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Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc[Cat. 2]

For the 2nd contest of the season, you are asked to re-elaborate Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico in the way to move the core of the race in the opposite country.

The race you should design shall follow these standards

Milan-Rome (instead of Paris-Nice)
- 8 stages, from sunday to sunday
- First stage is a stage for sprinters but with hilly/moved final, so not necessarily a mass sprint. Shall be near Milan (personally reccomending north zone near Monza)
- You then get some stages for sprinters, some stage for puncheurs and an ITT of 30 kms
- Stage 7 shall be a MTF
- Stage 8 shall end in Rome and be a short mountain stage that can made some gaps like stage 8 of Paris-Nice


Bissagne-Languedoc (instead of Tirreno-Adriatico)
- 7 stages from wednesday to tuesday
- First stage shall be near bissagne gulf zone (so near Bayonne) and last stage shall be near Languedoc sea zone (near Beziers, Narbonne, Perpignan at your choice)
- Stages 1-3 and 6 can be flat/small hilly stages at your choice but at least 2 shall be for sprinters
- Stage 4 (saturday stage) shall be a MTF
- Stage 5 (sunday stage) shall be an hilly hard stage (like Castelfidardo of Tirreno)
- Stage 7 shall be the final ITT

Race shall so be similar to their real counterpart, just switching the race zones. For Milan-Rome you are not allowed to leave Italy (with exception of San Marine and Vatican City) and for Bissagne-Guascogne you are not allowed to leave France

Deadline is April 4, h 23.59
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

Post by benoît.guillot »

davandluz wrote: 22/03/2021, 16:12
mauro wrote: 22/03/2021, 14:55 To Belgian4444 and jajoejoe I would like to point out that you have entered Pyrenean climbs that were impracticable in March due to the altitude reached
I don't think that there is much likelyhood of impracticability, in a couple of days the Volta a Catalunya is going to Vallter 2000, the region is the same and the altitude is even higher. Personally I would avoid downhill sections from high altitude due to the cold weather, but at the same time I don't think the routes are impracticable
Most of the pyrenean climb are impraticable. Valter 2000 si a well known ski station wich is salted every winter to allow tourist to get to the station.
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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benoît.guillot wrote: 22/03/2021, 17:51
davandluz wrote: 22/03/2021, 16:12
mauro wrote: 22/03/2021, 14:55 To Belgian4444 and jajoejoe I would like to point out that you have entered Pyrenean climbs that were impracticable in March due to the altitude reached
I don't think that there is much likelyhood of impracticability, in a couple of days the Volta a Catalunya is going to Vallter 2000, the region is the same and the altitude is even higher. Personally I would avoid downhill sections from high altitude due to the cold weather, but at the same time I don't think the routes are impracticable
Most of the pyrenean climb are impraticable. Valter 2000 si a well known ski station wich is salted every winter to allow tourist to get to the station.
Of course, but Mauro's comment was about the altitude. It's not a matter of altitude, it's a matter of having roads without any snow
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mauro wrote: 22/03/2021, 14:55 To Belgian4444 and jajoejoe I would like to point out that you have entered Pyrenean climbs that were impracticable in March due to the altitude reached
Forgot to check that. Thanks for noticing. Pailheres is indeed closed (it still is). I’ll change it!
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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mauro wrote: 22/03/2021, 14:55 To Belgian4444 and jajoejoe I would like to point out that you have entered Pyrenean climbs that were impracticable in March due to the altitude reached
Thanks, seems the Peyresourde and Menté are fine. Will edit out Port de Bales, not much of a hassle.
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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benoît.guillot wrote: 22/03/2021, 17:51
davandluz wrote: 22/03/2021, 16:12
mauro wrote: 22/03/2021, 14:55 To Belgian4444 and jajoejoe I would like to point out that you have entered Pyrenean climbs that were impracticable in March due to the altitude reached
I don't think that there is much likelyhood of impracticability, in a couple of days the Volta a Catalunya is going to Vallter 2000, the region is the same and the altitude is even higher. Personally I would avoid downhill sections from high altitude due to the cold weather, but at the same time I don't think the routes are impracticable
Most of the pyrenean climb are impraticable. Valter 2000 si a well known ski station wich is salted every winter to allow tourist to get to the station.
Even the lower ones like Marie Blanque are a reach (Peyresourde for example is fine due to the ski station, Mentè maybe too). I'd say anything above 1000 meters is impracticable unless really close to the Mediterranean.

Also, as for Vallter 2000, it must be reminded that it's an uphill finish. Snow and ice are a problem especially on descents, which are more of a problem than climbs when planning stages. That means, a finish at, say, Prat d'Albis is alright while descending Peguere is unfeasible.
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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improb wrote: 24/03/2021, 21:33
benoît.guillot wrote: 22/03/2021, 17:51
davandluz wrote: 22/03/2021, 16:12

I don't think that there is much likelyhood of impracticability, in a couple of days the Volta a Catalunya is going to Vallter 2000, the region is the same and the altitude is even higher. Personally I would avoid downhill sections from high altitude due to the cold weather, but at the same time I don't think the routes are impracticable
Most of the pyrenean climb are impraticable. Valter 2000 si a well known ski station wich is salted every winter to allow tourist to get to the station.
Even the lower ones like Marie Blanque are a reach (Peyresourde for example is fine due to the ski station, Mentè maybe too). I'd say anything above 1000 meters is impracticable unless really close to the Mediterranean.

Also, as for Vallter 2000, it must be reminded that it's an uphill finish. Snow and ice are a problem especially on descents, which are more of a problem than climbs when planning stages. That means, a finish at, say, Prat d'Albis is alright while descending Peguere is unfeasible.
Well, not really, tomorrow there are the Port del Cantó and Port de Toses descents, both from above 1700m. Same region, 10 days later. As I said in my first message, I generally agree with avoiding downhill sections from high altitude in March, but in my opinion saying that anything above 1000m is impracticable is a bit of an exaggeration
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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mauro wrote: 22/03/2021, 14:55 To Belgian4444 and jajoejoe I would like to point out that you have entered Pyrenean climbs that were impracticable in March due to the altitude reached
With that in mind, I may have to find an alternative finish for my Lac d'Oredon stage.
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Here is my tracks for this contest...

My Milan-Rome Tour : maps/tours/view/18234

My Bissagne-Laguedoc Tour : maps/tours/view/18233

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MILAN - ROME TOUR
1st stage : Busto Arsizio > Monza, 169km

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Like it's tradition on Paris-Nice, a first stage for sprinters but with several short climbs far from arrival to make their task harder.

2nd stage : Treviglio > Reggio d'Emilia, 170 km

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No climbs but roads very exposed to wind. It will be tough to escape from splits on Reggio d'Emilia road... A sprint in small comite is very possible and the favorites will have to be vigilants.

3rd stage : Bologne > Bologne, 26,5km, ITT

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A very tough timetrial, with the climb of San Luca (1,7km à 11%) in the beginning and roads often tiny which dosen't offer one meter of reste. Some climbers could lose minutes.

4th stage : Imola > Mondaino, 153 Km

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A tough stage with a final in two parts : three small climbs first, to split the peloton, and a final climb longer and tougher to allow a battle into the favorites. But they will have to attack from the start of the final climb, with 1km at 13% before 4km at 5%.

5th stage : Riccione > Civitanova Marche, 156 Km

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Despite some tough climbs, the stage should not escape from sprinters, who won't miss the possibility of win.

6th stage : Macerata > Teramo, 174 Km

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Tough day to pronostic... With five climbs incluiding the terrible Acquaviva Picena (2km à 12%), sprinters will have hard time before expecting to win this stage. But the final doesn't suit a alone man so why not...

7th stage : Pizzoli > Campo Staffi, 163 km

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It's the queen stage of the race. After Colle di Vincenzo (15km à 4,5%) et Rocca di Cambio (16km à 5%), favorites will have a new long climb in the final, with the ascent to Campo Staffi. A climb of 22km at 5%, with a first part tougher (7%) before a replet and a finish at 6%. A great day for climbers and where the GC will be completely upset.

8th stage : Artena > Rome, 133 km

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Like Nice-Nice, a short but hard final stage conducive to movement with two terrible climbs - Bellegra (5,8km à 8,6%) and Rocca di Cave (5,8km à 8,1%) - located 80km and 50km from the finish. Even if there will still be Mount Campatri (3km at 9.6%) at 21km from the finish, this is where the favorites will have to move to overthrow the general.
BISSAGNE - LANGUEDOC TOUR
1st stage : Saint-Jean-de-Luz > Bayonne, 173km

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Even if the road will rarely be flat, it's a good opportunity for the sprinters, still fresh in this first day.

2nd stage : Peyrehorade > Loudenvielle, 212 km

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First tough day in the race with the rolling climb of the Hourquette d'Ancizan (16,8km à 4%) before the steeper climb of the côte de Lançon (4,5km à 9%). At the top, there will still be 14km on a false flat before the finish in Loudenvieille. Climbers? Punchers? Breakaway ? Everything is open ...

3rd stage : Saint-Gaudens > Carcassonne, 186 km

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Fight to be expected between the breakaway and the sprinters who pass the climbs well. The côté de Miramont and its 2km at 9% (separated by a flat part) should make the peloton exploded 26km from the finish.

4th stage : Carcassonne > Pic de Nore, 162 km

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It's the day of the arrival at the top, with a finish in Pic de Nore, after a 12km climb at 6%. Not a very tough climb but fatigue will also play its part with the previous sequence of Col of Fontbruno (13km à 5%) and Col of Montredon (5,5km à 7%). Three climbs which will upset the GC.

5th stage : Mazamet > Castres, 215 km

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It is the stage of the walls, the hardest day of the week with no less than 20 climbs. Riders will already be dented before entering the final circuit, a 27km circuit including three climbs: the côte de Mairas (2km à 8,3%, 19km from finish), the Mur de Lafontasse (1,8km à 12,6%, 10km from finish) and the côte de Caziers (600m à 7%, 3,5km from finish). No doubt that the GC will be completely overthrow today.

6th stage : Labruguière > Leucate, 173 km

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A day for sprinteurs. If the sprinteurs don't want to have it, it will be for the breakway. But it's the easiest day of the week.

7th stage : Perpignan > Canet-en-Roussiloon Plage, 14 km

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The traditionnal timetrial stage of the last day. It's flat, without any small climbs and will suit perfectly the specialists. A climber could loose a minute in such a flat ITT.
Be careful for the GC...
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davandluz wrote: 24/03/2021, 21:48
improb wrote: 24/03/2021, 21:33
benoît.guillot wrote: 22/03/2021, 17:51

Most of the pyrenean climb are impraticable. Valter 2000 si a well known ski station wich is salted every winter to allow tourist to get to the station.
Even the lower ones like Marie Blanque are a reach (Peyresourde for example is fine due to the ski station, Mentè maybe too). I'd say anything above 1000 meters is impracticable unless really close to the Mediterranean.

