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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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World Heritage Sites: Palazzo dei Normanni(S1), Cathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary(S1), Ponte dell'Ammiraglio (S1), Archaeological Area of Agrigento(S3), City of Siracusa(S4), Mount Etna(S4), Paestum(S7), Amalfi Coast(S8), Archeological Area of Pompei(S8), Historic Centre of Naples(S9), Royal Palace of Caserta(S9), City of Venezia(S10), Aquileia(S10), City of Vicenza(S12), Botanical Garden of Padua(S12), City of Verona(S13), City of Mantua(S14), The Dolomites(S15), Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont(S16), Residences of the Royal House of Savoy(S17), Ivrea - Industrial City of the 20th Century(S17), Crespi d'Adda(S18), Santa Maria della Grazie(S21).


Stage 1 | Palermo | 13,07km

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Short time trial for the start of this Giro d'Italia in Palermo.


Stage 2 | Parma · Mazara del Vallo | 202,90km

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Stage for the sprinters with the first points for the mountain classification.


Stage 3 | Agrigento · Gela | 164,27km

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Another stage for sprinters where there can be a breakaway in the last part of the stage that can try to win.


Stage 4 | Siracusa · Riposto | 176,38km

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First big mountain stage with Etna, but the finish line is after a long descent of 30km and not at the top of Mount Etna.


Stage 5 | Reggio di Calabria · Soverato | 200,53km

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Flat stage near the coast where there could be crosswinds and echelons.


Stage 6 | Catanzaro · Cosenza | 206,33km

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Medium mountain stage with long climbs where a breakaway could try to win the stage.


Stage 7 | Scalea · Battipaglia | 204,73km

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Third consecutive stage with more than 200km. Last flat stage of the first week, sprinters will try to win it.


Stage 8 | Salerno · Avellino | 181,28km

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Medium mountain stage where the GC riders will be thinking in the stage of the next day and the breakaway will have options of taking the win.


Stage 9 | Napoli · Monte Camposauro | 173,61km

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First mountain top finish and last stage of the first week.


Rest Day 1 | Venezia


Stage 10 | Venezia · Monfalcone | 154,33km

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Short flat stage in a very windy zone, perfect day for echelons.


Stage 11 | Palmanova · Monte Zoncolan | 203,54km

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Monte Zoncolan, the perfect place to see the first big battle for the general classification.


Stage 12 | Belluno · Vicenza | 226,07km

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Second longest stage of this Giro d'Italia, after Zoncolan and before the longest time trial of the race. Hard stage where we can see a big battle and a lot of fighting between the GC riders.


Stage 13 | Verona | 28,46km

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Hard time trial where we would see when it ends the riders who will be fighting for this Giro d'Italia.


Stage 14 | Mantua · Pergine Valsugana | 186,17km

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Mountain stage with an easy first flat part and two big climbs in the last part.


Stage 15 | Trento · Tre Cime di Lavaredo | 219,27km

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Mountain stage with hard climbs. Difficult stage for the GC riders if they don't prepare it tactically and other GC rider wants to do a long attack with his team.


Rest Day 2 | Genova


Stage 16 | Arenzano · Bra | 191,77km

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Hard short climbs at the start of the third week. The breakaway could win this stage and we can see some GC riders losing time after the rest day.


Stage 17 | Torino · Aosta | 215,33km

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One of the last opportunities for the GC riders to fight for the Giro victory.


Stage 18 | Biella · Bergamo | 152,29km

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Last opportunity for the sprinters to take a victory.


Stage 19 | Lecco · Pescegallo | 198,83km

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Last mountain top finish of this Giro with only one more mountain stage to come.


Stage 20 | Sondrio · Bormio | 233,85km

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Longest and hardest stage of this Giro d'Italia, Riders will climb twice Passo del Mortirolo and the last climb of this Giro, the Cima Coppi, Passo Gavia.


Stage 21 | Milano | 14,77km

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Last day of racing with a time trial in the streets of Milano.

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Sorry I planned to do a write-up but didn't have time.
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Here's my Giro d'Italia 2020;
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Spoiler!
Stage 1 - Valle dei Templi > Agrigento (individual time trial) 5.64 km ***
#1 Valle dei Templi
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Stage 2 - Sciacca > Palermo 182.66 km **
#2 Duomo di Monreale
#3 Palermo Arabo-Normanna
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Stage 3 - Cefalù > Etna/Piano Provenzana 180.38 km ****
#4 Duomo di Cefalù
#5 Monte Etna
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Stage 4 - Siracusa > Messina 196.88 km *
#6 Siracusa
#7 Necropoli Rupestre di Pantalica
#8 Città tardo barocche della Val di Noto - Catania
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Stage 5 - Palmi > Terme Luigiane 175.77 km **
#9 Feste delle grandi macchine a spalla - Varia di Palmi (intangible)
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Stage 6 - Santa Maria del Cedro > Paestum 186.90 km **
#10 Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni
#11 Parco Archeologico di Velia
#12 Paestum
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Stage 7 - Pompei > Prato di Campoli 202.73 km ****
#13 Scavi Archeologici di Pompei
#14 Reggia di Caserta
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Stage 8 - Tivoli > Spoleto 220.47 km ***
#15 Villa d'Este (Tivoli)
#16 Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
#17 Faggeta di Monte Cimino
#18 Chiesa di San Salvatore (Spoleto)
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Stage 9 - Assisi > Montepulciano 221.29 km ****
#19 Città di Assisi
#20 Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli
#21 Val d'Orcia
#22 Centro storico di Pienza
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REST DAY
Stage 10 - Firenze > Ferrara 182.10 km *
#23 Centro storico di Firenze
#24 Villa Medicea di Pratolino
#25 Villa Medicea di Cafaggiolo
#26 Città di Ferrara
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Stage 11 - Porto Tolle/Delta del Po > Vicenza 165.89 km **
#27 Delta del Po
#28 Laguna di Venezia - Chioggia
#29 Orto Botanico di Padova
#30 Città di Vicenza
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Stage 12 - Conegliano > Valdobbiadene (individual time trial) 38.63 km ****
#31 Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene
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Stage 13 - Polcenigo > Cividale del Friuli 166.15 km ***
#32 Siti palafitticoli attorno alle Alpi - Palù di Livenza (Polcenigo)
#33 Fortezza di Palmanova
#34 Cividale del Friuli
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Stage 14 - Cividale del Friuli > 3 Cime di Lavaredo 203.49 km *****
#34 Cividale del Friuli
#35 Dolomiti
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Stage 15 - Dobbiaco > Corvara Alta Badia 155.07 km *****
#35 Dolomiti
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REST DAY
Stage 16 - Peschiera del Garda > Tortona 224.84 km *
#36 Fortezza di Peschiera
#37 Città di Mantova
#38 Sabbioneta
#39 Saper fare liutario di Cremona (intangible)
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Stage 17 - Stupinigi > Santuario di Oropa 152.33 km ****
#40 Palazzina di caccia di Stupinigi
#41 Castello di Rivoli
#42 Reggia di Venaria Reale
#43 Sacro Monte di Belmonte
#44 Città di Ivrea
#45 Sacro Monte di Oropa
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Stage 18 - Orta San Giulio > Lecco 188.10 km ***
#46 Sacro Monte di Orta
#47 Siti palafitticoli attorno alle Alpi - Mercurago (Arona)
#48 Siti palafitticoli attorno alle Alpi - Isolino Virginia (Biandronno)
#49 Sacro Monte di Varese
#50 Parco archeologico di Castelseprio
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Stage 19 - Varenna > Santa Caterina Valfurva 183.14 km *****
#51 Ferrovia Retica - Tirano
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Stage 20 - Capo di Ponte > Monte Maniva 134.40 km *****
#52 Incisioni rupestri della Val Camonica - Capo di Ponte
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Stage 21 - Certosa di Pavia > Milano/Piazza Duomo (individual time trial) 31.89 km ****
#53 Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie (Milano)
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Ecco il Giro d'Italia che ho disegnato per questo contest. Ammetto che, nonostante sia la prima volta che partecipi a un contest di questo tipo, amo molto disegnare gare ciclistiche e ho iniziato a farlo da circa due anni e mezzo con l'obiettivo di poter, in futuro, lavorare proprio in questo campo.
Ho cercato di essere più vicino al reale e al fattibile per rendere quest'esperienza più verosimile possibile. Ho rispettato ovviamente le indicazioni del contest, ma anche le caratteristiche del Giro d'Italia, per esempio: sono presenti la Cima Coppi e la Montagna Pantani; il Km 0 lontano dalla zona di partenza; zone di partenza e arrivo sono ampie e permettono la presenza del Villaggio di Partenza e di Arrivo, dei bus e della carovana; è presente una tappa dedicata al vino... Ho creato un prodotto completamente nuovo nel rispetto della tradizione di questa gloriosa corsa, ma anche della modernità propria di una corsa e di un paese all'avanguardia: sono, per esempio, riprese della vecchie tappe riviste in chiave moderna, come fatto dal Giro 2019 per la Cuneo-Pinerolo; sono riprese alcune salite storiche che il Giro non affronta da qualche anno, ne sono presenti altre scalate da versanti inediti; sono presenti strade ampie e spaziose, pavè, strade più strette, ma percorribili, come quelle del Mortirolo, e strade bianche.
Spero vi piaccia!

[Eng P.S. I originally wrote it in Italian, I apologize if the translation might not sounds always perfect] Here is the Giro d'Italia that I designed for this contest. I tried to be closer to the real and the feasible to make this experience as likely as possible. I have obviously respected the indications of the contest, but also the characteristics of the tour of Italy, for example: there are the Cima Coppi and the Pantani Mountain; the Km 0 away from the starting area; Departure and arrival areas are large and allow the presence of the Village of Departure and Arrival, buses and caravan; there is a stage dedicated to wine... I created a completely new product respecting the tradition of this glorious race, but also the modernity of a race and a country in the vanguard: there are, for example, old stages revised in a modern key, as done by the 2019 Giro with the Cuneo-Pinerolo; there are some historical climbs that the Giro has not faced for some years, there are other climbs from new sides; there are wide and spacious roads, narrower roads, but passable, like Mortirolo’s, and "strade bianche".
I admit that, despite being the first time in a contest of this kind, I love to design cycling races and I started to do it for about two and a half years with the aim of being able, in the future, to work in this field. I hope you like it!

GIRO D'ITALIA CONTEST#5: maps/tours/view/15302

La Corsa più dura del mondo nel paese più bello del mondo
Il Giro che sto per presentare è un omaggio al ciclismo, ma soprattutto all'Italia, alla sua bellezza e alla sua resilienza. Ho ribattezzato questo percorso "la Corsa del Bel Paese": sono infatti attraversati moltissimi bei luoghi del "paese più bello del mondo" e, soprattutto, 30 siti Patrimonio dell'Umanità UNESCO (città, montagne, scavi archeologici...).
Vorrei ricordare che l'esaltazione della bellezza dell'Italia è quanto mai attuale in questo momento: ricordo che il mondo tutto e l'Italia in particolare è stata duramente colpita dall'epidemia da Covid-19 e che il Governo Italiano, nella figura del Primo Ministro Prof. Giuseppe Conte, sta programmando la ripresa del Paese. Con il piano di ripresa "Progettiamo il Rilancio" e le Consultazioni nazionali si è deciso, anche, di "investire nella bellezza dell'Italia". Volendo contestualizzare questo percorso nel contesto politico, posso quindi dire che questa corsa è quanto mai attuale.
Come detto questo Giro è un omaggio anche alla resilienza del paese che è riuscito a superare alcune difficoltà e che ne affronta, ancora, delle altre. Penso al crollo del Ponte Morandi e alla rinascita di Genova, da cui questo Giro passa; penso ai comuni della Val Seriana colpiti duramente dal virus e proprio da Bergamo è prevista la partenza della tappa 16 e nei comuni di Nembro e Alzano il km 0.

[Eng] The hardest race in the world in the most beautiful country in the world
The Giro I’m about to present is a tribute to cycling, but above all to Italy, its beauty and its resilience. I renamed this route "the Route of Bel Paese": in fact, many beautiful places of the "most beautiful country in the world" are crossed and, above all, 30 UNESCO World Heritage sites (cities, mountains, archaeological sites...).
I would like to underline that the exaltation of the beauty of Italy is very timely at this moment: the whole world and Italy in particular was hit hard by the epidemic from Covid-19 and that the Italian Government, in the figure of Prime Minister Prof. Giuseppe Conte, is planning the recovery of the country. With the recovery plan "We plan the Revival" and the National Consultations it was decided, also, to "invest in the beauty of 'Italy". Due to this reference to our political context, I can say that this race is very timely.
As said, this Giro is also a tribute to the resilience of the country that has already managed to overcome some difficulties,but at the sime time are still facing some others. I am referring to the collapse of the Morandi Bridge and the rebirth of Genoa, from which this Giro passes; to the municipalities of Val Seriana which was hit very hard by the virus, that is the reason why i settled two key points of the Giro precisely in this area: the start of the 16 stage from Bergamoand The km 0 in the municipalities of Nembro and Alzano.

