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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-Guascogne [Cat. 2]

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emmea90 wrote: 15/03/2021, 9:33

Bissagne-Guascogne (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 guascogne gulf (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
The title of the second race is wrong. Bissagne and Gascogne are synonymous and indicate the gulf of the Atlantic Ocean between France and Spain. It could have changed to Gascogne - Roussillon (name of the historical region of Perpignan, but not of Beziers and Narbonne; instead, all three of these centers belong to the Occitania region).

I propose these two alternative denominations:

Gascogne - Roussillon (excluding the Beziers and Narbonne area)
Gascogne - Occitanie
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Guascogne [Cat. 2]

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The name of the second race is geographically incorrect. You may rename it Gascogne - Languedoc as Gascogne is the name of the gulf along the atlantic shore and Languedoc is the name of the region next to mediterraneen sea.

As for Bissagne, even if i'm french, I never heard of it :oops:
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Guascogne [Cat. 2]

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mauro wrote: 15/03/2021, 13:57 The title of the second race is wrong. Bissagne and Gascogne are synonymous and indicate the gulf of the Atlantic Ocean between France and Spain. It could have changed to Gascogne - Roussillon (name of the historical region of Perpignan, but not of Beziers and Narbonne; instead, all three of these centers belong to the Occitania region).

I propose these two alternative denominations:

Gascogne - Roussillon (excluding the Beziers and Narbonne area)
Gascogne - Occitanie
I almost send the same message. I like your idea of Gascogne - Occitanie very much !
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Guascogne [Cat. 2]

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benoît.guillot wrote: 15/03/2021, 14:19 The name of the second race is geographically incorrect. You may rename it Gascogne - Languedoc as Gascogne is the name of the gulf along the atlantic shore and Languedoc is the name of the region next to mediterraneen sea.

As for Bissagne, even if i'm french, I never heard of it :oops:
Ok, thank you
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Guascogne [Cat. 2]

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benoît.guillot wrote: 15/03/2021, 14:19 The name of the second race is geographically incorrect. You may rename it Gascogne - Languedoc as Gascogne is the name of the gulf along the atlantic shore and Languedoc is the name of the region next to mediterraneen sea.

As for Bissagne, even if i'm french, I never heard of it :oops:
I got confused there at first as well, we have something in common
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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What would you class as near Milano? 50km away is too far or acceptable?
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Luna23 wrote: 15/03/2021, 22:10 What would you class as near Milano? 50km away is too far or acceptable?
50 km is acceptable if stays in same region.
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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emmea90 wrote: 16/03/2021, 21:11
Luna23 wrote: 15/03/2021, 22:10 What would you class as near Milano? 50km away is too far or acceptable?
50 km is acceptable if stays in same region.
So as long as we start in Lombardy its OK, right?
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It says ITT of 30kms ? But with which marge ? 26km is ok ?
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jibvalverde wrote: 19/03/2021, 0:30 It says ITT of 30kms ? But with which marge ? 26km is ok ?
25-35 km is ok
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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Micek_52 wrote: 18/03/2021, 20:22
emmea90 wrote: 16/03/2021, 21:11
Luna23 wrote: 15/03/2021, 22:10 What would you class as near Milano? 50km away is too far or acceptable?
50 km is acceptable if stays in same region.
So as long as we start in Lombardy its OK, right?
In Lombardy and not to far from Milan
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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Milano - Roma
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8 stages from sunday to sunday
1209 km
37 KOM sprints

Stage 1 : Milano - Duomo -> Gallarate // 179.37 km // Plain

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This first stage is a race around Milano. The first section is goind north-east before a sprint back in Milano, right in front Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. The second part bring riders to the circuit around Gallarate with several little climb to make the arrival ahrder. This would be very open between strongest sprinters and barouders.


Stage 2 : Monza -> Fidenza // 173.40 km // Hilly

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One for sprinters, one for attackers. The first hard climb will bring the barouders to the win in Fidenza. Banzola would be the hardest part of the day : an average climb but in a gravel road.


