton inland into the region of Callabria right by the Messina straight, it's another 200Km+ stage with some ondulating terrain, but the sprinters will again be on the lookout for an elusive stage win.


4- Crotone - Melissa
UNESCO sites: 0
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Stage 4 is an important one, having such a TT early in the race will make some big gaps very clear, it will motivate moves on stage 2 but will have a big saying on how the favourites line themselves up in relation to the mountains they'll face.

5- Castrovillari - Matera
UNESCO sites: 1. The Sassi and the Rupestrian Churchs of Matera.
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Stage 5 is a transition stage, finishing in Matera it takes the riders through a hilly stage. Not a hard one, with little climbing near the end, the grade will never bite but it's a stage suited for some punchy sprinters who can get over the final climb, also an opportunity for some puncheurs to deal a blow.

6- Potenza - Napoli
UNESCO sites: 2. Pompei, Historic Center of Naples.
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The sprinters will have another big saying on this day, as another flat stage comes but with some rolling climbs in the start. A breakaway can be of a threat, but a sprint in the coast of Napoli is the most likely scenario.

7- Casera - Roma
UNESCO sites: 2. Caserta, Historic center of Rome.
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A transitional stage that will again be a treat for the fast men! 221Km of flat riding by the Tirreno sea, the stage will go from the historic cities of Caserta into the center of Rome.

8- Roma - Gran Sasso d'Italia (Campo Imperatore)
UNESCO sites: 0.
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Stage 8 is a big climbing challenge in the Appenines, the first of 2 and features a very important moment in the race where we'll see who will be in the fight for the win of the Giro. The stage is hard in itself but the summit finish to Gran Sasso d'Italia leaves no place to hide weakness. The stage finishes over 2000 meters above where it started and features over 3800m+.

9- L'Aquila - Chieti
UNESCO sites: 0.
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And the second stage of this weekend in the Appenines is another brutal one, after starting in L'Aquila it will go through some decievingly hard climbs in Monte Pietra and the Passo Lanciano. As they're far from the finish they can seem harmless but the're both very hard and could see serious attacks as the terrain then goes down until the riders reach the brutal hills around Chieti, and the finish itself will be after a sequence of two little but steep cobbled climbs (profile misleading).

10- Vitterbo - Siena
UNESCO sites: 1. Historic Center of Siena
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Stage 10 will be another complicated one, full of traps as the riders will go through some very long and harsh gravel sectors, replicating the final 55Km of the iconic classic. Protection and sense of opportunity is everything in this terrain, and after a set of brutal stages there is no room for a bad day.

11- Florence - Lucca
UNESCO sites: 3. Historic center of Florence, San Gimignano, Pisa (Piazza del Duomo)
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On stage 11 there's finally some needed restbite, although the start features a set of complicated Tuscan hills the majority of the day the settles in calm flat roads where the sprinters should come forward in the cycling city of Lucca.

12- Ravenna - Bologna
UNESCO sites: 3. Early Christian monuments of Ravenna, Ferrara and the Po delta, Modena.
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Stage 12 goes through the Emillia flatlands but the finish is far from the same. A pan flat leadup to the city of Bologna where the riders will face the mythical Basilica di San Luca climb for 3 consecutive times, making up for one of the most decieving stages of the race as the final climb can absolutely make some solid gaps, specially in such quick succession.

13- Mestre - Grado Pineta
UNESCO sites: 1. Basilica of Aquileia.
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Stage 13 is another one that I particularly like as my idea of a Grand Tour is to really crown the most complete rider. For this reason I love to plant lots of stages with traps and uncertainty connected, this day will be a day by the Adriatic, pan-flat but with several gravel sectors in the mix in the final half of the stage. The mountains are where the climbers go off face to face, but here it takes much more than W/Kg.

14- Cividale del Friuli - Piancavallo
UNESCO sites: 0.
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The entrance in the Alps, for some a relief that they can finally leave the traps behind. The Friuli region hosts this hard stage, that has a lot of climbing throughout the day before going up the Piancavallo summit, a proper hard entry in the Alps but not the hardest that's to come.

15- Belunno - Feltre
UNESCO sites: 0.
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An almost perfect loop in the Alps of the Veneto region, the city of Feltre has a massive amount of iconic climbs in it's suroundings and it's only fair to give it the grand stage on a mythical mountain stage. A bad day here means the end of anyone's race, the Passo Rolle and Passo Manghen are two brutal slogs that will take many to their limit, but the combination of some more climbing topping up in the Croce d'Aune before a quick descent into Feltre after 5400m+.