Il Percorso
Ecco una prima presentazione di tutte le tappe:

[Eng] The Route
Here is a first presentation of all the stages:

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Il Giro in numeri

Si tratta di un giro equilibrato, che ha come spartiacque le montagne e le cronometro (torna una crono squadre) che, a differenza degli anni precedenti, caratterizzano diversi chilometri della corsa. Le montagne sono numerose e svariate: nuovi GMP, salite pedalabili, salite storiche e spaccagambe. La partenza avrà luogo in Sicilia, dalla normanna Palermo. Bellissima la conclusione nell'"Ambrosiana" Milano, con la partenza dallo storico velodromo Vigorelli e il Grande Arrivo nella sempre suggestiva Piazza Duomo.
[Eng] The Giro in numbers
It is a balanced Giro, which has as a watershed the mountains and the time trials (I comtemplated a team time trial after many years) that, unlike previous years, characterize several kilometers of the race. The mountains are numerous and varied: new KOM, pedal climbs, historic climbs and leg splitters. The departure will be in Sicily, from the Norman Palermo. Spectacular the conclusion in the "Ambrosiana" Milan, with the departure from the historic velodrome Vigorelli and the Great Arrival in the picturesque and wordly famous Piazza Duomo.

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Andiamo a vedere nel dettaglio le tappe!
[Eng] Let’s see the stages in detail!

TAPPA 01: PALERMO (Piazza G. Verdi) > PALERMO (Palazzo dei Normanni) [TTT]
STAGE 01: PALERMO (Piazza G. Verdi) > PALERMO (Royal Palace) [TTT]


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Il Giro d'Italia parte dalla meravigliosa Sicilia e dalla bellissima Palermo con una cronometro a squadre totalmente pianeggiante e su strade ampie. La cronometro attraversa interamente la città: passa per il Parco della Favorita e davanti la Palazzina Cinese (unico intermedio), poi nei pressi di Piazza Giovanni Paolo II e dello stadio Barbera e, infine, nel cuore antico della capitale normanna. Negli ultimi chilometri le squadre passeranno di fronte al duomo poi dopo una doppia svolta a sinistra si ritroveranno in Piazza della Vittoria e entreranno nel grande cortile del Palazzo Normanno dove è posto il traguardo.
[Eng] The Giro d'Italia starts from the stunning Sicily and the beautiful Palermo with a TTT totally flat and on wide roads. The chronometer runs through the entire city: it passes through the Parco della Favorita and in front of the Palazzina Cinese (the only intermediate), then near Piazza Giovanni Paolo II and the Stadio Barbera; then finally, in the ancient heart of the Norman capital. In the last kilometers the teams will pass in front of the cathedral then, after a double left turn, they will enter in Piazza della Vittoria and in the large courtyard of the Norman Palace where the finish line is placed.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Palazzo dei Normanni, Palermo (Arrivo)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
Royal Palace, Palermo (Arrival)

TAPPA 02: MONREALE > AGRIGENTO [MEDIA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 02: MONREALE > AGRIGENTO [HILL]


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Seconda tappa mossa per il gruppo. Fino a Termini Imerese si affianca il mare, poi si inizia a salire verso il GPM di Caccamo; di qui saliscendi fino a Leccara Friddi, dove inizia una costante discesa fino ai pressi di Favara (TV). La carovana raggiungerà poi il traguardo di Agrigento: 5 km impegnativi dove si risalirà dai piedi della Valle dei Templi (patrimonio UNESCO) fino ad Agrigento sull’arrivo già affrontato più volte dal Giro con circa 4 km al 5% e punte nel finale a sfiorare il 10% (ampiezza rettilineo 10 m). La volata sarà riservata ai velocisti più coriacei.
[Eng] Second stage moved for the group. Until Termini Imerese the group will sided by the sea, then the climb starts to the KOM of Caccamo; from here ups and downs until Leccara Friddi, where a constant descent to Favara (Sprint) begins. The caravan will then reach the finish line of Agrigento: 5 dificults km where the group will climb from the foot of the Valley of the Temples (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to Agrigento. This arrival has been already icluded several times by the Giro with about 4 km to 5% and tips in the final to graze 10% (straight width 10 m). The sprint will be reserved for the most coriaceous sprinters.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Duomo di Monreale, Monreale (Partenza)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
Monreale Cathedral, Monreale (Start)

TAPPA 03: CALTAGIRONE > ETNA (Rifugio Sapienza) [ALTA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 03: CALTAGIRONE > ETNA (Sapienza refuge) [HIGH MOUNTAIN]


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Tappa di alta montagna e primo arrivo in salita. Percorso ondulato, ma lineare tra le colline fino a Francofonte. Da qui il gruppo, su strade ampie, raggiunge il traguardo volante nel centro di Catania, per poi dirigersi verso Nicolosi, dove solitamente inizia la salita verso l'Etna. Tuttavia i ciclisti proseguiranno lungo le pendici del vulcano fino a Zafferana Etnea, in Via Giuseppe Garibaldi con una svolta secca a destra la strada comincia a salire subito sopra al 10%. La salita, che si snoda per ampi tornanti con asfalto ruvido per circa 20 km, procede in maniera regolare al 7%, senza grossi strappi. L'ultimo km è in leggera ascesa; il traguardo (ampiezza rettilineo 7 m) è posto presso il rifugio Sapienza, storica sede d'arrivo sull'Etna. È la prima volta che il Giro scala questo versante, probabilmente il più duro e affascinante di tutti.
[Eng] High mountain stage and first uphill finish. Undulating but linear track through the hills to Francofonte. From here the group, on wide roads, reaches the sprint in the center of Catania, and then head towards Nicolosi, where it usually starts the climb towards the volcan Etna. However, cyclists will continue along the slopes of the volcano to Zafferana Etnea, in Via Giuseppe Garibaldi with a dry turn to the right the road begins to climb immediately above 10%. The climb, that winds for wide hairpin bends with rough asphalt for about 20 km, proceeds regularly at 7%, without big tears. The last km is in light ascent; the finish line (straight width 7 m) is placed at the Rifugio Sapienza, historic arrival place on Mount Etna. This is the first time the Giro has climbed this face, probably the hardest and most fascinating of all.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Città di Caltagirone (Partenza)
Città di Catania (TV)
Monte Etna (Arrivo)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto: city of Caltagirone (Start)
Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto: city of Catania (Sprint)
Mount Etna (Arrival)

TAPPA 04: VIBO VALENTIA - SCALEA [BASSA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 04: VIBO VALENTIA - SCALEA [FLAT]


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Dopo la tre giorni siciliana, il Giro riparte dalla Calabria e da Vibo Valentia raggiunge Scalea, nuovamente sede di tappa dopo diversi anni. Tappa non impegnativa, senza neanche una salita e dall'esito in volata scontato, che si snoda essenzialmente lungo il mare sulla SS18 dalla carreggiata ampia caratterizzata dalla presenza di alcune gallerie. Si attraversano numerose località marittime, sedi anche degli sprint intermedi. Il traguardo è posto lungo la statale di fronte la Villa Comunale su un rettilineo largo 11 m.
[Eng] After the three days in Sicily, the Giro departs from Calabria and from Vibo Valentia it reaches Scalea, again place of the finish line after several years. The Stage is not challenging, without even a climb and the result in sprint si discounted, which essentially winds along the sea on the SS18 on a wide carriageway characterized by the presence of some tunnels. Numerous seaside cities are crossed and they are also home to the intermediate sprints. The finish line is placed along the state road in front of the Villa Comunale on a straight 11 m wide.

TAPPA 05: SCALEA - MATERA [MEDIA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 05: SCALEA - MATERA [HILL]


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La quinta tappa riparte da Scalea alla volta di Matera, città Capitale della Cultura nel 2019. La frazione, la più lunga del Giro, è molto mossa, soprattutto nella prima parte: inizio subito in salita, poi l'asperità del Colle Trodo, salita lunga (14 km), ma con pendenze costanti e non impossibili. Dopo 10 km di discesa la strada torna a salire mentre si attraversa il Parco Nazionale del Pollino, lungo strade adesso più ristrette. Dopo il traguardo volante di Francavilla in Sinni la carovana ritrova strade molto più ampie e totalmente pianeggianti prima lungo la SS653, poi lungo la SS106. Dopo Metaponto il percorso ripropone le strade già affrontate nel 2000, 2003 e 2013: si affronta la salita breve, ma secca, di Montescaglioso, successivamente una breve discesa e un falsopiano in salita si alterneranno fino al passaggio tra i Sassi di Matera. Si entra così in un breve circuito su ampie strade che propone lo strappo di Via Tammari, prima di riattraversare la città. A cavallo dell'arco dell'ultimo chilometro, due curve verso sinistra immettono nel rettilineo finale, che è lungo 800 metri, tutto in leggera salita e con un fondo in asfalto largo 7,5 metri.
[Eng] The fifth stage starts from Scalea and arrive in Matera, Capital of Culture in 2019. The stage, the longest of the Giro, is very moved, especially in the first part: it starts straight uphill, then procedees on the ascent of Colle Trodo, long climb (14 km), but with constant and not impossible slopes. After 10 km of descent the road goes up again crossing the Pollino National Park, along now more narrow roads. After the sprint in Francavilla in Sinni the caravan finds much wider and totally flat roads first along the SS653, then along the SS106. After Metaponto the route proposes the roads already faced in 2000, 2003 and 2013: it faces the short but dry climb of Montescaglioso, then a short descent and a slight uphill will alternate until the passage by the worldy famous Sassi di Matera. Then there is a short circuit on wide roads that offers the tear of Via Tammari, before going back through the city. Straddling the arch of the last kilometer, two curves to the left lead into the final straight, which is 800 meters long, all slightly uphill and on an asphalt bottom 7.5 meters wide.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
I Sassi di Matera (Arrivo)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera (Arrival)

TAPPA 06: POTENZA - NAPOLI [BASSA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 06: POTENZA - NAPLES [FLAT]


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Tappa priva di particolari difficoltà altimetriche che parte nell'entroterra della Basilicata per raggiungere poi il golfo napoletano. Da segnalare le due salite di Scorzo e Cava dei Tirreni: entrambi scorrevoli e su strada ampia. Il finale è caratterizzato da strade cittadine ampie nel cuore della città partenopea. Poco prima di entrare nell'ultimo km sono presenti 700 m in pavè; rettilineo di arrivo di 1 km e largo circa 8.5 m. Arrivo sul lungomare per velocisti già affrontato dal Giro nella prima tappa del 2013.
[Eng] This stage has no particular altimetric difficulties. It starts in the hinterland of Basilicata to then reaches the Neapolitan Gulf. To notice, the two climbs of Scorzo and Cava dei Tirreni: both sliding and wide road. The arrival is characterized by wide city streets in the heart of the Neapolitan city. Just before entering the last km there are 700 m in pavè; straight arrival of 1 km and about 8.5 m wide. Arrival on the seafront for sprinters already faced by the Giro in the first stage of 2013.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Scavi Archeologici di Pompei (TV)
Centro storico di Napoli (Arrivo)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
Archaeological Areas of Pompei (Sprint)
Historic Centre of Naples (Arrival)

TAPPA 07: CASERTA (Reggia) - ROMA [BASSA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 07: CASERTA (Royal Palace) - ROME [FLAT]


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Come la tappa del giorno precedente, anche questa è facile preda dei velocisti. Le sedi di partenza e di arrivo sono altamente simboliche: la bellissima Reggia di Caserta, famosa in tutto il mondo, seconda probabilmente solo a Versailles, e il bellissimo centro storico di Roma. Anche questa tappa è priva di particolari difficoltà altimetriche. La parte centrale della tappa, completamente pianeggiante e rettilinea, percorre la Via Appia. Da segnalare il GPM di Pian di Gerri a circa 30 km dall'arrivo in cui le squadre dei velocisti dovranno tenere sotto controllo la corsa per evitare la fuga di piccoli gruppi. Il finale si sviluppa interamente lungo le vie della capitale. Ultimi chilometri sostanzialmente pianeggianti su strade larghe e rettilinee. Curve degli ultimi tre chilometri ampie. Rettilineo di arrivo di 700 m, largo 8 m, fondo in “sanpietrini” in leggerissima ascesa. Arrivo posto nella storica via dei Fori Imperiali.
[Eng] Like the stage of the previous day, this will also be an easy prey for sprinters. The departure and arrival locations are highly symbolic: the beautiful Royal Palace of Caserta, famous all over the world, probably second only to Versailles, and the beautiful historic center of Rome. Even this stage is free of particular altimetric difficulties. The central part of the stage, completely flat and straight, runs along the Via Appia. To notice, the KOM of Pian di Gerri to approximately 30 km from the arrival, where the teams of the sprinters will have to hold under control the race in order to avoid the escape of small groups. The a arrival develops entirely along the streets of the capital. Last kilometers are substantially flat on wide and straight roads. Curves of the last three kilometers are wide. Straight arrival of 700 m, 8 m wide bottom in "sanpietrini" in very light ascent. Arrival in the historic Via dei Fori Imperiali.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Reggia di Caserta (Partenza)
Centro storico di Roma (Arrivo)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta (Start)
Historic Centre of Rome (Arrival)