Stage 3 : Parma -> Modena - Parco Enzo Ferrari // 154.34 km // Plain

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No doubt this stage will go to the fastest. No climb and a short distance to reach Modena and give a sprinters another bouquet, despite the cobble street of Modena's downtown just a few meters befor the arrival. This stage is dedicated to the firm Ferrari with an intermediate sprint in front of the factory and the finish line along the park named after Enzo Ferrari.


Stage 4 : Modena -> Vinci // 191.54 km // Medium Moutain

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The first day dedicated to leaders. 191km and more than 6000 m of d+. Even tough the arrival in Vinci is a bit easier that the rest of the stage, the last climb could be the launching pad of a massive attack from a leader.


Stage 5 : Empoli -> Firenze // 31.38 km // ITT

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The only ITT of this Milano-Roma is a relatively short one but it would be enough to the specialist to take some advantage before the two final stage.


Stage 6 : Greve in Chianti -> Orvietto // 183.53 km // Plain

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Before the explosive last week-end, the peloton will take a trip in Chianti. Even if the stage begin a hard way with several climb, the last kilometers will certaintly give time to sprinters to reintegrate the pack and fight for the win.


Stage 7 : Spoleto -> Campaegli // 188.09 km // High Mountain

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The queen stage will take the leaders and their men to Terminillo and a final climb in Campaegli. This is a real high moutain stage as the Italy can offer in the center of the country. The winner here could be the final winner on sunday.


Stage 8 : Roma - Città del Vaticano -> Roma - Circo Massimo // 107.94 km// Medium Moutain

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It's would be difficult to attack and winn some time in this short stage but every tired organisms will not be saved. It will be an explosive stage around Castelgandolfo and some leaders will lose time and rank in the general standing. The finish line is drawned along Circo Massimo as a an tribute to antic race.

Bissagne - Languedoc
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7 stages from wednesday to tuesday
1099 km
30 KOM sprints

Stage 1 : Biarritz -> Pau // 165.59 km // Plain

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This first stage is a dedicated for the sprinters. 165 km to leave the ocean and cross the land before the arrival in Pau, capital of the Béarn.

Stage 2 : Pau -> Mirande // 172.42 km // Plain

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Another wonderful day for sprinters. A bit longer this time but no one can compete against them.


Stage 3 : Auch -> Lourdes // 154.34 km // Hilly

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The first difficult stage of the Tour. The finish line in Lourdes come after a difficult circuit that the pack will cross two times with two short climb in it. It would be interresting to see who will take the win between barouders and strongest sprinters.


Stage 4 : Lannemezan -> Pla des Peyres // 172.26 km // High Moutain

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The only moutain stage will take the pack to a brand new climb above Foix : the Pla des Peyres wich is the extension of the Prat d'Albis. The final climb will be closed to vehicules cause the orad is too narrow but the show will be so damn exciting !


Stage 5 : Pamiers -> Martinet // 190.07 km // Hilly

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This hard stage is difficult to pronstic. Leaders want to crush the competition but the barouders want the win. The final circuit is a combinaison of two climb, each one of them have an average slop above 10%. The circuit is to cross four times.


Stage 6 : Castres -> Narbonne // 179.81 km // Plain

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Before the final ITT, sprinters will find a stage for them one last time.

Stage 7 : Narbonne -> Narbonne // 34.08 km // ITT

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The final ITT is short but hard. The first part is flat, even almost downhill but the second part is a climb to rejoin Narbonne and take the win.
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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Ecco le mie due corse.

Here are my two runs.

MILANO – ROMA

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1a tappa: Milano – San Colombano al Lambro (169 Km)

Per la prima tappa ho scelto la collina più vicina a Milano, che è anche la meno conosciuta della Pianura Padana, anche per la sua singolarità (è isolata nel bel mezzo della pianura): la Collina Banina di San Colombano al Lambro, alla quale ho abbinato un passaggio tra i vigneti dell’Oltrepò Pavese.