Also, as for Vallter 2000, it must be reminded that it's an uphill finish. Snow and ice are a problem especially on descents, which are more of a problem than climbs when planning stages. That means, a finish at, say, Prat d'Albis is alright while descending Peguere is unfeasible.
Well, not really, tomorrow there are the Port del Cantó and Port de Toses descents, both from above 1700m. Same region, 10 days later. As I said in my first message, I generally agree with avoiding downhill sections from high altitude in March, but in my opinion saying that anything above 1000m is impracticable is a bit of an exaggeration
I don't know, looking at the averages and at the weather a week ago or so (granted that it was a cold spell), it snowed on basically any pass who went over that height. Early March is a different beast than Late March. Now, weather is already more stable and chances of snow start to diminish. Both Coll de Toses and Port del Cantò are major cols, I imagine that helps in getting snow cleared and streets salted to avoid ice.

You're right though. There are roads above 1000 meters who are practicable.
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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Milano-Roma maps/tours/view/18266
Bissagne-Languedoc maps/tours/view/18164
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I tried to replicate the characteristics of the two races in the respective regions: similar overall lenght, same type of tracking (with local circuits often used), same type of stages and same rules for points and KOM classifications.

MILANO-ROMA

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Characteristics:
1226.04 total Km
3 flat stages
3 medium mountain stages (1 MTF)
1 high mountain stage (1 MTF)
1 ITT
28 categorized KOM (3 I cat, 9 II cat, 10 III cat and 6 IV cat)

Stage 1
Sunday, 7th March
Milano > Lesmo, 193.84 Km, flat
Altitude difference: +2276m, -2173m

The first edition of the Milano-Roma begins from Milano's new CBD, Porta Nuova. After passing through Sesto San Giovanni and Monza, the riders will ride twice a 70 Km loop around the Brianza region, climbing twice to Montevecchia and Colle Brianza. After the second loop, the riders will enter the final circuit of 20 Km, that sees a constant but slight uphill from Lesmo to Monticello Brianza. The last Km has an average gradient of 3.4%. The first stage should go to a sprinter who can endure easy climbs, but an attack could surprise the peloton, if they do not pay attention.

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Stage 2
Monday, 8th March
Gessate > Novi Ligure, 153.25 Km, flat
Altitude difference: +686m, -617m

The second stage starts from the Martesana and will see the riders ride through the Pianura Padana, with the only KOM of the day located in the Appennini Pavesi that should not pose a threat to another sprinters' chance to victory. Novi Ligure, land of champions as Costante Girardengo and Fausto Coppi, will crown the second stage winner of this tour.

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Stage 3
Tuesday, 9th March
Genova > Rapallo, 31.82 Km, ITT
Altitude difference: +528m, -537m

A tricky ITT on the Mar Ligure coast follows two flat stages in this first edition of the Milano-Roma. The startline is located in Via Venti Settembre in Genova, right after Porta Monumentale. After reaching the second intermediate point of Recco, the cyclists will climb the not so long but with quite steep gradients ascent of Ruta di Camogli, and will go downhill (a soft descent, but quite longer than the climb) to reach the finish line located on the Rapallo seafront. The first jolts in the GC shall be expected.

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Stage 4
Wednesday, 10th March
La Spezia > Volterra, 209.67 Km, medium mountain (MTF)
Altitude difference: +2938m, -2436m

A very interesting Wednesday for the peloton in the Tuscan inland. GC riders will certainly be in action in this medium mountain stage: the 1st category Monte Serra will help in reducing the number of riders in the group, for a stage that will probably be decided in the last ascent to Volterra from the difficult side of Prato d'Era. The arrival in the Etruscan town is placed in front of the Roman theatre, just outside of the magnificent city center.

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Stage 5
Thursday, 11th March
Piombino > Monte Argentario - Porto Santo Stefano, 183.65 Km, medium mountain
Altitude difference: +2143m, -2145m

A stage for puncheurs is set in the beautiful Monte Argentario. After another day in Tuscany, this time in the Grosseto province, the peloton reaches the 14 Km in the Promontorio dell'Argentario. Riders will have to climb the short but difficult Poggio Fondoni twice, where both stage-seekers and GC riders will have the opportunity to attack and gain precious seconds on their rivals before the finish line set in Porto Santo Stefano.

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Stage 6
Friday, 12th March
Montalto di Castro > Terni, 165.98 Km, flat
Altitude difference: +2215m, -2124m

A - what is presumed to be - rest day for the GC riders before the last two difficult stages and the last occasion for sprinters to shine, in a 166 Km stage from the Etruscan town of Montalto di Castro to Terni. Two regions are crossed in this stage: Lazio and Umbria. Although no categorized KOMs will be climbed, the riders will rarely cross long sections of completely flat terrain.

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Stage 7
Saturday, 13th March
Terni > Terminillo, 167.51 Km, high mountain (MTF)
Altitude difference: +4110m, -2592m

The queen stage of this tour. After an easy day, riders will have to ride for 4110m of altitude gain distributed amongst 6 categorized climbs (two 1st category, two 2nd category, one 3rd category and one 4th category). The Terminillo will be the princess at the ball: a hard MTF for pure grimpeurs which might steer the GC into its final version.

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Stage 8
Sunday, 14th March
Tivoli > Roma, 120.32 Km, medium mountain
Altitude difference: +2295m, -2455m

Finally, Roma. The last day of the first edition of the Milano-Roma ends with a short but hilly stage: the only flat terrain will be encountered by the riders in the last 15 Km to the finish line in EUR. The fatigue accumulated in the previous seven stages (especially in the Terminillo stage) might play tricks on GC riders, who will need to be careful to not be caught off guard. The winner will be crowned in the Eternal City.

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BISSAGNE-LANGUEDOC

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Characteristics:
1117.16 total Km
3 flat stages
2 medium mountain stages (1 MTF)
1 high mountain stage (1 MTF)
1 ITT
27 categorized KOM (2 special category)

Stage 1
Wednesday, 10th March
Saint-Jean-de-Luz > Bayonne, 198.93 Km, flat
Altitude difference: +1991m, -1996m

The first edition of the Bissagne-Languedoc kicks off from Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Riders will ride a first loop through the Col de Saint-Ignace, Cambo-les-Bains, Hasparren, Bayonne, Biarritz and the ocean coast before reaching Saint-Jean-de-Luz again, where the peloton will reach Bayonne again, this time entering an 11 Km circuit to be repeated 3 times. Although this circuit sees a 1.3 Km section at 3.2% average gradient, sprinters should not be particularly threatened to claim the first win of the first stage of this tour.

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Stage 2
Thursday, 11th March
Dax > Pau, 172.53 Km, flat
Altitude difference: +1946m, -1797m

Another stage for sprinters reaching the cycling stronghold of Pau awaits the group. Located at 14 Km from the finish line lies the last asperity of the day, the Côte de Artiguelouve, which could be used as a launch pad for brave attackers, although the short lenght of the climb and the not so close vicinity to the end of the stage should not pose a threat to a bunch sprint ending.

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Stage 3
Friday, 12th March
Pau > Tarascon-sur-Ariège - Parc de la Préhistoire, 224.51 Km, medium mountain (MTF)
Altitude difference: +2480m, -2156m

The first difficulties of the first edition of the Bissagne-Languedoc will arrive in the third stage. With the cyclists leaving Pau for Tarascon-sur-Ariège (the longest day looking at the mileage), attackers will have their chance to escape on the Côte d'Alzen, and, if the breakaway will be caught by the group, it will be the puncheurs' time to shine in the last 1500 uphill meters. GC jersey might change owner after this stage.

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Stage 4
Saturday, 13th March
Auterive > Col de Pailhères - Station de Ski de Mijanès-Donezan, 179.99 Km, high mountain (MTF)
Altitude difference: +3649m, -2290m

The Saturday stage brings the fun. Two very difficult climbs (the two HCs of this tour), the Col du Garavel and the climb to the Station de Ski de Mijanès-Donezan will animate the last 33 Km of this stage. GC will most certainly be affected, with grimpeurs having the chance to claim the stage victory and the leaders' jersey.

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Stage 5
Sunday, 14th March
Limoux > Cruzy, 180.02 Km, medium mountain
Altitude difference: +2147m, -2237m

The second weekend stage will not be of any less entertainment than the previous day. A hard stage awaits the riders. After a hilly start from Limoux, the peloton will pass by Carcassonne. A 3 Km dirt road section will prepare riders for what awaits them in the end, with an infernal final 85 Km with 11 categorized côtes to be climbed. The continuous ups and downs might cost a lot to riders who will not have the strenght to resist attacks, after the efforts of the previous stage. Could the GC change again?

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Stage 6
Monday, 15th March
Béziers > Perpignan, 151.06 Km, flat
Altitude difference: +1176m, -1155m

Penultimate stage that goes from Béziers to Perpignan, two important cities of Southern France. After two very tough days and before the final and decisive ITT, GC riders will have the possibility to rest their legs a bit - a bunch sprint is the probable outcome of this day, regardless of the three categorized climbs.

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Stage 7
Tuesday, 16th March
Saint-Cyprien > Canet-en-Roussillon, 10.12 Km, ITT
Altitude difference: +27m, -23m

A 10 Km ITT on the Mediterranean coast will decide the winner of the first edition of the Bissagne-Languedoc. Though completely flat, riders will need to pay attention to the wind blowing from the sea. Will the race be decided by seconds? Neutral fans will most certainly hope so.

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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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Milan-Rome: maps/tours/view/18179
Bissagne-Languedoc: maps/tours/view/18206
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Milan-Rome
Stage 1: Milan- Monza
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The first stage is an intermediate one, using the 'wrong' sides of Il Lombardias' Colma di Sormano and Civiglio. The Civiglio is shorter than the normal route, basically a 2km ramp followed by a false flat, and tops out with about 45km to go. It is followed by an easyish climb, and then a slightly downhill 35 km run-in. The stage could go to a breakaway, or a reduced bunch sprint, although the very heavy guy will struggle to hang on.
Stage 2: Pavia- Bologna (Madona di San Luca)
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Stage 2 is pan-flat before the final climb up the Madonna di San Luca, used in the prologue of the 2019 Giro. The stage will be fought out by the puncheurs, but should also be an oppurtunity for the GC favourites to show themselves.
Stage 3: Bologna- Ravenna
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A pan-flat stage for the sprinters.
Stage 4: Imola- Forli
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A flat time-trial should give the climbers a gap to make up in the upcoming stages.
Stage 5: Cesena- Cagli
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Next comes the queen stage, up and down all day, and finishing with the brutal Monte Nerone, before a descent into the town of Cagli.
Stage 6: Fabriano- Pescara
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The peloton should get a break after the previous 2 crucial stages, and despite a few early bumps, this should be a routine bunch sprint.
Stage 7: Chieti- Monte Cassino
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The penultimate stage is the only summit finish. The last climb is easy, but there is very little flat in the stage, and the main contenders will have to pay attention.
Stage 8: Frosinone- Rome
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The final stage is short and explosive. First, a few climbs of medium difficulty soften the legs before the wall up to Monte Compatri, the last chance to get away before the race ends, topping out with around 30 km left, after which comes an easy hill and a flattish run in.

