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GIRO Stage 10: Good Morning Campi Bisenzio!

Corsa Rosa recommences after rest day with a challenging mountain stage

Campi Bisenzio, 17 May 2016 – Good morning from Stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia, 219km from Campi Bisenzio to Sestola. The route includes four categorized climbs, with the Cat. 1 Pian del Falco 16km before the finish atop a final, Cat. 3 ramp.

The group, 184 riders strong, passed km 0 at 11.18. Did not start: dossards nr 69, Alexey Tcatevitch and nr 204, Fabian Cancellara.

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WEATHER
Campi Bisenzio: Variable, 17°C. Wind: moderate – 12 kmh.
Sestola (approx. 17.10 – Finish): mostly sunny, 13°C. Wind: weak – 5 kmh.

JERSEYS
Maglia Rosa
(pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel – Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step)
Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), Mountains Classification, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)
Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider Classification, sponsored by Eurospin – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)

POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, time bonuses of 13 seconds are up for grabs. A maximum possible 31 points are available for the points classification, not to mention 56 King of the Mountains points.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step)
2 – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step) at 1″
3 – Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) at 32″

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Stage 10 – Campi Bisenzio – Sestola – 219 km
Finish: Approx. 17.15
Race Headquarters: Palazzetto dello Sport di Sestola, via dello Sport, 2

Route
After the first 25km, this mountain stage doesn’t feature one single flat metre. Just past Pistoia, the route climbs up Passo della Collina (on wide and ever-bending roads) and across the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. After dropping quickly into Porretta Terme, the route climbs up again to tackle the Pietracolora categorised climb, leading into Valle del Samone. A short flat sector follows, leading to Marano sul Panaro. Here the route starts to climb and descend constantly over 70km (with milder or harsher gradients), all the way up to the Pian del Falco KOM. The final part of the climb features long stretches with double-digit gradients (topping out at 14%). The last 15km run half downhill and half uphill.

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Final kms
The final kilometres comprise a fast and technical descent that leads from the KOM summit to Fanano. The descent can be divided into two quite steep parts: the first one runs on large roads, with just a few bends, and leads into a second section where the road is narrower at points, and which twists and turns all the way up into urban Fanano. Next on the route is the final 7km climb, with gradients of 5-6%, on a wide yet winding road that leads into the final 100m long, uphill home straight, on a 6.5m wide asphalt road.

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POINTS OF INTEREST
CAMPI BISENZIO – km 0

This densely populated, lively city in the plains between Florence and Prato hosted the Campi Bisenzio – Bologna/San Luca stage on May 23, 2009. Rocca Strozzi, now municipal administration building, is the symbol of the city. Major landmarks also include the well-preserved mediaeval walls (partly skirting the Bisenzio River), along with some outstanding buildings both within the old town centre and around the broader territory of the city. The city’s first rate cuisine offers a wealth of traditional Tuscan specialties.

PRATO – km 4
A picturesque district, rich in monuments and heritage.

AGLIANA – km 13 and PISTOIA – km 22
Agliana is the birthplace of Fabrizio Fabbri (1948), a successful professional rider in the 1970s and, later, a sports director.
Pistoia city centre, surrounded by 14th-century walls, brims with architectural splendour. Major landmarks include the cathedral of San Zenoand the Town Hall (Palazzo del Comune).

PASSO DELLA COLLINA (KOM) – km 38
The hamlet of Capostrada reminds us of Loretto Petrucci (1929, two-time Milano-Sanremo winner).

SAMBUCA PISTOIESE – km 49
The hamlet of Pàvana is home to Francesco Guccini (Modena, 1940), famous Italian singer-songwriter, musician and novelist.

PORRETTA TERME – km 56
A renowned spa town.

PIETRACOLORA (KOM) – km 76
The route is now in the of Gaggio Montano municipal territory, known to cycling enthusiasts asthe headquarters of the Saeco sponsor.

MONTESE – km 82 and PONTE DI SAMONE (feed zone) – km 99
Montese’s main landmark is the Rocca Montecuccoli.

MARANO SUL PANARO – km 113
An area of cherry-growing, and of excellent food such as tigelle and gnocco fritto. Located in the “Parco dei Sassi di Roccamalatina” regional park, this area is marked by typical erosion and deep cracking of the clayey rocks (“gullies”). East of Marano sul Panaro, Vignola (at the foot of the first hills of the Appennines is known for its “Moretta di Vignola” cherries.

SERRAMAZZONI – km 133
This major centre of the Frignano area provides top-quality tourist accommodation services and sports. It is home to a centre of the Italian Tennis Federation. Footballer Luca Toni was born here in 1977.

PAVULLO NEL FRIGNANO (intermediate sprint) – km 146
Lying among the hills between the Panaro and Secchia rivers valleys, sights include the ancient castle of the noble Montecuccoli family, rising on the hills of Montecuccolo, and the tiny church of San Lorenzo, built in 1469. The hamlet of Olina is renowned for an amazing stone bridge spanning the Scoltenna stream and dating back to 1522. Arrigo Polillo (1919-Milan 1984), journalist, reviewer, historian and organiser of many Italian music events, was native to the town.