TAPPA 08: TIVOLI - FOLIGNO [MEDIA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 08: TIVOLI - FOLIGNO [HILL]


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Tappa molto insidiosa e adatta alle fughe. Inizio movimentato tra le colline laziali, poi la tappa entra nel vivo con la durissima salita del Terminillo, che torna protagonista della Corsa Rosa dopo diversi anni. Salita non decisiva, ma gli uomini di classifica dovranno far lavorare bene le proprie squadre e non rimanere isolati. Dopo la discesa verso Leonessa, la tappa si caratterizza da strade di campagna con asfalto più ruvido in alcuni punti. In successione si susseguono i GPM di Forca Capistrello e Forca di Cerro. Dopo l'attraversamento di Spoleto il gruppo raggiunge il brevissimo strappo di Montefalco e ripercorre le strade affrontate in occasione della cronometro del Giro 100. Gli ultimi km sono molto movimentati; prima di raggiungere la SS3 la carreggiata è più stretta. Da segnalare il finale tortuoso con alcune canalizzazioni e spartitraffico. Dopo i 2000 m all'arrivo si affrontano in rapida successione una curva a destra e due a sinistra che immettono ai 1100 m nella strada di arrivo interrotta ai 300 m da una lieve semicurva. Arrivo tradizionale in via Nazario Sauro su rettilineo in asfalto di 130 m largo 7 m.
[Eng] Stage very insidious and suitable for escapes. The start is eventful in the hills of Lazio, then the stage comes alive with the very hard climb of the Terminillo, which returns to the protagonist of the Corsa Rosa after several years. Climb not decisive, but the men of standings will engage their teams in order toavoid remain isolated. After the descent towards Leonessa, the stage is characterized by country roads with rougher asphalt in some points. In succession are the KOM of Forca Capistrello and Forca di Cerro. After the crossing of Spoleto the group reaches the very short tear of Montefalco and retraces the roads faced on the occasion of the time trial of the Giro 100. The last kms are very busy; before reaching the SS3 the carriageway is narrower. To notice the tortuous arrivalwith some canalizations and traffic divider. After the 2000 m at the arrival there are in rapid succession a curve to the right and two to the left that enter at 1100 m in the arrival road interrupted at 300 m by a slight semicurve. Traditional arrival in via Nazario Sauro on a 130 m wide asphalt straight 7 m wide.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Villa d'Este, Tivoli (Partenza)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
Villa d'Este, Tivoli (Start)

TAPPA 09: ASSISI - SIENA [MEDIA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 09: ASSISI - SIENA [HILL]


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Una delle tappe più belle e più dure di questo Giro. Partenza dalla bellissima Assisi. Dopo 30 km il Monte Malbe è un assaggio di quello che sarà dopo: è la prima volta che il Giro scala questo brevissimo, ma duro passo. La tappa procede regolare fino a Montevarchi, poi il profilo altimetrico cambia rapidamente e diventa decisamente ondulato. Vi è subito il Monte Leuco, durissimo nei suoi ultimi 5 km, con pendenze sempre sopra il 9.5%. Le strade a questo punto diventano molto più strette, con fondo stradale più ruvido. Dopo Radda in Chianti inizia il primo dei 5 settori di sterrato (24.4 km totali con fondo ben tenuto, ben battuto) che conduce al GPM di Vagliagli. Dopo un breve tratto di asfalto si ritrova lo sterrato del settore di Pianella a Vagliagli. Dopo aver superato il terzo settore il gruppo si ricongiunge al percorso delle Strade Bianche e affronta gli ultimi due settori: la strada in salita di Colle Pinzuto (pendenze fino al 15%) e, pochi chilometri dopo, l'ultimo tratto con una sequenza di discesa secca seguita dal una ripida risalita (pendenza max 18%) che si conclude alle Tolfe. Gli ultimi km si snodano per la prima parte all’esterno dell’abitato di Siena su strade larghe e lunghi rettifili collegati tra loro da ampie curve, prima in discesa e poi in leggera salita fino ai 2 km dall’arrivo dove viene imboccata prima la via Esterna di Fontebranda (fino al 9%), poi ai 900 m dall’arrivo via Santa Caterina, su pavimentazione lastricata, con pendenza che supera il 10% fino a raggiungere punte del 16%. Segue una svolta decisa a destra nella via delle Terme e l’immissione in via Banchi di Sotto. Dai 300 m la strada è sempre in leggera discesa. Ai 150 m svolta a destra in via Rinaldini. Ai 70 m si entra nella storica Piazza del Campo, ultimi metri in discesa. È un arrivo storico: il Giro torna a Siena, in uno scenario unico, dopo l'ultima volta del 1986.
[Eng] One of the most beautiful and hardest stages of this Giro. Departure from the beautiful town of Assisi. After 30 km the Monte Malbe it's just a taste of what will be after: it is the first time that the Giro climbs this very short but hard mount. The stage proceeds smoothly to Montevarchi, then the elevation profile changes rapidly and becomes decidedly undulating. There is immediately Mount Leuco, very hard in its last 5 km, with slopes always above 9.5%. The roads at this point become much narrower, with rougher road surface. After Radda in Chianti begins the first of the 5 sectors of gravel roads (24.4 km total with well maintained bottom, well beaten) that leads to the KOM of Vagliagli. After a short stretch of asphalt the group will find the gravel road of the sector of Pianella in Vagliagli. After passing the third sector, the group joins the Strade Bianche route and faces the last two sectors: the climb to Colle Pinzuto (slopes up to 15%) and, a few kilometers later, the last section with a sequence of a demanding descent followed by a very punchy climb (max slope 18%) that ends at the Tolfe. The last km wind for the first part outside the town of Siena on wide and long straight roads connected with each other by wide curves, first downhill and then slightly uphill up to 2 km from the arrival. Here it's where the groupe first taken the Via Esterna di Fontebranda (up to 9%), then at 900 m from the arrival via Santa Caterina, on paving slabs, with a slope that exceeds 10% to reach its highpoint of 16%. A sharp right hand turn leads to Via delle Terme, and then Via Banchi di Sotto. With 300m to go, the road continues to climb slightly. Then, 150m from the line, a right turn leads into Via Rinaldini. At 70 m the route enters in the historic Piazza del Campo, last meters downhill. It’s a historic arrival: the Giro returns to Siena, in a unique scene, after the last time in 1986.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Città di Assisi (Partenza)
Centro storico di Siena (Arrivo)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
City of Assisi (Start)
Historic Centre of Siena (Arrival)

RIPOSO
REST DAY


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TAPPA 10 (Vermentino Wine Stage): VIAREGGIO (Cittadella del Carnevale) - SARZANA [ITT]
STAGE 10 (Vermentino Wine Stage): VIAREGGIO (Citadel of the Carnival) - SARZANA [ITT]


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Dopo il giorno di riposo il Giro riparte sempre dalla Toscana e, in particolare, da Viareggio, famosa in tutto il mondo per il suo colorato carnevale. Il luogo di partenza celebra proprio la tradizone carnevalesca della famosa località marittima: si parte dalla cittadella del Carnevale - Piazza Burlamacco che ospita il Museo del Carnevale e gli hangar in cui si costruiscono i carri. La cronometro individuale, la prima del Giro, ha un chilometraggio molto ampio ed è di difficile interpretazione. I primi 35 km sono molto scorrevoli, si costeggia il mare su strade ampie ed il percorso è completamente pianeggiante (simile alla prima tappa della Tirreno Adriatico). Dopo Luni, però, si entra nell'entroterra Ligure e si raggiunge Borghetto-Melara da cui parte la salita verso Fosdinovo. La salita, di circa 7 km, non ha pendenze proibitive con una media del 6%, ma con punte che nella prima parte sfiorano il 9%. La discesa che segue è molto tecnica e su strade che in alcuni punti propongono una carreggiata più ristretta. Gli ultimi km sono in costante discesa. Ultima curva a 200 m dall'arrivo, poi si supera Porta di Parma e si entra in Sarzana. Arrivo posto in Piazza G. Matteotti (linea di arrivo larga 5 m).
[Eng] After the rest day the Gito restarts from Tuscany and, in particular, from Viareggio, famous all over the world for its colorful carnival. The starting point celebrates the traditional carnival of the famous seaside city: it starts from the citadel of the Carnival - Burlamacco Square which houses the Carnival Museum and hangars where the carnival floats are built. The ITT, the first of the Giro, has a very large mileage and is difficult to interpret. The first 35 km are very smooth, skirting the sea on wide roads and the route is completely flat (similar to the first stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico). After Luni the route enter the Ligurian hinterland and reach Borghetto-Melara from which starts the climb towards Fosdinovo. The climb, about 7 km, has no prohibitive slopes with an average of 6%, but with peaks that in the first part are close to 9%. The descent that follows is very technical and on roads that in some points propose a narrower carriageway. The last km are in constant descent. Last curve at 200 m from the arrival, then the cyclist pass Porta di Parma and enter Sarzana. The arrival is placed in Piazza G. Matteotti (5 m wide finish line).

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Vermentino Wine Stage
Ogni anno il Giro celebra con una tappa un vino italiano. Questa cronometro è dedicata alla varietà del Vermentino, vino molto elegante prodotto proprio nella zona di confine tra la Liguria e la Toscana e in particolare nella zona dei Colli di Luni. Si tratta di un vino bianco secco, delicatamente morbido, di colore giallo paglierino non particolarmente carico, con profumi intensi floreali, fruttati, lievemente vegetali, ma non particolarmente complessi. La cronometro si snoda, soprattutto nella sua seconda parte, tra le più belle vigne liguri e passa nei pressi delle più importanti cantine: le Cantine Federici e le Cantine Lunae.
[Eng] Every year the Giro celebrates with a stage an Italian wine. This time trial is dedicated to the variety of Vermentino, a very elegant wine produced in the border area between Liguria and Tuscany and in particular in the area of the Colli di Luni. It is a white wine, delicately soft, straw yellow color not particularly strong, with intense floral aromas, fruity, slightly vegetal, but not particularly complex. The ITT winds, especially in its second part, among the most beautiful Ligurian vineyards and passes near the most important wineries: the Cantine Federici and the Cantine Lunae.

TAPPA 11: LA SPEZIA - NIZZA MONFERRATO [BASSA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 11: LA SPEZIA - NIZZA MONFERRATO [FLAT]


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Dopo la cronometro torna protagonista la Liguria, dopo la grande partenza 2015, con una tappa che la attraversa a lungo. Partenza da La Spezia, tappa mossa, con qualche insidia, ma che alla fine dovrebbe essere riservata ai velocisti. In questo senso lo spartiacque sarà la salita del Passo del Turchino, comunque distante circa 70 km dall'arrivo, su cui i velocisti dovranno tenere il passo. Le strade sono ampie per quasi tutta la durata della tappa, salvo qualche restringimento dopo Ovada. Da segnalare il passaggio per Genova, momento simbolico in ricordo della tragedia del ponte Morandi e della successiva rinascita della città. Ultimi chilometri ondulati prima di raggiungere il centro di Nizza Monferrato. Una curva secca ai 1100 m immette su un rettilineo di 600 m, poi doppia svolta a destra e rettilineo finale di 500 m. La linea di arrivo (larga 7 m) è posta prima di Piazza Guglielmo Marconi.
[Eng] After the time trial, Liguria is protagonist again, after the Great Start in 2015, with a stage that crosses it for a long time. The stage starts from La Spezia, then it move, with just some pitfalls, but the end is reserved for sprinters. In this sense the watershed will be the climb of the Passo del Turchino, however, about 70 km from the arrival, on which the sprinters will have to keep up. The roads are wide for almost the duration of the stage, except for some narrowing after Ovada. The passage to Genoa is a symbolic moment in memory of the tragedy of the Morandi bridge and the subsequent rebirth of the city. Last few kilometers undulating before reaching the center of Nizza Monferrato. A dry bend at 1100 m leads to a 600 m straight, then double right and final straight of 500 m. Finish line (7 m wide) is placed before Piazza Guglielmo Marconi.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Nizza Monferrato (Arrivo)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Nizza Monferrato and Barbera (Arrival)

TAPPA 12: CANELLI - COLLE DI TENDA (Chalet Le Marmotte) [ALTA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 12: CANELLI - COL DE TENDE (Chalet Le Marmotte) [HIGH MOUNTAIN]