Bissagne-Languedoc
Stage 1: Dax-Agen
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The race kicks of with an easy flat stage, no categorised climbs on the menu.
Stage 2: Castelsarrasin- Rodez
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Next we take oan Ardennes style stage which is up and down for the last 50 km, finishing on the Rodez ascent used in the 2017 tour. One for the puncheurs.
Stage 3: Rodez- Issoire
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The first part of the stage is rolling, but the flat finish should allow the sprinters teams to keep the breakaway in check.
Stage 4: Clermont-Ferrand- Col du Beal
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The highest summit finish, although arguably the next stage could cause greater gaps. The route takes on a couple of lesser climbs to sap the legs and then finishes atop the Col du Beal, not too difficult, but certainly hard enough to open some gaps.
Stage 5: Ambert- Mende
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The last chance for GC contenders to gain time before the final TT. The race follows a rolling route before the last 50km, which begins with the Col de Croix Neuve (Montee Laurent Jalabert) often used in the tour. This tops out with about 48km to go, and should destroy the peloton. This is followed by 4 small climbs, the hardest of which is the Truc du Grezes, very steep with the summit at 18km to go. 2 small climbs follow the Truc du Grezes, the last of which ends before a short descent into the town of Mende.
Stage 6: Valejols- Montpellier
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The penulltimate stage has a few small obstacles, but should end in a sprint.
Stage 7:Nimes- Nimes
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The final TT is a very flat circuit around Nimes, starting and ending at the historic Jardins de la Fontaine, and taking in a few of the cities main sights on the way round.
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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MILANO ROMA - maps/tours/view/18207 - By Luna23 (Chiasso, CH)

Stage 1 - maps/viewtrack/421311 (Milano > Quattro Strade)
A bit more than a moved finish, and some 35km away from Milano, this stage is made for the sprinters... Who can handle 700m of 5-8% slopes in Quattro Strade, located at the foot of Monte Vecchia.

Stage 2 - maps/viewtrack/421314 (Lodi > Parma)
Almost perfectly flat and unlike Stage 1, a flat mass sprint can be expected on Via Emilia Est in Parma.

Stage 3 - maps/viewtrack/421315 (Modena > Bologna)
Historically, these two cities were always at war with each other; but this flat ITT will create and destroy hopes for GC victory in the favourites.

Stage 4 - maps/viewtrack/421317 (Pianoro > La Rocca di Montemurlo)
The first proper hilly stage of the race, the final climb is tackled 2 times, only once to the very summit. Second time in Piazza Castello (the finish line) which is not extremely steep or long, but is the decider nonetheless.

Stage 5 - maps/viewtrack/421319 (Montemurlo > Lido di San Vincenzo)
Another stage for the sprinters, with two insignificant difficulties far from the finish, the wind might play a part at certain points along the coast.

Stage 6 - maps/viewtrack/421323 (Piombino > Siena - Piazza del Campo)
A sort of mini Strade Bianche, but with only one gravel sector, the famous Monte Sainte Marie sector along with the traditional finish on the Piazza del Campo and it's narrow and steep streets where MVDP launched his attack this year.

Stage 7 - maps/viewtrack/421324 (Marsciano > Prati di Tivo)
A stage finish at this year's Tirreno-Adriatico, and the sole high-mountain stage of this race. Prati di Tivo is unforgiving and painful, lasting 14.3 km at an average of 7.2%, it is the true decider of the GC if they decide to make moves now.

Stage 8 - maps/viewtrack/421325 (Roma > Roma)
Last stage of the race has potential to drop pure climbers who aren't fans of short, steep hills.


BISSAGNE-LANGUEDOC - maps/tours/view/18208

Stage 1 - maps/viewtrack/421131 (Biarritz > Uztaritz)
An almost 100% Basque stage, with rolling hills and a finish on the uncategorised climb finishing by the College privé Saint-Francois Xavier.

Stage 2 - maps/viewtrack/421133 (Dantxaria > Saint-Palais)
Flat, but the same road after turning right in the town of Bidache are ridden twice. (I had limited time, be fair please)

Stage 3 - maps/viewtrack/421157 (Port-de-Lanne > Chateau Ribere)
This stage is mostly flat, but the climb in Oloron-Saint-Marie with 1.34km to go will surely be prone to attacks from punchers.

Stage 4- maps/viewtrack/421158 (Oloron-Sainte-Marie > Peyragudes)
Originally meant to go to the top of Lac d'Oredon, altitude became a problem, so here's Peyragudes. Known for being a very steep climb included in the 2017 Tour de France, the riders will have to tackled the Spandelles and the Aspin beforehand.

Stage 5 - maps/viewtrack/421160 (Tarbes > Montberaud)
A relatively unheard of climb in the south of France, the Montberaud climb has slopes of 18% in some places. And with already tired legs from the Peyragudes, the bunch will surely be split on the rolling hills near Cazeres.

Stage 6 - maps/viewtrack/421161 (Lezat-sur-Leze > Lezignan-Corbieres)
One gravel path, it would not affect the outcome of the stage, which is guaranteed for a sprinter.

Stage 7 - maps/viewtrack/421163 (Correge > Perpignan)
The final ITT could be affected by the wind, but it will be the last chance for many GC riders.

Sorry for this more "brief" stage description, I have no time at all for the next few days so this'll have to do.
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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My submissions for the second contest of the 2021 tracking season: Details in spoiler
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(A) MILANO-ROMA: 8 stages from 07. to 14.03.21
Overall plan:
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8 stages (3 flat, 3 medium mountain, 1 High Mountain, 1 ITT of 34 kilometres)
34 classified climbs (11xC4, 11xC3, 6xC2, 5xC1, 1xHC)
1318 kilometres (165/day on average, shortest stage 158km, longest 205km)

STAGE 1, 07.03.21 - Monza/Monza (Flat, 169km)
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The race starts off with two laps over the hills around Monza. The stage finishes with three laps of Monza Circuit.

STAGE 2, 08.03.21 - Pavia/Genova (Flat, 197km)
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A Milano-Sanremo flavored stage on a shortened Pavia/Genova course. The closed Turchino pass is replaced with Colle dei Giovo. The stage finishes under the newly constructed Genova viaduct.

STAGE 3, 09.03.21 - Genova/Case Gardini (M. Mountain, 205km)
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This stage starts off on the coast and then continues in the mountains. A stage for punchers, but the real question is - Will GC men attack or save strength for the ITT on the next day?

STAGE 4, 10.03.21 - Parma/Parma (ITT, 34km)
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A relatively flat and uncomplicated time trial around Parma.

STAGE 5, 11.03.21 - Parma/Firenze (Flat, 200km)
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Despite the quite high pass in the middle of the race, this one should be won by the sprinters, as that pass is actually a Highway and doesn't have steep gradients.

STAGE 6, 12.03.21 - Firenze/Siena (Hilly, 194km)
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This hilly Tuscan stage uses 6 sections of gravel from Strade Bianche and also finishes on the exact same climb into Siena as the Strade Bianche. Could cause a mess in the GC if somebody gets a puncture.

STAGE 7, 13.03.21 - Terni/Monte di Fergino (High Mountain, 165km)
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The hardest stage of this race features two 1st category and one HC climb. The stage finishes on 12-kilometre climb with an average gradient of 6% and the final two kilometres have gradients of 10-15%.

STAGE 8, 14.03.21 - Arsoli/Roma (M. Mountain, 158km)
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The final stage starts with two high climbs before venturing into a series of smaller climbs and finnaly the race ends with a run-in to rome. I hope that 158km is considered short, as I couldn't find any shorter possibilities.

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(B) Atlantico - Mediterraneo: 7 stages from 10. to 16.03.21
Overall plan:
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7 stages (2 flat, 3 medium mountain, 1 high mountain, 1 ITT)
29 classified climbs (5xC4, 18xC3, 3xC2, 2xC1, 1xHC)
1049 kilometres (150/day on average, shortest stage 152km, longest 218km)

STAGE 1, 10.03.21 - Saint-Jean-de-Luz/Tarbes (Flat, 175km)
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The race of the two seas starts with an almost completely flat stage from the Atlantic coast towards the foot of the Pyrenees.

STAGE 2, 11.03.21 - Tarbes/Pau (Hilly, 169km)
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Most of this stage takes place in the hills around Pau, used in ITT's of the 2019 TdF and Vuelta. Should not cause too much GC drama.

STAGE 3, 12.03.21 - Lourdes/Bagneres-de-Luchon (Hilly, 156km)
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Another short hilly stage. Nothing much to say.

STAGE 4, 13.03.21 - Bagneres-de-Luchon/Col de la Crouzette (Mountain, 152km)
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The key stage of the race features two C1 and one HC climb. The final climb is quite long and quite flat at first, but ends with steep gradients.

STAGE 5, 14.03.21 - Foix/Conilhac (M. Mountain, 218km)
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The longest stage of the race features three long laps in the hills around Limoux. Its Hilly nature enables changes in the GC.