POLINAGO – km 165 and LAMA MOCOGNO (intermediate sprint) – km 179
Among the gentle rolling hills are Polinago – with many ancient military fortifications – and Lama Mocogno (intermediate sprint). It is a major road hub, set in woodland, with a number of smaller villages including a well-equipped winter sports station. Sassostorno di Lama Mocogno was hometown to Romeo Venturelli (1938-2011), a professional rider from 1960 to 1973.

MONTECRETO – km 192
A major skiing and ice-skating resort, with many parks.

SESTOLA – km 198 and PIAN DEL FALCO (KOM) – km 203
First passage in Sestola followed by the 1st category Pian del Falco climb. The summit was a stage finish in 1971, with victory going to the Spaniard José Manuel Fuente. In 2014, the finish was set in Passo del Lupo, where Dutchman Pieter Weening nailed a stunning stage win.

FANANO – km 211
Lovely holiday destination with a splendid clock tower.

SESTOLA (KOM) – km 219
Back to Sestola, to the urban area this time, heading for a summit finish with a 3rd category climb. It is a busy and popular destination for summer and, especially, winter tourism, lying at the foot of Monte Cimone, the highest peak of the Northern Apennines (2165m).
Lago della Ninfa is a natural lake surrounded by beech woods, near Passo del Lupo, that offers cross-country skiing and, in the summertime, walking, hiking, cycling and, mostly, mountain biking.

Equally noteworthy is the “Esperia” Alpine botanical garden. The old town centre has grown around the ancient fortress. The Museum of mountain and rural civilization hosts a collection of historical. Sestola and the Mount Cimone, with its skiing slopes, is connected to the alpine skiing champion Alberto Tomba.

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TV COVERAGE
TV coverage of the 99th Giro d’Italia will reach all four corners of the world: 184 countries will see the Corsa Rosa on 29 different networks, 24 of them live.

ITALY
RAI – Radio Televisione Italiana, the longstanding host broadcaster, provides extensive coverage of the Corsa Rosa. The action is live in three separate programmes: “Prima diretta” (“Pre-Live”) on Rai Sport 1, “Giro in diretta” (“Giro Live”) at 15:10 – 16:15 in simulcast on Rai 3 and Rai HD, and “Giro all’arrivo” (“Giro on the Finish Line”), with the last hour of racing until 17:15. The traditional post-race analysis programme “Processo alla Tappa” (“The Stage on Trial”) ends at 18:00.
When the race reaches Italy, the stage start will be covered in Rai Sport 1’s “Giro Mattina” (“Giro Morning”), showing the signing in ceremony, with interviews, the start of racing, and local colour. The strand “Journey through the Italy of the Giro d’Italia” will show historical and cultural anecdotes and features.
For viewers unable to watch the stage live in the afternoon, the evening show TGiro (“Giro Bulletin”) will tell the story of the day’s racing from 20:00 on Rai Sport 1, followed by Giro Notte (“Late Night Giro”), with 90’ of stage highlights from 22:45 on Rai Sport 2. The Corsa Rosa will be streamed on the website www.rai.tv.

AROUND THE WORLD
In Italy the Giro can also be seen live on Eurosport, broadcasting to 53 countries across Europe from 14:15, with race commentary in 19 languages.
In France, the stages are live exclusively on beINSports, with reports and features from the scene.
The Dutch public broadcaster NOS is showing three hours of live racing of the first three stages in the Netherlands, as well as the final 90 minutes of the weekend stages in Italy, plus daily highlights of every stage.
Free to air race coverage is live in Flemish via VRT, in Danish on TV2 Denmark, in Switzerland via SRG SSR, in Spain via Teledeporte and EITB and in Kazakhstan, in highlights, on Kaz Sports.
The Corsa Rosa is live in South America on ESPN, with Portuguese commentary in Brazil, English commentary in the Caribbean and Spanish across the rest of South America. Colombian fans have a wide range of options, with live coverage on RCN and Señal Colombia. TDN is showing the race live in Mexico and Central America. beIN Sports is covering the Giro in the United States of America and RDS is providing French-language coverage in Canada.
The Giro d’Italia is also on the small screen in the Middle East and North Africa thanks to live coverage on beIN Sports, while in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa the Giro is on the Supersport channels.
In Asia, the Corsa Rosa in available in 16 countries via Eurosport Asia Pacific; J Sports is covering the race live and exclusive in Japan. LeTV is doing the same in China.
Race highlights are on FPT Telecom in Vietnam, while the Thai public can enjoy the key parts of the stage on both True Visions and NOW26.
The huge interest that Australia has shown in the Giro continues in 2016: SBS is showing all 21 stage live, while Fox Sports is showing highlights. In New Zealand, Sky is showing the race live and in highlights.
Finally, the Corsa Rosa is being shown worldwide via SNTV – Sports News Television and Sport24, the 24 hour sports channel for airline and cruise ship passengers.

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GIRO D’ITALIA – RIDE GREEN
During the Chianti Classico time trial stage on Sunday, almost 2.3 metric tons of rubbish were collected, 80% of which will be recycled. Over 15 tons of recycled rubbish has been collected so far at the Giro.

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PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA – PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO

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