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Seconda tappa di alta montagna, si inizia a delineare la classifica generale: i big non possono nascondersi. È la tappa della Cima Coppi e della Montagna Pantani, con la storica Fauniera e il Colle di Tenda. I primi 100 km sono in costante, ma leggera, ascesa e attraversano le zone delle Langhe famose per il vino. La tappa entra nel vivo dopo il TV di Pradleves: inizia la durissima ascesa verso il Colle della Fauniera, la mitica salita simbolo della Granfondo Coppi. Lunga 22400 metri, pendenza media del 7,6%, con picchi del 15%. È la cima Coppi di quest'edizione con i suoi 2468 m di altezza. Sulla sommità è presente la statua dedicata a Pantani: viene subito alla mente la storica tappa del 1999, con la scalata di Marco verso la maglia Rosa. Il Colle Fauniera è, così, anche Montagna Pantani. Il Colle della Fauniera torna a far parte del Giro, dopo esserci andata vicinissimo nel 2017. Dopo lo scollinamento, vertiginosa e tecnica discesa su carreggiata molto ristretta verso Demonte e Borgo San Dalmazzo, poi la strada torna subito a salire verso Vernante e Limone. Giunti a Panice Sottana, svolta prima a destra, poi a sinistra e la strada impenna. La strada si snoda lungo il versante italiano del colle per circa 15 ripidi tornanti (negli ultimi 10 km la pendenza è quasi costantemente sopra il 7%, ma raggiunge anche il 10%). Il Colle di Tenda torna ad essere arrivo di tappa, dopo 15 anni. Il traguardo è posto nel piazzale dello Chalet Le Marmotte ai 1800 m.
[Eng] Second stage of high mountain, the overall ranking is outlined: the big can not hide. It is the stage of Cima Coppi and Montagna Pantani, with the historic Fauniera and Colle di Tenda. The first 100 km are in constant, but light, ascent and cross the areas of the Langhe lands, very famous for wine production. The stage comes alive after the sprint in Pradleves: that's the beginning of the hard climb to the Colle della Fauniera, the legendary climb symbol of the Granfondo Coppi. It is 22400 metres long, with an average gradient of 7,6%, with peaks of 15%. It is the Cima Coppi of this edition with its 2468 m of height. On the top there is the statue dedicated to Pantani: the historic stage of 1999 comes to mind, with the climb of Marco towards the Pink jersey. Colle Fauniera is also Montagna Pantani. The Colle della Fauniera is once again part of the Giro, after having been very close to it in 2017. After the top, vertiginous and technical descent on a narrow road towards Demonte and Borgo San Dalmazzo, then the road immediately returns to climb towards Vernante and Limone. Once in Panice Sottana, turn first right, then left and the road rises. The road winds along the Italian side of the mount for about 15 steep bends (in the last 10 km the slope is almost constantly above 7%, but reaches even 10%). The Colle di Tenda is back to be stage arrival, after 15 years. The finish line is placed in the square of the Chalet Le Marmotte to 1800 m.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Città di Canelli (Partenza)
Castello di Pollenzo (TV)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Canelli and Asti Spumante (Start)
Residences of the Royal House of Savoy: Pollenzo Castle (Sprint)

TAPPA 13: CUNEO - IVREA (Chalet Le Marmotte) [BASSA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 13: CUNEO - IVREA (Chalet Le Marmotte) [FLAT]


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Classica tappa di trasferimento quella tra Cuneo - Ivrea. Tappa che non presenta difficoltà altimetriche, eccetto la Colletta di Cumiana, già affrontata dal Giro 2019. L'esito è praticamente scontato: sarà volata. Unici elementi degni di nota sono gli elementi di arredo urbano. Ultimi km pianeggianti su strade cittadine. Da segnalare un breve tratto di 350 m di sanpietrini prima del rettilineo finale. L'arrivo è posto in via Guglielmo Jervis (arrivo già affrontato nel 2013) dopo un rettilineo lungo 1100 m e largo 8 m, preceduto da due curve secche a destra.
[Eng] Classic transfer stage between Cuneo - Ivrea. Stage that does not present altimetric difficulties, except for the Colletta of Cumiana, already faced by the 2019 Giro. The result is practically obvious: it will be sprint. The elements worthy of note are those of urban furniture. Last flat km on city roads. To notice a short stretch of 350 m of sanpietrini before the final straight. The arrival is placed in via Guglielmo Jervis (finish already faced in 2013) after a straight long 1100 m and 8 m wide, preceded by two dry curves to the right.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Città industriale di Ivrea (Arrivo)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century (Arrival)

TAPPA 14: CHÂTILLON - PILA [ALTA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 14: CHÂTILLON - PILA [HIGH MOUNTAIN]


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La tappa più dura della seconda settimana è una di quelle che segnano in maniera indelebile il destino della Corsa Rosa e ha luogo interamente nella piccola Valle d'Aosta. Cinque GPM consecutivi, che non lasciano respiro, in soli 123 km. Si scala subito il GPM di Verrayes, poi il durissimo GPM di Champremier che rientra nel percorso del Giro dopo che era stato protagonista nel Giro della Valle d'Aosta - LeMontBlanc (8.6 km al 9.3% con punte del 15%); già dopo queste due salite la selezione sarà evidente. A questo punto le squadre saranno fondamentali per proteggere il capitano e per preservarlo in vista delle prossime asperità. La discesa di Champremier è molto tecnica e ripida, subito dopo si affronta il difficile GPM di Jeanceyaz. L'unico momento di respiro è costituito dai km di pianura in corrispondenza di Aosta (TV). Superato il capoluogo il gruppo raggiunge Saint-Nicolas, salita non particolarmente dura, perchè molto regolare, ma con pendenze sempre sopra il 6%. A questo punto resta solo la dura salita finale che conduce al traguardo di Pila (16.6 km al 7.2%). Per la prima volta la Corsa Rosa la affronta da Gressan. Si susseguono 20 tornanti che portano ai 1800 metri della famosa località sciistica. Gli ultimi km sono costantemente tra il 6.5 e 8%, con punte del 9%. Il traguardo è posto su uno strappo finale del 9.5%, dopo una semicurva a destra. Da segnalare le le strade del GPM di champremier che sono strette e con un fondo più rovinato.
[Eng] The hardest stage of the second week is one of those that indelibly mark the fate of the Corsa and takes place entirely in the small Aosta Valley. Five consecutive KOM, that do not leave breath, in only 123 km. It immediately climbs the KOM of Verrayes, then the hard KOM of Champremier that re-enters in the route of the Giro after that had been protagonist in the Tour of the Valle d'Aosta - LeMontBlanc (8.6 km to 9.3% with peaks of 15%); already after these two climbs the selection will be evident. At this point the teams will be essential to protect the captain and to preserve him in view of the next roughnesses. The descent of Champremier is very technical and steep, immediately after the groupe faces the difficult KOM of Jeanceyaz. The only moment of breath is constituted by the km of plain near Aosta (Sprint). After the capital the group reaches Saint-Nicolas, not particularly hard climb, because very regular, but with slopes always above 6%. At this point there is only the hard final climb that leads to the finish in Pila (16.6 km to 7.2%). For the first time the Corsa Rosa faces it from Gressan. There are 20 hairpin bends that lead to the 1800 meters of the famous ski location. The last km are constantly between 6.5 and 8%, with peaks of 9%. The finish line is placed on a final tear of 9.5%, after a semicurve to the right. To notice the streets of the Champremier KOM that are narrow and with a more ruined bottom.

TAPPA 15: PONT-SAINT-MARTIN - LUINO [MEDIA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 15: PONT-SAINT-MARTIN - LUINO [HILL]


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Tappa che chiude la seconda settimana di gara. Tappa che nella prima parte ha come unica difficoltà altimetrica il breve GPM di Broglina, mentre regalerà le emozioni più grandi nella seconda parte dove i leader saranno chiamati ad entrare in azione. Dopo il km 135, infatti, la tappa diviene molto mossa. L'asperità più dura è certamente il Passo del Cuvignone, affrontato l'ultima volta nel 1995 in una bellissima tappa che proponeva le stesse sedi di partenza e arrivo, ma un percorso in gran parte diverso. Questa è una delle tappe storiche rivisitate in chiave moderna. Il Passo del Cuvignone potrebbe risultare devastante con i suoi 9 km al 8.6%, ma con molti km sopra il 10%. Da segnalare che le strade di questa salita hanno una carreggiata molto ristretta; proprio per questo anche la discesa sarà molto tecnica e difficile. Dopo il TV di Cuveglio il percorso rimane molto ondulato. A 30 km dall'arrivo ecco il terzo GPM di giornata: è l'inedita salita dell'Alpe Tedesco, scalata per la prima volta dai ciclisti del Giro. Da Cuasso al Piano si affronta uno strappo su carreggiata ristretta che impenna fino al 15% per raggiungere Cavagnano, poi le pendenze sono meno forti fino ad Alpe Tedesco. Anche la discesa seguente è molto tecnica. Dopo il rientro sulla statale le strade tornano ad essere spaziose. Da segnalare, però, lo strappo di Via Cervinia all'8.8% a 3 km dalla fine che potrebbe risultare decisivo nel caso di un arrivo di un gruppetto. A questo punto solo la discesa, a tratti molto evidente, separa i ciclisti dal traguardo. Ultimi chilometri cittadini con molte curve. Rettilineo finale di 200 m, largo 5.5 m. Arrivo posto nella bella piazza Libertà, di fronte al Lago Maggiore.
[Eng] Stage that closes the second week of the race. This stage has in its first part only altitude difficulty; the short KOM of Broglina. The greatest emotions reside in the second part where the leaders will be called to enter into action. After km 135, in fact, the stage becomes very moved. The hardest part is certainly the Passo del Cuvignone, which was last faced in 1995 in a beautiful stage that proposed the same places of departure and arrival, but a largely different route. This is one of the historical stages revisited in a modern key. The Cuvignone Pass could be devastating with its 9 km to 8.6%, but with many km above 10%. To note the roads of this climb have a very narrow track; for this reason also the descent will be very technical and difficult. After the sprint of Cuveglio the path remains very wavy. At 30 km from the arrival here is the third KOM of the day: it is the unprecedented climb of the Alpe Tedesco, climbed for the first time by cyclists of the Giro. From Cuasso to Piano there is a tear on narrow track that rises up to 15% to reach Cavagnano, then the slopes are less steep up to Alpe Tedesco. The following descent is also very technical. After returning to the main road, the roads become spacious again. To be noted, however, the tear of Via Cervinia at 8.8% 3 km from the arrival which could be decisive in the case of an arrival of a small group. At this point only the descent is left, at times very evident; it separates the cyclists from the finish line. Last city kilometers with many curves. Final straight of 200 m, 5.5 m wide. Arrival place is in the beautiful Piazza Libertà, in front of Lake Maggiore.

RIPOSO
REST DAY


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TAPPA 16: BERGAMO ALTA - BORMIO 2000 [ALTA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 16: BERGAMO UPPER TOWN- BORMIO 2000 [HIGH MOUNTAIN]


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La terza ed ultima settimana parte con un tappone di montagna. La partenza è subito in salita: si scalano in successione il Passo della Presolana e della Croce di Salven (non considerata GPM). Quest’ultima immette in Val Camonica che viene risalita fino a Nadro dove si scala l’inedita salita di Paspardo (8 km al 7.8%) per scendere poi verso Capo di Ponte e raggiungere in leggera salita Edolo (TV). Dopo si scala lo storico e durissimo Mortirolo dal versante di Monno (unici due precedenti nel 1990 e nel 2017): 12.5 km al 7.7% con picchi del 16%. Dopo lo scollinamento ripidissima discesa verso la SR27. Da questo momento fino a Bormio la strada è in costante salita. Dopo il passaggio nella città, la strada impenna verso la stazione sciistica di Bormio 2000, traguardo del Giro nel 2004 (unico precedente). La strada è sempre ampia e asfaltata e si caratterizza per la presenza di 13 tornanti che saranno scena dello scontro tra i big. Le pendenze sono micidiali: 9 km al 8%, ma con qualche km al 9% e pendenza massima dell'11%. Il traguardo è posto nel piazzale antistante la funivia, dopo un rettilineo di 300 m.
[Eng] The third and final week starts with a mountain stage. The start is immediately uphill: the groupe climbs in succession the Presolana Pass and the Cross of Salven (not considered KOM). The latter leads into Val Camonica which is climbed up to Nadro where the race climbs the unprecedented climb of Paspardo (8 km to 7.8%) and then descend towards Capo di Ponte and reach slightly uphill Edolo (Sprint). Then the riders climb the historic and hard Mortirolo from the side of Monno (only two previous in 1990 and 2017): 12.5 km to 7.7% with peaks of 16%. After the top, steep descent towards the SR27. From this moment to Bormio the road is constantly climbing. After passing through the city, the road soars towards the ski resort of Bormio 2000, the Giro finish line in 2004 (the only previous one). The road is always wide and is characterized by the presence of 13 bends that will be the scene of the clash between the big. The slopes are deadly: 9 km to 8%, but with a few km to 9% and maximum slope of 11%. The finish is in the square in front of the cable car, after a straight of 300 m.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Bergamo Alta (Partenza)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Fortified city of Bergamo (Start)

TAPPA 17: TIRANO - VASON (Monte Bondone) [ALTA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 17: TIRANO - VASON (Monte Bondone) [HIGH MOUNTAIN]