16- Feltre - Verona
UNESCO sites: 0.
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A little escape from the climbs will do, the sprinters will have here their last chance to take a win whilst the climbers have a last chance to relax before the final block of climbing.

17- Verona - Bolzano
UNESCO sites: 0.
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Stage 17 will be one surely for a breakaway, with a uphill start on the surounding hills of Verona the climbers have their shot of getting away, whilst the ascent to Monte Bondone will make up the ground for who will fight for the stage win.

18- Bolzano - Corvara in Badia
UNESCO sites: 1. The Dolomites.
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As any great Giro there HAS to be an epic stage in the Dolomites and this is that exact one. Beautiful region, beautiful stage, this one goes through some of the most iconic Italian passes, the Passo Costalunga, San Pellegrino, Fedaia, Pordoi, Campolongo is a beastly combination and it's a full day of mountain climbing, only in 154Km there are almost 5000m+ and the lovely town of Corvara and it's green valley showcase a bright finish to a screaming day.

19- Brixen - Aprica
UNESCO sites: 0.
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This is the queen stage of the race and with right! 259Km after 3 weeks of hard racing and with such brutal climbs on the menu is how you make a race exciting until the end. This stage goes up the Jaufenpass and goes up the Stelvio via it's harder side, before coming down and still ascending the Mortirolo through it's hardest side. It's a deadly combo and after it will still be the drag up to Aprica that in any scenario will just make those gaps even bigger. There's around 6200 meters of climbing on this stage, having such a Giro finish like this means tactics and proper planning are crucial.

20- Sondrio - Plan di Montecampione
UNESCO sites: 0.
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At this stage of the race it's hard to imagine there's still indecision, but just in case, and it's a bit ridiculous to treat such a day like this but JUST in case there's still indecision this beast of a day will further clarify the battle for the trophy. Passo san Marco and the brutal Plan di Montecampione host the final climbing challenges of this race, it's a brutal climb to finish the race off and a stage with almost 5000 meters of climbing looks so small in comparison with the last, nonetheless it is a very important one and presents the final challenge for the small men to capitalize on their qualities.

21- Crespi d'Adda - Milano
UNESCO sites: 2. Crespi d'Adda, Milano (Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie)
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And the final stage of the race is ironically also one where big gaps can be made, a big 37Km can still dictate some changes in the overall but god knows how spread apart it may be at this point. After 3 weeks of traps, mountain epics and a whole lot of suffering it comes down to an individual challenge to the finish of the race.

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CelentanoTour wrote:
15/06/2020, 15:16
There shall be a MTF in the first week

are two MTF possible in the first week?
Yes
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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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Here's my October Giro version
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Stage 1 Palermo - Monreale (ITT) 7.3 kilometers
Elevation +278 m / -3 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*Palermo Cathedral (start)
*Monreale Duomo (finish)
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Stage 2 Cefalù - Milazzo (plain) 150.6 kilometers
Elevation +1,530 m / -1,555 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*Cefalù Duomo (start)
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Stage 3 Gioia Tauro - Isola di Capo Rizzuto (medium mountain) 227.8 km
Elevation +3438 m / -3354 m
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Stage 4 Cirò Marina - Marina di Metaponto (plain) 169.7 kilometers
Elevation +760 m / -773 m
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Stage 5 Matera - Sapri (medium mountain) 225.7 kilometers
Elevation +4,029 m / -4,171 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*Matera (start)
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Stage 6 Palinuro - Vesuvio (high mountain) 191.6 kilometers
Elevation +2,821 m / -1,869 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*Paestum (sprint)
*Pompei (sprint)
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********************REST DAY********************