For the first stage I chose the hill closest to Milan, which is also the least known of the Po Valley, also for its singularity (it is isolated in the middle of the plain): the Banina Hill of San Colombano al Lambro, to which I combined with a passage through the vineyards of the Oltrepò Pavese.

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2a tappa: Codogno – Castell’Arquato (172 Km)

Dopo l’assaggino della prima tappa ecco una tappa con colline più consistenti, seppur non particolarmete difficili. Pendenze interessanti presenta solo la rampa finale di 600 metri al 9.5%, caratterizzata da un piccolo muro al 13% su fondo acciottolato.

After tasting the first stage, here is a stage with more consistent hills, although not particularly difficult. Interesting slopes only show the final ramp of 600 meters at 9.5%, characterized by a small wall at 13% on a cobbled ground.

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3a tappa: Castelfranco Emilia – Arezzo (214 Km)

È la tappa più lunga, ma non certo una delle più impegnative. La salita del valico appenninico dell’Autostrada del Sole e l’ascesa verso Reggello sono ostacoli che non impensieriranno i velocisti

It is the longest stage, but certainly not one of the most demanding. The ascent of the Apennine pass of the Autostrada del Sole and the ascent towards Reggello are obstacles that will not bother the sprinters

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4a tappa: Monte San Savino - Castelnuovo Berardenga (142 Km)

È la prima delle tre tappe a “cinque stelle” della Milano-Roma, che va a ripetere per ben tre volte il tratto più celebre della “Strade Bianche”, il settore di Monte Sante Marie. All’uscita dallo sterrato mancheranno poco meno di 7 Km al traguardo

It is the first of the three "five-star" stages of the Milan-Rome, which repeats the most famous section of the "Strade Bianche" three times, the Monte Sante Marie sector. At the exit from the dirt road there will be just under 7 km to the finish

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5a tappa: Chianciano Terme – Antrodoco (202 Km)

Si superano per la seconda volta i 200 Km di gara nell’ultima delle tre tappe riservate ai velocisti.

The 200 km race is exceeded for the second time in the last of three stages reserved for sprinters.

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6a tappa: L'Aquila - L'Aquila (ITT, 28.8 Km)

L’unica ITT prevista si disputa su di un tracciato variegato, movimentato da curve e saliscendi fino al primo intermedio, scorrevole nella fase centrale e caratterizzato da due salite brevi ma non semplicissime nei 6 Km conclusivi

The only ITT planned will take place on a varied track, animated by curves and ups and downs up to the first intermediate, sliding in the central phase and characterized by two short but not very simple climbs in the final 6 km

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7a tappa: Celano – Monte Livata (154 Km)

La tappa regina della Milano-Roma propone due ascese principali, il Valico Serra Sant’Antonio esattamente a metà del cammino e poi l’ascesa finale verso il Monte Livata, dove nel 1976 Eddy Merckx si impose in una tappa della Tirreno-Adriatico

The queen stage of Milan-Rome offers two main ascents, the Serra Sant’Antonio Pass exactly halfway along the route and then the final ascent towards Monte Livata, where in 1976 Eddy Merckx imposed himself on a stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico

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8a tappa: Roma (Tor Vergata) – Roma (Tor Vergata) “Cavalcata dei Castelli Romani” (115 Km)

L’ultima tappa è ispirata a quella di Nizza della Parigi-Nizza. Ho scelto la zona dell’Università di Tor Vergata perché presenta gli spazi adeguati per la conclusione e le premiazioni di una corsa World Tour e, contemporaneamente, ricade nel territorio comunale di Roma ed è anche abbastanza vicina alle salite, senza correrne il rischio di vanificarne gli effetti.