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Tappa molto simile a quella del giorno precedente, ma leggermente più lunga. Altra tappa molto dura, con un ampio dislivello e con un difficile arrivo in salita. L'inizio è dei più difficili: si affronta subito il mitico passo dell'Aprica (da Stazzona) e poi il passo del Tonale, seguite dalla lunga discesa della Val di Sole. A Dimaro la strada torna a salire nuovamente verso Campo Carlo Magno e Madonna di Campiglio. Dallo scollinamento mancheranno ancora 90 km all'arrivo; sarà importantissimo gestirsi bene. Dopo la discesa verso Pinzolo (TV) il gruppo percorre diversi km prima di raggiungere Trento. In questi chilometri di trasferimento si segnalano alcune gallerie con pendenze molto elevate. La salita finale comincia quando al traguardo mancano 18 km. Il Monte Bondone, affrontato diverse volte dal Giro d'Italia, è stati arrivo di tappa solo in quattro occasioni, l'ultima nel 2006. La salita, con i suoi innumerevoli tornanti, presenta una pendenza costante che oscilla tra il 7 e l'8%, ma in alcuni punti sfiora percentuali più elevate. Si può fare la differenza: è una tappa decisiva. L'arrivo è posto in località Vason; il traguardo è anticipato da una semicurva a destra.
[Eng] Stage very similar to that of the previous day, but slightly longer. Another very hard stage, with a wide denivel and with a difficult ascent. The beginning is one of the most difficult: the group immediately faces the legendary Passo dell'Aprica (from Stazzona) and then the Passo del Tonale, followed by the long descent of the Val di Sole. In Dimaro the road goes up again towards Campo Carlo Magno and Madonna di Campiglio. From the top will be still missing 90 km on arrival; it will be very important to manage energy very well. After the descent towards Pinzolo (Sprint), the group follows several km before reaching Trento. In these kilometers of transfer there are some tunnels with very high slopes. The final ascent begins when the finish line is 18 km away. The Monte Bondone, faced several times by the Giro d'Italia, was arrival stage only on four occasions, the last in 2006. The climb, with its countless hairpin bends, has a constant slope that varies between 7 and 8%, but in some points it is close to higher percentages. The difference can be made: it is a decisive stage. The finish is in Vason; the finish is anticipated by a semicurve to the right.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Tirano, Stazione della Ferrovia Retica (Partenza)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: Tirano station (Start)

TAPPA 18: PESCHIERA DEL GARDA - CAORLE [BASSA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 18: PESCHIERA DEL GARDA - CAORLE [FLAT]


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È l'ultima chiamata per i velocisti e un giorno di recupero per gli uomini di classifica. Tappa che non ha nulla da chiedere: nessun GPM e nemmeno un metro di salita, ma anzi in constante e impercettibile discesa fino all'arrivo praticamente a livello del mare. Tappa che attraversa il territorio delle ville palladiane. Da segnalare gli elementi di arredo urbano in corrispondenza dei centri abitati, soprattutto quelli più grandi. Ultimi km su strade ampie. Rettilineo finale di 800 m e largo 9 m. Linea d'arrivo in Via Trieste, presso il Parco del Pescatore.
[Eng] It’s the last call for sprinters and a day of recovery for ranking men. Stage that has nothing to ask: no KOM and not even a meter of climb, but route in constant and imperceptible descent until the arrival practically at sea level. Stage that crosses the territory of the Palladian villas. To signal the elements of urban furniture in correspondence of the inhabited centers, especially the larger cities. Last km on wide roads. Final straight of 800 m and 9 m wide. Finish line in Via Trieste, at the Parco del Pescatore.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Città fortificata di Peschiera del Garda (Start)
Città di Vicenza (Sprint)
Villa Cornaro, Piombino Dese (Sprint)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Fortified City of Peschiera del Garda (Start)
City of Vicenza (Sprint)
the Palladian Villas of the Veneto: Villa Cornaro, Piombino Dese (Sprint)

TAPPA 19: PALMANOVA - AGORDO [MEDIA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 19: PALMANOVA - AGORDO [HILL]


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Tappa di media montagna non difficilissima, ma con il terreno giusto per degli attacchi nel finale. Si parte da Palmanova, che abbraccia nuovamente la carovana rosa. SI affronta in apertura il duro Monte di Ragogna (primi 2.5 km sempre oltre il 10% fino al 16%), poi la strada prosegue in costante salita fino a Forno di Zoldo. Da segnalare in questa parte del percorso un serie di gallerie con percentuali elevate. Dopo il TV la strada torna a salire vertiginosamente in direzione passo Duran, la salita è selettiva (8.3 Km al 8.0%): qualche uomo di classifica potrebbe attaccare già qui. Dopo lo scollinamento discesa molto tecnica verso Agordo e primo passaggio sul traguardo. Poi il gruppo affronterà l'ultimo GPM di giornata, Forcella Aurine (11.6 Km al 6.2%). La discesa seguente potrebbe non essere sufficiente per creare un vuoto. L'arrivo è posto in Piazza della Libertà, con fondo in sanpietrini, nei pressi del Duomo. Linea di arrivo larga 6 m, preceduta da un rettilineo di 200 m.
[Eng] Stage of medium mountain not very difficult, but with the right terrain for attacks in the final. It starts from Palmanova, which again embraces the pink caravan. The route takes in climbs up Monte di Ragogna (with gradients steadily over 10% for the first 2.5 km, and ramps topping out at 16%), then the road continues steadily uphill to Forno di Zoldo. A series of tunnels with high percentages should be noted in this part of the route. After the Sprint the road goes up again steeply in the direction of Passo Duran, the climb is selective (8.3 Km to 8.0%): some ranking men could attack here already. After the top, very technical descent towards Agordo and first pass on the finish line. Then the group will face the last KOM of the day, Forcella Aurine (11.6 Km to 6.2%). The following descent may not be enough to create a vacuum. The arrival is placed in Piazza della Libertà, with bottom in sanpietrini, near the Duomo. Finish line 6 m wide, preceded by a 200 m straight.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Città fortificata di Palmanova (Start)
Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti: Passo Duran (GPM)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: City Fortress of Palmanova (Start)
The Dolomites: Passo Duran (KOM)

TAPPA 20: FIERA DI PRIMIERO - TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO [ALTA DIFFICOLTA']
STAGE 20: PALMANOVA - THREE PEAKS OF LAVAREDO [HIGH MOUNTAIN]


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A una giornata dalla fine è la resa dei conti. 158 km, 7 GPM, neanche un metro di pianura: è la tappa regina. Tappone dolomitico che inizia subito in salita verso il Passo Rolle, il ritmo sarà già forsennato per fare selezione, ma qualche uomo più temerario potrebbe provarci già da lontanissimo. Dopo la discesa, in sequenza Passo Valles (6.5 Km al 7.1% con punte massime del 10%) e Passo San Pellegrino (5.5 Km al 8.9%; i primi 2 km sono durissimi). Dopo lo scollinamento discesa verso Moena (TV) e una lenta risalita verso Canazei e Penia dove inizia la scalata del quarto GPM di giornata: il Passo Fedaia. Marmolada che per la prima volta viene scalata da questo versante. Dopo un breve falsopiano discesa tecnica verso Caprile. A questo punto non ci sarà più tregua. Torna dopo qualche anno il Passo Giau: è su questa salita che si può ribaltare la corsa (9.5 Km al 9.2%). La discesa seguente è molto tecnica e si conclude con il passaggio nel cuore di Cortina d'Ampezzo. Da questo momento in poi è presente solo salita. Si scala il Passo Tre Croci, antipasto del finale con i suoi 7.5 Km al 7.5%. Poi si supera Misurina e la zona dei laghi. Salita finale con arrivo alle meravigliose tre Cime di Lavaredo (presso il parcheggio del rifugio Auronzo), ricordate per l'impresa del 2013 di Vincenzo Nibali sotto la neve. Si tratta di 4 km all'11%, ma per tre km le pendenze medie oscillano tra il 11.5 e 14%; pendenza massima del 17%. In questa tappa si scrive la storia.
[Eng] A day from the end is the reckoning. 158 km, 7 KOM, not even a meter of plain: it is the Queen Stage of this Giro. Dolomitic Stage that starts immediately uphill towards the Rolle Pass, the pace will already be frantic to make selection, but some men more reckless could try it from far away. After the descent, in sequence Passo Valles (6.5 Km to 7.1% with maximum peaks of 10%) and Passo San Pellegrino (5.5 Km to 8.9%; the first 2 km are very hard). After the descent towards Moena (Sprint) and a slow ascent towards Canazei and Penia where begins the climb of the fourth KOM of the day: the Fedaia Pass. Marmolada that for the first time is climbed from this side. After a short slight slope, technical descent to Caprile. At this point there will be no more truce. Back after a few years the Passo Giau: it is on this climb that same cyclist can overturn the race (9.5 Km to 9.2%). The following descent is very technical and ends with the passage in the heart of Cortina d'Ampezzo. From now on there is only ascent. The group climbs the Passo Tre Croci, starter of the final with its 7.5 Km to 7.5%. Then the race pass Misurina and the area of the lakes. Final ascent with arrival at the wonderful Three peaks of Lavaredo (at the parking of the Auronzo refuge), remembered for the feat of 2013 by Vincenzo Nibali under the snow. It is 4 km to 11%, but for three km the average gradients vary between 11.5 and 14%; maximum gradient of 17%. At this stage cyclists can write history.

SITI PATRIMONIO UNESCO:
Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti: Passo Valles (GPM)
Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti: Passo San Pellegrino (GPM)
Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti: Marmolada - Passo Fedaia (GPM)
Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti: Passo Giau (GPM)
Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti: Tre Cime di Lavaredo (GPM)
[Eng] UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
The Dolomites: Passo Valles (KOM)
The Dolomites: Passo San Pellegrino (KOM)
The Dolomites: Marmolada - Passo Fedaia (KOM)
The Dolomites: Passo Giau (KOM)
The Dolomites: Tre Cime di Lavaredo (KOM)

TAPPA 21: MILANO (Velodromo Vigorelli) - MILANO (Duomo) [ITT]
STAGE 21: MILAN (Velodrome Vigorelli) - MILAN (Duomo) [ITT]


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Ultima tappa di questo Giro. Frazione a cronometro ideale per gli specialisti; viste le montagne dei giorni precedenti non dovrebbe risultare decisiva. La ITT si svolge completamente a Milano. Partenza dallo storico Velodromo Vigorelli (sede di arrivo della tappa finale del Giro nel 1953, 1959, 1960). Dopo un giro della pista si esce dal velodromo, si costeggia la zona Tre Torri-FIera e si raggiunge prima lo Stadio San Siro e poi la zona degli ippodromi (primo rilevamento). A questo punto passaggio per il quartiere Gallaratese e rientro in centro fino al secondo intermedio di Corso Sempione. Il percorso corre intorno al centro di Milano, passando da una porta all'altra fino a Porta Monforte. Qui ci si immette in Corso Monforte, poi passaggio per San Babila. Ultimi chilometri per viali cittadini larghi nella prima parte e per vie a carreggiata ridotta nelle ultime centinaia di metri con diverse svolte ad angolo retto consecutive, prima dell’ingresso in Piazza Duomo. Retta di arrivo di 250 m su lastricato larga 6 m.
[Eng] Last stage of this Giro. The time trial fraction is ideal for specialists; given the mountains of the previous days it should not be decisive. The ITT takes place completely in Milan. Departure from the historic Velodrome Vigorelli (home to the final stage of the Giro in 1953, 1959, 1960). After a lap of the track the rider exits the velodrome, skirts the Tre Torri-Fiera area and reachs first the San Siro Stadium and then the hippodrome area (first time split). At this point pass through the Gallaratese district and return to the center until the second intermediate of Corso Sempione. The route runs around the center of Milan, passing from one ciy gate to another until Porta Monforte. Here the route enters Corso Monforte, then pass for San Babila. In the stage finale, the route first runs on wide avenues, and then on narrowed roads over the last few hundred metres, with several consecutive 90-degree turns, before entering Piazza Duomo. The home straight (250 m) is on 6-m wide stone-paved road.

A questo punto sarà il momento della premiazione: solo un ciclista scriverà il proprio nome sul meraviglioso Trofeo Senza Fine e la sua Gloria sarà INFINITA.
[Eng] At this point it will be time for the award ceremony: only a cyclist will write his name on the wonderful Endless Trophy and his Glory will be INFINITE.

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Grazie a LaFlammeRouge per questa bellissima esperienza. Io l'ho vissuta al massimo provando a ricreare quanto più possibile un'esperienza reale anche con queste grafiche, le altimetrie, le planimetrie video e queste descrizioni che somigliano ad un "Diario di Corsa". Spero che tutto questo lavoro vi piaccia.
[Eng] Thanks to LaFlammeRouge for this wonderful experience. I have lived it to the maximum trying to recreate as much as possible a real experience even with these graphics, altimetries, video planimetry and these descriptions that are like a "Diary Race". I hope you will enjoy it as much I did.
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So, this is my Giro 2020: maps/tours/view/15220

Stage 1:
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The Giro begins with a short prologue in Palermo.

Stage 2:
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The second stage takes the riders to Agrigento, where the finish is on top of a small hill, this will probably be a battle between strong sprinters and punchers.