STAGE 6, 15.03.21 - Carcassone/Perpignan (Flat, 170km)
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A Flat stage to transfer the riders from inland towards the Mediteranean coast. A stage for pure sprinters that also offers a chance for GC men to relax for a little before the final TT

STAGE 7, 16.03.21 - Saint-Cyprien/Saint-Cyprien (ITT, 10km)
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The final time trial resembles the final TT of Tireno-Adriatico. 10 kilometre out and back ride on the coastline.
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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MILAN-ROME
maps/tours/view/18235

STAGE 1: SEREGNO-CASSANO MAGNAGO - KM 155
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First stage in the north of Milan, from Seregno to Cassano Magnago for 155 km, stage for sprinter but beware of the climb of the "Piccolo Stelvio" to be repeated 4 times and with the last ascent 26 km from the finish that can put some sprinters in difficulty or incentivize an attack of some group


STAGE 2: ABBIATEGRASSO-FORMIGINE - KM 213
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Second stage from pure sprinter, 213 km from Abbiategrasso to Formigine, you go down to Emilia, there are no climbs and it will be massive sprint


STAGE 3: FORMIGINE-SESTO FIORENTINO - KM 144
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First difficulties in the third stage, from Formigine to Sesto Fiorentino, cross the Apennines and final climb of Sommaia before the finish line will be an opportunity for the punchers or for a small group. Useful stage to put the first second steps in the general classification
SOMMAIA(4.5 km - 5.5% medium - 12% max)


STAGE 4: CAMPI BISENZIO-EMPOLI - KM 26.80(Individual Time Trial)
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Individual time trial for the fourth stage, from Campi Bisenzio to Empoli, 26 km, one of the decisive stages in terms of ranking, which will put a gap between the contenders


STAGE 5: SAN MINIATO-CASTIGLIONE DELLA PESCAIA - KM 169
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Fifth stage from San Miniato to Castiglione della Pescaia, stage for sprinters but with a undulating path and a nervous finish with some climbs before arrival that can take out some speed from the final sprint


STAGE 6: MARINA DI GROSSETO-TODI - KM 190
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Hilly stage from Marina di Grosseto to Todi, with four climbs in succession and the ascent of Valico di Montecchio that can be the scene of attacks by GC men before the final uphill arrival in Todi. Prelude to the mountain stage of Campocatino.
VALICO DI MONTECCHIO(9 km - 6% medium - 8% max)


STAGE 7: RIETI-CAMPOCATINO - KM 142
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The biggest stage, from Rieti to Campocatino, arrives uphill in the Ernici Mountains, a theater for the GC man and for pure climbers aiming to win a stage
CAMPOCATINO(17 km - 6% medium - 11% max)


STAGE 8: FERENTINO-ROMA - KM 141
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Final stage on Rome, hilly stages in the climbs of the Roman castles, last chance to try to make seconds before arrival in the Baths of Caracalla






BISSAGNE-LANGUEDOC
maps/tours/view/18285


STAGE 1: ANGLET-CAMBO LES BAINS - KM 162
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First stage for sprinters, from Anglet on the Atlantic coast to Cambo-les-Bains, 162 undulating km that should not cause problems for sprinters and end with a group finish


STAGE 2: CAMBO-LES-BAINS - VIC-EN-BIGORRE - KM 203
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Second stage from Cambo-les-Bains to Vic-de-Bigorre, 203 km with the last 100 km very choppy and nervous with very short climbs that can break the group and put many sprinters in difficulty and lead to a reduced sprint


STAGE 3: AUCH-VILLAFRANCHE DE ROUERGUE - KM 222
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Third stage for puncheur and hilly rider who can make the first gaps between the GC riders although the climbs are not important. Probable an arrival of a small group
COTE DE MAZEROLLES(5 km - 6% medium - 10% max)
COTE DE MAISON-NEUVE(7 km - 4% medium - 8% max)


STAGE 4: RODEZ-STATION DU MAS DE LA BARQUE - KM 202
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Mountain stage, from Rodez to Station du Mas de la Barque, 202 km with the climbs of Col de Malpertus and the final ascent of Col du Pre de la Dame and the arrival at Station du Mas de la Barque. Stage for climbers and GC man
COL DU MALPERTUS(10 km - 6% medium - 9% max)
COL DU PRE DE LA DAME(19 km - 5% medium - 10% max)


STAGE 5: ALES-MONT SAINT BAUDILLE - KM 153
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Hard hilly stage from Alès to Mont Saint Baudille, with the two climbs of Col du Vent and the final ramp at Mont Saint Baudille to decide the last gaps between the GC man before the final time trial
COL DU VENT(8 km - 5% medium - 9% max)
MONT SAINT BAUDILLE(2 km - 8% medium - 13% max)


STAGE 6: LODEVE - PORT-LA-NOUVELLE - KM 131
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Stage for sprinters before the final time trial, pay attention to the wind from Narbonna onwards and towards the final finish which could affect the preparation of the trains for the group sprint


STAGE 7: PERPIGNAN - PERPIGNAN - KM 12(Individual Time Trial)
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Final time trial in the city of Perpignan, 12 km to define the final classification between the contenders and to define the final winner
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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Milano-Roma:maps/tours/view/18231
Biscagne-Languedoc (Gascogne-Rousillon/Atlantique-Méditerranée): maps/tours/view/18191
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Milano-Roma

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Stage 1: Milano-Bergamo (111 km)
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First Stage for sprinters but a puncher can win thanks to Bergamo Alta. The last km are the same as Il Lombardia 2016 if my memory is good. Not a very complicated stage but the final will be nervous because the road will be narrow. This Stage is like Plaisir-Plaisir in Paris-Nice 2020 (Schachmann won).

Stage 2: Monza-Reggio dell'Emilia (181.5 km)
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Flat stage, no difficulties.

Stage 3: San Giovanni in Percesito-Bologna (San Luca) (ITT/27.5 km)
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ITT Flat until the last hill. Very Hard and very steep

Stage 4:Imola-Pesaro (162 km)
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Stage for sprinters like Ewan (he did win in Pesaro in 2019. Maybe for an opportunist but it's not hard enough to make the difference during the final part of the stage. The wind can be present during the stage

Stage 5: Misano-San Benedetto del Tronto (188 km)
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Flat stage but the wind will be present.

Stage 6: Tortoreto-Atri (115.5 km)
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Short Stage but very hilly and nervous. Most of the roads are narrow. The peloton will pass twice on the finish line

Stage 7: Pescara-Blockhaus (206 km)
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Mountain Stage and Longest stage. Finsh at the top of Blockhaus. The peloton will climb the hardest slope. The one taken in 2017. A few pass are climb before but it's not hard enough to lose time.

Stage 8:Roma-Roma (Villa Borghese) (137 km)
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The final stage have a lot of short hill, narrow streets, a lot of 90° corners. The stage is like De Brabantse Pijl. The Intermediate Sprint near the finish line is made for the GC Riders to attack, take the bonifications and gain some time. The race will be very nervous because of the narrow streets

Gascogne-Roussillon


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Stage 1: Biarritz-Bayonne (207.6 km)
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For sprinters but the stage isn't very flat. The peloton will pass on the finsh line twice

Stage 2: Saint-Jean-Pied de Port-Cauterets (170.2 km)
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For Punchers and GC favourites. Does a puncher will win at the sprint or a GC Rider attack in the steepest part of the hill, nobody knows.

Stage 3: Lourdes-Toulouse (177.8 km)
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Hard Stage for GC Riders. Except the hills this stage is not really difficult.

Stage 5: Ax-les-Thermes-Casteil (132.7 km)

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Hard stage, a lot of short hills. Never time to do a break. Stage for punchers with an hilly finish.

Stage 6: Vernet-les-Bains-Perpignan (161.8 km)
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Flat Stage. The peloton will pass through the Prime Minister's City, Prades (He was the city's mayor). The wind will be present during the final part of the stage.

Stage 7: Canet-en-Roussillon-Canet-en-Roussillon (ITT/21.7 km)
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Flat ITT but the wind is present during the full stage.
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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Here my two Tours for Contest #2

Milano - Roma: maps/tours/view/18277

Bissagne - Languedoc: maps/tours/view/18286
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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Contest #2 submission - Made by IamCeeKae

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Milano - Roma 2021
maps/tours/view/18170

Stage 1: Milano - San Colombano al Lambro: 209.5 km

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The first stage is located in and near Milan, with the intention to create minor gaps in the general classification standings at the earliest moment possible. The last 30 kilometers of the stage are driven over a bumpy circuit, with four small but steep climbs, two of which, on top of the Belfugito, are categorized, and one of which is followed shortly after by an unpaved white road. For the punchers, this is an ideal terrain. The sprinters who do survive the climbs might get a chance to win the stage as well.

Stage 2: Piacenza - Parma: 184.2 km

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A flat finish stage with plenty of hills in the middle of the course. Baroudeurs are expected to try for the mountain points jersey, but with the flat finish in Parma, predictions are that the stage will end with a mass sprint.

Stage 3: Modena - Vignola: 32.6 km

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The third stage is a time-trial, just over 30 kilometers long. Although recognized as mostly flat on profile, the small bumps on the road are not to be underestimated, and the cyclists definitely won’t be able to ignore them during the last 10 kilometers of the course.

Stage 4: Bologna - Marina di Carrara: 207.1 km

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A Milano-San Remo copy, although smaller in format and with different start and finish places. Still, the finish is along the coastline, and with luck, windy weather and the formation of echelons could serve for an intriguing stage finish on this day. The peak of the final categorized climb of the day (3rd category), the Fortezza Aghinolfi, lies at around 20 kilometers before the stage finish in Marina di Carrara. It could serve as a great challenge for a puncher or a baroudeur to stay ahead of the rest of the peloton, if they’re strong enough.

Stage 5: Livorno - Bibbiena: 188.1 km

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A hilly/mountainous stage that offers more climbing than it does descending, the climax being on the Valica di Croce ai Mori, but the finish lies in the city of Bibbiena, following a short but steep 4th category climb. Only the best climbers are expected to arrive in the front group on the 1st category mountain the peloton has got to overcome, and following a bit of descent into the valley, only the punchers with the most energy left out of this front group will have a chance of winning this stage.

Stage 6: Arezzo - Arezzo: 195.1 km

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A flat stage dedicated to the sprinters in the peloton. It’s somewhat of a circuit stage, with start and finish both being in Arezzo, but the riders will only ride past each place once.

Stage 7: Gubbio - Sella di Leonessa: 169 km

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The last 50 kilometers of today’s stage will very likely be a constant uphill battle for the cyclists, with two climbs of the 1st category, and an uphill finish on top of the Sella di Leonessa as well. This stage is expected to form the largest gaps between the riders in the general standings.

Stage 8: Avezzano - Roma: 167.8 km

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The Milano-Roma race is not over before the last rider crosses the finish line in Rome. This stage starts almost immediately with a 1st category climb over the Cima della Mozzata, and the 2nd category Monte Spina is not located far away from the finish either, with only 30 kilometers of descent and flat to follow. In addition to that, the cyclists will also go over a cobbled section in the immortal city, as they cross the Via Appia Antica in the last 5 kilometers of the stage.



Bissagne - Languedoc 2021
maps/tours/view/18188

Stage 1: Saint-Jean-de-Luz - Pau: 189.7 km

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A flat but intense stage from the Bissagne coast, inland to the city of Pau. It is intense in the sense that, despite its overall flatness, the final part of the race involves several categorized climbs that are not that easily surpassed by the purest of sprinters. Instead, punchers still have a chance at a stage victory as well, and perhaps some gaps are even created in the general classification standings.

Stage 2: Lourdes - Toulouse: 184.3 km

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The last 100 kilometers of the stage provide no further challenge for the sprinters, and thus the peloton's expected to enter a mass-sprint finish today. From Lourdes to Toulouse, the cyclists make their way north, avoiding the Pyrenées for the entirety of the stage race, and instead seeking challenge in the mountains of the Central Massif.