The last stage is inspired by that of Paris-Nice in Nice. I chose the area of the University of Tor Vergata because it has adequate spaces for the conclusion and awarding of a World Tour race and, at the same time, it falls within the municipal area of Rome and is also close enough to the climbs, without running the risk of nullifying them the effects.

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BISSAGNE – LANGUEDOC

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1a tappa: Hendaye - Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (167 Km)

Nel disegnare questa corsa mi sono in parte ispirato all’ultima edizione della Tirreno-Adriatico, partita con una prima tappa destinata ai velocisti. A differenza della tappa con arrivo a Lido di Camaiore, quella con traguardo a Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port presenta un tracciato leggermente più increspato e una lieve pendenza all’ultimo chilometro

In designing this race I was partly inspired by the last edition of the Tirreno-Adriatico, which started with a first stage for sprinters. Unlike the stage with arrival in Lido di Camaiore, the one with finish in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port has a slightly more choppy track and a slight slope at the last kilometer

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2a tappa: Saint-Palais - Saint-Sever (154 Km)

Anche la seconda tappa è riservata ai velocisti, ma stavolta il finale è leggermente più impegnativo rispetto a quello di Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port: il giorno prima l’ultimo chilometro presentava un lieve falsopiano, mente a Saint-Sever si deve affrontare negli ultimi mille metri una salita un po’ più “concreta”, che presenta una pendenza media del 5.6%

The second stage is also reserved for sprinters, but this time the finish is slightly more demanding than that of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port: the day before the last kilometer had a slight slight slope, mind in Saint-Sever it must be tackle a slightly more "concrete" climb in the last thousand meters, with an average gradient of 5.6%

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3a tappa: Mont-de-Marsan – Pau (215 Km)

La solita Pau propone la terza tappa consecutiva riservate agli sprinter, caratterizzata da un tracciato più impegnativo e articolato rispetto a quello delle due tappe precedenti. La seconda parte della gara presenta due circuiti differenti, uno più ampio con le ascese consecutive delle “côtes” di Notre-Dame de Piétat e di Esquilot, e un circuito cittadino di circa 7 Km che deve essere ripetuto cinque volte. Anche in questo caso l’arrivo è posto in cima ad un breve tratto in salita, 0.5 Km al 5%

The usual Pau proposes the third consecutive stage reserved for sprinters, characterized by a more demanding and articulated track than that of the two previous stages. The second part of the race features two different circuits, a larger one with the consecutive ascents of the “côtes” of Notre-Dame de Piétat and Esquilot, and a city circuit of about 7 km which must be repeated five times. Also in this case the finish is at the top of a short uphill stretch, 0.5 Km at 5%

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4a tappa: Lannemezan - Foix (Prat d'Albis) (191 Km)

Non sono molte le salite dei Pirenei che possono essere affrontate in una corsa organizzata a marzo. Una di queste è quella di Prat d’Albis, che gli appassionati hanno conosciuto al Tour de France del 2019, quando vi è terminata una tappa vinta da Simon Yates

There are not many climbs in the Pyrenees that can be tackled in a race organized in March. One of these is that of Prat d'Albis, which fans met at the 2019 Tour de France, when a stage won by Simon Yates ended there

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5a tappa: Limoux - Sète (Mont Saint-Clair) (201 Km)

È la tappa ispirata a quella di Castelfidardo della Tirreno-Adriatico 2020. La struttura è simile con un prima parte totalmente priva di difficoltà a fare da antipasto ad un finale durissimo che ha in serbo la quintuplice scalata al Mont Saint-Clair, il colle che sovrasta Sète, la cittadina soprannominata la “Venezia del Languedoc”. Non ci sono solo i 1600 metri al 10.4% dell’ascesa finale perché il circuito conclusivo prevede in un altro paio di punti di “aggredire” le ripide pendici della collina