Stage 7 Avellino - Sora (medium mountain) 198.1 kilometers
Elevation +2,525 m / -2,547 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*Benevento, Santa Flora complex (sprint)
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Stage 8 Ovindoli - Monte Prata (high mountain) 219.6 kilometers
Elevation +4,503 m / -4,207 m
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Stage 9 Spoleto - Arezzo (plain) 145.5 kilometers
Elevation +1,242 m / -1,274 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*Spoleto, San Salvatore Basilica (start)
*Assisi (sprint)
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Stage 10 Montevarchi - Pisa (medium mountain) 190.4 kilometers
Elevation +3,076 m / -3,210 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*San Gimignano (sprint)
*Pisa (finish)
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Stage 11 Viareggio - Pievepelago (high mountain) 149.2 kilometers
Elevation +4,520 m / -3,740 m
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Stage 12 Vignola - Maranello (ITT) 30 kilometers
Elevation +421 m / -416 m
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Stage 13 Modena - Jesolo (plain) 214.6 kilometers
Elevation +722 m / -750 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*Modena (start)
*Ferrara (sprint)
*Laguna di Venezia (sprint)
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Stage 14 Aquileia - Vittorio Veneto (plain) 178.4 kilometers
Elevation +1,514 m / -1,388 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*Aquileia (start)
*Palmanova (sprint)
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Stage 15 Belluno - Ega (high mountain) 147 kilometers
Elevation +4,857 m / -4,117 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*Dolomites (represented by Cima Coppi gpm)
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********************REST DAY********************




Stage 16 Ora - Mantova (plain) 191.3 kilometers
Elevation +1,170 m / -1,379 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*Verona (sprint)
*Mantova (finish)
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Stage 17 Sabbioneta - Bardi (medium mountain) 137.3 kilometers
Elevation +2,617 m / -2,043 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*Sabbioneta (start)
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Stage 18 Borgotaro - Savona (medium mountain) 176.7 kilometers
Elevation +2,728 m / -3,120 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*Genova (sprint)
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Stage 19 Albenga - Pieve di Teco (high mountain) 182.2 kilometers
Elevation +4,676 m / -4,427 m
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Stage 20 Ormea - Sant'Anna di Vinadio (high mountain) 152.5 kilometers
Elevation +3,227 m / -1,914 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*Langhe di Cebana, Ceva (sprint)
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Stage 21 Monza - Milano (ITT) 19.3 kilometers
Elevation +72 m / -123 m
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
*Milano, Santa Maria delle Grazie (finish)
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Here is my Giro d'Italia ! maps/tours/view/15308

For this Tour of Italy departing from Palermo, the organizers chose a varied road, both in difficulty and in schema, with only three finishes at the top (+ an uphill finish) but all the same eight high mountain stages , three in middle mountain, two individual time trials and eight so-called "plain" stages, which will not necessarily be for sprinters.

Stage 1 : Palerme – Palerme, 153 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Ponte Ammiraglio ; Cattedrale di Montreale
The Giro will open with a globally flat stage, favorable to a sprinter and a massive finish. Beware, however, of the many traps, like Monte Pellegrino at the start of the stage - which could allow the formation of a large breakaway - as well as the climb to the Cattedrale di Montreale, cobbled and narrow on the summit, located 19km of arrival.

Stage 2 : Palerme – Licata, 214 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Valle dei Templi
If the first stage is very clearly favorable to sprinters, the second will be, on paper, much less. The terrain will rarely be flat and a breakaway victory will be entirely possible, even at the start of the event. The final towards Licata is certainly more favorable to a massive arrival but in what state will the legs be?

Stage 3 : Gela – Giarre, 182km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Caltagirone (Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto) ; Mont Etna
This is the first major major meeting for the candidates for the final victory. After two rather quiet days for the favorites, you will have to be in good shape to not risk losing everything. The first part of the stage will be quite easy but spectacular from a tourist point of view, while the second will be terrible. It will start 71 km from the finish with the foot of Mount Etna, ridden by the endless slope of the Rifugio Sapienza (29 km at 5.6%). After a long descent, the riders will have to take the shortest but steepest (5.3 km at 8.8%) ascent of Milo, before diving towards Giarre.
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Stage 4 : Pompeï – Napoli-Palazzo Reale, 33,3km (ITT)

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Archaeological Areas of Pompei ; Historic Centre of Naples
The day after the first day of rest, a new meeting for the Giro favorites with the first of the two times in the event. Between Pompei and Naples, the 33.3 kilometers will be generally favorable for rollers, but the ascent of the Famarole (5km to 6%) at the halfway point could allow climbers to limit time’s lost.. It will be necessary to keep forces for the end, with the climb in Naples towards the Palazzo Reale and a coast from 900m to 4%, including 400m of cobbles.