Stage 3: Auch - Villefranche-de-Rouergue: 221.2 km

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No cyclist is safe in this unpredictable hilly stage. It follows a small circuit around Villefrance-de-Rouergue, which the riders will lap three times in total. Inside this circuit lies a 3rd category climb named Côte de Morhon-le-Haut, 5.5 kilometers long with an average gradient of 5 percent. The stage is long, the longest of the entire stage race, and therefore most riders might already be very tired before they've even entered the circuit, come kilometer 160. From there, it's still 60 more kilometers until the end of the stage, so there's plenty of chances for the punchers and baroudeurs to mark their names on today's stage.

Stage 4: Carmaux - Pic de Nore: 153.4 km

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As shown in its title, the finish of this stage lies on the Pic de Nore, but at the end of the stage is not the first time the riders will cross this finish line. In fact, the Pic de Nore will be climbed twice, each time from a different direction. The first time the climb starts from Mazamet, and the second time the foot of the climb lies in Cabrespine. In between these ascents, there lies another climb, this one of 2nd category. On top of this Mont Simel, there's an additional 700 meters of unpaved road that can serve as a welcome surprise to some, and an unwelcome endeavor to others.

Stage 5: Lézignan-Corbières - Collioure: 159.2 km

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A short stage with a very hilly ending, categorized as medium mountain. The cyclists are challenged with two climbs in particular today, the Coll de la Serra and the Fort Dugommier, each of which will have to be climbed three times, over a three-lap circuit, with the finish line lying just before the French-Spanish border in Collioure.

Stage 6: Perpignan - Béziers: 146.3 km

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Today's stage follows the Languedoc coastline along the Mediterranean sea, starting from Perpignan, and finishing, following a two-lap circuit, towards Corneilhan and back, in Béziers. The small ascent on top of which lies the finish might serve as an option for punchers or baroudeurs to take their chances. Otherwise, this could still be an option for a decreased mass-sprint, set for sprinters who can hold out on steep finishes.

Stage 7: Agde - Béziers: 22.4 km

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Another coastal stage, but this time it's actually an individual time trial. The cyclists will once again follow the coast, this time exposed to the elements all by themselves. The finish line hasn't moved since yesterday, with the last few hundred meters going uphill, and finishing on the Allée Paul Riquet in Béziers.
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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Here are my 2 races for the Contest:
'Milan-Rome' and 'Bissagne-Languedoc'.

Milan-Rome: maps/tours/view/18306
7-14 March 2021: total 1211,94km (8 stages).
Remake Paris-Nice.

Stage 1 Monza – Lissone (174,50km) Sunday 7 March;
maps/viewtrack/423083
The first stage, in the Milan region, consists mainly of 2 laps. It contains 3 climbs which are each done twice. Attackers can use Albiate's short climb just before the finish. The last straight line is reserved for a nice bunch sprint.
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Stage 2 San Giuliano Milanese – Modena (195,83km) Monday 8 March;
maps/viewtrack/423084
The second stage leaves the Milan region and is one for the sprinters. Almost billiards, although the bends in Modena can get the peloton on a long ribbon.
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Stage 3 Imola – Rimini (184,69km) Tuesday 9 March;
maps/viewtrack/423085
The third stage goes towards the Adriatic Sea, but before it finishes there, real climbing is presented. The last categorized climb is 50 km before the finish so than the sprinters can return, although the final is not completely flat.
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Stage 4 Rimini – Matelica (192,84km) Wednesday 10 March;
maps/viewtrack/423087
The fourth stage is one for the attackers, although the classification riders can also take a (big) shot here. After a mainly flat start, there are 2 big climbs. After the last one it is a 12km descent to the finish.
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Stage 5 Foligno – Foligno (29,99km Individual Time Trial) Thursday 11 March;
maps/viewtrack/423088
Stage five is the 30km time trial. This contains one climb which gradually goes up. In addition to the climb and the descent, the route consists of fairly straight wide roads.
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Stage 6 Spoleto – Viterbo (160,01km) Friday 12 March;
maps/viewtrack/423089
The sixth stage is again one for the attackers. Also now there is a descent in the final. The last meters in Viterbo are slightly uphill. The descent is ridden twice in order to do the last climb, the Monte Venere, a second time (but then the other side).
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Stage 7 Monterotondo – Vallpietra (161,70km) Saterday 13 March;
maps/viewtrack/423090
The seventh stage has an uphill finish, not the steepest climb but after a grueling final. That starts with the climb to Fiuggi, which is actually the top after 3 climbs. The last 7.1km are on average 3.4% uphill.
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Stage 8 Fiuggi – Rome (112,38km) Sunday 14 March;
maps/viewtrack/423091
The last stage is a short ride with a few climbs in the middle. Watch out for the final, a short climb before entering the final straight line. Here the ultimate attack can be made for the stage or perhaps the classification.
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Bissagne-Languedoc: maps/tours/view/18307
17-23 March 2021: total 1134,10km (7 stages).
Remake Tirreno-Adriatico.

Stage 1 Biarritz – Biarritz (165,15km) Wednesday 17 March;
maps/viewtrack/423096
The first stage is hilly, the finish is also slightly uphill. After one big lap, 2 local rounds will follow. The riders can thus explore the winding final well.
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Stage 2 Anglet – Pau (175,67km) Thursday 18 March;
maps/viewtrack/423097
The second stage is one for sprinters, were it not that there is one more local lap and it contains a few short climbs. So there are possibilities for attackers.
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Stage 3 Pau – Toulouse (193,70km) Friday 19 March;
maps/viewtrack/423099
The third stage is really for the sprinters. In the final on the way to Toulouse it is mainly highway. Almost nothing stands in the way of a bunch sprint.
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Stage 4 Auch – Col du Portel (179,96km) Saturday 20 March;
maps/viewtrack/423100
The fourth stage is the mountain stage. After a fairly flat start, 2 climbs follow in the final before the final climb begins. The last 11.5 km are on average 6.9% uphill. Here the rankings are turned upside down.
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Stage 5 Foix – Revel (212,77km) Sunday 21 March;
maps/viewtrack/423102
Stage five is also a difficult one, the day after the uphill finish. After a flat run-up, there are 2 laps around Revel, each with a few climbs. Serious differences can arise here.
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Stage 6 Castres – Perpignan (191,86km) Monday 22 March;
maps/viewtrack/423103
The sixth stage is then again one for the sprinters. After 2 difficult days, almost nothing stands in the way of a bunch sprint. Although the wind can have an influence. Don't forget the tricky climb at the start, but there will probably be plenty of time to return afterwards.
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Stage 7 Gruissan – Gruissan (14,99km Individual Time Trial) Tuesday 23 March;
maps/viewtrack/423104
The last stage is an Individual Time Trial of 15km. Flat and therefore really for the pure time trialists.
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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Milano-Roma 2021

ROUTE MAP
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[*]3 flat stages
[*]3 medium mountain stages
[*]1 high mountain stages (summit finish: Blockhaus)
[*]1 ITT stages (29 km)

maps/tours/view/18282

BONUS SECONDS: They will distributed at the finish of each normal stage allowing the first three riders to gain 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
Spoiler!
Stage 1:Milano > Lesmo 133.24 Km
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The first edition of Milano-Roma starts with a tricky stage across the fields of Lombardia, 9 small hills will test cyclists endurance and it will end possibly with a reduced sprint finish.

stage 2:Monza > Parma 169.35 Km
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Flat as a pancake. Cyclists will have to tackle with wind, cold temperatures across the fields of Emilia-Romagna. Massive sprint finish expected.

stage 3:Modena > Imola 166.42 Km
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The first half of the stage is mostly flat but the last 60 km include hilly tricky steepy roads near Imola, home of the world famous Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. We Could see first gaps in the GC. The terrain favours cyclists like Van Aert, Alaphilippe or Sagan.

stage 4:Faenza > Firenze 179.12 Km
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The race goes through TuscanEmilian Apennines, although it is not a summit finish,it includes severe climbs which could create important gaps among favourites just before's tomorrow ITT

stage 5:Borgo San Lorenzo > Autodromo internazionale del Mugello 29.74 KmImage
Crucial stage. The surroundings of the Autodromo internazionale del Mugello, home of the MotoGP italian GP, will be the location for this edition's ITT. The stage ends with a complete lap to the circuit.

stage 6:Montevarchi > Viterbo 190.51 Km
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Flat "transition" stage including several cotes wich could favour a breakaway victory, however it is expected favourits to save energies before tomorrow's high mountain stage.

stage 7: Rieti > Blockhaus 246.85 Km
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Here we are, the queen stage, tha most demanding stage of this edition, Denivel+ 7395 m. It includes 3 1st cat. climbs and other côtes before the final summit finishes, The Blockhaus, also known Passo Lanciano-Maielletta, is one of the longest climbs of all Europe(28km), so it is the perfect stage to change the GC for pure climbers after TT.

stage 8:Roma > Roma (Gianicolo) 139.45 Km
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Race ends with a tricky stage arround Roma, it will not be a celebration stage, as it could even change the final GC with the bonus seconds and the final Côte Il Gianicolo, with spectacular views of Roma skyline
Bissagne-Languedoc 2021

ROUTE MAP
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[*]2 flat stages
[*]3 medium mountain stages
[*]1 high mountain stages (summit finish: Pla d'Adet)
[*]1 ITT stages (29 km)

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BONUS SECONDS: They will distributed at the finish of each normal stage allowing the first three riders to gain 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
Stage 1: Bayonne > Biarritz 155.36 Km
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This edition of Bissagne-Languedoc starts with a hectic stage across French Basque country coast, wind and hilly slopes are assured, and at the end of the day we will have the first maglia azzurra of the race, a sprinter predictably.

Stage 2: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port > Cambo-les-Bains 168.33 Km
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Important medium mountain stage with no flat terrain, ideal stage for ambushes. It is the second stage but you could lose some valuable time.

Stage 3:Pau > Lourdes 155.95 Km
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Hilly stage across the pre-Pyrenees with several côtes just before the finish line in the classic village of Lourdes. It could be the perfect day for puncheurs or Sprinters with Hill skills.

Stage 4: Ax-les-Thermes > Pla-d'Adet 243.01 Km
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The most demanding stage of the race comes after several intense stages. Very few flat terrain and lots of high mountain climbs makes this as the Queen stage of the race. The winner here has 50% of the race won.

Stage 5: Lavelanet > Villefranche-de-Conflent 223.15 Km
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No stop after the Queen stage. This stage ending in the medieval village of Villefranche-de-Conflent is the perfect chance to gain seconds before the last TT.