It is the stage inspired by that of Castelfidardo della Tirreno-Adriatico 2020. The structure is similar with a first part totally without difficulty to act as an appetizer to a very hard finish that has in store the fivefold climb to Mont Saint-Clair, the hill that it overlooks Sète, the town nicknamed the “Venice of the Languedoc”. There are not only 1600 meters at 10.4% of the final ascent because the final circuit foresees in another couple of points to "attack" the steep slopes of the hill

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6a tappa: Frontignan – Béziers (157 Km)

È l’ultima occasione riservata ai velocisti e, come nelle precedenti, anche in questo caso il finale non è semplicissimo perché nell’ultimo chilometro, quasi totalmente rettilineo, la strada tende sempre a salire, anche se con dolcezza

It is the last chance reserved for sprinters and, as in the previous ones, also in this case the finish is not very easy because in the last kilometer, almost totally straight, the road always tends to rise, even if gently

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7a tappa: Narbonne-Plage – Narbonne-Plage (ITT, 10 Km)

L’unica ITT è ispirata a quella conclusiva della Tirreno-Adriatico: identico il chilometraggio, identica l’ambientazione marittima

The only ITT is inspired by the final one of the Tirreno-Adriatico: identical mileage, identical maritime setting

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

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Milano - Roma: maps/tours/view/18158

Bissagne - Languedoc: maps/tours/view/18169

Description in the spoiler below.
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Milano - Roma

Stage 1: Monza - Monza

Note: Those peaks before Valmadera are tunnels that I couldn't erase via the tunnel tool.

The start of this stage race is on the circuit of Monza, where riders do one lap before heading into the Tour of Lombardia territory (also note: riders will exit the circuit via the track and not the pit lane. Tracker wouldn't let me do it even though it's perfectly possible). I wanted to avoid the Madonna, so I opted for a lap at the shores of the beautiful Como lake. The long, gradual climb of the Colle Brianza is followed by two short and steep climbs. Enough to make the sprint specialists drop, but they may still have a chance to compete for the victory on the Monza circuit if they manage to return, providing they haven't lost too much energy by that time.

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Stage 2: Treviglio - Reggio Emilia

A pancake stage along the Po river, where winds can blow freely. Echelons are an option, otherwise it will be a great stage for the sprinters to fight it out in the end.

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Stage 3: Reggio Emilia - Monte Carboli

The first stage where the GC candidates will have to show themselves. 2 medium climbs will make sure a thinned out peloton will have an uphill sprint for victory.

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Stage 4: Lucca - Livorno

A mix of the end of the final stage of Paris-Nice and Milano - San Remo. A thinned out peloton can sprint for victory, but don't rule out a few breakaway attempts on both climbs or after the final climb.

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Stage 5: Firenze ITT

It may look flat, but don't underestimate the small climb to Piazzale Michelangelo at the halfway point, which may turn out to be the decisive point in this ITT.

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Stage 6: Firenze - Perugia

A second mass sprint stage. The Monte Agello will add some chaos to the final, but a trained sprinter shouldn't have an issue with it. A great test for the Milano- San Remo sprint favourites.

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Stage 7: Foligno - Pian de' Valli

A stage similar to a Chalet Reynard finish. I could have gone further up to mountain, but it's still March, so better not to risk it. And a 15km mountain, combined with the Colle Cantalice right before it, should be enough to shake up the GC.

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Stage 8: Tivoli - Roma

As requested, a short stage. While the combo Monte Salomone/Monte Tuscolo is a bit further than the finish in Nice, the downhill stretches out for a long time. The Cima di Pratocollo, isn't hard, but continues to get more of an obstacle to the end of the climb, so with the short stage in mind, we could see some helpers make moves to get in front. This way, any assistance on the Monte combo is a dream to set up a daring breakaway that lasts until the finish.

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Bissagne - Languedoc

Stage 1: Biarritz - Cambo-les-Bains

A stage with some bite in the end. 2 very steep climbs, feeling a bit like Flemish climbs excluding cobbles, should break up the peloton completely. Any attempt to get back will have to be done in the final 10km. But a combination of aggressive classic specialists hunting for an early stage victory and GC riders will make sure some GC riders will already lose a bit of time.