Stage 5 : Caserta (Royal Palace) – Rome (Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura), 221 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Royal Palace at Caserta ; Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura at Rome
For the sprinters, it is an extremely favorable day which promises to be a stage without any real difficulty, if not the possibility of borders in the Lazio plain.

Stage 6 : Tivoli (Villa d’Este) – Monte Terminillo, 167,6 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Villa d'Este
It is the first of the three finishes at the top of this Giro, with the terrible ascent to Terminillo and its 15.2 km at 7.3%. If the favorites should not move before the final climb, it will not be a simple CC. With more than 4400m of D + and a first ascent of 1st category on the occasion of the Sella Leonessa (20.4km at 6.7%), which prolongs the climb of the Terminillo, the damage could be substantial on arrival.
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Stage 7 : Viterbe – Sienne, 209 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Historic Centre of the City of Pienza ; Historic Centre of Siena
A day of suffering for all the runners and for the favorites, who will not want to lose everything on this terrible stage. With 48.1 kilometers of « Strade » - some uphill, others all flat - on the program for this 7th stage, everything will be possible, especially as the stage will be far from flat, with 3200m of D + . The peloton could explode on the rise of Radicofani, entirely "Strade" and long of 9km at 5%. Behind it will be incessant roller coasters which will lead the runners to Siena, which takes up the final of the Strade Bianche.

Stage 8 : Florence – La Spezia, 165 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Historic Centre of Florence
After hell, peloton should experience a much quieter stage on the road to La Spezia with a smooth ride between Tuscany and Liguria. After a first part of the race in the lands passing through Prato, Pistoia, Montecatini Terme or even Lucca, the peloton will follow the Mediterranean sea for around thirty kilometers quite exposed to potential borders. Otherwise, everything will be played in a sprint at La Spezia, with a magnificent finish in front of the port.

Stage 9 : Chiavari – SanRemo, 214 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Historical center of Genoa
After Strade Bianche, the Giro will this time looks like Milan-SanRemo with this 9th stage drawn along the coast, between Chiavari and the Via Roma accustomed to receiving the final of the Primavera. After having continuously followed the Ligurian Sea for 156km, and crossed well-known coasts like Capo Mele and Capo Cervo, riders will go a little in the Ligurian Alps with the ascent of Monte Abrighetti (9,4km à 5%) which should proceed to a first selection. But the key moment will come a little later with the ascent of Cipressa by its hardest slope and never used: 1.4km at 15%! And beware of the placement at the foot with a pronounced narrowing after 300m of ascent. The rider placed in 15th position at this time will already be 30 ’’ from the head of the group… He will then remain 22km to reach San Remo, beyond the most famous Poggio and his technical descent.
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Stage 10 : Savigliano – Borgo San Dalmazzo, 159 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : None
You will have to digest the rest day because the recovery menu is indigestible. The organizers have chosen to put on the road two of the most difficult climbs in the Piedmont Alps with the Sampeyre (15.6km at 8.4%) and the Fauniera (21.5km at 7%), whose summit will be located 54km from the arrival. Then there will be a long and rapid descent to reach the last difficulty, the Madonna del Coletto (7 km to 8.7%), whose summit is 18 km from Borgo San Dalmazzo. Short stage, long and steep passes, altitude: everything is there to see the spectacle and big differences.
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Stage 11 : Coni – Turin, 196 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont (Hills of Barbaresco) ; Residences of the Royal House of Savoy (Castello del Valentino)
On the road to Turin, sprinters should be in the spotlight with this stage entirely traced in the Po plain. After crossing the Piedmont vineyards, the peloton will take the direction of Chieri and the main climb of the day, the Bric del Pilonetto. Its 5km at 4.6% does not represent a huge difficulty, but the technical and rapid descent that follows could however stretch the peloton strongly. And there will only be around twenty kilometers at the foot of the descent ...