Stage 6: Perpignan > Beziers 159.76 Km
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Flat stage across the mediterranean coast where wind and echelons could change the GC completely.
Stage 7:Cap d'Agde > Sete (Mont Saint-Clair) 25.88 Km
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Demanding TT ending with a 3rd Cat. Climb Mont Saint Clair just before the finish line so cyclists will have to save energies and make a bike change
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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Ecco le mie corse per il contest#2.
[Eng P.S. I originally wrote it in Italian, I apologize if the translation might not sounds always perfect] Here are my races for contest#2

La richiesta del contest era quella di invertire la Paris-Nice e la Corsa dei due mari e ho portato avanti quest'operazione nel modo più verosimile possibile. Per il disegno dei due tour ho preso come modelli le corse del 2021 e, tra parentesi, troverete i riferimenti per ogni tappa, nel caso voleste confrontare. Ho invertito ovviamente il design delle planimetrie e delle altimetrie, ma era necessario anche invertire i colori delle maglie e i loghi. Ecco, siete davanti a due corse originali al 100%!
[Eng] The request of the contest was to reverse the Paris-Nice and the Race of the Two Seas and I have done this operation as likely as possible. For the design of the two tours I took as models the races of 2021 and, by the way, you will find the references for each stage, in case you want to compare. I obviously reversed the design of the floor plans and altimetries, but it was also necessary to invert the colors of the shirts and the logos. So here you are in front of two 100% original races!

BISSAGNE - LANGUEDOC: maps/tours/view/18146
10 mar 2021 – 16 mar 2021

È la Corsa dei Mari francesi, l'Oceano Atlantico e il Mediterraneo, lungo un percorso molto suggestivo che valorizza i magnifici paesaggi della costa, ma anche l'entroterra, sia quello pianeggiante che quello più vicino ai Pirenei lungo il confine con la Spagna.
Il percorso di questa edizione è duro e spettacolare incoronerà certamente un corridore che ha come obiettivo la conquista di un GT, tuttavia le varie tappe si prestano a ogni tipo di corridore: velocisti, scattisti, fuggitivi e attaccanti e, finalmente, gli scalatori.
[Eng] It is the Race of the French Seas, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, along a very suggestive route that enhances the magnificent landscapes of the coast, but also the hinterland, both the flat one and the one closest to the Pyrenees along the border with Spain.
The route of this edition is hard and spectacular will certainly crown a runner who has as his target the conquest of a GT, however the various stages are suitable for every type of rider: sprinters, fugitives, puncheurs and finally, the climbers.

Il logo riprende le denominazioni dei due golfi di arrivo e partenza e mette al centro un'onda del mare, protagonista della corsa.
[Eng] The logo takes the names of the two gulfs of arrival and departure and puts in the center a wave of the sea, the protagonist of the race.

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Le maglie (riprendono i colori della Tirreno Adriatico):
  • Maglia Azzurra: l'azzurro e il blu del mare, per il vincitore della classifica generale;
  • Maglia Arancione: l'arancione del sole all'orizzonte, per il vincitore della classifica a punti;
  • Maglia Verde: il verde dei boschi, per il vincitore della classifica degli scalatori;
  • Maglia Bianco-azzurra: il bianco della giovinezza e l'azzurro chiaro di un mare poco profondo, per il vincitore della classifica dei giovani.
[Eng] The shirts (take the colors of the Adriatic Tyrrhenian):
  • Blue Jersey: the blue of the sea, for the winner of the general classification;
  • Orange Jersey: the orange of the sun on the horizon, for the winner of the points classification;
  • Green Jersey: the green of the woods, for the winner of the ranking of climbers;
  • White-blue Jersey: the white of youth and the light blue of a shallow sea, for the winner of the youth ranking.
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TAPPA 01: BAYONNE - BAYONNE
STAGE 01: BAYONNE - BAYONNE

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(Vedi/Look at: Lido di Camaiore > Lido di Camaiore: maps/viewtrack/414867)

La prima tappa della corsa è riservata ai velocisti. La tappa è suddivisa in due parti entrambe in circuito. Nei primi 48 km circa si percorre 3 volte il circuito de la Côte de Xuhiko Mendi, che determinerà la prima maglia verde, dopo 33 km di pianura in cui si fiancheggia il fiume Adour si entra nel circuito finale di Bayonne. Sono 5 giri di un grande circuito di circa 25 km che si snoda interamente nei pressi di Bayonne ed è completamente pianeggiante, con finale in volata assicurato in Place de la Liberté. Gli ultimi chilometri sono perfettamente pianeggianti, costituiti da rettilinei intervallati da diverse rotonde, l'ultima a 2 km dall'arrivo, e da qualche spartitraffico. Ultima curva a 500 m. Arrivo su asfalto di larghezza 6 m.
[Eng] The first stage of the race is reserved for sprinters. The stage is divided into two parts both in circuit. In the first 48 km about the circuit of Côte de Xuhiko Mendi is 3 times, which will determine the first green jersey, after 33 km of plain where the route flanks the river Adour, cyclists enter the final circuit of Bayonne. They are 5 laps of a large circuit of about 25 km that winds entirely near Bayonne and is completely flat, with the final in a sprint assured in Place de la Liberté. The last kilometers are perfectly flat, consisting of straight interspersed with several traffic circle, the last 2 km from the arrival, and some traffic dividers. Last turn at 500 m. Arrival on asphalt 6 m wide.

TAPPA 02: ANGLET - EAUX-BONNES
STAGE 02: ANGLET - EAUX-BONNES

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(Vedi/Look at: Camaiore > Chiusdino: maps/viewtrack/414833)

Seconda tappa mossa e articolata, specialmente nella seconda parte. Partenza da Anglet, prima parte in costante leggera salita, poi, dopo Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, inizia una parte caratterizzata da saliscendi e da quattro colli, con pendenza anche molto alte, che muoveranno molto la corsa. Dopo qualche chilometro in falsopiano, la gara raggiunge Laruns. I ciclisti imboccano quindi i primi km della salita del Col d'Aubisque fino ad Eaux-Bonnes, dove è posto l'arrivo. Ultimi km in salita, con pendenza abbastanza costante del 5%, caratterizzati da tre tornanti. Arrivo su asfalto, dopo uno strappo al 10% circa nel centro abitato, su carreggiata di 7 m.
[Eng] Second stage moved and articulated, especially in the second part. Departure from Anglet, first part in constant slight climb, then, after Saint-Jean-Pied-de-port, begins a part characterized by ups and downs and four KOMs, with even very high gradients, which will move a lot of the race. After a few kilometers in slight slope, the race reaches Laruns. The cyclists then take the first km of the climb of the Col d'Aubisque up to Eaux-Bonnes, where the arrival is placed. Last km uphill, with a fairly constant slope of 5%, characterized by three hairpin bends. Arrival on asphalt, after a tear to about 10% in the town, on 7 m carriageway.

TAPPA 03: ARUDY - CARBONNE
STAGE 03: ARUDY - CARBONNE

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(Vedi/Look at: Monticiano > Gualdo Tadino: maps/viewtrack/414868)

La terza tappa torna ad essere preda dei velocisti. Poco ondulata nella parte centrale, ma sostanzialmente pianeggiante. Dopo la Côte de Pouy-de-Touges, ultimo ostacolo prima del tragaurdo, si percorrono strade ampie e rettilinee. Ultima curva a 1500 m dal traguardo, poi rettilineo finale e arrivo posto in Place de la République di larghezza 8 m.
[Eng] The third stage returns to be prey to the sprinters. Little undulating in the central part, but substantially flat. After the Côte de Pouy-de-Touges, the last obstacle before the arrival, there are wide and straight roads. Last turn at 1500 m from the finish, then final straight and finish place in Place de la République 8 m wide.

TAPPA 04: LÉZAT-SUR-LÈZE - CAREER DE LUZENAC
STAGE 04: LÉZAT-SUR-LÈZE - CAREER DE LUZENAC

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(Vedi/Look at: Terni > Prati di Tivo: maps/viewtrack/414836)

Tappa regina, con arrivo in salita. Prima parte in falsopiano per raggiungere Foix e il Col de Montségur, che metterà fatica nelle gambe. Segue l’attraversamento di Tarascon-sur-Ariège, dove è posto lo sprint, poi un tratto abbastanza pianeggiante per affrontare il Col de Chioula (da Luzenac), GPM Superior con pendenze molto costanti, su carreggiata in alcuni tratti più ristretta, seguita dalla discesa di nuovo verso Luzenac. Ultimi 15 km totalmente in salita verso la cava. La salita finale lunga si caratterizza per una pendenza al 6.5% di media con punte fino al 12%. Conta 29 tornanti e presenta le maggiori pendenze nella parte centrale, ma con il km più duro che si trova ai -2 km. L'ultimo km è interamente all'interno della cava e si caratterizza per un tratto finale di sterrato con pendenze al 10%. Rettilineo d’arrivo di circa 300 m, intervallato da una semi curva, su fondo sterrato, arrivo largo 9 m, nel piazzale della cava.
[Eng] Stage queen, with arrival uphill. First part in falsopiano to reach Foix and the Col de Montségur, that will put fatigue in the legs. It follows the crossing of Tarascon-sur-Ariège, where the sprint is placed, then a fairly flat stretch to face the Col de Chioula (from Luzenac), KOM Superior with very constant slopes, on track in some narrower stretches, followed by the descent again towards Luzenac. Last 15 km completely uphill towards the quarry. The final long climb is characterized by an average gradient of 6.5% with peaks up to 12%. It has 29 hairpin bends and has the largest slopes in the central part, but with the hardest km that is located at -2 km. The last km is entirely inside the quarry and is characterized by a final stretch of dirt road with slopes to 10%. Straight finish of about 300 m, interspersed with a semi-curved, on gravel ground, arrival 9 m wide, in the square of the quarry.

TAPPA 04bis per avverse condizioni meteo: LÉZAT-SUR-LÈZE > GOULIER NEIGE
STAGE 04bis due to adverse weather conditions: LÉZAT-SUR-LÈZE > GOULIER NEIGE
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In caso di avverse condizioni meteo ho predisposto un piano B, anche se generalmente la cava in questo periodo di marzo non è innevata, come potete osservare su G-Maps, ma anche visitandola. Saranno tagliati dal percorso sia il Col de Chioula che l'arrivo, essendo posti molto vicino e ad altezza simile. Dopo l'attraversamento di Tarascon-sur-Ariège la carovana prosegue fino a Val de Sos, dove inizia la salita verso Guzet-Neige (9 km at 7.5%), che ha un'altitudine inferiore.
È chiaro che in caso di precipitazioni diffuse la tappa verrebbe o cancellata o ridotta a tappa di media montagna.
[Eng] In case of adverse weather conditions I prepared a plan B, although generally the quarry in this period of March is not snowy, as you can see on G-Maps, but also visiting it. Both the Col de Chioula and the arrival will be cut off from the route, being placed very close and at similar height. After crossing Tarascon-sur-Ariège, the caravan continues to Val de Sos, where it begins the climb towards Guzet-Neige (9 km at 7.5%), which has a lower altitude than the quarry.
It is clear that in case of heavy rainfall the stage would be cancelled or reduced to a mid-mountain stage.