Stage 3:
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Third stage is the first mountain stage with a passage over Mount Etna. Finish is after a long downhill so this could be something for the breakaway.

Stage 4:
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First stage on the main land should be something for the sprinters.

Stage 5:
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Some small hills near the end but this should be another bunch sprint.

Stage 6:
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A quite flat stage but with a steep hill near the finish line, punchers should be able to do something on that climb.

Stage 7:
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The first big mountain stage. A short stage but in the riders have to climb Monte Amiata twice, second time is the finish on top.

Stage 8:
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On the day of the Amstel gold race we get a flat stage.

Stage 9:
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This day is also Gent-Wevelgem, nevertheless this is a sunday so I decided that a hard stage was necessary. This coulb be one for the break, but also the GC riders could make this a hard day.


*REST DAY*

Stage 10:
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After the rest day we get the long ITT of this Giro. A very hard and long one with lots of small climbs.

Stage 11:
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A very flat stage.

Stage 12:
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ANother stage that shoulb be a sprint.

Stage 13:
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Hilly finish, should be for the breakaway.

Stage 14:
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On this saturday we get the highest mountain stage of this Giro. Colle Fauniera is this year's Cima Coppi. After that it's a downhill towards the finish.

Stage 15:
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This is the sunday of the Ronde van Vlaanderen. So, just to make it easier for the fans, no mountain stage but a sprinters day.

*REST DAY*

Stage 16:
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This stage takes us towards the mountains, but no big climbs in it. Last kilometer is uphill towards the Swiss border.

Stage 17:
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Probably the hardest stage of all. Some very steep climbs, narrow roads and descents.

Stage 18:
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This stage is almost fully downhill, so very fast, with a high probability of wind in the final kilometers.

Stage 19:
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This stage takes the riders back to the mountains, after three hard climbs in a row, finish is on top of the passo Fedaia, the highest finish of my Giro and also the only one above 2000 metres.

Stage 20:
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The last mountain stage takes the riders over two very hard climbs, after the last one there is no real descent and then we have a smaller climb towards the finish. I think after a long Giro this could be a stage where big time gaps can be made.

Stage 21:
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A 20km time trial in Milan, with finish at the Piazza del Duomo, as always.


These are the World Heritage Sites per stage:

1) Palermo arabo-normanna
2) valle dei Templi
3) Villa Romana del Casale ; Mount Etna
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5) Pompeii
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7) Val D’orcia
8) Val D’orcia (2); Pienza; Siena; Pisa
9) Firenze
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11) Venezia; Padova; Mantova; Vicenza; Verona
12) Mantova and Sabbioneta (2)
13) Genoa ; Langhe
14) Langhe (2)
15) Ivrea
16) Rhaetian Railway
17) Dolomiti
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19) Dolomiti (2)
20) /
21) Santa Maria delle Grazie

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Giro d'Italia 2020 - Made by IamCeeKae

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Spoiler!
As per April 1st, 2020, the organizers of the Giro d’Italia have decided to completely redraw the magnificent stage race, for it to be raced in the month of October. They reason that it was a decision made based on the different temperatures in the country in May and in October. The climbs could not be as high, especially not in the last two weeks of the Giro. The 2020 version of the Giro d’Italia will dedicate itself to the beauty of the natural, as well as man-built scenery that can be seen all across the country. The peloton will start, cross, and finish in or near a large quantity of Italian attractions and regions that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The start in Hungary was scrapped, and instead replaced by a grand departure on the island of Sicily.

Prologue: Palermo - Villa Bornanno > Palermo - Palazzo dei Normanni (IS): 8.0 km
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To start off the grand tour, the cyclists will have to battle against the clock, in the heart of the city of Palermo. The prologue, starting near the gardens of Villa Bonanno, is predominantly flat, although there’s a constant incline in the latter half of the stage, that can be considered as somewhat false-flat. There are slight time differences to be expected, that could already determine what race favourites have got the strongest legs, going into the first week of the Giro. Another thing of note is the stage’s arrival, as it lies right before the doors of the Palazzo dei Normanni and its church, the Cappella Palatina. It is the first World Heritage Site in Italy, that the cyclists will pass in this grand tour.

UNESCO Sites:

Palazzo dei Normanni and Cappella Palatina (IS)



Stage 1: Palermo > Agrigento (IS): 197.4 km
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After the prologue in Palermo, the peloton departs from the very same city and makes its way towards the southern part of the island. On their way, the riders will cross several climbs that count for the mountain classification. There are three climbs in total, of which the difficulty decrease by one each time the cyclists arrive at the top. Although the stage is classified as flat, the rugged terrain at the end of the stage is one not to be underestimated. In addition, it is very unlikely that a true sprinter will manage to win the stage, as the final battle goes uphill, towards the archeological park located near the city of Agrigento.

UNESCO Sites:

Archaeological Area of Agrigento - Valle dei Templi (IS)



Stage 2: Caltanissetta > Mount Etna (IS): 192.9 km
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Having passed the wavy and hilly coastline of southern Sicily, in the 3rd stage it is time for the peloton to view the scenery in the center of the island. Starting in Caltanissetta, the cyclists pass several UNESCO sites during the stage, as well as finish on top of one. The Cima Coppi of the Mount Etna serves for the first very tough mountain stage of this year’s giro. After the time gaps that have definitely been created in the first two stages, how will the ascent over this volcano serve for the general classifications?

UNESCO Sites:

Piazza Armerina - Villa Romana del Casale (IS)

Late Baroque Towns of Val di Noto - Caltagirone (IS)

Late Baroque Towns of Val di Noto - Scordia (IS)

Late Baroque Towns of Val di Noto - Catánia (IS)

Mount Etna (IS)



Stage 3: Cosenza > Rocca Imperiale Marina: 183.9 km
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Today’s stage, from Cosenza to Rocca Imperiale Marina, is one not to be underestimated. It is classified as but a medium mountain stage, given that the most decisive climb is not difficult enough, and the most difficult climb is not located close enough to the finish line, to depict it as a climbers stage. Rather, punchers might feel the appeal of creating attacks on several of the last climbs that the peloton will cross. Not only do they have the Montegiordano to watch out for, but there are two small 4th category climbs snuck in between the 2nd category climb and the finish, to make the end of the stage all the more exciting. Stage 3 is a stage that meets both coast and mountains, and will definitely serve to cause more havoc in the rankings of several classifications, like sprint, climbing, and of course GC.



Stage 4: Policoro > Tarente: 173.4 km
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Will there finally be a mass sprint finish? Only time will tell. However, one thing to not is that the terrain of stage for, from Policoro to Tarente, is perfectly fitting for the absolute sprinters in the peloton. No large time gaps are to be expected by the end of this stage, but maybe those opportunists with a bit of daring can challenge the sprinters for a stage victory.

UNESCO Sites:

Sassi di Matera (IS)



Stage 5: Manduria > Castel del Monte (IS): 173.9 km
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The sprinters are not given a chance today. Although the stage is predominantly flat - the first 170 kilometers from Manduria to the foot of the last climb show as such -, the cyclists will finish near the Castel del Monte, after a tough 4 kilometer long 3rd category climb coming before the uphill finish. By the end of the stage, the peloton’s adventure in southern Italy is mostly over, and they’ll make their way north.

UNESCO Sites:

Trulli of Alberobello (SI)

Castel del Monte (SI)



Stage 6: Cerignola > Amalfi (IS): 215.4 km
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The first mountain stage since the uphill finish on Mount Etna in stage 2. With the start in Cerignola, and the finish in the Amalfi, a heritage site right by the gulf of Salerno, today’s stage is one of the longer stages in the Giro. Aside from the rough coast and the beautiful scenery near Amalfi, the peloton also passes the city of Benevento, an acknowledged Italian former Longobard settlement.

UNESCO Sites:

Benevento (IS)

Amalfi (IS)



Stage 7: Pompei (IS) > Vesuvio: 24.7 km
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The second individual time trial, out of the three that are included in this Giro. From the start of the UNESCO site of Pompei, the cyclists will make their way up a volcano, to conquer the Vesuvio. Stage 7’s battle against the clock will show what time trial cyclists can also conquer mountains, and which riders show the most all round strength when it comes to reaching the top of the GC.

UNESCO Sites:

Pompei (IS)



Stage 8: Napoli (IS) > Campitello Maltese: 158.3 km
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Starting near the Castel Nuovo in the city of Naples, the peloton will travel towards Central Apennine mountains. At the intermediate sprint at just under 39 kilometers, the cyclists will also find themselves before the beautiful palace of Caserta, before the first climb, the tiny Etna, will commence the most difficult part of the stage, riding mostly uphill. The finish lies in Campitello Maltese, after three more difficult climbs are passed over a short course of under 160 kilometers.

UNESCO Sites:

Castel Nuovo (IS)

Reggia di Caserta (IS)



REST DAY: Cassino



Stage 9: Cassino > Civita Castellana: 223.7 km
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After a tough set of mountainous stages to conclude the first nine days of the Giro, the second week of the stage races resumes in the town of Cassino, and finishes, as a flat stage overall, in Civita Castellana. This does not mean that pure sprinters are fully capable of winning a mass sprint however, as the final stretch up to the finish line might cause some havoc among the more climbing-oriented punchers, even if it’s for only the last three kilometers.

UNESCO Sites:

Tivoli - Villa d’Este

Tivoli - Villa Adriana



Stage 10: Spoleto (IS) > Siena (IS): 208.5 km
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What would look like a flat stage at first to most, might be a troublesome one for those who only excel on a flat profile. Today’s stage poses no less than ten punchy climbs, including an uphill finish to Siena’s Piazza del Campo. On their way, the cyclists cross several acknowledged UNESCO sites, making stage 10 one of the most scenic stages in the entire Giro d’Italia.

UNESCO Sites:

Spoleto (IS)

Campello sul Clitunno (IS)

Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi (IS)

Val d’Orcia (IS)

Pienza (IS)

Siena (IS)



Stage 11: Colle di Val d’Elsa > La Spezia (IS): 165.5 km
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Today’s stage from Colle di Val d’Elsa to La Spezia is predominantly flat. However, the peloton should not ignore the two rather small, yet tough climbs that are in their way at about 20 kilometers from the finish line each. As it is, the peloton is still expected to finish as a whole though, and after several days without a true mass sprint, some cyclists solely specialized in sprinting might finally have a change during the 11th stage of the Giro.

UNESCO Sites:

Rocca di Montestaffoli (IS)

Tower of Pisa and Piazza del Duomo - Pisa (IS)

Cinque Terre near La Spezia (IS)



Stage 12: Chiavari > Grinzane Cavour (IS): 194.7 km
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As much as it is easier in comparison, today’s stage may pose as a preparation for the mountain stages that are yet to come in the last one and a half weeks. The terrain is mostly hilly, even though part of the stage is still ridden along the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. There are eight climbs total between the start in Chiavari and the finish in Grinzane Cavour, several of which are classified in the 2nd category, and are thus not to be underestimated for GC cyclists.

UNESCO Sites:

Via Garibaldi - Genoa (IS)

Castello Grinzane Cavour (IS)



Stage 13: Torino (IS) > Fénis: 186.6 km
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The first high mountain stage in the Italian Alps is underway. After half a flat stage to start off the day, the cyclists are met with two climbs of 1st category; the Col de Joux and the Col du Saint-Panthaleon. It has been shown before that the first two weeks can take a hard toll on a rider, with them being at risk of losing time when they’re faced with a new challenge. Where they were perfectly capable of climbing up a mountain in the first half of the Giro, now they might find it much harder in comparison. The cyclists with the best recuperative abilities will now be heard.

UNESCO Sites:

Torino (IS)

Viverone (IS)

Ivréa (IS)



Stage 14: Lenno (IS) > Breno (IS): 179.7 km
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The second week of the Giro d’Italia finishes with another mountainous stage. Going from Lenno to Breno, it might come as a surprise that there’s only one climb in the entire stage, and there’s not even an uphill finish today. Instead, the top of the only climb of the day lies about 50 kilomters away from the finish line, after which follows a long descent, and even still a flat stretch. However, with picking the Passo Mortirolo for the cyclists to cross, the peloton gets introduced to the Giro’s first Cima Coppi. With an average steepness of just under 10 percent, and a total length of 13.5 kilometers, the Passo Mortirolo is a climb almost not to be reckoned with.

UNESCO Sites:

Lenno (IS)

Tirano (IS)

Breno (IS)



REST DAY: Modena



Stage 15: Modena (IS) > Ravenna (IS): 144.0 km
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After a travel day from the far north of Italy to the somewhat lesser north of Italy in Modena, the cyclists have had some time to rest up for the final stretch of the Giro. The first stage after the rest day, from Modena to Ravenna, is very short, as well as very flat. As per usual, a flat stage is mostly a task for the sprinters to complete, but after several days of climbing, these same riders might be willing to take a breather as well, making it just as much an option for baroudeurs to take their chances.

