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Giro 2017:I Primi Piatti: Stages 7-10: May 12th-16th.
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 9:19 pm    Post subject: Giro 2017:I Primi Piatti: Stages 7-10: May 12th-16th.  Reply with quote

STAGE 7: Castrovillari – Alberobello 224 km

START TIME: 11.50 CEST


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Over the first 140 km, the route is essentially flat (with just a short descent after the start), mainly on straight and wide roads, and only becomes more elaborate when crossing urban areas. After cresting the Bosco delle Pianelle KOM summit, the final part of the stage is more complicated, as the route passes through several urban areas, with roundabouts, traffic dividers, pedestrian islands, setts paving and speed bumps being the main obstacles. The final 40 km are undulating, and going slightly up, with arrival in Alberobello, stage town for the first time. The final kilometres are fairly complex, as the route runs partly on wide and straight roads, and partly on city roads marked by series of bends and partial narrowings. From 5 to 1.5 km to the finish, the route runs mostly uphill, with a short descent that ends 700 m before the finish. The route climbs slightly in the stage finale, with a few mild bends. The finish line sits on a 100-m long and 7.5-m wide asphalt straight.


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STAGE 8: Molfetta – Peschici 189 km

START TIME: 12.25 CEST


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The stage starts from Molfetta, for the first time in the history of Giro. The route is on flat and straight roads in the first 90 km, while the following 100 km are constantly undulating, with several curves and changes of direction. Past Manfredonia, the stage clears the Monte Sant’Angelo categorised climb, and then takes the entire scenic route, all the way to Peschici (with a KOM climb in Coppa Santa Tecla and an intermediate sprint in Vieste) which has already been stage town for other four times (one starting and three arrival). The stage finale is fairly complex, with a fast-running descent from 5 to 3 km to the finish, followed by a short flat stretch, up to 1,500 m from the finish. Here begins the closing climb, which grows increasingly steeper as the finish draws nearer (with peaks reaching 12%), and with several sharp bends. The home straight (200 m), on 7-m wide stone-paved road, has a 9-10% uphill gradient.


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STAGE 9: Montenero di Bisaccia – Blockhaus 149 km

START TIME: 13.00 CEST


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Unprecedented stage start from Montenero di Bisaccia. Then the first part of the stage runs along the Statale Adriatica (ss. 16), on wide roads, along the coast, following a wavy profile. The route heads inland past Francavilla a Mare, and reaches Chieti (a short climb with a few punchy bits) where the intermediate sprint is set. When leaving the ss. 5 to reach Manoppello and Lettomanoppello, the roads become narrower, and the surface is worn out at points. The final climb (13 km) begins past Roccamorice. Arrival at Blockhaus (last KOM in 2009 Franco Pellizotti). The last 13 km go up steadily on narrow road, with several hairpins. Gradients are over 9% for almost 10 km, with peaks reaching as high as 14%. There is a very short counterslope 500 m before the finish. The home straight (200 m long, on 6-m wide asphalt road) has an uphill gradient of approx. 8%.



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STAGE 10: Foligno – Montefalco 39.8 km ITT

START TIME: TBD


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After the start in Foligno, which will host the Giro for the 7th time, the route quickly leaves the old town centre and takes relatively wide and mainly straight roads for over 12 kilometres, until past Bevagna (time recording). The route then starts to climb at an average 4-5% gradient, and reaches Madonna delle Grazie, where the road becomes a false flat up. A fast-running and technical descent twists and turns all the way to San Marco, where the road flattens and straightens out. The route takes a U-turn in Bastardo (second time recording), then a false-flat uphill drag leads to Montefalco. The slopes are never steep, yet the climb is unrelenting. The road, narrowed at points, leads all the way to the walled city of Montefalco (unprecedented stage town). The final kilometres are slightly uphill. In the last kilometre, the route descends and passes through a gateway, and then goes up again, on a short, steep ramp, leading into the 200-m long, uphill home straight, on 6-m wide asphalt road.



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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we should have been posting here yesterday?

Not the most exciting opening week IMO. Not sure today will offer much more to get excited about?
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has been as dull an opening GT week as I can recall.  Ambition has been in desperately short supply so far.  Hopefully things will perk up, although today might be a little more of the same...
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unsurprisingly, Il Re Leone agrees...

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/c...-riders-programmed-by-technology/

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“By waiting, Quintana is rolling calmly to his safe haven [the third week], and when he goes on the attack, he won’t worry about whether it’s hot or cold, or if it’s windy. He’ll drop everyone and win the Giro smoking his pipe.”

The only other rider Cipollini praised was also a Colombian, Fernando Gaviria of Quick Step Floors. The sprinter’s support team is, he says, “a reserve squad,” but they were the team “who, at Cagliari, split everything up, which goes to show the poverty of the peloton".

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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely agree, Gerry.
They are all playing into his and Nibali's hands.
Looks to be a sheep fight between the rest for third, already.

It took a week and a day, but that stage was alright.
Conti stuck a pedal on the floor and Izaguirre the lesser took his chance.
Visconti bust a gut but ran out of gas.

The rest, zero seconds gained or lost by the lot of 'em.
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gerry12ie wrote:
It has been as dull an opening GT week as I can recall.
Sadly I agree.  That said, probably the longer the better for Nibali to ride into form.  This is not Croatia ... there are big boys here!!!
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe we will see action on blockhaus, movistar driving it with 30km left, small lead for break and running ahead of schedule
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pace is fast today ... Movistar working hard.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WTF just happened???
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fucks sake
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's shocking!!!
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thomas and Landa taken out by the police motorbike.
They are both done.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WTF??? That's disgraceful.  I can't fucking believe it
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yates involved too.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yates back on ... but it will cost him.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yates totally gone, Jungels out the back, too.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yates didn't make it ... or he has (understandably) blown ..
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super gutsy by Thomas.  Jungle Bob going backwards
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is powerful riding from Movistar .... irrespective of the crash
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Special K will be next to go ???


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