TAPPA 05: FOIX - ESPEZEL
STAGE 05: FOIX - ESPEZEL

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(Vedi/Look at: Castellalto > Castelfidardo: maps/viewtrack/414840)

Tappa molto impegnativa, sui muri nei pressi di Espezel. Partenza da Foix, poi saliscendi per 70 km, per raggiungere la salita del Col Notre Dame. Dopo il colle i ciclisti raggiungono Munès dove si entra nel circuito di 25 km circa da ripetere 4 volte. Il circuito è caratterizzato da un susseguirsi di muri e discese con un solo breve tratto pianeggiante in corrispondenza dell'arrivo. Il primo muro (dove ogni passaggio è classificato GPM) presenta una pendenza media dell'8.2%, ma per lunghi tratti pendenza attorno al 10% con massime del 16%. Dopo una movimentata discesa la corsa arriva all'altro GPM, presso Belvis, con pendenza media al 7.2%, attenuate dall'ultimo km ufficiale, ma nei fatti sempre sopra l'8% e con un km al 10% medio con punte del 15%. Ultimi km dopo il GPM in falsopiano fino a Espezel, dove è posto l'arrivo (larghezza 7 m).
[Eng] Very challenging stage, on the walls near Espezel. Departure from Foix, then up and down for 70 km, to reach the climb of Col Notre Dame. After the hill the cyclists reach Munès where they enter the circuit of about 25 km to be repeated 4 times. The circuit is characterized by a succession of walls and descents with only a short flat section at the arrival. The first wall (where each passage is classified KOM) has an average slope of 8.2%, but for long stretches slope around 10% with a maximum of 16%. After an eventful descent the race arrives at the other KOM, near Belvis, with an average gradient of 7.2%, attenuated by the last official km, but in fact always above 8% and with a km to 10% average with peaks of 15%. Last km after the KOM in slight slope until Espezel, where is place the arrival (width 7 m).

TAPPA 06: AÉRODROME DE PUIVERT - SAINTE-MARIE PLAGE
STAGE 06: PUIVERT'S AERODROME - SAINTE-MARIE PLAGE

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(Vedi/Look at: Castelraimondo > Lido di Fermo: maps/viewtrack/414844)

Ultima chiamata per i velocisti. Tappa sostanzialmente pianeggiante, salvo i due semplici GPM presenti nella prima parte. Seconda parte che si snoda nei dintorni dell'Etang de Leucate e lungo la costa. Strade sempre ampie e rettilinee. Ultime due curve ai 1000 m, rettilineo finale di 800 m, ampio 8 m.
[Eng] Last call for sprinters. Stage substantially flat, except for the two simple KOM present in the first part. Second part that winds around the Etang de Leucate and along the coast. Always wide and straight roads. Last two turns at 1000 m, final straight of 800 m, 8 m wide.

TAPPA 07: SAINT-CYPRIEN (PORT) - SAINT-CYPRIEN ITT
STAGE 07: SAINT-CYPRIEN (PORT) - SAINT-CYPRIEN ITT

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(Vedi/Look at: San Benedetto del Tronto > San Benedetto del Tronto: maps/viewtrack/418545)

Cronometro individuale di 11.3 km. Partenza dal porto di Saint-Cyprien, poi si percorre la rettilinea D81a (sfruttandone anche il parcheggio) fino a La Côte Radieuse, dove è posto il rilevamento, poi con un giro di boa intorno alla rotonda, si ritorna verso la partenza, sempre lungo la D81a, ma in senso inverso. Il percorso è completamente su trade rettilinee, asfaltate e larghe. Da segnalare il breve restringimento a due corsie sul ponte sul Reart e nel centro di Canet-en-Roussillon. Arrivo posto sul lungomare, su carreggiata di 7 m, fondo asfaltato.
[Eng] ITT of 11.3 km. Departure from the port of Saint-Cyprien, then follow the straight D81a (also taking advantage of the parking lot) to La Côte Radieuse, where the survey is placed, then with a turning point around the roundabout, route return to the start, always along the D81a, but in the opposite direction. The route is completely on straight, asphalt and wide trade. To note the short two-lane narrowing on the bridge over the Reart and in the center of Canet-en-Roussillon. Arrival place on the seafront, on roadway of 7 m, asphalt bottom.

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MILANO - ROMA: maps/tours/view/18145
7 mar 2021 – 14 mar 2021

La corsa unisce le due capitali di Italia, quella economica, Milano, e quella politica, Roma, con un alto valore simbolico. L'Italia è tra i paesi più belli del mondo e, di certo, non sfigurerà in una corsa che attraversa alcuni dei paesaggi più belli: le colline lombarde, la costa ligure, le strade bianche e le colline toscane e poi la Città Eterna.
L'eterogeneità del territorio promette spettacolo, rendendo ogni tappa come una gara a sè in cui si possono esaltare corridori diversi. La tappa di alta montagna deciderà senza dubbio la classifica generale, ma i leaders non dovranno cadere nelle imboscate delle tappe intermedie e della cronometro, molto mossa. Anche l'ultima tappa non sarà semplice passerella, ma in caso di distacchi contenuti potrebbe rivelarsi decisiva.
[Eng] The race unites the two capitals of Italy, the economic one, Milan, and the political one, Rome, with a high symbolic value. Italy is among the most beautiful countries in the world and, of course, will not disfigure in a race that crosses some of the most beautiful landscapes: the Lombard hills, the Ligurian coast, the white roads and the Tuscan hills and then the Eternal City.
The heterogeneity of the territory promises spectacle, making each stage like a race in itself where different cyclists can exal. The high mountain stage will undoubtedly decide the overall ranking, but the leaders will not have to fall into the ambushes of the intermediate stages and the chronometer, very moved. Even the last stage will not be simple catwalk, but in case of detachments content could prove decisive.

Il logo, molto semplice, reca in grande i nominativi delle due città, sede di partenza e arrivo della corsa, incorniciate dal tricolore italiano.
[Eng] The logo, very simple, bears in large the names of the two cities, home of departure and arrival of the race, framed by the Italian tricolor.

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Le maglie (riprendono i colori della Paris-Nice) si caratterizzano per gli inserti con i colori del tricolore italiano:
  • Maglia Gialla: il giallo del trionfo, per il vincitore della classifica generale;
  • Maglia Verde: il verde della velocità, per il vincitore della classifica a punti;
  • Maglia Rossa: il rosso della fatica, per il vincitore della classifica degli scalatori;
  • Maglia Bianca: il bianco della giovinezza, per il vincitore della classifica dei giovani.
[Eng] The shirts (with the colors of the Paris-Nice) are characterized by the inserts with the colors of the Italian tricolor:
  • Yellow Jersey: the yellow of triumph, for the winner of the general classification;
  • Green Jersey: the green of speed, for the winner of the points classification;
  • Red Jersey: the red of fatigue, for the winner of the ranking of climbers;
  • White Jersey: the white of youth, for the winner of the youth ranking.
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TAPPA 01: MONZA (Villa Reale) - MONZA (Villa Reale)
STAGE 01: MONZA (Villa Reale) - MONZA (Villa Reale)

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(Vedi/Look at: Saint-Cyr-l'École > Saint-Cyr-l'École: maps/viewtrack/411170)

La prima tappa della Milano - Roma prende il via nei dintorni del capoluogo lombardo, presso Monza. Palcoscenico dell'intera tappa sarà la Villa Reale, sede di partenza e di arrivo. Il percorso si caratterizza per un circuito molto lungo, di 77 km, da ripetere due volte. Il circuito si caratterizza in parte per strade ampie e rettilinee, in parte per strappi collinari, anche in doppia cifra. I primi due strappi arrivano dopo 12 km, nei pressi di Carate Brianza, in una sezione a ovale del tracciato molto tecnica e, in alcuni punti, più stretta. La strada poi continua a salire in modo prima leggero, poi più evidente verso il GPM di Lissolo. Il punto clou sarà però certamente lo strappo di Montevecchia con 1 km al 12%. Poi saliscendi e pianura fino al traguardo sul Vialone della Villa Reale per un finale da velocisti, Rettilineo finale su asfalto di 1.2 km, largo 8 m.
[Eng] The first stage of Milan - Rome kicks off near the Lombard capital, near Monza. Scene of the entire stage will be the Villa Reale, home of departure and arrival. The route is characterized by a very long circuit of 77 km, to be repeated twice. The circuit is characterized in part by wide and straight roads, in part by hills, even in double digits. The first two tears arrive after 12 km, near Carate Brianza, in a oval section of the track very technical and, in some points, narrower. The road then continues to climb so first light, then more evident towards the KOM of Lissolo. The highlight, however, will certainly be the tear of Montevecchia with 1 km to 12%. Then ups and downs and up to the finish line on the Vialone della Villa Reale for a final sprint, final straight on 1.2 km asphalt, 8 m wide

TAPPA 02: MELEGNANO - GENOVA
STAGE 02: MELEGNANO - GENOVA

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(Vedi/Look at: Oinville-sur-Montcient > Amilly: maps/viewtrack/411164)

Seconda tappa preda facile per i velocisti. Nella prima parte ricalca il percorso della Milano-Sanremo, poi, dopo il Passo del Turchino, unica difficoltà di giornata, la corsa si dirige verso Genova, dove è posto il traguardo. Ultimi km prima lungo il mare, poi, dopo Sturla, breve discesa verso l'arrivo. Strade sempre ampie, da segnalare due curve a gomito ai -2.5 km. Rettilineo finale di 1.3 km, largo 10 m.
[Eng] Second stage easy prey for sprinters. In the first part follows the route of the Milan-Sanremo, then, after the Passo del Turchino, the only difficulty of the day, the race heads to Genoa, where the finish line is placed. Last km along the sea, then, after Sturla, short descent towards the arrival. Always wide roads, to signal two hairpin bends to the -2.5 km. Final straight of 1.3 km, wide 10 m.