UNESCO Sites:

Modena (IS)

Ferrara (IS)

Ravenna (IS)



Stage 16: Padua (IS) > Cividale del Friuli (IS): 174.4 km
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Another day, another flat stage. Let it be known however, that stage 16, reaching from Padua to Cividale del Friuli, is the last chance for the sprinters to achieve a stage victory in this Giro d’Italia. The upcoming four stages no longer offer flat profiles or finishes, and are mostly centered around gaining time against opponents between GC cyclists. As it were, today’s stage might offer new excitement, as many cyclists will try for a last chance at a stage victory today.

UNESCO Sites:

Padua (IS)

Palmanova (IS)

Cividale del Friuli (IS)



Stage 17: Spilimbergo > Monte Zoncolan: 91.9 km
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For a normal stage, a stage other than a time-trial that is, today’s stage starting from Spilimbergo seems rather short, and is matter-of-factly the shortest regular stage of this Giro d’Italia. With three hill climbs of 2nd category, the middle of the stage is already moderately difficult, but the most difficulty lies in reaching the top of the final stage, on which lies the finish, the Monte Zoncolan.



Stage 18: Maniago > Monte Grappa: 183.4 km
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This Giro’s 18th stage from Maniago to the top of the Monte Grappa knows no end when it comes to making uphill meters. There are a total of four climbs of 1st category or even higher. The last two climbs end and begin almost consecutively from one another. The Colle Averto ends at a height of 1019 meters at 170 kilometers, and no more than two kilometers later, the next 1st category climb to the Monte Grappa starts again. With such a final to what is already an impressive stage, there’s no doubt that the best GC cyclists will make their mark here, if they haven’t already during this grand tour.

UNESCO Sites:

Polcenigo (IS)

Conegliano (IS)

Valdobbiadene (IS)



Stage 19: Vicenza (IS) > Verona (IS): 202.1 km
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It goes without showing that Italy is very resourceful in the amount of high category climbs it can offer. With the many options, it is barely necessary for the cyclists to pass 2000 meters in altitude, while still offering incredible races. With the last mountainous stage and the last stage in which the cyclists will still ride, at least for some time, in a full peloton, another four 1st category climbs are on the program. Although the finish lies at the bottom of a 2nd category climb, it needs to be noted that the last stage before the time trial in Milan will pose one more challenge for the climbers still in the race.

UNESCO Sites:

Vicenza (IS)

Verona (IS)



Stage 20: Monza > Milano - Santa Maria delle Grazie (IS): 26.1 km
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The goal for the last stage was for it to finish in the beautiful city of Milan. As such, the Giro d’Italia will be concluded with a long individual time trial that starts in the suburb of Monza, and finishes in the Milan’s city center, right by the UNESCO heritage site of the Santa Maria delle Grazie. As such, the Italian grand tour will be concluded in fashion. After this stage, finally it will be certain who is the final winner of this year’s Giro d’Italia.

UNESCO Sites:

Santa Maria delle Grazie - Milano (IS)

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

Post by taaramae_crack »

Hello to everybody, here is my proposal for this contest:

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The race will start in Sicily with 4 varied stages, having the "Grande Partenza" in the city of Siracusa and surrounding the island until reaching Mount Etna. From them, the race will always go to the north. The first week will be full of tricky stages, being the last one a long ITT in the beautiful island of Ischia, who already hosted a stage some years ago. The second week will lead the riders from the center of Italy (with two very interesting stages, both in Umbria and Tuscany) to the Alps, where the first important mountain stage will be held. As in the last years, most of the mountain will be concentrated in the last week. But this doesn't mean these being the most decisive stages, almost all of the previous stages have some point for creating some gaps and spectacle, especially for the ones who don't have the high mountain as their strongest point. The race will end in Milano with a long and flat ITT, so the pure climbers might need to make some big gaps with the rest of the riders if they want to win the Maglia Rosa.

Stage 1: Siracusa - Agrigento

The first stage won't be a timetrial this year, but a normal one, with a tricky and hilly finale. This one will feature two main climbs, the first one steeper, towards the higher part of Agrigento; and the second one, after passing through the Valle die Templi, will be the classical, already used in some other Giro stages and in the 1994 World Championships.

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Stage 2: Porto Empedocle - Marsala

First opportunity for the sprinters. The stage will always go near the sea, so the wind could be an element to have into account, combined with the narrow roads included in some parts of the last section of the stage.

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Stage 3: Trapani - Palermo

New interesting stage, with chances for different types of riders: from fast men who could handle the climbs, till attackers, coming from the breakaway or from the peloton in the last kilometers of the stage. This will pass through the emblematic village of Monreale and finish in Palermo, the capital and biggest city of Sicily.

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Stage 4: Cefalù - Etna (Rifugio Sapienza)

Starting in Sicily, the Mount Etna, one of the symbols of the island, can't miss the event. For conmemorating that, this time the stage will be much longer and harder than in the last times it was climbed in the last years. It will include a 2nd an a 1st categorised climbs just before the final part, including the Colle del Monte Turchio, a brand new climb in the hillside of the mythical volcano, and the final part of the classic (and possibly the most scenic) climb to the Rifugio Sapienza.

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Stage 5: Reggio Calabria - Catanzaro Lido

New clear opportunity for the fast guys through the eastern coast of the region of Calabria. Again, the wind could be important, as the totality of the stage is done alongside the sea.

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Stage 6: Crotone - Trebbisace

Sixth stage will suppose the last chance for the sprinters until the second week, but it won't be so easy as the previous stage. This time, the course will feature two climbs before the finish, but they aren't meant to be decisive, just could eliminate some of the usual contenders in a typical bunch sprint.

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Stage 7: Policoro - Sapri

Short and hilly stage before the first weekend for reaching the locality of Sapri. Last 100 km hasn't any flat section, so if the speed is high, the race could explode and split the peloton into a multitude of groups, even if there aren't any steep sections through all the stage. If this doesn't happen, it could be a great opportunity for a breakaway.

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Stage 8: Ascea - Positano

First Saturday of the Giro, and it will bring possibly the most scenic stage of the last years: starting in Ascea, in the heart of Cilento National Park; it will continue until the well-known city of Pompei, in the hillside of Mount Vesuvius, for finishing with a difficult course in the Amalfi Coast, first with the long ascent to the Monte Faito, and then, with the last difficult kilometers until arriving in Positano, possibly the most beautiful and famous town of the coast along with Amalfi, where the finish line will be located after a technical descent and a last and decisive uphill kilometer at 5-6%

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Stage 9: Ischia - Ischia [ITT]

As I mentioned in the tour description, the last week would end with a long ITT in the island of Ischia, very near to the Amalfi Coast. In contrast with the one done in 2013, this will be much longer and harder than that one, highlighting the last climb to Fontana, with 8 km at 6%. Good stage for the climbers to defending themselves, but there will rest another flat 33 km in the last stage, so they shouldn't guard down.

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REST DAY



Stage 10: Tivoli - Assisi

The second week will start with two medium mountain stages. This first one will suit much more the pure climbers than the following one. The course until reaching Assisi for first time won't be quite hard, even if it includes some climbs. From there, the thing will change, because cyclists will have to face, first of all, the steep Muro di San Damiano, and then (with a first passage through the finish), the climb to Eremo delle Carceri, with its last 3 km at more than 10%. After the fast descent, the stage will be decided with a last climb through the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi and the narrow streets of the town, for arriving in the Piazza del Comune.

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Stage 11: Montepulciano - San Gimignano

Pure Tuscan stage, starting in Val d'Orcia, with its typical never-flat terrain and some sterrato sections, including part of the final climb. The stage will go through Siena, repeating the last part of the Strade Bianche (with via Santa Caterina and Piazza del Campo, where the intermediate sprint will be placed), and will enter then in the Chianti region and its surroundings, where it's located San Gimignano. Here, two last hills will decide the stage, that will possibly come quite depleted from the toughness of all the day.

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Stage 12: Firenze - Reggio Emilia

After some difficult stages, the calm will return a little bit to the race, with this next two stages. This one features some climbs in the first part, maybe interesting for the fight for the Maglia Azzurra, but it will be completely flat from Bologna (maybe even before), so the sprinters will have again a new opportunity for the win.

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Stage 13: Sabbioneta - Tortona

Thirteenth stage, and another transition day through all the southest part of the Po Valley (or Pianura Padana). The city of Tortona will host the finish of the stage.

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Stage 14: Alessandria - Chivasso

The second weekend will arrive with a medium mountain stage. Classical Giro course with a first flat part and some little climbs on the last one, maybe this time a little harder than usual, because one of them will be the well-known climb to Superga, but the one aimed to be the decisive is the climb to San Genesio, with some slopes over 15%.

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Stage 15: Settimo Torinese - Champoluc (Monterosa Ski)

And here comes the high mountain !! This time the Aosta Valley is going to be the main character of the stage. The first main difficulty will be the Col de Saint Pantaléon, climbed in some of the past editions of the Giro, so most of the riders must know it. But, from here, the course comes a bit into the unknown, with the chained climbs to Col d'Arlaz (new on the race), Col Tsecore and Col de Joux. Here is where the big attacks should be made, but the time differences could increase in the last section from Brusson to Champoluc.

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REST DAY



Stage 16: Morbegno - Livigno

After the rest day, the race will return with one of its queen stages: 182 km between Morbegno and Livigno, with the ascents to Teglio, Aprica, Passo Gavia (being this the Cima Coppi after it couldn't be afforded in 2019), Passo del Foscagno and Passo d'Eira. No steep slopes, no extra long mileages, only pure climbing and altitude aim to decide part of the race in this interesting stage. Beware also with the fact that it's placed just after the rest day, so we could see some surprises.

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Stage 17: Riva del Garda - Padova

Last chance for the sprinters (or maybe not, ask Damiano Cima) with the seventeenth stage. This will the one with most passage through World Heritage Sites, (with four of them, even if Peschiera del Garda one doesn't count for the contest), including Padova, where the finish line will be located

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Stage 18: Castelfranco Veneto - Nevegal

Last touchdown just before the last two big stages. With a stage predestined for a breakaway, the favourites aren't meant to move until the Nevegal climb, where they can open some little differences between their rivals and make us seeing a nice last part of the stage.

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Stage 19: Cortina d'Ampezzo - Corvara (Alta Badia)

Friday, party day, and the Giro won't make an exception. Big day on the Dolomites with 5 first categorised climbs: Passo Furcia, Passo Valparola, Passo Giau, Passo Fedaia, Passo Sella and the last obstacle on Passo Gardena. Nothing more to say, let the cyclists ride and the mountains will do the rest.

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Stage 20: Trento - Passo Lavazè

And if the previous stage wasn't enough, the mountain of this Giro will close up with another terrific stage. It will start in Trento and soon have the first climb to Passo Sommo. Then, a flat section will drive the race to the ultra-long Passo Manghen and, just following it, the ultra-steep Passo Pampeago. If someone needs to open a gap, this will be the place, because from here only 6 km of climb will remain till the summit of Passo Lavazè. Here it's over for the climbers.

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Stage 21: Pavia - Milano (Duomo) [ITT]

And, as I mentioned before, this time the Giro won't be over until the last meters of the race (in Piazza del Duomo of Milano), because a long and flat ITT between Pavia and the lombard capital will decide the final winner of the Maglia Rosa and the Trofeo senza fine.