Stage 12 : Turin – Lans l’Hermitage, 112 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Residences of the Royal House of Savoy (Palazzo Reale)
This is the last of two stages in the Piedmont Alps. This time, no high altitude on the program nor long passes. On a stage in very short format, only three passes will punctuate the course of the runners but two of them offer terrible percentages. The ascent to the Rifugio Roca Sella (6.8 km at 9.2%) first. Above all, it will serve to skim the peloton and to propose a fairly small group at the foot of the narrow chosen slope of Colle del Lys, its hardest slope (5.8km at 11%). The runners will then dive towards the foot of Colle della Dieta, the last more rolling difficulty (10.4km at 7.1%). Then it’s time to head for the finish, at Lans l'Hermitage.
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Stage 13 : Ivrea – Plaisance, 235 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Ivrea, Industrial City of the 20th Century ; Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy (Sacro Monte di Oropa)
Attention, tricky stage in perspective! With 235Km on the program, the vast majority in the plains, everything seems to indicate a massive arrival and a quiet day. Except that the start of the stage promises to be eventful with the ascent of Borgina (6.4km at 5.5%) before the Colle della Colma (18.3km at 6%), passing by the Sanctuario di Oropa where an intermediate sprint takes place where arrivals at Oropa are generally located. A start which could put the sprinters in difficulty. Or launch a big breakaway with outsiders. All scenarios are allowed.

Stage 14 : Crémone – Vicenze (Monte Berico), 193,5 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Mantoue (Renaissance representative town)
Before entering the Dolomites, peloton will ride one of the few stages for punchers. However, it will be necessary to be aware for the favorites. After 150kms of flat, the peloton will face the terrible slopes of Monte Sasso (3.4km to 9.2%) and Monte Mottolone (3.9km to 8.6%) before diving to Vicenze and fighting for victory over the gentler slopes (500m to 6%) of Monte Berico and its magnificent Sanctuario della Madonna.
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Stage 15 : Vicenze – Valdobiadenne, 134 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto ; The Prosecco Hills of Valdobbiadene
On the eve of the last day of rest, favorites should not know a bad day. That would cost any hope of final victory because this 15th opus is terrible. On a fairly short format favoring offensives, everything will start at km 41 with the long irregular ascent of Monte Grappa (24.8km at 6%). The very fast descent will then lead the runners to the foot of the enormous Cima della Mandria. A monster of 10.6 km at 10.1%, with the last three kilometers at more than 13%! And beware of its narrow and technical descent... At the bottom of it, there will be a short fifteen kilometers to reach Valdobbiadene.
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Stage 16 : Trieste – Pordenone, 180,6 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia
The last week will start by a quiet enough stage. In Pordenone, the sprinters will win, it's pretty obvious. Even the difficult ascent of Opicina (3.5km to 9.1%) at the very start of the stage will not be enough to prevent this ...


Stage 17 : Trévise – Passo Rolle, 185 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : The Dolomites
Riders will have time to set off during this stage with more than 150 kilometers without difficulty before approaching the foot of the final climb. If it is a simple CC, it will still have the possibility of creating gaps from the difficult ascent of the Passo Rolle and its 25.2km at 5.3%. A generally steady rise and without big percentages but which will wear out body and legs.
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Stage 18 : Trente – Passo di Stelvio, 159,4 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : None
This is the queen stage of this Giro d’Italia with no less than three big climbs on the program, including two huge myths of the event. After a difficult start to the stage with the endless climb to Pellzzano, the riders will climb the Passo del Tonale (14.8km at 6.2%) before going on to two giants of Italy: the Passo di Gavia (16 , 6km at 8%) first then the Passo di Stelvio (20.3km at 7.5%), again as stage arrival site, nine years after the success of Thomas De Gendt.
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Stage 19 : Bormio – Tirano, 109,8 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : None
After the very high altitude stage, the one of the huge percentages. After about thirty kilometers on a descending false flat, riders will tackle the terrible slopes of the Passo di Mortirolo (11.6km at 11.3%), well known from the Giro. But, instead of finishing in Aprica as often, the peloton will have after to climb the Monte Padrio (10.9km to 9.3%), before passing through Aprica and then going down to Tirano, which had already welcomed an arrival from the Giro in 2008.
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Stage 20 : Sondrio – Crespi d’Adda, 173 km

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UNESCO Heritage Site : Crespi d'Adda
For favorites uncomfortables on the clock, this hybrid stage is the last chance to push time trial specialists far enough. Not really a mountain stage, not at all a plain stage, this 20th opus can be exceptional like a complete flop. Everything will depend on the differences at the start. Because the huge climb of Passo San Marco (26km at 6.7%), crossed after only 51km, was like launching a stage of madness. If 50km of flat separates the foot of its descent from the next ascent, watch out for possible breaks. But, anyway, the very complicated Monte Regina (6.1 km at 8.8%) will, him, make gaps. Being placed 40km from the finish, it will not allow any failure, on pain of losing a lot.
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Stage 21 : Monza (Circuito) – Milan (Plaza Duomo), 29,7 km, ITT

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UNESCO Heritage Site : None
Last day of wrestling in the pink jersey race! Between Monza and Milan, it is a time trial of just under 30km that will conclude this Tour of Italy, a time trial quite similar to the one which concluded the 2017 Giro, with Dumoulin who had taken over the jersey pink at Nairo Quintana on the very last day. What will happen here?