TAPPA 03: LA SPEZIA - LA SPEZIA ITT
STAGE 03: LA SPEZIA - LA SPEZIA ITT

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(Vedi/Look at: Gien > Gien: maps/viewtrack/411150)

La cronometro di La Spezia è la prima chiamata per i leaders che vogliono giocarsi la classifica generale. La tappa si snoda attraverso le colline del Parco di Montemarcello, in provincia di La Spezia. Partenza fissata in Viale Mazzini, nei Giardini Pubblici, poi percorso veloce per i primi 7 km lungo strade ampie e, per la maggior parte, rettilinee. A Pagliari inizia la salita, mai troppo marcata, verso Pitelli, dove è posto il primo rilevamento. Poi discesa e saliscendi fino a Pugliola. Dopo il secondo rilevamento, la strada spiana definitivamente e su strade molto ampie, costantemente lungo la costa, conduce al traguardo posto sul lungomare. Rettilineo finale di 1050 m, arrivo largo 10 m.
[Eng] La Spezia ITT is the first call for leaders who want to play for the overall standings. The stage winds through the hills of the Montemarcello Park, in the province of La Spezia. Fixed start in Viale Mazzini, in the Public Gardens, then fast path for the first 7 km along wide roads and, for the most part, straight. In Pagliari begins the climb, never too marked, towards Pitelli, where the first intermediate is placed. Then descent and ups and downs up to Pugliola. After the second survey, the road clears definitively and on very wide roads, constantly along the coast, leads to the finish line placed on the seafront. Final straight of 1050 m, arrival wide 10 m.

TAPPA 04: LUCCA - VOLTERRA
STAGE 04: LUCCA - VOLTERRA

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(Vedi/Look at: Chalon-sur-Saône > Chiroubles: maps/viewtrack/411148)

Tappa che promette spettacolo lungo le colline toscane; si divide nettamente in due parti. I primi 70 km sono sostanzialmente pianeggianti, seppur caratterizzati da qualche strappo, come quello dello sprint di Peccioli. Superata Sughera la strada non conoscerà più un metro di pianura e attraverserà i poggi. Il primo Poggio ad essere incontrato è quello dell'Aglione, antipasto dei prossimi km, poi presso il Castagno inizia il primo dei due tratti di strade bianche, molto ampie e curate, attraverso i Poggettoni. Finita la non ripida discesa, il gruppo si immette in una sorta di anello nei pressi di Volterra. I ciclisti imboccano in primo luogo la salita del poggio di Sensano, 8.8 km al 5.6%, con il tratto centrale sempre sopra il 7% con punte del 10%, su strade bianche. Dopo qualche saliscendi, inizia la salita verso Volterra (dal versante semplice di Roncolla), poi i ciclisti si ritrovano al punto di partenza del circuito, ma stavolta imboccano la seconda ascesa verso Volterra, questa volta dal versante più duro, quello di Prato d'Era (4.6 km at 7.6%). Ultimi km con pendenze che arrivano al 12%. Arrivo su rettilineo in pendenza di 150 m, largo 6 m.
[Eng] Stage that promises spectacle along the Tuscan hills; it is clearly divided into two parts. The first 70 km are basically flat, although characterized by some rips, such as the sprint of Peccioli. After Sughera the road will no longer know a meter of plain and will cross the hills. The first Poggio to be met is that of the Aglione, appetizer of the next km, then at the Castagno begins the first of the two stretches of dirt roads, very wide and well-kept, through the Poggettoni. After the not steep descent, the group enters a sort of ring near Volterra. The cyclists first take the climb of the Sensano hill, 8.8 km to 5.6%, with the central section always above 7% with peaks of 10%, on dirt roads. After a few ups and downs, the climb to Volterra begins (from the simple side of Roncolla), then the cyclists return at the starting point of the circuit, but this time take the second ascent towards Volterra, this time from the harder side, that of Prato d'Era (4.6 km at 7.6%). Last km with slopes that reach 12%. Arrival on straight slope of 150 m, 6 m wide.

TAPPA 05: POGGIBONSI (Fortezza Imperiale) - ASSISI
STAGE 05: POGGIBONSI (Imperial Fortress) - ASSISI

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(Vedi/Look at: Brignoles > Biot: maps/viewtrack/411159)

Altra tappa mossa tra Toscana e Umbria. Inizio tutto in salita da Poggibonsi, poi pianura per circa 100 km, fino a Magione (sprint), dove inizia la dura salita di Castel Rigone, 4.5 km all'8% medio, con il primo km in doppia cifra. Subito dopo un tratto in pendenza, il gruppo scala il Monte Malbe, dal suo versante più semplice, 3.3 km all'8.5%. Da questo momento pianura fino a Santa Maria degli Angeli, dove inizia la salita finale verso Assisi. L'arrivo ripropone quello del Giro 2012: prima il muro di San Damiano (1 km at 10.5%), poi qualche metro di discesa e impennata conclusiva attraverso il cortile della Basilica di S. Francesco per l'arrivo in piazza Comunale. Strada che spiana ai -25 m, arrivo largo 5 m su lastricato.
[Eng] Another hilly stage between Tuscany and Umbria. Start all uphill from Poggibonsi, then plain for about 100 km, up to Magione (sprint), where begins the hard climb of Castel Rigone, 4.5 km to 8% average, with the first km in double digit. Immediately after a steep stretch, the group climbs Mount Malbe, from its simplest side, 3.3 km to 8.5%. From this moment plain up to Santa Maria degli Angeli, where the final climb to Assisi begins. The arrival proposes that of Giro 2012: first the wall of San Damiano (1 km at 10.5%), then a few meters of descent and final rise through the courtyard of the Basilica of St. Francis for the arrival in Piazza Comunale. Road that paves at -25 m, arrival 5 m wide on stone floor.

TAPPA 06: SANTA MARIA DEGLI ANGELI - RIETI
STAGE 06: SANTA MARIA DEGLI ANGELI - RIETI

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(Vedi/Look at: Vienne > Bollène: maps/viewtrack/411188)

Ultima chiamata per i velocisti, in una tappa che si adatta anche alle fughe o ai colpi di mano. Tappa molto breve. Due GPM che verranno superati dal gruppo senza nessuna difficoltà. La breve salita verso lo sprint potrebbe indurre qualcuno ad uno scatto. Finale su strade ampie e rettilinee. Chicane finale a 1.1 km dal traguardo, poi rettilineo finale leggermente curvo verso sinistra. Traguardo largo 6 m.
[Eng] Last call for sprinters, in a stage that also adapts to escapes or surprise attack. Very short stage. Two KOM that will be overcome by the group without any difficulty. The short climb to the sprint could induce someone to a snap. Final on wide and straight roads. Final chicane 1.1 km from the finish, then final straight slightly curved left. Finish line 6 m wide.

TAPPA 07: RIETI - CAMPO STAFFI (Passo Serra Sant'Antonio)
STAGE 07: RIETI - CAMPO STAFFI (Serra Sant'Antonio Pass)

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(Vedi/Look at: Le Broc > Valdeblore La Colmiane: maps/viewtrack/411126)

Tappa regina della corsa che, probabilmente, deciderà la classifica finale. Primo GPM posto già dopo 5.5 km. Poi strada per la maggior parte in falsopiano fino a Subiaco dove si entra nella parte dura. Il Colle della Colubretta rappresenta la prima dura ascesa, 15 km al 7% circa medio, ma i primi quattro km sono durissimi, con media del 9.6% e massime del 16%. Da segnalare gli 8 tornanti che caratterizzano la salita. Dopo il GPM la strada scende in modo veloce e tecnico, prima della salita conclusiva, anticipata dagli Altipiani di Arcinazzo. Salita lunga circa 19 km, con una pendenza media del 5.5% abbastanza regolare. La pendenza massima (11%) si registra a circa 3 km dal traguardo. Strada che spiana dopo il Passo Serra Sant'Antonio, verso il traguardo posto presso Campo Staffi, su asfalto largo 7 m.
[Eng] Queen stage of the race that, probably, will decide the final classification. First KOM already after 5.5 km. Then road for the most part in slight slope up to Subiaco where cyclists enter the hard part. Colle della Colubretta represents the first hard ascent, 15 km to about 7% average, but the first four km are very hard, with an average of 9.6% and maximum of 16%. Note the 8 hairpin bends that characterize the climb. After the GPM the road descends quickly and technically, before the final climb, anticipated by the Altipiani di Arcinazzo. Climb about 19 km long, with an average gradient of 5.5% quite regular. The maximum gradient (11%) is recorded about 3 km from the finish line. Road that paves after the Passo Serra Sant'Antonio, towards the finish line at Campo Staffi, on asphalt 7 m wide.

TAPPA 08: ROMA (Parco Ex Aeroporto Centocelle) - ROME (Foro Italico)
STAGE 08: ROME (Ex Centocelle Airport Park) - ROME (Foro Italico)

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(Vedi/Look at: Nice > Nice (2019): maps/viewtrack/261665)

Ultima tappa che promette spettacolo e, nel caso la classifica non fosse decisa, colpi di scena. Partenza scenica dall'ex aeroporto di Centocelle, poi prima parte che si snoda lungo le colline laziali in provincia di Roma e Latina: in sequenza il gruppo percorre i GPM di Monte Porzio Catone (con l'attraversamento del centro abitato con pendenze anche al 15%), Pratone Belvedere, Rocca Priora e Rocca di Papa. Da questo momento la discesa è interrotta solo dallo strappo dello sprint di Palestrina. La carovana rientra quindi a Roma e attraversa parte del centro storico, passando, tra l'altro, in Piazza del Popolo, prima di costeggiare ad est il Tevere. Dopo il Ponte Flaminio si transita davanti la Farnesina e alle spalle dello Stadio Olimpico dove parte l'ultimo GPM della corsa: il Muro di Roma. 1000 m al 9%, con punte del 12% che decideranno sicuramente la tappa. Dopo la breve discesa i ciclisti percorrono la sponda opposta del Tevere fino al tragurado posto presso il Foro Italico, di fronte la sede del Comitato Olimpico Italiano. Arrivo su asfalto, dopo il rettilineo finale di 8 km, largo 8 m.
[Eng] Last stage that promises show and, in case the ranking is not decided, twists and turns. Stage departure from the former airport of Centocelle, then first part that winds along the hills of Lazio in the province of Rome and Latina: in sequence the group runs the KOM of Monte Porzio Catone (with the crossing of the town with slopes even to 15%), Pratone Belvedere, Rocca Priora and Rocca di Papa. From this moment the descent is interrupted only by the tear of the sprint of Palestrina. The caravan then returns to Rome and crosses part of the historic center, passing, among other things, in Piazza del Popolo, before skirting the Tiber to the east. After the Ponte Flaminio group pass in front of the Farnesina and behind the Olympic Stadium where the last KOM of the race starts: the Rome Wall. 1000 m to 9%, with peaks of 12% that will definitely decide the stage. After the short descent, the cyclists travel along the opposite bank of the Tiber until they reach the Foro Italico, in front of the headquarters of the Italian Olympic Committee. Arrival on asphalt after final straight of 2 km, 8 m wide.


Complimenti a tutti i partecipanti al contest e Buona Pasqua!
[Eng] Congratulations to all participants in the contest and Happy Easter!
CelentanoTour - Matteo Celentano
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