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World Heritage Sites:

1. Siracusa
2. Ragusa
3. Agrigento

4. Monreale
5. Palermo

6. Cefalù
7. Etna

8. Parco Nazionale del Pollino (Cozzo Ferriero)

9. Ascea (Parco Nazionale del Cilento)
10. Pompei
11. Costa Amalfitana

12. Tivoli
-. Campello sul Clitunno
13. Assisi

14. Montalcino (Val d'Orcia)
15. Siena
16. San Gimignano

17. Firenze
18. Modena

19. Sabbioneta

20. Torino

21. Ivrea

-. Peschiera del Garda
22. Verona
23. Vicenza
24. Padova

25. Dolomiti

26. Milano

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

Post by JAdmeal »

GIRO D'ITALIA 2020

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This is my first ever Giro d'Italia I've entirely designed, so it was a little bit difficult as I don't know this country as well as Spain or France.
My Giro d'Italia consists of 3548 kms with 3 individual time trials (a Prologue, a ITT, and a final ITT) and 9 stages over 200kms. I've tried to be as close as the real Giro numbers.
There will be 6 top finishes, 4 of them in high mountain stages and the otre 2 in medium mountain stages.
Unlike other GT designated before by myself, this Giro will only have 67 KOM sprints with the traditional Cima Coppi in Passo dello Stelvio, 14 1st category climbs, 19 2nd cat., 15 3rd cat. and 18 4th cat.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- 31 in total


STAGE 1: Palermo > Palermo (10kms) +

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This Giro d'Italia will start in Palermo with a short and flat prologue. There won't be any major time gaps between the favourites.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale


STAGE 2: Monreale > Agrigento (183,5kms) ++

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First difficulty of this Giro as the peloton is headed to the beautiful city of Agrigento. A puncher or a sprint with good climbing hability can win this stage.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale
- Valle dei Templi


STAGE 3: Caltanissetta > Siracusa (216,7kms) +

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First flat stage and a massive sprint is expected in the streets of Siracusa.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Val di Noto
- Siracusa


STAGE 4: Catania > Etna. Piano Provenzana (161,3kms) ++++

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First high mountain stage of this Giro with a mountain top finish in Mount Etna. We would see the first big time differences between the climbers.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Etna


STAGE 5: Cosenza > Matera (211kms) ++

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Tricky stage alongside the sea. The climb of Sassi di Matera would decide the winner, who will have similar qualities to the winner of the Agrigento stage.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera


STAGE 6: Potenza > Pompei (165,2kms) +

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Another flat stage in which a massive sprint will decide the winner.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata


STAGE 7: Napoli > Salerno (168,9kms) ++

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Difficult stage in the Amalfi Coast with tricky climbs such as Positano or Erchie. Despite the hard terrain a sprint is most likely to decide the winner, although a solo victory is not impossible.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Historic Centre of Naples
- Amalfi Coast


STAGE 8: Caserta > Roma (217,2kms) ++

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Interesting stage arriving in the capital, Rome. Two sectors of soft cobblestones after an also soft 4th category climb will decide the winner. A sprinter is most likely to celebrate the victory in Rome.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- 18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex
- Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura


STAGE 9: Villa Adriana > Pienza (213,9kms) +++

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Amazing stage with dirt roads finishing in the UNESCO historic centre of Pienza. Four segments of dirt roads, all of them in climbs, will determine who will take the glory in Pienza. This stage is designated to provide some epic attacks such as the Montefalcone stage in 2010.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Villa Adriana
- Val d'Orcia
- Historic Centre of the City of Pienza


STAGE 10: Perugia > Assisi (52,7kms) ++++

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The hardest ITT in the last years will set the start of this second week. Riders will have to ride through several climbs such as Bettona and the steep San Vittale with a 1,5kms over 10 %.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites


STAGE 11: Urbino > Ferrara (195kms) +

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Another flat stage for sprinters.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Historic Centre of Urbino
- Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna
- Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta


STAGE 12: Padova > Valdobbiadene (162,5kms) ++++

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Second high mountain stage in this Giro. It will be a "short" stage with two ascents to Monte Grappa, the traditional one and a new one with 6kms over 10% and a fast and dangerous downhill to Valdobbiadene. A breakaway or a strong climber with a good downhill technique will take the victory.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Orto botanico di Padova
- City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto
- The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene


STAGE 13: Pordenone > Gemona del Friuli (218,2kms) +++

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Amazing medium mountain stages through the Friuli region. A bunch of unknown but steep climbs such as Borgo Pedrosa or Monte Stella will be in the layout. A breakaway or a reduced sprint between a short number or cyclists will win in Gemona del Friuli.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar (Palmanova) (without an IS)
- Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia


STAGE 14: Belluno > Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Dolomiti (177,6kms) +++++

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Spectacular "tappone" in the Dolomites ending in the world-known Tre Cime di Lavaredo and climbing Passo Fedaia, Passo Pordoi, Passo Giau and Passo Tre Croci. A solo victory will most likely take place in Tre Cime. We will see the first big time gaps.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- The Dolomites


STAGE 15: Cortina d'Ampezzo > Merano / Meran (206,9kms) +++

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Last stage of the second week with an interesting stage for punchers with good climbing habilities in Meran. Several kms above 10% are hidden in various climbs of the day. I wouldn't expect massive time gaps due to the hardness of the last stage but we can see some differences.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- The Dolomites (without an IS)


STAGE 16: Merano / Meran > Bormio (200,4kms) +++++

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The queen stage of this Giro. It will be the first time ever to pass the Stelvio, the Mortirolo and the Gavia in the same stage. We don't know how this could work but I'm sure it will be an spectacular stage. The winner of this stage will most likely win the Giro d'Italia. We'll see some of the biggest time gaps in the last years.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Rock Drawings in Valcamonica (Ponte di Legno)


STAGE 17: Tirano > Crespi d'Adda (164,4kms) +

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Flat stage and, most likely, the last one for the sprinters. This will be a stage to regain some strenght to face tha last stages of this Giro.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar (Bergamo)
- Crespi d'Adda


STAGE 18: Varese > Valperga (224,4kms) ++

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Difficult stage, perfect for a breakaway. It could finish in a sprint but it will be difficult due to the hard terrain and the lack of strenght.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps (Biandronno and Arona) (without an IS)
- Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy (Varese, Orta San Giulio and Valperga)
- Ivrea, Industrial City of the 20th Century


STAGE 19: Alba > Sauze d'Oulx (245,4kms) +++++

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Second last high mountain stage of this Giro. Cyclists will start in the capital of the hilly area of Langhe, then they would cycle past Torino in order to go to the final three climbs: the steep Finestre, the well-known Sestriere and the unknown Sauze d'Oulx. A great opportunity to recuperate the time lost in the Bormio "tappone". A climber will most likely win this stage.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato (Alba)
- Residences of the Royal House of Savoy (Torino)


STAGE 20: Cuneo > Chianale. Valle Varaita (132,3kms) +++++

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After the longest stage will come the shortest with almost no flat kms. An amazing set of climbs like Fauniera or Sampeyre will decide the Giro's winner. This stage is based on the 18th stage of the 2003 giro d'Italia, one of the stages with the biggest time gaps in the 20th century.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
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STAGE 21: Milano. Santa Maria delle Grazie > Milano. Piazza Duomo (20,7kms) ++

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A last time trial in the streets of Milano could change some positions in the genereal classification. Cyclists will have to give their maximum if they don't wanna lose any positions.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci

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

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[*] Decisive stages: stage 2, stage 8, stage 10, stage 15, stage 16, stage 17, stage 19, stage 20
[*] Key climbs: Etna (stage 2); Colle di Casotto (stage 14); Col d'Esischie and Col de Sampeyre (stage 15); Passo Croce Domini (stage 17); Passo Giau and Tre Cime (stage 19); Archeson/Salto della Capra and Pianezze (stage 20)
[*] 3 ITT (73,9 Kms), 7 Flat Stages, 5 Middle Mountain ones and 6 High Mountain stages
[*] 1 HC and 12 First Cat climbs with a total of 60 categorized climbs. Like the Giro, I decided not to categorize all bumps.
[*] All of Italy UNESCO sites on the route (except Barumini in Sardinia), that means there is 54 of them in the route
[*] 3510 kilometers


The particularity of this Giro was admittedly trying to include 54 UNESCO sites in one single route. It was a fun challenge though.

The UNESCO sponsored and themed version of my Giro starts from Lipari, an island off the North coast of Sicily and part of the UNESCO heritage site of Aeolian Islands. It's not the first time that the Giro goes on an island that's not Sardinia as they had a stage on Ischia in 2013. Either way, the Giro quickly moves to mainland Sicily with a ferry ride to Milazzo on the same day. The day after, there's already a mountain stage (Etna), a surprisingly early one who will make sure all riders come already into shape. In the next couple days, the race visits the southern and central part of the island before ending in Palermo where there is a rest day and a subsequent flight to Napoli. It is the first of three rest days, the same number the Giro has when it starts abroad (that also means a Friday start).

From Napoli, we have stage 5 start with a nail biting finish in Gesualdo, a flat stage into Apulia to then go back up through the peninsula with two further stages in Campania (one being a ITT starting on the Amalfi Coast) and the one ending the "first week" in Tivoli, near Rome. Rome is also where stage 10 starts and it will be a pretty decisive one as it goes through Strade Bianche in the south of Tuscany. Stage 11 is no less as it grinds its way up through two wall in the final circuit. Stage 12 and 13 are for rest and move us up towards Northern Italy where riders make contact with the Alps in stage 14, with one of the longest stages ending in the Alps Maritimes. It's the warm up to stage 15 which features the Esischie (Cima Coppi) and Sampeyre duo. After a well deserved rest day, riders move 2/3 hours west in Varese where there's third decisive time trial. Stage 17 is the dark horse of mountain stages with Croce Domini as a standalone climb before a descent finish. Stage 18 is a flat stage into the wonderland of Venice. Stage 19 ends up in heaven, that being the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Dolomites) while Stage 20 is the final battlefield as riders will have to go through the actual trenches and battlefields in Monte Grappa and Piave River (this stage celebrates WW1) before passing though Valdobbiadene and ending in its mountain village of Pianezze. The GC will be wrapped up here and there will sure be a lot of Prosecco for the winner.

Stage 1

UNESCO SITE: AEOLIAN ISLANDS

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Really technical prologue with many turns and up and downs, the main of which is the climb of Capistrello. The views over Lipari and the sea will be to die for though

Stage 2

UNESCO SITES: ETNA

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First GC showdown. We will sort out the men from the boys and see who will come unprepared. I don't think we will see major attacks on Etna Mareneve, although mine is a shortcut that has a first part way harder than the one ridden in the Giro but the final climb to Piano Provenzana is very hard and although short, will entice attacks.

Stage 3

UNESCO SITES: BAROQUE CITIES OF THE VAL DI NOTO (CATANIA, PALAZZOLO ACREIDE, CALTAGIRONE); GREEK RUINS OF SYRACUSE AND THE ISLAND OF ORTIGIA; VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE

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Flat stage moving us from Catania towards Central Sicily showcasing several beautiful cities on the way. From the ceramic hub of Caltagirone to mountain baroque influenced towns like Palazzolo, Vizzini and Piazza Armerina to the stage finish in Villa del Casale, one of the most well preserved roman villas in the world (known for its mosaics). Despite a few bumps close to the finish, it will certainly be a sprint.

Stage 4

UNESCO SITES: VALLE DEI TEMPLI; ARAB/NORMAN CITY OF PALERMO

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Trickier flat stage moving from Southern to Northern Sicily passing through the Platano valley to end up in the seaside town of Termini Imerese and climbing towards Rocca Felice, a quite hard climb who comes at 35,5 Kms from the line. Teams with sprinters who can get over the hills may try to push a fast pace to kill their rivals off. Wind may also be a factor before entering Palermo as the coast gets quite windy and if wind flows from the north there should be echelons.

REST DAY: PALERMO

Stage 5

UNESCO SITES: HISTORICAL CENTER OF NAPOLI; THE ROYAL PALACE AND GARDEN OF CASERTA; THE LONGOBARD CHURCH OF SANTA SOFIA AND HISTORICAL CENTER OF BENEVENTO

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Short and explosive stage. It starts in Capodimonte, in front of the Royal Palace and quickly heads north towards Caserta (another UNESCO site with its breathtaking Versailles like royal palace and garden for which an aqueduct had to be built) and then east towards Benevento. From here, the stage gets as riders have to navigate several short and varyingly hard climbs. The hardest one is Ariano Irpino at 22 kms from the line (5,5 kms at 8,5%), hiding gradients well over 10% because of a short flat/descent section in the middle. It's followed by a short climb to Grotta and then the final one in the outskirts of Gesualdo (5,5 Kms at 6,9%) with the last two at 9%.

The finish town is a really beautiful one with a very large and scenic castle overlooking the vineyards area of the Taurasi wine.

Stage 6

UNESCO SITES: CASTEL DEL MONTE; TRULLI DI ALBEROBELLO

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Flat stage through Apulia. Watch out for wind. The last 50 kms are both stunning and interesting from a touristic point of view. The stage touches the lovely fortified historical center of Conversano, the seaside cliffside town of Polignano and Monopoli before going inland through a couple hills to Alberobello, a city known for its conic shaped houses who seem taken out of a Disney book. Out of all flat stages, this is for sure the trickiest.

Stage 7

UNESCO SITES: SASSI DI MATERA; CILENTO NATIONAL PARK AND CERTOSA DI PADULA

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The stage goes back westward starting in the beautiful Matera, European capital of culture in 2019. It's a textbook middle mountain stage and chances are the break will win, especially due to it being right before a decisive ITT. The decisive climb will be Monte Paterno (6,5 Kms at 7,3%). Even some GC rider could try to attack here as it's quite hard and it comes at 15 kms to go but I doubt it. After the descent, there's a flat kilometer and soon after a final climb to the finish in Padula.

Stage 8

UNESCO SITES: AMALFI COAST (CETARA; VIETRI); ROMAN CITIES OF POMPEI, HERCOLANEUM AND STABIAE

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First third very hard and technical as it goes through the narrow Amalfi coast roads and then inland up the double stepped climb of Corpo di Cava (3,8 kms at 6,9%, descent and then 1,2 Kms at 10%), with it's set of little known but stunning monasteries. Followed by a technical descent into Cava (lovely city with a porticoed main street and several old churches) to then go to the finish in Pompeii through Nocera, Angri and Scafati.

Stage 9

UNESCO SITES: VILLA D'ESTE; ROMAN VILLA OF HADRIAN

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Middle mountain stage, similar to Padula although quite a bit easier. Will surely be one for the breakaway but there will be skirmishes amongst GT riders on the final climb to Tivoli.


PS: I am without a PC as mine has broken down. I hope I can manage to post a description in the next couple hours even on my cellphones.

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