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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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davandluz wrote:
11/06/2020, 12:49
mauro wrote:
11/06/2020, 9:43

The regulation states that it is not possible to exceed 2500 meters above sea level (therefore it is not possible to propose climbs such as the Stelvio or the Gavia)
emmea90 wrote:
07/06/2020, 19:59
kanon16 wrote:
06/06/2020, 22:37
"This means that you can go only 2500 in two stages"

Does it mean over 2500 m only in two stages?
It does mean that you can go above 2500m of denivel in two stages only. Doesn't matter how much in the stage.
but that would be altitude, not denivel... right?
Yes, altitude, not denivel
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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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My route: maps/tours/view/15458

Stage 1: Palermo>Palermo

The opening stage of my Giro starts and finishes in Palermo, and it should end in a bunch sprint. The first of 20 UNESCO bonification sprints occurs only 3km into this stage, which should create some early battles before the break is formed.

Stage 2: Catania>Monte Concazza

A double passage of Etna on Stage 2 sees the first of 4 high mountain stages on the Giro. A battle among the GC riders is certain.

Stage 3: Catania>Ragusa

The final Scilian stage ends with a hilltop finish in Ragusa.

Stage 4: Vibo Valentia>Cosenza

The first stage on mainland Italy is a hilly day which could easily go to the break.

Stage 5: Senise>Castel del Monte

The finish at the Castel del Monte will be an uphill drag which shouldn't drop the sprinters but could shake up the result. Perfect for the likes of Sagan.

Stage 6: Foggia>Napoli

The longest stage of the Giro so far should end in a bunched sprint in Napoli.

Stage 7: Napoli>Campobasso

For the second time in the opening week, the break are the favourites for the stage.

Stage 8: Pescara>Pescara

A 33km ITT should provide a major GC shake-up.

Stage 9: L'Aquila>Monte Cavo

The second MTF of the Giro comes on a quintruple leg climb lasting almost 40km. A second consecutive GC shake-up seems likely.


Stage 10: Rome>Perugia

Another shot for the break on the first day after the first rest day.

Stage 11: Perugia>Firenze

A good chance for the sprinters on Stage 11.

Stage 12: Bologna>Formigine

A flat day with a couple of climbs towards the end should give the break another chance.

Stage 13: Verona>Venezia

The last pure sprint of the Giro could be affected by the winds on the way to Venezia.

Stage 14: Padova>Trento

The longest stage of the Giro will probably go to the break, but a couple of climbs in the finale opens up the opportunity for some GC moves on the descent to the finish.

Stage 15: Bolzano>Monte Zoncolan

The second high mountain stage of the Giro sees a MTF of the Monte Zoncolan. GC changes are certain.

Stage 16: Brunico>Col Pecolines

If over 4000m of climbing yesterday wasn't enough, the last stage of the second week sees 5369m of vertical gain over 179km on a brutal Dolomites day.


Stage 17: Genoa>Turin

The 17th stage looks likely for the break, with some GC potential.

Stage 18: Ivrea>Col Petit Bernard

The queen stage of the Giro, with over 6000m of climbing ending of the Col Petit Bernard.

Stage 19: La Thuile>Biella

A transitional stage, with a flat stage finishing in Biella. The last few km are on a false flat, however, so it won't be an easy one for all remaining sprinters.

Stage 20: Biella>Monte Boletto

The penultimate stage will end on the Monte Boletto near Como, with the climbers having their final chance to make a difference.

Stage 21: Milano>Milano

The Giro ends with a 20km ITT in Milan, where the final destination of the Maglia Rosa will be decided.

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Re: Contest #5 - Giro d'Italia [Cat. 1]

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So, here's my route for the contest:
maps/tours/view/15279


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I'll add the profiles tomorrow, but you can already take a look of course.

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