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Stage 2: Hasparren - Oloron-Sainte-Marie

A sprint stage with a lot of nuisances along the road, which will tire the legs.

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Stage 3: Pau - Lourdes/Omex

The start of 3 uphill ending stages, but all with a very unique approach. This one is basically "imagine Milano-San Remo, but the finish is on top of the Poggio di San Remo". Perfect for puncheurs.

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Stage 4: Lourdes - Col de Menté

Some very well known names here. As in Milano - Roma, I tried staying under the magical 2k line due to possible snow.

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Stage 5: Saint-Girons - Côte de Ganac

A very hard hilly stage on a circuit around Foix. The Côte de Bessouil is pretty steep and will be decisive, while the other climbs are perfect breakaway opportunities. The climbs are a bit in a L-B-L style. The Côte de Ganac can make or break a solo effort and is not too steep so that riders would wait for the climb as in the Flèche Wallone.

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Stage 6: Pamiers - Narbonne

A well deserved rest day for the GC, a work day for the sprinters.

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Stage 7: Leucate - Le Barcarès ITT

Completely flat, but don't let that fool you: the main opponent here will be the wind. That wind will decide the winner of this race.

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

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Here are my routes for this contest:

Milan-Rome: maps/tours/view/18141
Bissagne-Languedoc: maps/tours/view/18144
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Milan-Rome

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Stage 1 is a flat stage which is harder than a regular flat stage, just like prescribed. After a route with some climbs we know from Il Lombardia, we finish in Cantù, with the last kilometers just like stage 20 of the 2003 Giro d'Italia won by Giovanni Lombardi.

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Stage 2 brings us to Maranello, the home of Ferrari. The stage is completely flat so the Ferraris of the peloton can fight for victory.

Stage 3
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This stage is a medium mountain stage. Lot's of different things can happen in this stage. The stage finishes on the circuit of Mugello. The GPX file hates me sadly so that's why it looks so fucked up when you look up the route but I think everyone understands it's supposed to follow the circuit.

Stage 4
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This stage is finally something for the GC riders. 2 hard climbs in the finale will maybe cause someone's GC ambitions to implode.

Stage 5
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Stage 5 is a stage which should finish in a sprint if no one goes full beans from the start.

Stage 6
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Finally we get to the TT. A rolling TT to Bracciano, nothing really steep, but hard enough to make the legs hurt a lot.

Stage 7
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We get onto the mountains finally. The hard climb to Pian de' Valli will probably decide the GC, although a lot can happen in the final stage

Stage 8
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The last stage was supposed to be a mountain stage so that is exactly what I made it to be. We start of with the long and hard climb to Livata, after that is constantly up and down on fairly steep slopes, before finishing in Roma.


Bissagne-Languedoc

Stage 1
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Stage 1 starts off with 2 laps of 2 different local circuits next to the Atlantic coast. The sprinters will most likely succeed here.

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Stage 2 has some more hills on the road to Pau. The Cote de Gan will make the legs of the sprinters really hurt, but likely won't be enough to drop them before a sprint in Pau

Stage 3
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A hard hilly finale after a long flat start to this stage. Will it be a big group sprinting for the win on the final small climb. Or will the race completely explode?

Stage 4
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The maybe deciding stage of this tour. Some hard obstacles on the way to the finish but the mighty Plateau de Beille is the last climb.

Stage 5
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Now for the hard hilly stage. It may not look spectacular, but you don't need double digit percentage climbs for a hard hilly stage. 214 km of which 114 are constantly up and down will make for a really really though day in the saddle along the coast.

Stage 6
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Just your average flat stage that will end in a royal sprint

Stage 7
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The final stage. The TT monsters can finally go full out here and any small gaps in the GC will be decided today.
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Re: Contest #2 - Milan-Rome and Bissagne-Languedoc [Cat. 2]

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

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

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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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